Information on Arkansas
Arkansas is located in the Southern region of the United States. The northwest half of the state has mountains and other highlands, which the southeastern half is very flat. Arkansas has a humid subtropical climate, featuring hot and humid summers and colder temperatures in the winter. Severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, hail, snow, and ice storms are common in the state. Arkansas is also sometimes hit with remnants of nearby tropical storms and hurricanes.
In July 2012, the population of Arkansas was 2,949,132, an increase of 1. 1 percent from 2010, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Arkansas is the 32nd most populous state in the United States. The largest city in the state is Little Rock, with a population of 717,666, not including its nearby suburbs. In 2013, Kiplinger magazine named Little Rock the #1 place to live among metropolitan areas under one million people.
Security outlook in Arkansas
In May 2012, an estimated 5,730 security guards were employed throughout Arkansas, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The location quotient for security guards in the state is 0.62, which means that there are fewer security jobs in Arkansas than the national average. Most security jobs are located in the Little Rock-North Little Rock metropolitan areas; about 2,760 security guards are employed in that area. While security guard jobs are less likely to increase in areas outside of Little Rock, job opportunities should continue to increase as the population of Little Rock-North Little Rock continues to grow.
State based financial aid
The Arkansas Department of Higher Education offers several scholarships and grants:
- The Academic Challenge Program – available to Arkansas residents seeking a higher education in the state. All students are eligible to apply, regardless of their academic status.
- Higher Education Opportunities Grant – available to full-time and part-time students based on financial need. Students must be a resident of the state for at least 12 months, meet financial aid requirements, and complete the FAFSA.
- Workforce Improvement Grant – available for students who are at least 24 years old. Must meet financial need requirements and complete the FAFSA.