Arkansas has 75 official counties listed, and Pulaski County comes in at number one for population. With almost 400,000 residents, this home to the State Capitol of Little Rock is a major center for transportation, government and culture in the state. It holds the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, many theaters and museums as well as opportunities for outdoor recreation such as camping, rock climbing and boating. The nearby Ozark mountain range has beautiful hiking trails, rivers and lots of places to cast a line or just relax surrounded by nature. Benton County is the second-most populated in the state. Part of the historic Trail of Tears runs through this region, and Benton County's town of Bentonville holds the headquarters of retail giant Wal-Mart. Washington County, named after the nation's first President, is neighbor to Benton County. The University of Arkansas was founded there in 1871 in Fayetteville, which is the County Seat of Washington County.
Home to quite a number of Fortune 500 companies, Arkansas has an economy based on several different industries. From agriculture to mining operations and retail to healthcare, the state has a wide selection of career opportunities. Wal-Mart, the world's largest corporation, adds to the economy with 9,500 of their 2.2 million employees situated at Bentonville's Headquarters. Dillard's Department Stores, Tyson Foods and Murphy Oil also employ thousands of the state's residents. The U.S. Government employs the most, however, with more than 57,000 employees in the state.