“The Natural State”
State of the State | Arkansas
Arkansas is “The Natural State” with
six national and 50 state parks, 2. 5
million acres of national forests, and
10 national or state scenic byways,
plus 600,000 acres of lakes, more than
9,500 miles of streams and rivers, and
America’s only active diamond mine.
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The state sales tax in Arkansas is 6.5%, but prescrip- tion drugs are exempt and grocery items are taxed
at just 1.5%. The effective state property tax rate of
0.59% is the 9th lowest in the nation. Social Security,
;; ;enefits; and military retirement income are not
taxed. There are no state inheritance or estate taxes.
Arkansas was included in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803 and became a state in 1836.
Its name derives from the French translation of the Quapaw Indian word “acansa,”
which means “downstream place.”
Hot Springs Village is
America’s largest gated
community at 26,000
total acres, roughly 40
;he William J. Clinton Presidential Library & Museum is located in the state capital of
Little Rock. Other famous native Arkansans
include composer Scott Joplin, General
Douglas McArthur, music legends Johnny
Cash and Glen Campbell, author John
Grisham, and baseball Hall-of-Famers Dizzy
Dean, Brooks Robinson, and Lou Brock.
The first woman ever elected
to the United States Senate
was from Arkansas—
Hattie Caraway in 1932.
Arkansas is the leading producer of
rice in the United States, growing
nearly 50% of the nation’s supply
and contributing about $6 billion
annually to the state’s economy.
The Crystal Bridges Museum of American
Art in Bentonville offers an impressive
collection of famous works by artists like
Norman Rockwell and derives its name
from the glass-enclosed bridges over
ponds on the site.
Walmart, the retail
superchain with more
than 11,000 stores
in 27 countries, and
Tyson Foods, the
world’s largest chicken
producer, were both
founded and are still