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 Ozarks and the Ouachita Mountains to the eastern lowlands along the Mississippi River and the Arkansas Delta.
Abuse rates amongst Arkansas teen couples is higher than the national average. The national average is 10% and Arkansas is nearly double that number.
In 2008, Arkansas was ranked 47 out of 50 states on teen birth rates among mothers ages 15 to 19. In this study, only three states had higher rates of birth among teen mothers.
In 2009, the EPA found that three Arkansas Egg Co. facilities in Benton and Washington counties were not complying with their water discharge permits, applied excess chicken litter to fields, failed to properly operate their liquid manure systems and improperly disposed of manure. Those chickens produced as much untreated sewage as the Atlanta and Boston metro areas.
Farming is a big industry in Arkansas. The Government Accountability Office reported that Benton and Washington counties in Arkansas produced 942 million pounds of manure in 2002.
In 1828 the Cherokee were persuaded to give up their northwest Arkansas lands and to move further west. They were being relocated for the second time in less than 12 years.
In 1817 the Cherokee were given lands in northwest Arkansas in exchange for their home lands in Georgia and Tennessee. Fort Smith was established at Belle Point, on the Arkansas River.
Arkansas is almost evenly divided by highlands and lowlands. The lowlands attracted the wealthy and their slaves when Arkansas was purchased.
Arkansas came as part of the Louisiana purchase. The Louisiana Purchase cost 3.6 cents per acre.
The median income for Arkansas is $38,000. That is $12,000 less than the median income of the United States.
Arkansas has a population of over 2.8 million. Greater than a fifth of that population lives in poverty.