Arkansas is a state located in the southern region of the United States. It covers an area of 137,733 square km and has a population of around 3 million people, making it he 29th largest US state by area and the 33rd most populous. The state is divided into 75 counties and includes 502 incorporated municipalities, which consist of both cities and towns. Municipalities in Arkansas are divided into three groups. Those with a population of more than 2,500 are categorized as a City of the First Class. A City of the Second Class has a population between 500 and 2,499, while the third category, Incorporated Town, has a population of 499 or fewer.
The 5 Biggest Cities in Arkansas
1. Little Rock
Little Rock is the biggest city of Arkansas and the state capital. It is located on the Arkansas River’s south bank, and serves as the county seat of Pulaski County. The city has a population of around 193,524 individuals. Little Rock was incorporated as a city in 1831, and is named after a rock formation along the Arkansas River. It is the state’s political, cultural, economic, and transportation hub.
2. Fort Smith
Fort Smith is the second most populated city in Arkansas and is one of the two county seats of Sebastian County. The city is located where the Arkansas and Poteau rivers meet, near the Arkansas-Oklahoma border. Fort Smith was established in 1817 as a military and fur trading post, and is now a major manufacturing sector in Arkansas. The city has a population of approximately 86,209, and according to the 2010 census, was home to 34,352 households and had a population density of 1,391.2 people per square mile.
With a population of approximately 73,580, Fayetteville is the third biggest city in Arkansas. The city was incorporated in 1836 and is centrally located in Washington County. In fact, the city was originally named Washington, but was later renamed after Fayetteville, Tennessee, from where most of the residents of the city came. It is home to the University of Arkansas, which was established in 1871, and is the largest in the state. Students of the University of Arkansas adds to the city’s population, which dramatically fluctuates depending on when school is in session.
Springdale is the fourth most populous city in Arkansas and is located in Benton and Washington counties. It has a population of approximately 69,797, and has recently experienced a population boom. In fact, its population grew by 133% in two decades (1990 to 2010). Springdale is an important industrial center, and is home to several trucking companies, as well as the headquarters of Tyson Foods, the world's largest meat producing company. The city was originally named Shiloh, but renamed Springdale in 1872.
Jonesboro is the fifth biggest city in Arkansas, with a population of 67,263. The city is located on Crowley's Ridge, in the northeastern part of the state, and is one of the two county seats of Craighead County. Jonesboro is the economic and cultural center of northeastern Arkansas, and is a regional hub of education, medicine, agriculture, and manufacturing.