State Stereotypes: Arkansas

State Stereotypes: Arkansas

Next on our list of American states come the borders of Arkansas. A mid-to-Southern location (though it identifies with the South) that many folks call home. It’s rich in loyalty and longevity, and is known for pride that may even border on stubborn-type behavior. Whether they grew up and moved on, or who found peace within its location later in life. No matter your experience with the local, we’re ready to take everything you previously heard about Arkansas and finally set the record straight.

What You Thought You Knew

The state of Arkansas is known as “the Natural State,” and was named after Quapaw Indians’ native language. It encompasses the words for “land of downriver people” and” people of the south wind,” depending on translation or tribe origin. The state was inducted into the United States in 1836, after having been a territory for roughly 17 years. During the Civil War, Arkansas succeeded from the Union and sided with the South. Today, they rank 34th in population and 29th in land size. The capital city of Little Rock, which is also its largest, has a population of roughly 200,000, with Fayetteville at 79,000, being the state’s second-most dense city. Arkansas is best explored with its diverse terrain, hosting both high and lowlands, as well as plenty of Greenland, which is kept up by various bodies of water and rivers.


It’s Said “Arr Kansas”

Actually, they pronounce it Arr-can-saw – far different than a similarly monikered state, Kansas. The pronunciation is likely a play on the Southern draw. Drawing out the sas/saw portion of the name. In root form, however, the word comes from Native American words, which were spelled and pronounced differently. Much like modern variations on languages (from state to state, and more widespread, think the difference between American English and British English), words gain a different emphasis, based on where you’re located. Those who went north kept the traditional ‘S’ sound, while the Southern portion went for the awe version instead.

Arkansas Flag
Next ➞

More on EscapeHere