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Facts about Arkansas for Kids

Calling all students! How much do you know about Arkansas facts? Find out what you know and don't know about agriculture, manufacturing, industries, products, mining, natural resources and the history behind the largest corporations in Arkansas. Explore Arkansas info for kids using the navigation box to the right, and then impress your parents and teachers with your newfound knowledge!

Here are some fun facts about Arkansas agriculture and manufacturing: Did you know that Arkansas ranks 14th among states in harvested acreage? Nationally, we are #1 in rice and poultry production; #5 in sorghum, grain; #6 in cotton and #8 in soybeans and grapes. However, the state produces all crops normally grown in the Temperate Zone.

Predominately an agricultural state in the past, there are now a number of big-name domestic and global corporations in Arkansas, such as Tyson Foods, Riceland Foods, Sam Walton's Wal-Mart, Maybelline, Dillard's Department Store, Acxiom and J.B. Hunt Transport Company. Other major manufacturers in the state include Whirlpool Corporation, International Paper, American Greetings and Georgia Pacific. Although not a manufacturer, Stephens Incorporated, in Little Rock, is the largest off-Wall Street investment firm in the country.

Facts about Arkansas - Crater of Diamonds State Park near Murfreesboro

Arkansas Mining and Natural Resources Facts: Here are some interesting facts about Arkansas that your parents probably don't know. Petroleum, natural gas and coal top the list of minerals produced in Arkansas. The state leads the nation in the production of bauxite, quartz crystal, silica stone and bromine (the #1 source in the world).

Also, Arkansas is one of only a few diamond producing states in America and has the only public diamond mine in the world, Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro.

Did you know that forestland covers more than half of the state? Pine woods represent 54% and the remainder constitutes mixed hardwoods, predominantly oak. Three national forests - the Ozarks, Ouachita, and St. Francis - make up over 2.5 million of these acres.

If you’re looking for fun things to do in Arkansas, check out our Kid’s Fun Map to explore the state’s regions and find an adventure!