"The Natural State" by the statewide tourism industry,
Arkansas offers a diverse range of natural beauty from the
scenic Ozarks and Ouachita Mountains to the Delta or eastern
lowlands along the Mississippi River. In total,
Arkansas is home to hundreds of lakes, streams and rivers,
51 state parks and three national forests.
in an agricultural-based economy, Arkansas remains a major
producer of poultry and eggs, soybeans, cotton and cattle.
In addition, Arkansas is often ranked among the top ten states
for industry with five homegrown Fortune 500 companies headquartered
here including Alltel, Dillard's, Murphy Oil, Tyson Foods
Arkansas has historically offered a cheaper cost of living than the national average, helped along by its record of levying some of the lowest property taxes in the nation.
Major cities: Little Rock (capital), Fort Smith, Fayetteville,
Population : 2,810,872
White : 81.3%
Black, African American : 15.7%
Hispanic : 4.7%
High school graduates : 75.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher : 16.7%
Average household income: $35,295
Cost of Living: Statewide, Arkansas' cost of living index is rated below the national average, or about 91.0 compared with 100.0 for the rest of the country. The Metro Little
Rock region composite index is 94.8%.
Personal income taxes: Arkansas levies an individual income tax, using six tax brackets ranging from 1 percent to 7 percent. Residents must complete returns on Form AR 1000 (long form) or Form AR 1000S (short form), by April 15.
& Real Estate Overview : also see Zillow
- Arkansas Real Estate Home ownership rate : 69.4%
Average home price: $142,967
Average travel time to work : 21.9 minutes
Weather : Arkansas is generally known for very hot, humid summers
and milder, drier winters. As part of Tornado Alley, the
state has its fair share of tornadoes, along with destructive
remnants of major tropical storms (spawned in the nearby
Gulf of Mexico) during hurricane season.
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Little Rock Alliance - Geared to attracting new businesses
to the state, with overviews of neighborhoods & communities,
cost of living, workforce statistics and related information.
Schools - Profiles for more than 1,000 public, private
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