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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population197,640
Male Share of the Population47.9%
Female Share of the Population52.1%
Senior Citizens12.9%
Employed Population 16+92,774
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married40.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher38.9%
Median Earnings25+$35,337
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,507
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,764

Wealth

Median Family Income$62,335
% Above Poverty Level81.5%
% Below Poverty Level18.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home3%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.6%
% Using Public Transportation1.2%

Housing

People Living Alone37%
Median Gross Rent$803
Median House Value$154,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)51.9%
German7.8%
English7.6%
Irish7.5%
Scottish1.9%
French Except Basque1.8%
Italian1.4%
Polish0.8%
Arab0.7%
Dutch0.7%
African0.7%
Swedish0.5%
Welsh0.5%
Czech0.3%
Norwegian0.3%
Danishn0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Canadian0.2%
West Indian0.2%
Nigerian0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Palestinian0.1%
Russian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Little Rock Almanac

CategoryValue
County Pulaski County
Standard Zip Codes72201, 72202, 72204, 72205, 72206, 72209, 72210, 72211, 72212, 72223, 72227, 72207
P.O. Box Zip Codes72203, 72214, 72215, 72216, 72217, 72219, 72221, 72222, 72225, 72231, 72260, 72295
Company Zip Codes72255
Phone Area Codes501
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude34.75
Approximate Longitude-92.28

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)

StationLITTLE ROCK ADAMS AP
Distance3.2 miles
Jan Temp31 to 50 F
Apr Temp50 to 73 F
Jul Temp72 to 93 F
Oct Temp52 to 75 F
Annual Precip50.9 inches
StationCABOT 4 SW
Distance18.3 miles
Jan Temp27 to 49 F
Apr Temp48 to 73 F
Jul Temp69 to 91 F
Oct Temp48 to 74 F
Annual Precip50.5 inches
StationCONWAY
Distance24.7 miles
Jan Temp28 to 49 F
Apr Temp50 to 72 F
Jul Temp72 to 92 F
Oct Temp50 to 75 F
Annual Precip48.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Cammack Village969$102,750
Jacksonville28,661$51,768
North Little Rock66,042$49,527
Shannon Hills3,614$67,022
Sherwood30,251$71,875
Wrightsville1,246$38,750

Little Rock Public Libraries

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

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Little Rock Hospitals

Uams Medical Center
(Government - State)
4301 West Markham Street
(501) 686-5000
Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute
(Non-profit)
9601 Baptist Health Drive
(501) 202-7578
Baptist Health Medical Center - North Little Rock
(Non-profit)
3333 Springhill Drive
(501) 202-3000
Baptist Health Medical Center - Little Rock
(Non-profit)
9601 Interstate 630, Exit 7
(501) 202-2200
Arkansas Heart Hospital
(Proprietary)
1701 South Shackleford Road
(501) 219-7000
Arkansas State Hospital
305 South Palm Street
(501) 686-9000
Baptist Health Medical Center - Little Rock
(Non-profit)
11401 Interstate 30
(501) 455-7101
Baptist Health Extended Care Hospital-little Rock, Inc.
(Non-profit)
9601 Interstate 630, Exit 7, 10th Floor
(501) 202-6000
John L. Mcclellan Memorial Veterans Hospital
(Government - Federal)
4300 W 7th St
Pinnacle Pointe Behavioral Healthcare System
11501 Financial Centre Parkway
(501) 223-3322
St. Vincent Infirmary Health System
(Non-profit)
Two St. Vincent Circle
(501) 552-3000
Arkansas Children's Hospital
1 Children's Way, Slot 301
(501) 364-1100

Little Rock Public Schools

Estem Middle School
112 West 3rd Street
ZIP: 72201
Middle
Total Enrollment 476
Estem Elementary School
112 West 3rd Street
ZIP: 72201
Primary
Total Enrollment 480
Estem Public Charter High School
112 W Third St 3rd Floor
ZIP: 72201
High
Total Enrollment 506
M.l. King Magnet Elem. School
907 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
ZIP: 72202
Primary
Total Enrollment 522
Carver Magnet Elem. School
2100 E Sixth St
ZIP: 72202
Primary
Total Enrollment 311
Gibbs Magnet Elementary School
1115 W 16th St
ZIP: 72202
Primary
Total Enrollment 291
Alternative Agencies
800 Apperson St
ZIP: 72202
Other
Central High School
1500 Park St
ZIP: 72202
High
Total Enrollment 2489
Ark. School For The Deaf Elem.
2400 W Markham St
ZIP: 72203
Primary
Total Enrollment 93
Ark. School For The Blind Elem
2600 W Markham St
ZIP: 72203
Primary
Total Enrollment 46
Ark. School For The Blind H.s.
2600 W Markham St
ZIP: 72203
High
Total Enrollment 39
Ark. School For The Deaf H.s.
2400 W Markham St
ZIP: 72203
High
Total Enrollment 38
Ark Consolidated High School
700 S Main St
ZIP: 72203
High
Total Enrollment 93
Romine Interdist. Elem. School
3400 Romine Rd
ZIP: 72204
Primary
Total Enrollment 350
Stephens Elementary
3700 W 18th St
ZIP: 72204
Primary
Total Enrollment 380
Parkview Magnet High School
2501 Barrow Rd
ZIP: 72204
High
Total Enrollment 1033
Wilson Elementary School
4015 Stannus Rd
ZIP: 72204
Primary
Total Enrollment 310
Bale Elementary School
6501 W 32nd St
ZIP: 72204
Primary
Total Enrollment 352
W.d. Hamilton Learning Academy
3401 S Bryant St
ZIP: 72204
Franklin Incentive Elem. Sch.
1701 S Harrison St
ZIP: 72204
Primary
Total Enrollment 321
David O'dodd Elementary School
6423 Stagecoach Rd
ZIP: 72204
Primary
Total Enrollment 348
Western Hills Elem. School
4901 Western Hills Ave
ZIP: 72204
Primary
Total Enrollment 255
Henderson Middle School
401 Barrow Rd
ZIP: 72205
Middle
Total Enrollment 784
Pulaski Heights Middle School
401 N Pine St
ZIP: 72205
Middle
Total Enrollment 834
Pulaski Heights Elem. School
319 N Pine St
ZIP: 72205
Primary
Total Enrollment 344
Lisa Academy
21 Corporate Hill Dr
ZIP: 72205
Middle
Total Enrollment 411
Woodruff Early Childhood Ctr
3010 W Seventh St
ZIP: 72205
Primary
Total Enrollment 127
Lisa Academy High
21 Corporate Hill Dr
ZIP: 72205
High
Total Enrollment 386
Fair Park Early Childhood Ctr
616 N Harrison St
ZIP: 72205
Primary
Total Enrollment 178
Forest Heights Middle School
5901 Evergreen St
ZIP: 72205
Hall High School
6700 H St
ZIP: 72205
High
Total Enrollment 1189
Brady Elementary School
7915 W Markham St
ZIP: 72205
Primary
Total Enrollment 388
Forest Heights Stem Academy
5901 Evergreen
ZIP: 72205
Primary
Total Enrollment 696
Bates Elementary School
14300 Dineen Dr
ZIP: 72206
Primary
Total Enrollment 497
Landmark Elementary School
16712 Arch St Pike
ZIP: 72206
Primary
Total Enrollment 301
Booker Arts Magnet Elem. Sch.
2016 Barber St
ZIP: 72206
Primary
Total Enrollment 497
East End Elementary School
21801 Arch St Pike
ZIP: 72206
Primary
Total Enrollment 438
Fuller Middle School
808 E Dixon Rd
ZIP: 72206
Middle
Total Enrollment 449
Rockefeller Incentive Elem.
700 E 17th St
ZIP: 72206
Primary
Total Enrollment 406
Little Rock Prep Academy
1205 S Schiller St
ZIP: 72206
Middle
Total Enrollment 147
Premier High School Of Little Rock
1621 Dr Martin Luther King Dr
ZIP: 72206
High
Total Enrollment 130
Wilbur D. Mills High School
1205 E Dixon Rd
ZIP: 72206
High
Total Enrollment 676
Mann Magnet Middle School
1000 E Roosevelt Rd
ZIP: 72206
Middle
Total Enrollment 789
East End Intermediate School
5205 W Sawmill Rd
ZIP: 72206
Primary
Total Enrollment 489
Washington Magnet Elem. School
2700 S Main St
ZIP: 72206
Primary
Total Enrollment 489
Little Prep Academy Elementary
1512 S Schiller St
ZIP: 72206
Primary
Total Enrollment 251
Dunbar Magnet Middle School
1100 Wright Ave
ZIP: 72206
Middle
Total Enrollment 786
Jefferson Elementary School
2600 N Mckinley St
ZIP: 72207
Primary
Total Enrollment 422
Williams Magnet Elem. School
7301 Evergreen St
ZIP: 72207
Primary
Total Enrollment 382
Forest Park Elementary School
1600 N Tyler St
ZIP: 72207
Primary
Total Enrollment 432
Mcdermott Elementary School
1200 Reservoir Rd
ZIP: 72207
Primary
Total Enrollment 381
Exalt Academy Of Southwest Little Rock
6111 West 83rd Street
ZIP: 72209
Primary
Total Enrollment 112
Mcclellan Magnet High School
9417 Geyer Springs Rd
ZIP: 72209
High
Total Enrollment 906
Baseline Elementary School
3623 Baseline Rd
ZIP: 72209
Primary
Total Enrollment 270
Cloverdale Aerospace Tech Char
6300 Hinkson Rd
ZIP: 72209
Other
Total Enrollment 583
Meadowcliff Elementary School
25 Sheraton Dr
ZIP: 72209
Primary
Total Enrollment 325
Otter Creek Elementary School
16000 Otter Creek Parkway
ZIP: 72209
Primary
Total Enrollment 538
Siatech High Charter
6900 Scott Hamilton Rd
ZIP: 72209
High
Total Enrollment 152
Metropolitan Vo-tech School
7701 Scott Hamilton Dr
ZIP: 72209
High
Covenant Keepers Charter
8300 Geyer Springs Rd
ZIP: 72209
Middle
Total Enrollment 157
Wakefield Elementary School
75 Westminister Dr
ZIP: 72209
Primary
Total Enrollment 590
Geyer Springs Elem. School
5240 Mabelvale Pike
ZIP: 72209
Primary
Total Enrollment 198
Watson Intermediate School
7000 Valley Dr
ZIP: 72209
Primary
Total Enrollment 413
Accelerated Learning Program
7701 Scott Hamilton Dr
ZIP: 72209
Chicot Primary School
11100 Chicot Rd
ZIP: 72209
Primary
Total Enrollment 808
J.a. Fair High School
13420 David O Dodd Rd
ZIP: 72210
High
Total Enrollment 916
Lawson Elementary School
19901 Lawson Rd
ZIP: 72210
Primary
Total Enrollment 253
Terry Elementary School
10800 Mara Lynn Dr
ZIP: 72211
Primary
Total Enrollment 429
Arkansas Virtual Academy
10802 Executive Ctr Dr Ste 205
ZIP: 72211
Primary
Total Enrollment 796
Arkansas Virtual Academy Jr
10802 Executive Ctr Dr Ste 205
ZIP: 72211
Other
Total Enrollment 594
Fulbright Elementary School
300 Pleasant Valley Dr
ZIP: 72212
Primary
Total Enrollment 592
Joe T. Robinson Elem. School
21600 Hwy 10
ZIP: 72223
Primary
Total Enrollment 202
Joe T. Robinson Middle School
21001 Hwy 10
ZIP: 72223
Middle
Total Enrollment 458
Baker Interdistrict Elem. Sch.
15001 Kanis Rd
ZIP: 72223
Primary
Total Enrollment 419
Don Roberts Elementary School
16601 Lamarche Dr
ZIP: 72223
Primary
Total Enrollment 893
Joe T. Robinson High School
21501 Hwy 10
ZIP: 72223
High
Total Enrollment 513
Quest Middle School Of Little Rock
1815n Rahling Rf
ZIP: 72223
Middle
Total Enrollment 166
Chenal Elementary School
21201 Denny Rd
ZIP: 72223
Primary
Total Enrollment 525

Little Rock Private Schools

The Episcopal Collegiate School
1701 Cantrell Rd
ZIP: 72201
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 662
St Edwards School
805 Sherman St
ZIP: 72202
Elementary
Total Enrollment 169
Heritage Christian School
4910 Stagecoach Rd
ZIP: 72204
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 30
The Huda Academy
3221 Anna St
ZIP: 72204
Elementary
Total Enrollment 53
Words Of Outreach Christian Academy
3300 Asher Ave
ZIP: 72204
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 35
Shiloh Sda School
2400 S Maple St
ZIP: 72204
Elementary
Total Enrollment 11
Christ Lutheran School
315 S Hughes St
ZIP: 72205
Elementary
Total Enrollment 116
Our Lady-holy Souls School
1001 N Tyler St
ZIP: 72205
Elementary
Total Enrollment 499
Mt St Mary Academy
3224 Kavanaugh Blvd
ZIP: 72205
Secondary
Total Enrollment 486
Little Rock Adventist Academy
8708 Rodney Parham Rd
ZIP: 72205
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 30
Catholic High School For Boys
6300 Father Tribou St
ZIP: 72205
Secondary
Total Enrollment 713
The Childrens House Montessori School
4023 Lee Ave
ZIP: 72205
Elementary
Total Enrollment 19
Bingham Road Baptist Child Development Center
923 W Bingham Rd
ZIP: 72206
Elementary
Total Enrollment 4
Clara Mohammed Schools
1219 W Charles Bussey Ave
ZIP: 72206
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
Arkansas River Valley Montessori
1509 N Pierce St
ZIP: 72207
Elementary
Total Enrollment 54
St Theresa Catholic School
6311 Baseline Rd
ZIP: 72209
Elementary
Total Enrollment 153
Southwest Christian Academy
11301 Geyer Springs Rd
ZIP: 72209
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 365
Agape Academy
701 Napa Valley Dr
ZIP: 72211
Elementary
Total Enrollment 283
Access Schools
10618 Breckenridge Dr
ZIP: 72211
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 75
Arkansas Baptist School System
62 Pleasant Valley Dr
ZIP: 72212
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 712
Hebrew Academy Of Arkansas
11905 Fairview Rd
ZIP: 72212
Elementary
Total Enrollment 20
Little Rock Montessori School
3704 N Rodney Parham Rd
ZIP: 72212
Elementary
Total Enrollment 47
Christ The King School
4002 N Rodney Parham Rd
ZIP: 72212
Elementary
Total Enrollment 634
Pulaski Academy
12701 Hinson Rd
ZIP: 72212
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1265
Little Rock Christian Academy
19010 Highway 10
ZIP: 72223
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 1332
Chenal Valley Montessori School
14929 Cantrell Rd
ZIP: 72223
Elementary
Total Enrollment 14
The Anthony School
7700 Ohio St
ZIP: 72227
Elementary
Total Enrollment 352
Miss Selma's Schools
7814 T St
ZIP: 72227
Elementary
Total Enrollment 195
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New Union Station between 1905 and 1915

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New Union Station between 1905 and 1915

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