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Arkansas Almanac

The Arkansas Almanac presents a general overview of the State of Arkansas.

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The United States Census Bureau, July 10, 2001.
Carpenter, Alan, and Carl Provorse. The World Almanac of the U.S.A.. Mahwah: World Almanac Books, 1996. Print.
Arkansas. A, Vol. 1. Chicago: World Book, Inc., 1988. 696. Print.

Admitted to Union June 15, 1836
Capital Little Rock, [ Find out more... ]
Nickname The Natural State, Land of Opportunity, Razorback State, [ Find out more... ]
Motto Regnat Populus, [ Find out more... ]
Total area including land and water 53,182 square miles Rank among states 29th
Land area 52,075 square miles Rank among states 27th
Water area 1,107square miles Rank among states 31st
Greatest distance East to West 276 miles
Greatest distance North to South 240 miles
Highest point 2,753 feet (Magazine Mountain) Rank among states 34th
Lowest point 55 feet (Ouachita River) Rank among states 25th
Mean elevation 650 feet Rank among states 36th
Highest recorded temperature 120 degrees on Aug. 10, 1936 at Ozark
Lowest recorded temperature -29 degrees on Feb. 13, 1905 at Pond
Highest monthly average temperature 93.6 degrees Rank among states 6th
Lowest monthly average temperature 26.6 degrees Rank among states 38th
Average yearly precipitation (rain & snow) 49 inches Rank among states  
(U.S. Census, April, 2000)
2,673,400 Rank among states 33rd
Population per square mile
(Population/Land area)
51.34 Rank among states 34th
Ten largest cities by population
State capital in red
(U.S. Census, April, 2000)

1. Little Rock 183,133 6. Pine Bluff 55,085
2. Fort Smith 80,268 7. Springdale 45,798
3. North Little Rock 60,433 8. Conway 43,167
4. Fayetteville 58,047 9. Rogers 38,829
5. Jonesboro 55,515 10. Hot Springs 35,750
Median age 33.8
Average lifetime (1979-1981) 73.72 Rank among states 28th
Total reported crimes per 100,000 people (1992-1993) 4,810.7 Rank among states 29th
Violent crimes reported per 100,000 people 593.3 Rank among states 24th
Property crimes reported per 100,000 people 4,217.5 Rank among states 27th
Per capita income (2000)
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
$21,995 Rank among states 47th
Disposable per capita personal income(income minus taxes) (2000)
Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce
$19,280 Rank among states 47th
Median household income (1993) $23,039 Rank among states 49th

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Arkansas: An Illustrated Atlas

Arkansas: An Illustrated Atlas, by Tom Paradise. 56 pages. Publisher: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies (January 5, 2011)

Responding to the need for an updated geographical reference work for Arkansas, Dr. Tom Paradise of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville put his cartography skills to work and created a comprehensive tour of the state using colorful maps, diagrams and photos. Arkansas: An Illustrated Atlas is an innovative and comprehensive look at the unique Natural State. The atlas uses graphics, fun "Did You Know?" fact boxes and up-to-date statistics to explain, describe and discover the state. Designed for middle school through adult audiences, this atlas will become the must-have book for every Arkansan’s library.

Arkansas Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff

Arkansas Curiosities: Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff, by Janie Jones, Wyatt Jones. 304 pages. Publisher: Globe Pequot; First edition (June 15, 2010)

Your round-trip ticket to the wildest, wackiest, most outrageous people, places, and things the Natural State has to offer!

Whether you're a born-and-raised Arkansan, a recent transplant, or just passing through, Arkansas Curioisities will have you laughing out loud as Janie and Wyatt Jones take you on a rollicking tour of the strangest sides of the Natural State.

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