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The general area of the Ark-La-Tex highlighted within the United States.

The Ark-La-Tex (also known as Arklatex, ArkLaTex, or more inclusively Arklatexoma) is a U.S. socio-economic region where Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma intersect. The region contains portions of Northwest Louisiana, Northeast Texas, South Arkansas, and the Little Dixie area of Oklahoma.

The region is centered on the Shreveport/Bossier metropolitan area in Northwest Louisiana, although Marshall in Northeast Texas, Natchitoches, Louisiana, and both Texarkana, Texas and Texarkana, Arkansas retain a large degree of autonomy. Most of the region is located in the Piney Woods, an ecoregion of dense forest of mixed deciduous and conifer flora. The forests are periodically punctuated by sloughs and bayous that are linked to larger bodies of water such as Caddo Lake or the Red River. Although it is not an official US metropolitan area it has a total population of 1,043,570. Its largest city is Shreveport, Louisiana with Tyler, Texas in second, Longview, Texas in third, and Texarkana, Texas/Texarkana, Arkansas in fourth.

The area covers roughly 46,500 square miles as it is about 240 miles North to South (Mena, Arkansas in the north to Lufkin, Texas in the south) and about 194 miles East to West (El Dorado Arkansas in the East to Sulphur Springs, Texas to the West).



KLTV - Tyler (ABC affiliate)

KYTX - Nacogdoches (CBS affiliate)

KFXK - Longview (FOX affiliate)

KCEB - Longview (Me-TV affiliate)

KETK - Jacksonville (NBC affiliate)

KTRE - Lufkin (ABC affiliate)

KTAL - Shreveport (NBC affiliate)

KMSS - Shreveport (FOX affiliate)

KSHV - Shreveport (MyNetworkTV affiliate)

KPXJ - Shreveport (CW affiliate)

KSLA - Shreveport (CBS affiliate)

KTBS - Shreveport (ABC affiliate)

AETN - Arkadelphia/El Dorado (PBS affiliate)

KTVE - El Dorado (NBC affiliate)





In Arkansas: Arkadelphia, Ashdown, Camden, Delight, De Queen, El Dorado, Fouke, Glenwood, Hope, Magnolia, Mena, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Prescott, Stamps, and Texarkana.

In Louisiana: Benton, Bernice, Blanchard, Bossier City, Greenwood, Hosston, Mansfield, Many, Minden, Mooringsport, Natchitoches, Plain Dealing, Pleasant Hill, Ruston, Sarepta, Shongaloo, Shreveport, Springhill, Vivian, and Zwolle

In Oklahoma: Antlers, Broken Bow, Haworth, Hugo, and Idabel.

In Texas: Atlanta, Athens, Bonham, Carthage, Clarksville, Crockett, Daingerfield, De Kalb, Gilmer, Hallsville, Henderson, Hooks, Jacksonville, Jefferson, Kilgore, Longview, Lufkin, Marshall, Mount Pleasant, Mount Vernon, Nacogdoches, Naples, New Boston, New London, Omaha, Paris, Pittsburg, Scottsville, Sulphur Springs, Tatum, Texarkana, Tyler, and Waskom.

Largest Cities[edit]

Populated Place Founded Area Population
Shreveport, Louisiana 1836 117.8 sq mi 200,975
Tyler, Texas 1847 54.376 sq mi 96,900
Longview, Texas 1871 54.8 sq mi 80,455
Bossier City, Louisiana 1883 41.6 sq mi 62,745
Texarkana, Texas 1873 27.7 sq mi 37,103
Lufkin, Texas 1882 33.7 sq mi 35,067
Texarkana, Arkansas 1880 42.65 sq mi 29,919


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