A peek at everything from rainfall and recreation to produce and politics.

State Capital: Little Rock

State Bird: Mockingbird

State Gem: Diamond

State Tree: Pine

State Nickname: The Natural State

State Flower: Apple Blossom

  • Population: 2.67 MILLION - (33RD IN NATION)
  • More than half of the state is covered by forestland
  • CLEAN AIR: On a scale of 1-100 with 100 being the best, Arkansas’s air quality ranks at 91.9.
  • The name Arkansas means “south wind” and is derived from a name used by some Native Americans to describe the Quapaws, an early tribe in the area. The region was spelled various ways over the years, but entered the Union as Arkansas in 1836 and “Ark-an-saw” became the pronunciation in 1881.
  • Arkansas is the nation’s leading producer of rice and poultry, and grows nearly every crop produced in the United States with the exception of citrus fruits.
  • At Hot Springs, more  than a million gallons of water a day, with an average temperature of 143°F (62°C), flow from  47 springs. The springs  are often visited  for therapeutic baths.
  • Arkansas is home to more than 70 kinds of mammals, close to 115 reptiles and amphibians and more than 155 butterflies — the Diana Fritillary is our state butterfly
  • Mount Ida is referred to as the Quartz Crystal Capital of the World.
  • What started off as a small store in Howard County in 1938 turned into Dillard’s, one of the top department stores in the country.
  • 53,187 square miles (27th in NATION)
  • 21 MINUTES average - drive time to work
  • 15% LOWER COST OF LIVING - compared to the rest of the country
  • $109,100 median home cost in Arkansas
  • 2,753 feet the height of Arkansas’s highest peak—Mount Magazine
  • 53,187 square miles (27th in NATION)
  • 17.2 million acres of forests
  • 52 state parks
  • 3 national forests
  • 49.6" – average annual rainfall
  • 61.4 degrees – average annual temperature
  • 10.4" – average annual snowfall in the northern regions of Arkansas
  • 2.8" – average annual snowfall in the southern regions of Arkansas
  • 600,000 acres of lakes
  • 9,700 miles of streams & rivers
  • 13 major lakes
  • 7  National Park Service Sites