Arkansas is the 29th largest state in the United States and is called ‘the Natural State’ because of its diverse geographic features; a feature which makes the state a popular destination for nature tourism. The state of Arkansas has seen heavy cultural exposure throughout its existence as a state and is often stereotyped as a state of hillbillies despite its very diverse climate of arts, architecture, and history.
Agriculture and timber have long been the primary products of Arkansas’ economy before the Industrial Revolution and remain a large part of Arkansas’ economy. Tourism is also a large industry with numerous parks and festivals drawing tourists to the state year-round for cultural and natural activities.
Most of Arkansas’ population can be found in the center and northwestern corner of the state; primarily in the Ozarks where the population continues to experience some growth.