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Offical Name State of Arkansas
Nicknames The Natural State (current), The Land of Opportunity (former)
Abbreviations AR, Ark.,US-AR
Origin of Name "Downriver" People in French or Catalan phonetic spelling

Official Language English
Admission to Union 15 June 1836
Time Zone Central
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Capital Little Rock
Largest City Little Rock
Population 2,673,400 (as of 2000 census)
Economy Agriculture: poultry and eggs, soybeans, sorghum, cattle, cotton, rice, hogs, and milk

Industry: food processing, electric equipment, fabricated metal products, machinery, paper products, bromine, and vanadium

Area 53,179 square miles (137,732 km2)
Major Rivers Mississippi River, Arkansas River
Major Lakes Bull Shoals Lake, Lake Ouachita
Highest Point Mount Magazine - 2,753 feet (839 meters)
Bordering States Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana
Bordering Country None
Bordering Body of Water None

Flag Arkansas Flag
Motto "Regnat Populus" - The People Rule
Anthem Arkansas
Songs Arkansas (You Run Deep in Me) by Wayland Holyfield and Oh, Arkansas by Terry Rose and Gary Klass
Historical Song The Arkansas Traveler by Sanford Faulkner
Bird Mockingbird
Mammal White-tailed Deer
Insect Honeybee
Fish Largemouth Bass
Flower Apple Blossom
Tree Pine Tree
Fruit South Arkansas Vine Ripe Pink Tomato
Vegetable South Arkansas Vine Ripe Pink Tomato
Beverage Milk
Rock Quartz Crystal
Gem Diamond
Mineral Bauxite
Soil Stuggart Soil Series
Dance Square Dance
Instrument Fiddle
Cooking Vessel Dutch Oven

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