Little Rock, Arkansas

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  • Arkansas became a state June 15, 1836, the 25th state admitted to the Union.
  • Little Rock became state capital in 1836 with statehood, was territorial capital from 1821
  • Settled: 1812
  • Name Origin: Named by French explorers as “La Petite Roche”

La Petite Roche is how French explorers distinguished this site from larger rock outcroppings further up the Arkansas River. The first shack was built here in 1812, and it became territorial capital in 1821.

Little Rock’s capitol is a reduced-scale replica of the nation’s capitol, with a 1,600-bush rose garden on the south lawn. The legislature meets here on odd-numbered years.

The original town contains 3 historic districts with 135 buildings listed on the National Register. See the Old State House, which was capitol from 1836 to 1911, a President William Clinton exhibit, pre-Civil War buildings, and the only remaining building of the Little Rock Arsenal, a barrack where General Douglas MacArthur was born. The house in the opening of the TV show Designing Women is the historic district’s Villa Marre, built in 1881; the park in the opening scene of Gone With The Wind is at The Old Mill, laid out by Jefferson Davis in 1828.

Opened in 2004 is the Clinton Library, on the banks of the Arkansas River, containing more documents and artifacts than archivists can handle in the next twenty years.

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Things To Love About Little Rock

The downtown playfulness; the humor and the history stretched along the river’s edge; the tree-lined city streets that witnessed crisis, and change; the acknowledgement of the past, and the moving on; the presidential pride.

Blogs To Read About Little Rock

Mother’s Day

The Quapaw Quarter

Give A Cow

It’s Pretty

Warm In Little Rock

Capital City Basics

  • Population: 193,524, 21st largest in population of the 50 capital cities
  • Population density: 1,624 persons per square mile
  • Land area of city: 119.2 square miles
  • Elevation: 286 feet, 33rd highest in elevation of the 50 capital cities
  • Normal high/low temps: January 50/33, July 92/73. Annual rainfall: 50 inches
  • Time Zone: Central
  • Water near: Arkansas River
  • Mountains near: Ozark, Boston and Ouachita Mountains. Mount Magazine, in the west central part of the state, is the highest point in Arkansas at 2,753 feet.
  • Miles to three nearest State Capitals: Jackson, MS 264; Oklahoma City, OK 338; Jefferson City, MO and Nashville, TN 347
  • Miles to National Capitol in Washington, DC: 1,013

Population Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 193,524           Population
  • 24.1%              Under 18
  • 11.3%               Over 65
  • 2.7%                Asian
  • 42.3%              Black
  • 6.8%                Hispanic/Latino
  • 0.4%                Native Alaskan or American Indian
  • 0.1%                Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 46.7%              White

Education Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 10.4%              English Not Spoken at Home
  • 89.2%              High School Graduate
  • 38.2%              Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

Economic Statistics from US 2010 Census

  • 17.8%              Below Poverty Level
  • $29,575          Per Capita Income
  • $44,392          Median Household Income
  • $149,300        Median Value of Home
  • 57.2%              Home Ownership