The Four State Area
or Quad State Area, is the area where the states of Arkansas
touch. The Tulsa, Oklahoma
; Joplin, Missouri
; and Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Arkansas
metropolitan areas are located within the region. Notable cities and towns in the area are Tulsa, and Miami, Oklahoma; Pittsburg, Kansas; Joplin, Springfield, and Monett, Missouri; and Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville, Arkansas.
The area is partially located in the Ozarks. Oil and gas production, as well as coal mining were and continue to be a large part of the region’s industry. Today, a major driver of the region’s economy is Walmart, the world’s largest retail company, whose headquarters are in Bentonville. Also headquartered nearby in Northwest Arkansas are Tyson Foods, the world’s largest processor of chicken, beef, and pork (Springdale); and major trucking and transportation company J. B. Hunt (Lowell). The city of Joplin, Missouri is the most centrally located city in the Four States Area. Read more…