The Ark-La-Tex, Arklatex, or ArkLaTex is a U.S. socio-economic region where Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma intersect. Some prefer the more inclusive Arklatexoma. 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.


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

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

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

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

Famous natives

Trace Adkins, Maya Angelou, Terry Bradshaw, Earl Campbell, Glen Campbell, William Childress, Bill Clinton, Johnnie L. Cochran, David Crowder, Clint Dempsey, James L. Farmer, George Forman, Lefty Frizzell, John Wesley Hardin, James Pinckney Henderson, Don Henley, Jim Hogg, Lamar Hunt, Mike Huckabee, Alphonso Jackson, Lady Bird Johnson, Scott Joplin, Alan Ladd, Tracy Lawrence, Huddy Ledbetter, Jared Leto, Shannon Leto, Freddy King, Jeff Mangum, Neal McCoy, Matthew McConaughey, Don Meredith, Craig Monroe, Bill Moyers, Ross Perot, Tex Ritter, Jim Reeves, Eddie Robinson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Hal Sutton, B. J. Thomas, David Toms, Billy Bob Thornton, Forrest Whitaker, Hank Williams, Jr., Lee Ann Womack.

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