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    • 1 to 3 days

      Little Rock

      24/7 Voicemail Reception

      9 – 5 Live Answering

      24/7 Custom Solutions

      Starts at $20/month

  • LITTLE ROCK

  • ADONA

  • ALEXANDER

  • ALICIA

  • ALIX

  • ALLEENE

  • ALMA

  • ALMYRA

  • ALPENA

  • ALPINE

  • ALTHEIMER

  • ALTUS

  • AMAGON

  • AMITY

  • ANTOINE

  • ARKADELPHIA

  • ARKANSAS CITY

  • ARMOREL

  • ASH FLAT

  • ASHDOWN

  • ATKINS

  • AUBREY

  • AUGUSTA

  • AUSTIN

  • AVOCA

  • BALD KNOB

  • BANKS

  • BARLING

  • BARTON

  • BASSETT

  • BATESVILLE

  • BAUXITE

  • BAY

  • BEARDEN

  • BEAVER

  • BEE BRANCH

  • BEEBE

  • BEECH GROVE

  • BEEDEVILLE

  • BEIRNE

  • BELLA VISTA

  • BELLEVILLE

  • BEN LOMOND

  • BENTON

  • BENTONVILLE

  • BERGMAN

  • BERRYVILLE

  • BEXAR

  • BIG FLAT

  • BIGELOW

  • BIGGERS

  • BISCOE

  • BISMARCK

  • BLACK OAK

  • BLACK ROCK

  • BLEVINS

  • BLUE MOUNTAIN

  • BLUFF CITY

  • BLUFFTON

  • BLYTHEVILLE

  • BOARD CAMP

  • BOLES

  • BONNERDALE

  • BONO

  • BOONEVILLE

  • BRADFORD

  • BRADLEY

  • BRANCH

  • BRICKEYS

  • BRIGGSVILLE

  • BRINKLEY

  • BROCKWELL

  • BROOKLAND

  • BRYANT

  • BUCKNER

  • BULL SHOALS

  • BURDETTE

  • CABOT

  • CADDO GAP

  • CALDWELL

  • CALE

  • CALICO ROCK

  • CALION

  • CAMDEN

  • CAMP

  • CANEHILL

  • CARAWAY

  • CARLISLE

  • CARTHAGE

  • CASA

  • CASH

  • CASSCOE

  • CAVE CITY

  • CAVE SPRINGS

  • CECIL

  • CEDARVILLE

  • CENTER RIDGE

  • CENTERTON

  • CENTERVILLE

  • CHARLESTON

  • CHARLOTTE

  • CHEROKEE VILLAGE

  • CHERRY VALLEY

  • CHESTER

  • CHIDESTER

  • CHOCTAW

  • CLARENDON

  • CLARKEDALE

  • CLARKRIDGE

  • CLARKSVILLE

  • CLEVELAND

  • CLINTON

  • COAL HILL

  • COLLEGE STATION

  • COLT

  • COLUMBUS

  • COMBS

  • COMPTON

  • CONCORD

  • CONWAY

  • CORD

  • CORNING

  • COTTER

  • COTTON PLANT

  • COVE

  • COY

  • CRAWFORDSVILLE

  • CROCKETTS BLUFF

  • CROSSETT

  • CRUMROD

  • CURTIS

  • CUSHMAN

  • DAMASCUS

  • DANVILLE

  • DARDANELLE

  • DATTO

  • DE QUEEN

  • DE VALLS BLUFF

  • DE WITT

  • DECATUR

  • DEER

  • DELAPLAINE

  • DELAWARE

  • DELIGHT

  • DELL

  • DENNARD

  • DERMOTT

  • DES ARC

  • DESHA

  • DIAMOND CITY

  • DIAZ

  • DIERKS

  • DODDRIDGE

  • DOLPH

  • DONALDSON

  • DOVER

  • DRASCO

  • DRIVER

  • DUMAS

  • DYER

  • DYESS

  • EARLE

  • EDGEMONT

  • EDMONDSON

  • EGYPT

  • EL DORADO

  • EL PASO

  • ELAINE

  • ELIZABETH

  • ELKINS

  • ELM SPRINGS

  • EMERSON

  • EMMET

  • ENGLAND

  • ENOLA

  • ETHEL

  • ETOWAH

  • EUDORA

  • EUREKA SPRINGS

  • EVANSVILLE

  • EVENING SHADE

  • EVERTON

  • FAIRFIELD BAY

  • FARMINGTON

  • FAYETTEVILLE

  • FIFTY SIX

  • FISHER

  • FLIPPIN

  • FLORAL

  • FORDYCE

  • FOREMAN

  • FORREST CITY

  • FORT SMITH

  • FOUKE

  • FOUNTAIN HILL

  • FOX

  • FRANKLIN

  • FRENCHMANS BAYOU

  • FRIENDSHIP

  • FULTON

  • GAMALIEL

  • GARFIELD

  • GARLAND CITY

  • GARNER

  • GASSVILLE

  • GATEWAY

  • GENOA

  • GENTRY

  • GEPP

  • GILBERT

  • GILLETT

  • GILLHAM

  • GILMORE

  • GLENCOE

  • GLENWOOD

  • GOODWIN

  • GOSHEN

  • GOSNELL

  • GOULD

  • GRADY

  • GRANNIS

  • GRAPEVINE

  • GRAVELLY

  • GRAVETTE

  • GREEN FOREST

  • GREENBRIER

  • GREENLAND

  • GREENWAY

  • GREENWOOD

  • GREGORY

  • GRIFFITHVILLE

  • GRUBBS

  • GUION

  • GURDON

  • GUY

  • HACKETT

  • HAGARVILLE

  • HAMBURG

  • HAMPTON

  • HARDY

  • HARRELL

  • HARRIET

  • HARRISBURG

  • HARRISON

  • HARTFORD

  • HARTMAN

  • HARVEY

  • HASTY

  • HATFIELD

  • HATTIEVILLE

  • HAVANA

  • HAYNES

  • HAZEN

  • HEBER SPRINGS

  • HECTOR

  • HELENA

  • HENDERSON

  • HENSLEY

  • HERMITAGE

  • HETH

  • HICKORY PLAINS

  • HICKORY RIDGE

  • HIGDEN

  • HIGGINSON

  • HINDSVILLE

  • HIWASSE

  • HOLLY GROVE

  • HOPE

  • HORATIO

  • HORSESHOE BEND

  • HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK

  • HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE

  • HOUSTON

  • HOXIE

  • HUGHES

  • HUMNOKE

  • HUMPHREY

  • HUNTER

  • HUNTINGTON

  • HUNTSVILLE

  • HUTTIG

  • IDA

  • IMBODEN

  • IVAN

  • JACKSONPORT

  • JACKSONVILLE

  • JASPER

  • JEFFERSON

  • JERSEY

  • JERUSALEM

  • JESSIEVILLE

  • JOHNSON

  • JOINER

  • JONES MILL

  • JONESBORO

  • JUDSONIA

  • JUNCTION CITY

  • KEISER

  • KENSETT

  • KEO

  • KINGSLAND

  • KINGSTON

  • KIRBY

  • KNOBEL

  • KNOXVILLE

  • LA GRANGE

  • LAFE

  • LAKE CITY

  • LAKE VILLAGE

  • LAKEVIEW

  • LAMAR

  • LAMBROOK

  • LANEBURG

  • LANGLEY

  • LAVACA

  • LAWSON

  • LEACHVILLE

  • LEAD HILL

  • LEOLA

  • LEPANTO

  • LESLIE

  • LETONA

  • LEWISVILLE

  • LEXA

  • LIGHT

  • LINCOLN

  • LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE

  • LOCKESBURG

  • LOCUST GROVE

  • LONDON

  • LONOKE

  • LONSDALE

  • LOUANN

  • LOWELL

  • LUXORA

  • LYNN

  • MABELVALE

  • MADISON

  • MAGAZINE

  • MAGNESS

  • MAGNOLIA

  • MALVERN

  • MAMMOTH SPRING

  • MANILA

  • MANSFIELD

  • MARBLE FALLS

  • MARCELLA

  • MARIANNA

  • MARION

  • MARKED TREE

  • MARMADUKE

  • MARSHALL

  • MARVELL

  • MAUMELLE

  • MAYFLOWER

  • MAYNARD

  • MAYSVILLE

  • MC CASKILL

  • MC CRORY

  • MC DOUGAL

  • MC GEHEE

  • MC NEIL

  • MC RAE

  • MELBOURNE

  • MELLWOOD

  • MENA

  • MENIFEE

  • MIDLAND

  • MIDWAY

  • MINERAL SPRINGS

  • MINTURN

  • MONETTE

  • MONROE

  • MONTICELLO

  • MONTROSE

  • MORO

  • MORRILTON

  • MORROW

  • MOSCOW

  • MOUNT HOLLY

  • MOUNT IDA

  • MOUNT JUDEA

  • MOUNT PLEASANT

  • MOUNT VERNON

  • MOUNTAIN HOME

  • MOUNTAIN PINE

  • MOUNTAIN VIEW

  • MOUNTAINBURG

  • MULBERRY

  • MURFREESBORO

  • NASHVILLE

  • NATURAL DAM

  • NEW BLAINE

  • NEW EDINBURG

  • NEWARK

  • NEWHOPE

  • NEWPORT

  • NORFORK

  • NORMAN

  • NORPHLET

  • NORTH LITTLE ROCK

  • O KEAN

  • OAK GROVE

  • OAKLAND

  • OARK

  • ODEN

  • OGDEN

  • OIL TROUGH

  • OKOLONA

  • OLA

  • OMAHA

  • ONEIDA

  • ONIA

  • OSCEOLA

  • OXFORD

  • OZAN

  • OZARK

  • OZONE

  • PALESTINE

  • PANGBURN

  • PARAGOULD

  • PARIS

  • PARKDALE

  • PARKIN

  • PARKS

  • PARON

  • PARTHENON

  • PATTERSON

  • PEA RIDGE

  • PEACH ORCHARD

  • PEARCY

  • PEEL

  • PELSOR

  • PENCIL BLUFF

  • PERRY

  • PERRYVILLE

  • PETTIGREW

  • PICKENS

  • PIGGOTT

  • PINDALL

  • PINE BLUFF

  • PINEVILLE

  • PLAINVIEW

  • PLEASANT GROVE

  • PLEASANT PLAINS

  • PLUMERVILLE

  • POCAHONTAS

  • POLLARD

  • PONCA

  • POPLAR GROVE

  • PORTIA

  • PORTLAND

  • POTTSVILLE

  • POUGHKEEPSIE

  • POWHATAN

  • POYEN

  • PRAIRIE GROVE

  • PRATTSVILLE

  • PRESCOTT

  • PRIM

  • PROCTOR

  • PYATT

  • QUITMAN

  • RATCLIFF

  • RAVENDEN

  • RAVENDEN SPRINGS

  • RECTOR

  • REDFIELD

  • REYDELL

  • REYNO

  • RISON

  • RIVERVALE

  • ROE

  • ROGERS

  • ROHWER

  • ROLAND

  • ROMANCE

  • ROSE BUD

  • ROSIE

  • ROSSTON

  • ROVER

  • ROYAL

  • RUDY

  • RUSSELL

  • RUSSELLVILLE

  • SAFFELL

  • SAGE

  • SAINT CHARLES

  • SAINT FRANCIS

  • SAINT JOE

  • SAINT PAUL

  • SALADO

  • SALEM

  • SARATOGA

  • SCOTLAND

  • SCOTT

  • SCRANTON

  • SEARCY

  • SEDGWICK

  • SHERIDAN

  • SHERRILL

  • SHERWOOD

  • SHIRLEY

  • SIDNEY

  • SILOAM SPRINGS

  • SIMS

  • SMACKOVER

  • SMITHVILLE

  • SNOW LAKE

  • SOLGOHACHIA

  • SPARKMAN

  • SPRINGDALE

  • SPRINGFIELD

  • STAMPS

  • STAR CITY

  • STATE UNIVERSITY

  • STEPHENS

  • STORY

  • STRAWBERRY

  • STRONG

  • STURKIE

  • STUTTGART

  • SUBIACO

  • SUCCESS

  • SULPHUR ROCK

  • SULPHUR SPRINGS

  • SUMMERS

  • SUMMIT

  • SWEET HOME

  • SWIFTON

  • TAYLOR

  • TEXARKANA

  • THIDA

  • THORNTON

  • TICHNOR

  • TILLAR

  • TILLY

  • TIMBO

  • TONTITOWN

  • TRASKWOOD

  • TRUMANN

  • TUCKER

  • TUCKERMAN

  • TUMBLING SHOALS

  • TUPELO

  • TURNER

  • TURRELL

  • TYRONZA

  • ULM

  • UMPIRE

  • UNIONTOWN

  • VALLEY SPRINGS

  • VAN BUREN

  • VANDERVOORT

  • VANNDALE

  • VENDOR

  • VILONIA

  • VIOLA

  • VIOLET HILL

  • WABASH

  • WABBASEKA

  • WALCOTT

  • WALDENBURG

  • WALDO

  • WALDRON

  • WALNUT RIDGE

  • WARD

  • WARM SPRINGS

  • WARREN

  • WASHINGTON

  • WATSON

  • WEINER

  • WESLEY

  • WEST FORK

  • WEST HELENA

  • WEST MEMPHIS

  • WEST POINT

  • WEST RIDGE

  • WESTERN GROVE

  • WHEATLEY

  • WHELEN SPRINGS

  • WHITE HALL

  • WICKES

  • WIDEMAN

  • WIDENER

  • WILBURN

  • WILLIFORD

  • WILLISVILLE

  • WILMAR

  • WILMOT

  • WILSON

  • WILTON

  • WINCHESTER

  • WINSLOW

  • WINTHROP

  • WISEMAN

  • WITTER

  • WITTS SPRINGS

  • WOODSON

  • WOOSTER

  • WRIGHT

  • WRIGHTSVILLE

  • WYNNE

  • YELLVILLE

  • YORKTOWN
  • Does Phone Answering USA provide Automated Reception Services in Arkansas?

    Phone Answering USA provides Automated Reception Services in Arkansas. This package is simple and cost effective. This package includes a local phone number, unlimited calls, unlimited local & long distance minutes (in the continental US), unlimited call forwarding and up to 7 extensions.

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    Does Phone Answering USA provide Live 9am to 5pm Live Answering in Arkansas?

    Phone Answering USA provides a Pay Per Call Live 9-5 Answering Service in Arkansas. These call packages are designed for the company that does not need 24/7 phone answering and wishes to pay per call not per minute. It is a simple way to understand what your monthly cost will be month in and month out.

    Live 9am – 5pm Standard and Premium Package Differentiated:

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    Calls personally answered/ Live Message Receiving/ forwarding call to voice mail, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm local time (except holidays). $1 per call over allotted package.

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    Does Phone Answering USA provide 24/7 Phone Answering services in Arkansas?

    Phone Answering USA provides a suite of Phone Answering 24/7 Services in Arkansas. All the service packages are custom to fit any companies’ needs.

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    State of Arkansas

    Arkansas is a state located in the Southern region of the United States. Its name is an Algonquian name of the Quapaw Indians. The state’s diverse geography ranges from the mountainous regions of the Ozark and the Ouachita Mountains, which make up the U.S. Interior Highlands, to the densely forested land in the south known as the Arkansas Timberlands, to the eastern lowlands along the Mississippi River and the Arkansas Delta. Known as “the Natural State”, the diverse regions of Arkansas offer residents and tourists a variety of opportunities for outdoor recreation.
    Arkansas is the 29th most extensive and the 32nd most populous of the 50 United States. The capital and most populous city is Little Rock, located in the central portion of the state, a hub for transportation, business, culture, and government. The northwestern corner of the state, including the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metropolitan Area and Fort Smith metropolitan area, is also an important population, education, and economic center.
    The Territory of Arkansas was admitted to the Union as the 25th state on June 15, 1836. Arkansas withdrew from the United States and joined the Confederate States of America between 1861-68 during the Civil War. Upon returning to the Union, the state would continue to suffer due to its earlier reliance on slavery and the plantation economy, causing the state to fall behind economically and socially. White rural interests continued to dominate the state’s politics until the Civil Rights movement in the mid-20th century. Arkansas began to diversify its economy following World War II and now relies on its service industry as well as aircraft, poultry, steel and tourism in addition to cotton and rice.
    The culture of Arkansas is available in museums, theaters, novels, television shows, restaurants and athletic venues across the state. Arkansans share the state’s culture with tourists, whether it be viewing architecture, attending a local festival, or eating barbecue and watching a football game. Despite a plethora of cultural, economic, and recreational opportunities, Arkansas is often stereotyped as a “poor, banjo-picking hillbilly” state, a reputation dating back to early accounts of the territory by frontiersman in the early 1800s. Arkansas’s enduring image has earned the state “a special place in the American consciousness” despite producing prominent successful individuals such as Bill Clinton and Sam Walton. Although today the image is more pop culture and history than reality it remains a prominent feature of Arkansas culture in part due to the state choosing to capitalize on the positive aspects of the image, such as the Ozark Folk Center.

    Etymology

    The name “Arkansas” derives from the same root as the name for the state of Kansas. The Kansa tribe of Native Americans are closely associated with the Sioux tribes of the Great Plains. The word “Arkansas” itself is a French pronunciation (“Arcansas”) of a Quapaw (a related “Kaw” tribe) word, akakaze, meaning “land of downriver people” or the Sioux word akakaze meaning “people of the south wind”. The pronunciation of Arkansas was made official by an act of the state legislature in 1881, after a dispute between two U.S. Senators from Arkansas.
    In 2007, the state legislature passed a non-binding resolution declaring the possessive form of the state’s name to be Arkansas’s, which has been followed increasingly by the state government.

    Geography

    Boundaries

    Arkansas borders Louisiana to the south, Texas to the southwest, Oklahoma to the west, Missouri to the north, and Tennessee and Mississippi on the east. The United States Census Bureau classifies Arkansas as a southern state, sub categorized among the West South Central States. The Mississippi River forms most of Arkansas’s eastern border, except in Clay and Greene counties where the St. Francis River forms the western boundary of the Missouri Bootheel, and in dozens of places where the current channel of the Mississippi has meandered from where it had last been legally specified. The state line along the Mississippi River is indeterminate along much of the eastern border with Mississippi due to these meanders.

    Terrain

    Arkansas can generally be split into two halves, the highlands in the northwest half and the lowlands of the southeastern half. The highlands are part of the Southern Interior Highlands, including The Ozarks and the Ouachita Mountains. The southern lowlands include the Gulf Coastal Plain and the Arkansas Delta. This dual split is somewhat simplistic, however, and thus usually yields to general regions named northwest, southwest, northeast, southeast, or central Arkansas. These directionally named regions are also not defined along county lines and are also broad. Arkansas has seven distinct natural regions: the Ozark Mountains, Ouachita Mountains, Arkansas River Valley, Gulf Coastal Plain, Crowley’s Ridge, and the Arkansas Delta, with Central Arkansas sometimes included as a blend of multiple regions.
    The southeastern part of Arkansas along the Mississippi Alluvial Plain is sometimes called the Arkansas Delta. This region is a flat landscape of rich alluvial soils formed by repeated flooding of the adjacent Mississippi. Farther away from the river, in the southeast portion of the state, the Grand Prairie consists of a more undulating landscape. Both are fertile agricultural areas. The Delta region is bisected by an unusual geological formation known as Crowley’s Ridge. A narrow band of rolling hills, Crowley’s Ridge rises from 250 to 500 feet (76 to 150 m) above the surrounding alluvial plain and underlies many of the major towns of eastern Arkansas.
    Northwest Arkansas is part of the Ozark Plateau including the Ozark Mountains, to the south are the Ouachita Mountains, and these regions are divided by the Arkansas River; the southern and eastern parts of Arkansas are called the Lowlands. These mountain ranges are part of the U.S. Interior Highlands region, the only major mountainous region between the Rocky Mountains and the Appalachian Mountains. The highest point in the state is Mount Magazine in the Ouachita Mountains; it rises to 2,753 feet (839 m) above sea level.

    Hydrology

    Arkansas has many rivers, lakes, and reservoirs within or along its borders. Major tributaries of the Mississippi River include the Arkansas River, White River, and St. Francis River. The Arkansas is fed by the Mulberry River, and Fourche LaFave River in the Arkansas River Valley, which is also home to Lake Dardanelle. The Buffalo River, Little Red River, Black River and Cache River all serve as tributaries to the White River, which also empties into the Mississippi. The Saline River, Little Missouri River, Bayou Bartholomew, and the Caddo River all serve as tributaries to the Ouachita River in south Arkansas, which eventually empties into the Mississippi in Louisiana. The Red River briefly serves as the state’s boundary with Texas. Arkansas has few natural lakes but many major reservoirs, including Bull Shoals Lake, Lake Ouachita, Greers Ferry Lake, Millwood Lake, Beaver Lake, Norfork Lake, DeGray Lake, and Lake Conway.
    Arkansas is home to many caves, such as Blanchard Springs Caverns. More than 43,000 Native American living, hunting and tool making sites, many of them Pre-Columbian burial mounds and rock shelters, have been cataloged by the State Archeologist. Crater of Diamonds State Park near Murfreesboro is the world’s only diamond bearing site accessible to the public for digging. Arkansas is home to a dozen Wilderness Areas totaling 158,444 acres (641.20 km2). These areas are set aside for outdoor recreation and are open to hunting, fishing, hiking, and primitive camping. No mechanized vehicles or developed campgrounds are allowed in these areas.

    Flora and fauna

    Arkansas is divided into three broad ecoregions, the Ozark, Ouachita-Appalachian Forests, Mississippi Alluvial and Southeast USA Coastal Plains, and the Southeastern USA Plains. The state is further divided into seven subregions: the Arkansas Valley, Boston Mountains, Mississippi Alluvial Plain, Mississippi Valley Loess Plain, Ozark Highlands, Ouachita Mountains, and the South Central Plains. A 2010 United States Forest Service survey determined 18,720,000 acres (7,580,000 ha) of Arkansas’s land is forestland, or 56% of the state’s total area. Dominant species in Arkansas’s forests include Quercus (oak), Carya (hickory), Pinus echinata (shortleaf pine) and Pinus taeda (Loblolly pine).
    Arkansas’s plant life varies with its climate and elevation. The pine belt stretching from the Arkansas delta to Texas consists of dense oak-hickory-pine growth. Lumbering and paper milling activity is active throughout the region. In eastern Arkansas, one can find Taxodium (cypress), Quercus nigra (water oaks), and hickories with their roots submerged in the Mississippi Valley bayous indicative of the deep south. Nearby Crowley’s Ridge is only home of the tulip tree in the state, and generally hosts more northeastern plant life such as the beech tree. The northwestern highlands are covered in an oak-hickory mixture, with Ozark white cedars, cornus (dogwoods), and Cercis canadensis (redbuds) also present. The higher peaks in the Arkansas River Valley play host to scores of ferns, including the Woodsia scopulina and Adiantum (maidenhair fern) on Mount Magazine.

    Climate

    Arkansas generally has a humid subtropical climate, which borders on humid continental in some northern highland areas. While not bordering the Gulf of Mexico, Arkansas is still close enough to this warm, large body of water for it to influence the weather in the state. Generally, Arkansas has hot, humid summers and cold, slightly drier winters. In Little Rock, the daily high temperatures average around 93 °F (34 °C) with lows around 73 °F (23 °C) in July. In January highs average around 51 °F (11 °C) and lows around 32 °F (0 °C). In Siloam Springs in the northwest part of the state, the average high and low temperatures in July are 89 °F (32 °C) and 67 °F (19 °C) and in January the average high and lows are 44 °F (7 °C) and 23 °F (-5 °C). Annual precipitation throughout the state averages between about 40 and 60 inches (1,000 and 1,500 mm); somewhat wetter in the south and drier in the northern part of the state. Snowfall is infrequent but most common in the northern half of the state. The half of the state south of Little Rock is more apt to see ice storms. Arkansas’ all time record high is 120 °F (49 °C) at Ozark on August 10, 1936; the all time record low is -29 °F (-34 °C) at Gravette, on February 13, 1905.
    Arkansas is known for extreme weather. A typical year will see thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail, snow and ice storms. Between both the Great Plains and the Gulf States, Arkansas receives around 60 days of thunderstorms. A few of the most destructive tornadoes in U.S. history have struck the state. While being sufficiently away from the coast to be safe from a direct hit from a hurricane, Arkansas can often get the remnants of a tropical system which dumps tremendous amounts of rain in a short time and often spawns smaller tornadoes.

    History

    Early Arkansas through territorial period

    Prior to European settlement of North America, Arkansas was inhabited by the Caddo, Osage, and Quapaw people. Explorers to visit the state include Hernando de Soto in 1541, Jacques Marquette and Louis Jolliet in 1673, and Robert La Salle and Henri de Tonti in 1681. Originally a Quapaw village, Arkansas Post was the first European settlement upon its establishment by de Tonti in 1686, in the name of King Louis XIV of France. As Europeans settled the east coast, many other Native American tribes were relocated to Arkansas. Settlers, including fur trappers, moved to Arkansas in the early 18th century. These people used Arkansas Post as a home base and entrepot. During the colonial period, Arkansas changed hands between France and Spain following the Seven Years’ War, although neither showed interest in the remote settlement of Arkansas Post. In April 1783, Arkansas saw its only battle of the American Revolutionary War, a brief siege of the post by British Captain James Colbert, with the assistance of Choctaw and Chickasaw. The early Spanish or French explorers of the state gave it its name, which is probably a phonetic spelling of the Illinois tribe’s name for the Quapaw people, who lived downriver from them.
    Napoleon Bonaparte sold French Louisiana to the United States in 1803, including all of Arkansas, in a transaction known today as the Louisiana Purchase, although French soldiers remained at Arkansas Post. Following the purchase, the balanced give-and-take relationship between settlers and Native Americans began to change all along the frontier, including in Arkansas. Following a controversy over allowing slavery in the territory, the Territory of Arkansas was organized on July 4, 1819. Gradual emancipation in Arkansas was struck down by one vote, the Speaker of the House Henry Clay, allowing Arkansas to organize as a slave territory. Slavery became a wedge issue in Arkansas, forming a geographic divide that would remain for decades. The cotton plantation economy of southeast Arkansas firmly supported slavers as slave labor was the only method of harvesting their crop. The “hill country” of northwest Arkansas was unable to grow cotton and relied on a cash-scarce, subsistence farming economy. Native American removals began in earnest during the territorial period, with final Quapaw removal complete by 1833. The capital was relocated from Arkansas Post to Little Rock in 1821, during the territorial period.

    Statehood, Civil War and Reconstruction

    When Arkansas applied for statehood, the slavery issue was again raised in Washington DC. Congress eventually approved the Arkansas Constitution after a 25 hour session, admitting Arkansas on June 15, 1836 as the 25th state and the 13th slave state, having a population of about 60,000. Arkansas immediately struggled with taxation to support its new state government, a problem made worse by a state banking scandal and worse yet by the Panic of 1837. In early antebellum Arkansas, the southeast Arkansas economy grew rapidly on the backs of slaves. On the eve of the Civil War in 1860, enslaved African Americans numbered 111,115 people, just over 25% of the state’s population. However, plantation agriculture would ultimately set the state and region behind the nation for decades. The growth of southeast Arkansas also caused a rift to form between the northwest and southeast.
    Many politicians were elected to office from the Family, the Southern rights political force in antebellum Arkansas, but the populace generally wanted to avoid a civil war. Arkansas voted to remain in the Union when the gulf states seceded in early 1861. Arkansas would not secede until Abraham Lincoln demanded Arkansas troops be sent to Fort Sumter to quell the rebellion there. The following month a state convention voted to terminate Arkansas’s membership in the Union and join the Confederate States of America. Arkansas held a very important position for the Rebels, maintaining control of the Mississippi River and surrounding Southern states. The bloody Battle of Wilson’s Creek just across the border in Missouri shocked many Arkansans who thought the war would be a quick and decisive Southern victory. Battles early in the war took place in northwest Arkansas, including the Battle of Cane Hill, Battle of Pea Ridge, and Battle of Prairie Grove. Union General Samuel Curtis swept across the state to Helena in 1862. Little Rock was captured the following year, forcing the Confederate capital to move to Hot Springs, and then again to Washington from 1863-1865, for the remainder of the war. Throughout the state, guerrilla warfare ravaged the countryside and destroyed cities. Passion for the Confederate cause waned after implementation of unpopular programs like a draft, high taxes, and marshal law.
    Under the Military Reconstruction Act, Congress declared Arkansas restored to the Union in June 1868. The Republican controlled reconstruction legislature established universal male suffrage (though disenfranchising all former Confederates, who were mostly Democrats), a public education system, and passed general issues to improve the state and help more of the population. The state soon came under almost exclusive control of the Radical Republicans, (those who moved in from the North being derided as “carpetbaggers” based on allegations of corruption), and led by Governor Powell Clayton they presided over a time of great upheaval and racial violence in the state between Republican state militia and the Ku Klux Klan.
    In 1874, the Brooks-Baxter War, a political struggle between factions of the Republican Party shook Little Rock and the state governorship. It was settled only when President Ulysses S. Grant ordered Joseph Brooks to disperse his militant supporters.
    Following the Brooks-Baxter War, a new state constitution was ratified re-enfranchising former Confederates.
    In 1881, the Arkansas state legislature enacted a bill that adopted an official pronunciation of the state’s name, to combat a controversy then simmering. (See Law and Government below.)
    After Reconstruction, the state began to receive more immigrants and migrants. Chinese, Italian, and Syrian men were recruited for farm labor in the developing Delta region. None of these nationalities stayed long at farm labor; the Chinese especially quickly became small merchants in towns around the Delta. Some early 20th century immigration included people from eastern Europe. Together, these immigrants made the Delta more diverse than the rest of the state. In the same years, some black migrants moved into the area because of opportunities to develop the bottomlands and own their own property. Many Chinese became such successful merchants in small towns that they were able to educate their children at college.
    Construction of railroads enabled more farmers to get their products to market. It also brought new development into different parts of the state, including the Ozarks, where some areas were developed as resorts. In a few years at the end of the 19th century, for instance, Eureka Springs in Carroll County grew to 10,000 people, rapidly becoming a tourist destination and the fourth largest city of the state. It featured newly constructed, elegant resort hotels and spas planned around its natural springs, considered to have healthful properties. The town’s attractions included horse racing and other entertainment. It appealed to a wide variety of classes, becoming almost as popular as Hot Springs.
    In the late 1880s, the worsening agricultural depression catalyzed Populist and third party movements, leading to interracial coalitions. Struggling to stay in power, in the 1890s the Democrats in Arkansas followed other Southern states in passing legislation and constitutional amendments that disfranchised blacks and poor whites. Democrats wanted to prevent their alliance. In 1891 state legislators passed a requirement for a literacy test, knowing that many blacks and whites would be excluded, at a time when more than 25% of the population could neither read nor write. In 1892 they amended the state constitution to include a poll tax and more complex residency requirements, both of which adversely affected poor people and sharecroppers, and forced them from electoral rolls.
    By 1900 the Democratic Party expanded use of the white primary in county and state elections, further denying blacks a part in the political process. Only in the primary was there any competition among candidates, as Democrats held all the power. The state was a Democratic one-party state for decades, until after the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 were passed.
    Between 1905 and 1911, Arkansas began to receive a small migration of German, Slovak, and Irish immigrants. The German and Slovak peoples settled in the eastern part of the state known as the Prairie, and the Irish founded small communities in the southeast part of the state. The Germans were mostly Lutheran and the Slovaks were primarily Catholic. The Irish were mostly Protestant from Ulster.
    After the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas in 1954, the Little Rock Nine brought Arkansas to national attention when the Federal government intervened to protect African-American students trying to integrate a high school in the Arkansas capital. Governor Orval Faubus ordered the Arkansas National Guard to aid segregationists in preventing nine African-American students from enrolling at Little Rock’s Central High School. After attempting three times to contact Faubus, President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent 1000 troops from the active-duty 101st Airborne Division to escort and protect the African-American students as they entered school on September 25, 1957. In defiance of federal court orders to integrate, the governor and city of Little Rock decided to close the high schools for the remainder of the school year. By the fall of 1959, the Little Rock high schools were completely integrated.
    Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, was born in Hope, Arkansas. Before his presidency, Clinton served as the 40th and 42nd Governor of Arkansas, a total of nearly 12 years.

    Cities and towns

    Little Rock has been Arkansas’s capital city since 1821 when it replaced Arkansas Post as the capitol of the Territory of Arkansas. The state capitol was moved to Hot Springs and later Washington during the Civil War when the Union armies threatened the city in 1862, and state government did not return to Little Rock until after the war ended. Today, the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway metropolitan area is the largest in the state, with a population of 709,910 in 2011.
    The Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers Metropolitan Area is the second-largest metropolitan area in Arkansas, growing at the fastest rate due to the influx of businesses and the growth of the University of Arkansas and Walmart. The state has eight cities with populations above 50,000 (based on 2010 census). In descending order of size they are Little Rock, Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Conway and Rogers. Of these, only Fort Smith and Jonesboro are outside the two largest metropolitan areas. Other notable cities include Pine Bluff, Bentonville, Hot Springs, Texarkana, Russellville, Bella Vista, Paragould, Searcy, Van Buren, El Dorado, Blytheville, Harrison, and Mountian Home.

    Population

    The United States Census Bureau estimates that the population of Arkansas was 2,949,132 on July 1, 2012, a 1.1% increase since the 2010 United States Census.
    As of 2012, Arkansas has an estimated population of 2,949,132. From fewer than 15,000 in 1820, Arkansas’s population grew to 52,240 during a special census in 1835, far exceeding the 40,000 required to apply for statehood. Following statehood in 1836, the population doubled each decade until the 1870 Census conducted following the Civil War. The state recorded growth in each successive decade, although slowing until recording losses in the 1950 and 1960 Censuses. This outmigration was a result of multiple factors, including mechanization on the farm reducing the number of laborers needed and young educated people leaving the state due to a lack of non-farming industry in the state. Arkansas again began to grow, recording positive growth rates ever since and exceeding the 2 million mark during the 1980 Census. Arkansas’s current rate of change, age distributions, and gender distributions mirror national averages. Minority group data also approximates national averages, with the exception of persons of Hispanic or Latino origin approximately 10% below the national percentage in Arkansas. The center of population of Arkansas for 2000 was located in Perry County, near Nogal.

    Economy

    Once a state with a cashless society in the uplands and plantation agriculture in the lowlands, Arkansas’s economy has evolved and diversified to meet the needs of today’s consumer. The state’s gross domestic product (GDP) was $105 billion in 2010. Four Fortune 500 companies are based in Arkansas, including the world’s #1 retailer, Walmart. The per capita personal income in 2010 was $36,027, ranking forty-fifth in the nation. The three-year median household income from 2009-11 was $39,806, ranking forty-ninth in the nation. The state’s agriculture outputs are poultry and eggs, soybeans, sorghum, cattle, cotton, rice, hogs, and milk. Its industrial outputs are food processing, electric equipment, fabricated metal products, machinery, and paper products. Mines in Arkansas produce natural gas, oil, crushed stone, bromine, and vanadium.
    As of November 2012 the state’s unemployment rate is 7.0%

    Industry and commerce

    Arkansas’s earliest industries were fur trading and agriculture. Although approximately 3% of the population is employed in the agricultural sector, it remains a major part of the state’s economy, ranking 13th in the nation in the value of products sold. The state is the U.S.’s largest producer of rice and ranks in the top three for cotton, broilers, pullets, turkeys, and aquaculture (catfish). Forestry remains strong in the Arkansas Timberlands, and the state ranks fourth nationally and first in the South in softwood lumber production. In recent years, automobile parts manufacturers have opened factories in eastern Arkansas to support auto plants in other states. Bauxite was formerly a large part of the state’s economy, mostly mined around Saline County.
    Tourism is also very important to the Arkansas economy; the official state nickname “The Natural State” was originally created for state tourism advertising in the 1970s, and is still used to this day. The state maintains 52 state parks and the National Park Service maintains seven properties in Arkansas, including the nation’s first National Park, Hot Springs National Park. The completion of the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock has drawn many visitors to the city and revitalized the nearby River Market District. Many cities also hold festivals which draw tourists to the culture of Arkansas such as King Biscuit Blues Festival, Ozark Folk Festival, Toad Suck Daze, and Tontitown Grape Festival.