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Overview

Introduction to Little Rock, Arkansas

The central Arkansas city of Little Rock is the county seat of Pulaski County and is also the Arkansas state capital. The city, which sits on the south bank of the Arkansas River near the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, is serviced by several major highways including Interstates I-30, I-40, I-430, I-440, I-530; and U.S. Routes 67 and 165. The city is home to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and also to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The University of Arkansas offers online programs where students can earn their degrees in Teaching, Nursing, and Information Systems to name a few. Little Rock was the birthplace of Federal Express, which was created in the city in 1971 by Frederick W. Smith, who moved the franchise 135 miles east to Memphis, Tennessee in 1973.

Little Rock derived its name from the noted La Salle Expedition in 1682 when the landing party arrived at 'La Petite Roche,' the "little rock" located on the southern bank of the Arkansas River. By the late 18th century, a settlement consisting of only a handful of families had developed in the vicinity of this landmark. In 1819, the territory of Arkansas was created and two short years later, Little Rock was chosen as its territorial capital. In 1831, the city became incorporated and in 1836, Little Rock was named capital of the newly admitted state of Arkansas. The city experienced various degrees of growth through much of the 20th century. In the late 1950s, Little Rock was thrust into the national spotlight when the U.S. Supreme Court made its landmark ruling in the Brown v. Board of Education case, holding racial segregation in public schools to be unconstitutional. The city once again became a focal point of national attention in 1992 when then-Governor Bill Clinton was elected the nation's 42nd president and held his election night victory celebration at the site of the Old State House in Little Rock.

Points of Interest in Little Rock

Little Rock boasts numerous cultural, historic, and recreational sites for visitors and residents to enjoy. The William J. Clinton Presidential Center, opened in 2004, houses the Clinton presidential library and the offices of the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton School of Public Service. The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, which opened in 2001, is one of the oldest buildings in central Arkansas and was the birthplace of General Douglas MacArthur, supreme commander of U.S. forces in the South Pacific during World War II. The Little Rock Zoo, one of Arkansas' great treasures, has grown enormously from its origins in 1926. The facility began with just two animals and today boasts more than 725 animals representing over 200 species. Other notable attractions in the city include the following:

  • Arkansas Arboretum: Includes an interpretive trail with flora and tree plantings
  • Old State House Museum: Formerly a state capitol building and now the site of a museum focusing on the state's recent history
  • Arkansas Arts Center: The state's largest art museum
  • Wildwood Center for the Performing Arts: Home of the annual Wildwood Festival, held in June
  • Riverfront Park: Site of the annual Riverfest music festival
  • Arkansas Repertory Theatre: The state's only professional non-profit theatre
  • Arkansas State Capitol: A smaller-scale replica of the U.S. Capitol Building, built in 1911
  • Ballet Arkansas: The state's only professional ballet company
  • Arkansas State Fair
  • Arkansas Museum of Discovery
  • Pinnacle Mountain State Park
  • Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

Although Arkansas does not have any major league professional sports franchises, there are a number of smaller variety pro sports teams in the Little Rock area. The Arkansas Travelers are a minor league baseball team based in the nearby city of North Little Rock. The team plays in the Texas League and is the Class AA affiliate of Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Arkansas Twisters are an arena football team playing in the Af2, the minor league of the Arena Football League. The Twisters play their home games at ALLTEL Arena in North Little Rock.

People

Total Population 196,943
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 12.5%
Employed Population 16+ 92,307
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 40.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 39.3%
Median Earnings25+ $35,283
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,574
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,065

Wealth

Median Family Income $61,635
% Above Poverty Level 82.2%
% Below Poverty Level 17.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 37.5%
Median Gross Rent $784
Median House Value $153,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 52.5%
US/American 0%
English 7.8%
Irish 7.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Little Rock Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 130 miles W of Memphis, Tennessee
County Pulaski
Metro Area Little Rock - North Little Rock
Standard Zip Codes 72201, 72202, 72204, 72205, 72206, 72207, 72209, 72210, 72211, 72212, 72223, 72227
P.O. Box Zip Codes 72203, 72214, 72215, 72216, 72217, 72219, 72221, 72222, 72225, 72231, 72260, 72295
Phone Area Codes 501
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.746
Longitude -92.289

Little Rock Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station LITTLE ROCK ADAMS AP
Distance 3.2 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 50 F
Apr Temp 50 to 73 F
Jul Temp 72 to 93 F
Oct Temp 52 to 75 F
Annual Precip 50.9 inches
Station CABOT 4 SW
Distance 18.3 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 49 F
Apr Temp 48 to 73 F
Jul Temp 69 to 91 F
Oct Temp 48 to 74 F
Annual Precip 50.5 inches
Station CONWAY
Distance 24.7 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 49 F
Apr Temp 50 to 72 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 50 to 75 F
Annual Precip 48.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cammack Village 1,036 $101,111
Jacksonville 28,726 $47,109
North Little Rock 65,538 $49,767
Shannon Hills 3,497 $61,833
Sherwood 30,210 $70,601
Wrightsville 1,204 $34,777

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Little Rock Public Libraries

Library
Central Arkansas Library System
100 ROCK STREET
Little Rock, Arkansas
(501) 918-3000
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Little Rock Hospitals

ST VINCENT INFIRMARY MED CTR
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
TWO ST VINCENT CIRCLE
(501) 552-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

UAMS MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - State)
4301 WEST MARKHAM STREET SLOT 557
(501) 686-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

BAPTIST HEALTH MEDICAL CENTER-LITTLE ROCK
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
9601 INTERSTATE 630, EXIT 7
(501) 202-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
11401 INTERSTATE 30
(501) 455-7100
Emergency Service: Yes

ARKANSAS HEART HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
1701 S SHACKLEFORD RD
(501) 219-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital
(VA)
4300 West 7th Street
(501) 257-1000
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Little Rock High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
1500 PARK ST.
501-447-1400
Serves 2,111 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.8

HALL HIGH SCHOOL
6700 H ST.
501-447-1900
Serves 1,327 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

PARKVIEW MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL
2501 BARROW RD.
501-447-2300
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,131 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

J.A. FAIR HIGH SCHOOL
5201 DAVID O DODD RD.
501-447-1700
Serves 1,023 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.2

MCCLELLAN MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL
9417 GEYER SPRINGS RD.
501-447-2100
Serves 1,006 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.9

WILBUR D. MILLS HIGH SCHOOL
1205 E. DIXON RD
501-490-5700
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 957 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

JOE T. ROBINSON HIGH SCHOOL
21501 HWY. 10
501-868-2400
Serves 681 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

ACCELERATED LEARNING PROGRAM
7701 SCOTT HAMILTON DR.
501-447-1350
Serves 131 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 8.7

ALTERNATIVE LEARNING CENTER
800 APPERSON ST.
501-447-3520
A Non-traditional School
Serves 94 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.1

ARK. SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF H.S.
2400 W. MARKHAM
501-324-9514
A Special Education School
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 50 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.5

ARK. SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND H.S.
2600 W MARKHAM ST.
501-296-1810
A Special Education School
Serves 48 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2.8

METROPOLITAN VO-TECH SCHOOL
7701 SCOTT HAMILTON DR.
501-447-1200
A Vocational School
Serves 1 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 0.1

EVENING HIGH SCHOOL
7701 SCOTT HAMILTON DR.
501-447-1350

ALTERNATIVE AGENCIES
800 APPERSON ST.
501-447-3580
A Non-traditional School

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New Union Station between 1905 and 1915

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New Union Station between 1905 and 1915

West 2nd St. i.e. Second Street residences between 1905 and 1915

High school between 1905 and 1915

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