Blytheville, Arkansas, the seat of Mississippi County. It is five miles (8 km) south of the Missouri border and 70 miles (113 km) north of Memphis, Tennessee. The city is surrounded by a farming area that produces cotton, soybeans, alfalfa, and vegetables.
Blytheville is the central market for the state's richest cotton area. Factories produce farm equipment, food products, and chemicals. Blytheville was founded in 1880 and incorporated in 1891.