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 the 1720s. 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 78th in terms of population in the United States with 738,344 residents according to the 2017 estimate by the United States Census Bureau.[3][4]

Little Rock, Arkansas
City of Little Rock
The Rock, Rock Town, LR
Location within Pulaski County
Little Rock
Location within Arkansas
Little Rock
Location within the United States
Coordinates: 34°44′10″N 92°19′52″W
Country United States
State Arkansas
TownshipBig Rock
FoundedJune 1, 1821
Incorporated (town)November 7, 1831
Incorporated (city)November 2, 1835
Named forFrench: La Petite Roche
(The "Little Rock")
  MayorFrank Scott Jr. (D)
  CouncilLittle Rock Board of Directors
  State capital city122.95 sq mi (318.44 km2)
  Land119.99 sq mi (310.77 km2)
  Water2.96 sq mi (7.67 km2)
4,090.34 sq mi (10,593.94 km2)
335 ft (102 m)
  State capital city193,524
  RankUS: 126th
  Density1,644.39/sq mi (634.90/km2)
431,388 (US: 89th)
738,344 (US: 80th)
Demonym(s)Little Rocker
Time zoneUTC−06:00 (CST)
  Summer (DST)UTC−05:00 (CDT)
ZIP code(s)
72002, 72103, 72201, 72202, 72204, 72205, 72206, 72207, 72209, 72210, 72211, 72212, 72223, 72227
Area code(s)501
FIPS code05-41000
GNIS feature ID83350
Major airportClinton National Airport/Adams Field (LIT)
Interstate HighwaysI-30, I-40, I-430, I-440, I-530, I-630
Other major highwaysUS 65, US 67, US 70, US 167, AR 107

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, and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, in addition to hiking, boating, and other outdoor recreational opportunities. Little Rock's history is available through history museums, historic districts or neighborhoods like the Quapaw Quarter, and historic sites such as Little Rock Central High School. The city is the headquarters of Dillard's, Windstream Communications, Acxiom, 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. 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.