Arkansas was the 25 th state in the USA; it became a state on June 15, 1836.
State Abbreviation - AR
State Capital - Little Rock
Largest City - Little Rock
Area - 53,182 square miles [Arkansas is the 29th biggest state in the USA]
Population - 2,673,400 (as of 2000) [Arkansas is the 33rd most populous state in the USA]
Name for Residents - Arkansans
Major Industries - agriculture (chickens, soybeans, rice, cotton), paper and wood products (including furniture), electronic equipment, mining (aluminum and diamonds)
Presidential Birthplace - William Jefferson Clinton was born in Hope on August 19, 1946 (he was the 42nd US President, serving from 1993 to 2001).
Major Rivers - Arkansas River, Mississippi River
Major Lakes - Lake Ouachita, Bull Shoals Lake
Highest Point - Magazine Mountain - 2,753 feet (839 m) above sea level
Lowest Point - Ouachita River; 55 feet, (17 m) above sea level
Bordering States - Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas
Origin of the Name Arkansas - Arkansas is from the Quapaw (Sioux) word "acansa," which means "downstream place" or "south wind."
State Nickname - The Natural State
State Motto - "Regnat populus" - The people rule
State Songs - "Arkansas", by Wayland Holyfield, and "Oh Arkansas", by Terry Rose and Gary Klaff
Dinosaur Fossil Found in Arkansas - Arkansaurus