Little Rock, Arkansas

Little Rock is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arkansas. The city's population was 202,591 in 2020 according to the United States Census Bureau. As the county seat of Pulaski County, the city was incorporated on November 7, 1831, on the south bank of the Arkansas River close to the state's geographic center. The city derived its name from a rock formation along the river, named the "Little Rock" (French: La Petite Roche) by the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Bénard de la Harpe in 1722. The capital of the Arkansas Territory was moved to Little Rock from Arkansas Post in 1821. The six-county Little Rock–North Little Rock–Conway, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is ranked 81st in terms of population in the United States with 748,031 residents according to the 2020 estimate by the United States Census Bureau.[2][3]

Little Rock, Arkansas
City of Little Rock
Nickname(s): 
The Rock, Rock Town, LR
Location within Pulaski County
Little Rock
Location within Arkansas
Little Rock
Location within the United States
Little Rock
Little Rock (North America)
Coordinates: 34°44′10″N 92°19′52″W
Country United States
State Arkansas
CountyPulaski
TownshipBig Rock
FoundedJune 1, 1821
Incorporated (town)November 7, 1831
Incorporated (city)November 2, 1835
Named forFrench: La Petite Roche
(The "Little Rock")
Government
  TypeCouncil-manager
  MayorFrank Scott Jr. (D)
  CouncilLittle Rock Board of Directors
Area
  State capital city123.00 sq mi (318.58 km2)
  Land120.05 sq mi (310.92 km2)
  Water2.96 sq mi (7.66 km2)
  Metro
4,090.34 sq mi (10,593.94 km2)
Elevation
335 ft (102 m)
Population
 (2020)
  State capital city202,591
  RankUS: 118th
  Density1,687.60/sq mi (651.58/km2)
  Urban
431,388 (US: 89th)
  Metro
748,031 (US: 81st)
DemonymLittle Rocker
Time zoneUTC−06:00 (CST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−05:00 (CDT)
ZIP code(s)
72201-72207, 72209-72212, 72214-72217, 72219, 72221-72223, 72225, 72227, 72231, 72255, 72260, 72295
Area code501
FIPS code05-41000
GNIS feature ID83350
Major airportClinton National Airport/Adams Field (LIT)
Interstate Highways I-30, I-40, I-430, I-440, I-530, I-630
Other major highways US 65, US 67, US 70, US 167
Websitewww.littlerock.gov

Little Rock is a cultural, economic, government, and transportation center within Arkansas and the South. Several cultural institutions are in Little Rock, such as the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, in addition to hiking, boating, and other outdoor recreational opportunities. Little Rock's history is available through history museums, historic districts or neighborhoods of Little Rock like the Quapaw Quarter, and historic sites such as Little Rock Central High School. The city is the headquarters of Dillard's, Windstream Communications, Stephens Inc., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Heifer International, Winrock International, the Clinton Foundation, and the Rose Law Firm. Other corporations, such as Amazon, Dassault Falcon Jet, LM Wind Power, Simmons Bank, Euronet Worldwide, AT&T, and Entergy have large operations in the city. The state government is a large employer, with many offices downtown. Two major Interstate highways, Interstate 30 and Interstate 40, meet in Little Rock, with the Port of Little Rock serving as a shipping hub.


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