12 Incredible, Almost Unbelievable Facts About Arkansas
Are you ready for more fun facts about Arkansas? This time we’ve got some real stunners. You can find facts ranging from size to rice production to miles of rivers. Read on for 12 incredible facts you may not believe.
1. Arkansans help each other. Though one of the poorest states in the union, Arkansas is also one of the most generous states. Arkansans donated 6.3% of their discretionary income to various charities in 2011.
These neighbors are helping out after a 2009 tornado in Mena.
2. Arkansas’s forests could cover the entire country of Switzerland one and a half times.
Arkansas has 18.8 million acres of forested land. Switzerland is only about 10.2 million acres.
3. Even though we’re a small state, you could fit the entirety of Greece into Arkansas and have almost enough room left over for Puerto Rico. We’d be happy to take some of those beaches off their hands:
Greece has 50,949 square miles. Puerto Rico, 3,459 square miles. Arkansas is 53,179 square miles.
4. You could also fill up all of Puerto Rico just with Arkansas farmland. You’d still have enough left to cover Rhode Island, too.
Arkansas has 4,973,164 harvested acres.
5. It might not look like it on a map because of the irregular shape, but the widest points in Arkansas’s height and width are only separated by 22 miles.
Arkansas is 239 miles wide and 261 miles long.
6. To keep the population density the same, you’d need more than two and and a half times the number of current Arkansas residents to fill up New York City.
Arkansas population: just under 3 million. NYC population: 8.4 million.
7. On average, Arkansas gets about twice as much precipitation as California. Drought or not, that's pretty crazy because California is three times bigger than Arkansas.
8. In 2015, Fort Smith had 73.93 inches of rainfall. The famously rainy Seattle only had 44.83 inches of precipitation.
Really, Fort Smith got too much rain last year. The Arkansas River flooded.
9. Arkansas produces more rice than any other state. Rice production in Arkansas is a $6 billion industry. That means the rice industry brings almost as much money into the state as all of Dillard’s, the Little Rock based national retail chain.
10. There are 9,700 miles of streams and rivers in Arkansas. You’d only drive about 2,813 miles if you left from San Francisco, California and arrived in Washington D.C.
And we know how to use those miles of water, too.
11. Arkansas is the Natural State indeed. We’ve got 2.5 million acres of national forest, fifty state parks, seven national scenic byways, and three state scenic byways.
12. Arkansas is home to the first piece of land protected by the United States government for recreational use. First named Hot Springs Reservation, now called Hot Springs National Park, the land was protected before the concept of a National Parks Service was invented.
Do you know any totally unbelievable facts about Arkansas? Can you stun us with your knowledge? Feel free to shock us in the comments!
OnlyInYourState may earn compensation through affiliate links in this article. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases.