Area Information

Centrally located to the farm belt, timberland and the Ozarks



Little Rock is the capital and largest city in the state. The Clinton Presidential Center & Park, Central Arkansas Nature Center, Museum of Discovery, Arkansas Arts Center and ESSE Purse Museum are among the significant institutions. Dillard’s Department Stores, Windstream Communications and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences employ major numbers of the workforce. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Philander Smith College and Arkansas Baptist College provide higher education from their campuses in Little Rock. Healthcare infrastructure includes Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Baptist Medical Center, St. Vincent Health System and UAMS Medical Center.


Whatever your interests are Little Rock offers something to meet them. The Arkansas River Trail, Big Dam Bridge, Pinnacle Mountain State Park and Willow Springs Water Park feature opportunities for outdoor adventure and leisure. The Little Rock Zoo was founded in 1926 and is home to more than 200 species across 33 acres. It is the largest zoo in the state. The Little Rock Marathon is known as “Arkansas’ Race for Every Pace,” occurring the first weekend in March annually. American Taekwondo Association World Headquarters are located in Little Rock, which hosts the World Taekwondo Championships every summer. Professional sports include the Arkansas Travelers of the Texas League and Little Rock Rangers, who compete in the National Premier Soccer League. Celebrate with events like Pops on the River, Arkansas State Fair, Big Dam Bridge 100 and Arkansas Literary Festival.



Hot and humid summers and mild winters are a direct result of the humid subtropical climate Little Rock is within. Precipitation falls predominantly in the form of rain with 51 inches annually on average. Snow is rare, while sunshine is abundant.


In 1722, French explorer Jean-Baptiste Benard de la Harpe named Little Rock for a stone outcropping on the bank of the Arkansas River. By the 1820s, there was a movement to change the name to “Arkopolis,” but Little Rock eventually won out. Pulaski County was formed in 1818 as the fifth county in Arkansas. The county was named after Casimir Pulaski, who saved George Washington’s life during the American Revolutionary War.

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