Little Rock, Arkansas

Little Rock is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arkansas. 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 derives 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 city's population was 198,541 in 2016 according to the United States Census Bureau. 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.[4][5]

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 Arts Center, 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, the Clinton Foundation, the Rose Law Firm, and Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Other corporations, such as 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.

Little Rock, Arkansas
City of Little Rock
Clockwise from top: Little Rock skyline, William J. Clinton Presidential Library, War Memorial Stadium, the River Market District, and the Arkansas State Capitol
Clockwise from top: Little Rock skyline, William J. Clinton Presidential Library, War Memorial Stadium, the River Market District, and the Arkansas State Capitol
Flag of Little Rock, Arkansas

Flag
Official seal of Little Rock, Arkansas

Seal
Nickname(s): 
The Rock, Rock Town, LR
Location within Pulaski County
Location within Pulaski County
Little Rock is located in Arkansas
Little Rock
Little Rock
Location within Arkansas
Little Rock is located in the United States
Little Rock
Little Rock
Location within the United States
Coordinates: 34°44′10″N 92°19′52″W / 34.73611°N 92.33111°WCoordinates: 34°44′10″N 92°19′52″W / 34.73611°N 92.33111°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 and city122.02 sq mi (316.03 km2)
 • Land119.22 sq mi (308.77 km2)
 • Water2.80 sq mi (7.26 km2)
 • Metro
4,090.34 sq mi (10,593.94 km2)
Elevation
335 ft (102 m)
Population
 • State capital and city193,524
 • Estimate 
(2017)[3]
198,606
 • RankUS: 117th
 • Density1,665.93/sq mi (643.22/km2)
 • Urban
431,388 (US: 88th)
 • Metro
738,344 (US: 78th)
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 ID0083350
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
Websitewww.littlerock.gov

Etymology

Little Rock derives its name from a small rock formation on the south bank of the Arkansas River called the "Little Rock" (French: La Petite Roche). The Little Rock was used by early river traffic as a landmark and became a well-known river crossing. The Little Rock is across the river from The Big Rock, a large bluff at the edge of the river, which was once used as a rock quarry.[6]

History

Prehistory

Archeological artifacts provide evidence of Native Americans inhabiting Central Arkansas for thousands of years before Europeans arrived. The early inhabitants may have been the Folsom people, Bluff Dwellers, and Mississippian culture peoples who built earthwork mounds recorded in 1541 by Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto. Historical tribes of the area were the Caddo, Quapaw, Osage, Choctaw, and Cherokee.

Little Rock was named for a stone outcropping on the bank of the Arkansas River used by early travelers as a landmark.[7] It was named in 1722 by French explorer and trader Jean-Baptiste Bénard de la Harpe, marked the transition from the flat Mississippi Delta region to the Ouachita Mountain foothills. Travelers referred to the area as the "Little Rock." Though there was an effort to officially name the city "Arkopolis" upon its founding in the 1820s, and that name did appear on a few maps made by the US Geological Survey, the name Little Rock is eventually what stuck.[8][9][10]

The skyline of Little Rock, viewed from the north bank of the Arkansas River
The skyline of Little Rock, viewed from the north bank of the Arkansas River

Geography

Little Rock is located at 34°44′10″N 92°19′52″W / 34.73611°N 92.33111°W (34.736009, −92.331122).[11]

Little Rock Arkansas
2011 astronaut photograph of Little Rock, Arkansas taken from the International Space Station (ISS)

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 116.8 square miles (303 km2), of which 116.2 square miles (301 km2) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) (0.52%) is water.

Little Rock is located on the south bank of the Arkansas River in Central Arkansas. Fourche Creek and Rock Creek run through the city, and flow into the river. The western part of the city is located in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains. Northwest of the city limits are Pinnacle Mountain and Lake Maumelle, which provides Little Rock's drinking water.

The city of North Little Rock is located just across the river from Little Rock, but it is a separate city. North Little Rock was once the 8th ward of Little Rock. An Arkansas Supreme Court decision on February 6, 1904, allowed the ward to merge with the neighboring town of North Little Rock. The merged town quickly renamed itself Argenta (the local name for the former 8th Ward), but returned to its original name in October 1917.[12]

Neighborhoods

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Hillary Rodham and Bill Clinton lived in this 980 square foot (91 m2) house in the Hillcrest neighborhood of Little Rock from 1977 to 1979 while he was Arkansas Attorney General.[13]

Metropolitan area

The 2017 U.S. Census population estimate for the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area was 738,344. The MSA covers the following counties: Pulaski, Faulkner, Grant, Lonoke, Perry, and Saline. The largest cities are Little Rock, North Little Rock, Conway, Jacksonville, Benton, Sherwood, Cabot, Maumelle, and Bryant.

Climate

Little Rock lies in the humid subtropical climate zone, with hot, humid summers and cool winters, with usually little snow. It has experienced temperatures as low as −12 °F (−24 °C), which was recorded on February 12, 1899, and as high as 114 °F (46 °C), which was recorded on August 3, 2011.[14]

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18502,167
18603,72772.0%
187012,380232.2%
188013,1386.1%
189025,87496.9%
190038,30748.1%
191045,94119.9%
192065,14241.8%
193081,67925.4%
194088,0397.8%
1950102,21316.1%
1960107,8135.5%
1970132,48322.9%
1980159,15120.1%
1990175,79510.5%
2000183,1334.2%
2010193,5245.7%
Est. 2018200,655[19]3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[20]

As of the 2005–2007 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, White Americans made up 52.7% of Little Rock's population; of which 49.4% were non-Hispanic whites, down from 74.1% in 1970.[21] Blacks or African Americans made up 42.1% of Little Rock's population, with 42.0% being non-Hispanic blacks. American Indians made up 0.4% of Little Rock's population while Asian Americans made up 2.1% of the city's population. Pacific Islander Americans made up less than 0.1% of the city's population. Individuals from some other race made up 1.2% of the city's population; of which 0.2% were non-Hispanic. Individuals from two or more races made up 1.4% of the city's population; of which 1.1% were non-Hispanic. In addition, Hispanics and Latinos made up 4.7% of Little Rock's population.

Race and ethnicity 2010- Little Rock (5560426642)
Map of racial distribution in Little Rock, 2010 U.S. Census. Each dot is 25 people: White, Black, Asian, Hispanic or Other (yellow)

As of the 2010 census, there were 193,524 people, 82,018 households, and 47,799 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,576.0 people per square mile (608.5/km²). There were 91,288 housing units at an average density of 769.1 per square mile (296.95/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 48.9% White, 42.3% Black, 0.4% Native American, 2.7% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 3.9% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. 6.8% of the population is Hispanic or Latino.

There were 82,018 households, out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.6% were married couples living together, 17.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.7% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city, the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 31.7% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,572, and the median income for a family was $47,446. Males had a median income of $35,689 versus $26,802 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,209. 14.3% of the population is below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 20.9% of those under the age of 18 and 9.0% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Crime

In the late 1980s, Little Rock experienced a 51% increase in murder arrests of children under 17, and a 40% increase in among 18- to 24-year-olds. From 1988 to 1992, murder arrests of youths under 18 increased by 256%.[22] By the end of 1992, Little Rock reached a record of 61 homicides,[23] but in 1993 surpassed it with 76.[24] It was one of the highest per-capita homicide rates in the country, placing Little Rock fifth in Money Magazine's 1994 list of most dangerous cities.[22] In July 2017, a shootout occurred at the Power Ultra Lounge nightclub in downtown Little Rock. Although there were no deaths, twenty-eight people were injured and one hospitalized.

Economy

Little Rock
Downtown Little Rock

Dillard's Department Stores, Windstream Communications and Acxiom, Simmons Bank, Bank of the Ozarks, Rose Law Firm, Central Flying Service and large brokerage Stephens Inc. are headquartered in Little Rock.

Large companies headquartered in other cities but with a large presence in Little Rock are Dassault Falcon Jet near Little Rock National Airport in the eastern part of the city, Fidelity National Information Services in northwestern Little Rock, and Welspun Corp in Southeast Little Rock.

Little Rock and its surroundings are the headquarters for some of the largest non-profit organizations in the world, such as Winrock International, Heifer International, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, Clinton Foundation, Lions World Services for the Blind, Clinton Presidential Center, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, FamilyLife, Audubon Arkansas, and The Nature Conservancy.

Associations, such as the American Taekwondo Association, Arkansas Hospital Association, and the Quapaw Quarter Association.

Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Baptist Health Medical Center, Entergy, Dassault Falcon Jet, Siemens, AT&T Mobility, Kroger, Euronet Worldwide, L'Oréal Paris, Timex, and UAMS are employers throughout Little Rock.

One of the largest public employers in the state with over 10,552 employees, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and its healthcare partners—Arkansas Children's Hospital and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System—have a total economic impact in Arkansas of about $5 billion per year. UAMS receives less than 11% of its funding from the state. Its operation is funded by payments for clinical services (64%), grants and contracts (18%), philanthropy and other (5%), and tuition and fees (2%).

The Little Rock port is an intermodal river port with a large industrial business complex. It is designated as Foreign Trade Zone 14. International corporations such as Danish manufacturer LM Glasfiber have established new facilities adjacent to the port.

Along with Louisville and Memphis, Little Rock has a branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.[25]

Arts and culture

Many cultural sites are in Little Rock, including:

  • Arkansas Arboretum – at Pinnacle Mountain, it has a trail with flora and tree plantings.
  • Arkansas Arts Center – The state's largest art museum, containing drawings, collections, children's theater productions, works by Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and others in eight art galleries, a museum school, gift shop and restaurant.
  • Community Theatre of Little Rock – Founded in 1956, it is the area's oldest performance art company.
  • Arkansas Repertory Theatre – The state's largest professional, not-for-profit theatre company, in its 34th season. "The Rep" produces works such as contemporary comedies, dramas, world premiers, and dramatic literature.
  • Arkansas Symphony Orchestra[26] – In its 41st season, the orchestra performs over 30 concerts a year and many events.
  • Ballet Arkansas – The state's only professional ballet company.
  • Heifer International – Headquarters of the global hunger and poverty relief organization, adjacent to the Clinton Presidential Center
  • Quapaw Quarter – Start of the 20th century Little Rock consists of three National Register historic districts with at least a hundred buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Robinson Center Music Hall – The main performance center of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.
  • Villa Marre – Built in 1881, it comprises Italianate and Second Empire styles refurbished in the 1960s and shown in the opening scenes of the television show "Designing Women."
  • Wildwood Park for the Arts – The largest park dedicated to the performing arts in the South. It features seasonal festivals and cultural events.

Museums

William J. Clinton Presidential Library, Little Rock, Arkansas (exterior view - 2007)
William J. Clinton Presidential Library, in downtown Little Rock
  • The Arkansas Arts Center, the state's largest cultural institution, is a museum of art and an active center for the visual and performing arts.
  • The Museum of Discovery features hands-on exhibits in the fields of science, history and technology.
  • The William J. Clinton Presidential Center includes the Clinton presidential library and the offices of the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton School of Public Service. The Library facility, designed by architect James Polshek, cantilevers over the Arkansas River, echoing Clinton's campaign promise of "building a bridge to the 21st century". The archives and library contains 2 million photographs, 80 million pages of documents, 21 million e-mail messages, and nearly 80,000 artifacts from the Clinton presidency. The museum within the library showcases artifacts from Clinton's term and has a full-scale replica of the Clinton-era Oval Office. Opened on November 18, 2004, the Clinton Presidential Center cost $165 million to construct and covers 150,000 square feet (14,000 m²) within a 28-acre (113,000 m²) park.
  • The Historic Arkansas Museum is a regional history museum focusing primarily on the frontier time period.
  • The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History opened in 2001, the last remaining structure of the original Little Rock Arsenal and one of the oldest buildings in central Arkansas, it was the birthplace of General Douglas MacArthur who went on to be the supreme commander of US forces in the South Pacific during World War II.
  • The Old State House Museum is a former state capitol building now home to a history museum focusing on Arkansas' recent history.
  • The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is a state operated history museum focusing on African American history and culture in Arkansas.
  • The ESSE Purse Museum illustrates the stories of American women's lives during the 1900s through their handbags and the day-to-day items carried in them

Theatre

Founded in 1976, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre is the state's largest nonprofit professional theatre company. A member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT D), The Rep has produced more than 300 productions, such as 40 world premieres, in its building located in downtown Little Rock. Producing Artistic Director John Miller-Stephany leads a resident staff of designers, technicians and administrators in eight to ten productions for an annual audience in excess of 70,000 for MainStage productions, educational programming and touring. The Rep produces works from contemporary comedies and dramas to world premiers and the classics of dramatic literature.

Outside magazine named Little Rock one of its 2013 Best Towns. Dozens of parks such as Pinnacle Mountain State Park are in Little Rock.

Government

Pulaski County Courthouse, Little Rock, Arkansas (roses)
The Pulaski County Courthouse is located in Little Rock

The city has operated under the city manager form of government since November 1957. In 1993, voters approved changes from seven at-large city directors (who rated the position of mayor among themselves) to a popularly elected mayor, seven ward directors and three at-large directors. The position of mayor remained a part-time position until August 2007. At that point, voters approved making the mayor's position a full-time position with veto power, while a vice mayor is selected by and among members of the city board. The current mayor, elected in November 2018, is Frank Scott Jr., a former bank executive, pastor and state highway commissioner. The current city manager is Bruce T. Moore, who is the longest-serving city manager in Little Rock history. The city employs over 2,500 individuals in 14 different departments, including the Police Department, the Fire Department, Parks and Recreation, and the Zoo.

Most Pulaski County government offices are located in the city of Little Rock, including the Quorum, Circuit, District, and Juvenile Courts; and the Assessor, County Judge, County Attorney, and Public Defenders offices.

Both the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit have judicial facilities in Little Rock. The city is served by the Little Rock Police Department.

Education

Colleges and universities

Little Rock is home to two universities that are part of the University of Arkansas System: the campuses of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences are located in the city. A pair of smaller, historically black colleges, Philander Smith College, affiliated with the United Methodist Church, and Arkansas Baptist College, are also located in Little Rock.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock was founded in 1927 as Little Rock Junior College, under the supervision of the city Board of Education. In its first semester, there were eight instructors and about 100 students. The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, a status it has kept since 1929. Housed originally in public school buildings, the college moved in 1949 to another location between University Ave and Fair Park Blvd, North of Asher Ave., on land donated by Raymond Rebsamen, a Little Rock businessman. The college was the sole beneficiary of a continuing trust established by former Governor George W. Donaghey at the time. In 1957, the institution began a four-year degree program, became independent and privately supported under a separate board of trustees, and took the name Little Rock University.

In September 1969, The Little Rock University merged into the University of Arkansas System, to create the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The University of Arkansas System merger began a period of steady growth, which saw UALR go from about 3,500 students and 75 full-time faculty members in 1969 to about 10,000 students and over 400 full-time faculty members in the 1998 academic year. The university consists of 54 undergraduate major programs, an extensive schedule of night, weekend, and off-campus classes, and various community educational services. UALR began offering graduate and professional work in 1975. Besides the juris doctor offered at the William H. Bowen School of Law, UALR has three doctoral programs and 29 graduate and professional programs, and joint programs with other campuses of the University of Arkansas System.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is part of the University of Arkansas System. UAMS has about 2,200 students in six academic units: the Colleges of Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Health Related Professions, and Public Health and the Graduate School. UAMS also has more than 660 resident physicians completing their training at UAMS or at one of the seven Area Health Education Centers around the state. UAMS provides hospital and outpatient care, and houses the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, and Jackson T. Stephens Spine and Neurosciences Institute. Arkansas Children's Hospital and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System are affiliates of UAMS.

The outreach efforts of UAMS has seven Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) in Fayetteville, Pine Bluff, El Dorado, Texarkana, Fort Smith, Jonesboro, and Helena, Arkansas; networks of senior health centers and centers for young children with special health care needs; and interactive video education and medical consultation services to community hospitals around the state. UAMS is the state's largest basic and applied research institution with programs in multiple myeloma, aging, and other areas.

Located in downtown is the Clinton School of Public Service, a branch of the University of Arkansas System, which offers master's degrees in public service.

Pulaski Technical College has two locations in Little Rock. The Pulaski Technical College Little Rock-South site houses programs in automotive technology, collision repair technology, commercial driver training, diesel technology, small engine repair technology and motorcycle/all-terrain vehicle repair technology. The Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute and The Finish Line Cafe are also located in Little Rock-South.

There is a Missionary Baptist Seminary in Little Rock associated with the American Baptist Association. The school began as Missionary Baptist College in Sheridan in Grant County.

Secondary schools

Public schools

AR LR Central High
President Bill Clinton led celebrations of the 40th anniversary of desegregation at Little Rock Central High School.

Little Rock is home to both the Arkansas School for the Blind (ASB) and the Arkansas School for the Deaf (ASD), which are state-run schools operated by the Board of Trustees of the ASB–ASD. In addition, eStem Public Charter High School and LISA Academy provide tuition-free public education as charter schools.

The city's comprehensive public school system is operated by the Little Rock School District (LRSD). As of 2012, the district consists of 64 schools with more schools being built. As of the 2009–2010 school year, the district has enrollment of 25,685. It has 5 high schools, 8 middle schools, 31 elementary schools, 1 early childhood (pre-kindergarten) center, 2 alternative schools, 1 adult education center, 1 accelerated learning center, 1 career-technical center, and about 3,800 employees.

LRSD public high schools include:

The Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD) serves parts of Little Rock. PCSSD high schools are located in the city such as:

Private schools

Various private schools are located in Little Rock, such as:

Little Rock previously had a Catholic high school for African-Americans, St. Bartholomew High School; it closed in 1964. The Catholic grade school St. Bartholomew School, also established for African-Americans, closed in 1974.[27] The Our Lady of Good Counsel School closed in 2006.[28]

Public libraries

The Central Arkansas Library System comprises the main building downtown and numerous branches throughout the city, Jacksonville, Maumelle, Perryville, Sherwood and Wrightsville. The Pulaski County Law Library is at the William H. Bowen School of Law.

Notable places

Sports

Club League Venue Established Championships
Arkansas Travelers Texas League Dickey-Stephens Park 1963 7
Little Rock Rangers National Premier Soccer League War Memorial Stadium 2016 0
Little Rock Trojans NCAA Division I (Sun Belt Conference) Jack Stephens Center and Gary Hogan Field 1927 3
Dickey Stephens Park
Dickey Stephens Park

Little Rock is home to the Arkansas Travelers. They are the AA professional Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Seattle Mariners in the Texas League. The Travelers played their last game in Little Rock at Ray Winder Field on September 3, 2006, and moved into Dickey-Stephens Park in nearby North Little Rock in April 2007.

The Little Rock Rangers soccer club of the National Premier Soccer League played their inaugural seasons in 2016 & 2017 for the men's and women's teams respectively. Home games are played at War Memorial Stadium.

Little Rock was also home to the Arkansas Twisters (later Arkansas Diamonds) of Arena Football 2 and Indoor Football League and the Arkansas RimRockers of the American Basketball Association and NBA Development League. Both of these teams played at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.

The city is also home to the Little Rock Trojans, the athletic program of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The majority of the school's athletic teams are housed in the Jack Stephens Center, which opened in 2005. The Trojans play in the Sun Belt Conference, where the Arkansas State Red Wolves are their chief rival.

Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium plays host to at least one University of Arkansas Razorback football game each year. The stadium is known for being in the middle of a golf course. Each fall, the city closes the golf course on Razorback football weekends for fans to tailgate. It is estimated that over 80,000 people are present for the tailgating activities on these weekends. War Memorial also hosts the Arkansas High School football state championships, and starting in the fall of 2006 hosts one game apiece for the University of Central Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Arkansas State University also plays at the stadium from time to time.

Little Rock was a host of the First and Second Rounds of the 2008 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. It has also been a host of the SEC Women's Basketball Tournament.

The now defunct Arkansas RiverBlades and Arkansas GlacierCats, both minor-league hockey teams, were located in the Little Rock area. The GlacierCats of the now defunct Western Professional Hockey League (WPHL) played in Little Rock at Barton Coliseum while the RiverBlades of the ECHL played at the Verizon Arena.

Hubert "Geese" Ausbie played basketball at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, where he earned All-Conference and All-American honors. He later gained fame as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters.

John Kocinski, 250 cc and World Superbike motorcycle racing champion, is from Little Rock.

World Champion Middleweight Boxer Jermain Taylor and NBA players Derek Fisher and Joe Johnson were born and/or have roots in Little Rock.

Little Rock is home to the Grande Maumelle Sailing Club. Established in 1959, the club hosts multiple regattas during the year on both Lake Maumelle and the Arkansas River.

Little Rock is also home to the Little Rock Marathon, held on the first Saturday of March every year since 2003. The marathon features the world's largest medal given to marathon participants.

Media

Print

The Arkansas Democrat Gazette is the largest newspaper in the city, as well as the state. As of March 31, 2006, Sunday circulation is 275,991 copies, while daily (Monday-Saturday) circulation is 180,662, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. The monthly magazine Arkansas Life is part of the newspaper's niche publications division, and began publication in September 2008. From 2007 to 2015, the newspaper also published the free tabloid Sync Weekly.[30]

Daily legal and real estate news is also provided Monday through Friday in the Daily Record. Healthcare news covered by Healthcare Journal of Little Rock. Entertainment and political coverage is provided weekly in Arkansas Times and monthly in the Little Rock Free Press. Business and economics news is published weekly in Arkansas Business. Entertainment, Political, Business, and Economics news is published Monthly in "Arkansas Talks" www.Arkansastalks.org

In addition to area newspapers, the Little Rock market is served by a variety of magazines covering diverse interests. The publications are:

  • At Home in Arkansas
  • AY Magazine
  • Inviting Arkansas
  • Little Rock Family
  • Little Rock Soiree
  • RealLIVING

Television

Many television networks have local affiliates in Little Rock, in addition to numerous independent stations. As for cable TV services, Comcast has a monopoly over Little Rock and much of Pulaski County. Some suburbs have the option of having Comcast, Charter or other cable companies.

Television stations in the Little Rock area are:

Call letters Number Network
KETS/AETN 2 PBS
KETS-2 2.2 Create
Arkansas Information Reading Service (audio only, only on SAP; radio reading service)
KETS-3 2.3 PBS Kids
KETS-4 2.4 World
KARK 4 NBC
Laff 4.2 Laff
Grit 4.3 Grit
KATV 7 ABC
KATV-DT2 7.2 Comet TV
Charge! 7.3 Charge!
TBD 7.4 TBD
KTHV 11 CBS
THV2 11.2 Antenna TV
Justice 11.3 Justice Network
Quest 11.4 Quest (U.S. TV network)
KLRT 16 Fox
16.2 Escape
KVTN 25 VTN: Your Arkansas Christian Connection
KASN 38 The CW
KKAP 36 Daystar
KARZ 42 MyNetworkTV
KARZ-DT2 42.2 Bounce TV
KMYA-DT 49.1 Me-TV

Radio

AM radio Stations in the Little Rock area are:

Call letters Frequency Format
KAFN 690 Sports
KMTL 760 Gospel
KLRT 850 Children's
KLRG 880 Gospel
KARN 920 Sports Talk
WLR 950 Community radio
KJBN 1050 Religious
KAAY 1090 Christian
KPZK 1250 Urban/Hip Hop
KZTD 1350 Bright A/C-Talk
KZTS 1380 Total Sports
KTUV 1440 Gospel

FM radio stations in the Little Rock area are:

Call letters Frequency Format
KABF 88.3 Community radio
KUAR 89.1 News and info
KLRE-FM 90.5 Classical
KANX 91.1 Religious
KUCA 91.3 Classical
KIPR 92.3 Mainstream Urban
KASR 92.7 Sports
KKSP 93.3 Rock
KKPT 94.1 Classic Rock
KHKN 94.9 Adult Hits
KSSN 95.7 Country
KHTE-FM 96.5 News/Talk
KWLR 96.9 Religious
KURB 98.5 Adult Contemporary
KDIS-FM 99.5 Religious Talk
KDJE 100.3 Active Rock
KDXE 101.1 Conservative Talk
KVLO 101.7 Gospel
KOKY 102.1 Urban Adult Contemporary
KPZK-FM 102.5 Gospel
KARN-FM 102.9 News and Talk
KABZ 103.7 Sports Talk
KMJX 105.1 Country
KOLL 106.3 Regional Mexican
KHLR 106.7 Country
KLAL 107.7 Top 40

Infrastructure

Healthcare

Hospitals in Little Rock include:

  • Arkansas State Hospital – Psychiatric Division
  • Arkansas Children's Hospital
  • Arkansas Heart Hospital
  • Baptist Health Medical Center
  • Central Arkansas Veteran's Health care System (CAVHS)
  • Pinnacle Pointe Hospital
  • St. Vincent Health System
  • UAMS Medical Center

Transportation

List of highways

Northern terminus of Interstate 30, Little Rock, AR
I-30 terminates at I-40 in North Little Rock

Little Rock is served by two primary Interstate Highways and four auxiliary Interstates. I-40 passes through North Little Rock to the north, and I-30 enters the city from the south, terminating at I-40 in the north of the Arkansas River. Shorter routes designed to accommodate the flow of urban traffic across town include I-430, which bypasses the city to the west, I-440, which serves the eastern part of Little Rock including Clinton National Airport, and I-630 which runs east–west through the city, connecting west Little Rock with the central business district. I-530 runs southeast to Pine Bluff as a spur route.[31]

US 70 parallels I-40 into North Little Rock before multiplexing with I-30 at the Broadway exit (Exit 141B). US 67 and US 167 share the same route from the northeast before splitting. US 67 and US 70 multiplex with Interstate 30 to the southwest. US 167 multiplexes with US 65 and I-530 to the southeast.

Rail

Amtrak serves the city twice daily via the Texas Eagle, with northbound service to Chicago and southbound service to San Antonio, as well as numerous intermediate points. Through service to Los Angeles and intermediate points operates three times a week. The train carries coaches, a sleeping car, a dining car, and a Sightseer Lounge car. Reservations are required.

Aviation

Seven airlines serve 14 national/international gateway cities, e.g. Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, Charlotte, Orlando etc. from Clinton National Airport. In 2006 they carried approximately 2.1 million passengers on approximately 116 daily flights to and from Little Rock. In July 2017, a seventh airline, Frontier Airlines, announced that they would be resuming scheduled operations to Denver in 2018.

Bus

Greyhound Lines serves Dallas and Memphis, as well as intermediate points, with numerous connections to other cities and towns. Jefferson Lines serves Fort Smith, Kansas City, and Oklahoma City, as well as intermediate points, with numerous connections to other cities and towns. These carriers operate out of the North Little Rock bus station.

Public transportation

Little Rock streetcar crossing the Arkansas River
The Metro Streetcar crossing the Arkansas River

Within the city, public bus service is provided by the Rock Region Metro, which until 2015 was named the Central Arkansas Transit Authority (CATA). As of January 2010, CATA operated 23 regular fixed routes, 3 express routes, as well as special events shuttle buses and paratransit service for disabled persons. Of the 23 fixed-route services, 16 offer daily service, 6 offer weekday service with limited service on Saturday, and one route runs exclusively on weekdays. The three express routes run on weekday mornings and afternoons. Since November 2004, downtown areas of Little Rock and North Little Rock have been additionally served by the Metro Streetcar system (formerly the River Rail Electric Streetcar), also operated by Rock Region Metro. The Streetcar is a 3.4-mile (5.5 km)-long heritage streetcar system that runs from the North Little Rock City Hall and throughout downtown Little Rock before crossing over to the William J. Clinton Presidential Library. The streetcar line has fourteen stops and a fleet of five cars with a daily ridership of around 350.

Modal characteristics

According to the 2016 American Community Survey, 82.9 percent of working Little Rock residents commuted by driving alone, 8.9 percent carpooled, 1.1 percent used public transportation, and 1.8 percent walked. About 1.3 percent commuted by all other means of transportation, including taxi, bicycle, and motorcycle. About 4 percent worked out of the home.[32]

In 2015, 8.2 percent of city of Little Rock households were without a car, which increased slightly to 8.9 percent in 2016. The national average was 8.7 percent in 2016. Little Rock averaged 1.58 cars per household in 2016, compared to a national average of 1.8 per household.[33]

Notable people

Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States

Sister cities

Friendship cities

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Mean monthly maxima and minima (i.e. the expected highest and lowest temperature readings at any point during the year or given month) calculated based on data at said location from 1981 to 2010.
  2. ^ Official records for Little Rock began on 28 February 1875 at the State Capitol and maintained there until 30 April 1942. The next day, and until 7 August 1942, temperature and precipitation were recorded separately at two different locations in and around Little Rock, and the official climatology station has been Adams Field since 8 August 1942. For more information, see Threadex

References

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Further reading

  • The Atlas of Arkansas, Richard M. Smith 1989
  • Cities in the U.S.; The South, Fourth Edition, Volume 1, Linda Schmittroth, 2001
  • Greater Little Rock: a contemporary portrait, Letha Mills, 1990
  • How We Lived: Little Rock as an American City, Frederick Hampton Roy, 1985
  • Morgan, James. "Little Rock: The 2005 American Heritage Great American Place" American Heritage, October 2005.
  • O'Donnell, William W. (1987). The Civil War Quadrennium: A Narrative History of Day-to-Day Life in Little Rock, Arkansas During the American War Between Northern and Southern States 1861-1865 (2nd ed.). Little Rock, Ark.: Civil War Round Table of Arkansas. LCCN 85-72643 – via Horton Brothers Printing Company.
  • Redefining the Color Line: Black Activism in Little Rock, Arkansas, 1940-1970, John A. Kirk, 2002.

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Allen Reynolds

Allen Reynolds (born August 18, 1938) is an American record producer and songwriter who works primarily in the country music field.

Reynolds was born in North Little Rock, Arkansas, and started writing songs during his college years. Reynolds and a friend, Dickey Lee, continued writing after college and soon moved into production and publishing with their own company.

He wrote the 1965 pop hit "Five O'Clock World" for the Vogues. Hal Ketchum later covered this song on his 1991 debut album Past the Point of Rescue, with Reynolds as co-producer alongside Jim Rooney, and became a Top 20 country single for Ketchum the following year. Reynolds's other writing credits include Crystal Gayle's "Wrong Road Again," "Somebody Loves You" and "Ready For the Times to Get Better," Waylon Jennings' "Dreaming My Dreams with You" and Don Williams's "I Recall a Gypsy Woman" and "We Should Be Together." His powerful "Don't Let Me Die on Prison Land" was recorded by Sonny James and the Tennessee State Prison Band for a 1977 live album taped at the Tennessee State Prison.

Reynolds produced many of Garth Brooks's hit albums. He has also produced albums for Kathy Mattea, Hal Ketchum, Don Williams, Crystal Gayle, Emmylou Harris, George Hamilton IV and the O'Kanes.

Arkansas Baptist College

Arkansas Baptist College (ABC) is a private, historically black liberal arts college in Little Rock, Arkansas. Founded in 1884 as the Minister's Institute, ABC was initially funded by the Colored Baptists of the State of Arkansas. It is the only historically black Baptist school west of the Mississippi River. The Main Building on its campus, built in 1893, is one of the oldest surviving academic buildings in the state, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

Arkansas Gazette

The Arkansas Gazette was a daily newspaper in Little Rock, Arkansas, that was published from 1819 to 1991.

The Gazette was known as the oldest newspaper west of the Mississippi River. It was located from 1908 until its closing at the now historic Gazette Building. For many years it was the newspaper of record for Little Rock and the State of Arkansas. It was Arkansas' first newspaper.

Arkansas State Capitol

The Arkansas State Capitol, often called the Capitol Building, is the home of the Arkansas General Assembly, and the seat of the Arkansas state government that sits atop Capitol Hill at the eastern end of the Capitol Mall in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Arkansas Travelers

The Arkansas Travelers, also known informally as The Travs, are a Minor League Baseball team based in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The team, which plays in the Texas League, is the Double-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.

Catholic High School for Boys (Little Rock, Arkansas)

Catholic High School for Boys is a private, Catholic high school located in Little Rock, Arkansas, and established in 1930.

Central Arkansas

Central Arkansas, also known as the Little Rock metro, designated by the United States Office of Management and Budget as the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area, is the most populous metro area in the US state of Arkansas. With an estimated 2016 population of 734,622, it is the most populated area in Arkansas. Located at the convergence of Arkansas's other geographic regions, the region's central location make Central Arkansas an important population, economic, education, and political center in Arkansas and the South. Little Rock is the state's capital, and the city is also home to two Fortune 500 companies, Arkansas Children's Hospital, and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

Jack Stephens Center

Jack Stephens Center is a 5,600-seat multi-purpose arena on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States and was built in 2005. It is home to the school's men's basketball, women's basketball and women's volleyball teams, known as the Little Rock Trojans, and named in honor of billionaire philanthropist Jackson T. Stephens, who donated $22.4 million for the construction of the facility.The Trojans had previously played in Barton Coliseum, Verizon Arena and the Statehouse Convention Center.

KDIS-FM

KDIS-FM (99.5 FM, "FaithTalk 99.5") is a radio station licensed to Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. The station is owned by the Salem Media Group, through licensee Salem Communications Holding Corporation.

Kavanaugh Field

Kavanaugh Field was a minor league baseball park in Little Rock, Arkansas. It was the home of the Little Rock Travelers prior to their move to Travelers Field in 1932. The ballpark opened in 1901, as West End Park. In 1915 it was renamed for former team owner and Southern Association president William M. Kavanaugh, after he had died from a sudden illness in February 1915.

West End Park was the spring training site for the Boston Red Sox in 1907 (when they were known as the Boston Americans) and 1908.As part of vacating the ballpark after 1931, the property was sold to nearby Little Rock Central High School. The field was converted to football specifications and was renamed Quigley Stadium. The field is west of the school (the eastern boundary of which is Park Street) and the school's baseball field. The other boundaries are West Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive (formerly West 14th Street - north), West 16th Street (south) and Jones Street (west).

List of hospitals in Arkansas

List of hospitals in Arkansas (U.S. state), sorted by hospital name.

Advanced Care Hospital of White County - Searcy, Arkansas

Arkansas Children's Hospital - Little Rock, Arkansas

Arkansas Children's Northwest Hospital -Springdale, Arkansas

Arkansas Heart Hospital - Little Rock, Arkansas

Arkansas Methodist Medical Center - Paragould, Arkansas

Arkansas State Psychiatric Hospital - Little Rock, Arkansas

Arkansas Surgical Hospital - North Little Rock, Arkansas

Ashley County Medical Center - Crossett, Arkansas

Baptist Health Extended Care Hospital - Little Rock, Arkansas

Baptist Health Medical Center - Arkadelphia, Arkansas

Baptist Health Medical Center - Conway, Arkansas

Baptist Health Medical Center - Fort Smith, Arkansas

Baptist Health Medical Center - Heber Springs, Arkansas

Baptist Health Medical Center - Little Rock, Arkansas

Baptist Health Medical Center - Malvern, Arkansas

Baptist Health Medical Center - North Little Rock, Arkansas

Baptist Health Medical Center - Stuttgart, Arkansas

Baptist Health Medical Center - Van Buren, Arkansas

Baptist Health Rehabilitation Institute - Little Rock, Arkansas

Baptist Memorial Hospital - West Memphis, Arkansas

Baxter Regional Medical Center - Mountain Home, Arkansas

Bradley County Medical Center - Warren, Arkansas

BridgeWay Hospital - North Little Rock, Arkansas

Carroll Regional Medical Center - Berryville, Arkansas

Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System - Little Rock, Arkansas

Chambers Medical Center - Danville, Arkansas

CHI St. Vincent Hospital - Hot Springs, Arkansas

CHI St. Vincent Hospital - Morrilton, Arkansas

CHI St. Vincent Infirmary - Little Rock, Arkansas

CHI St. Vincent North Hospital - Sherwood, Arkansas

CHI St. Vincent Rehabilitation Hospital - Sherwood, Arkansas

Chicot Memorial Medical Center - Lake Village, Arkansas

Christus Dubuis Hospital - Fort Smith, Arkansas

Christus Dubuis Hospital - Hot Springs, Arkansas

Conway Regional Medical Center - Conway, Arkansas

Conway Regional Rehabilitation Hospital - Conway, Arkansas

Cornerstone Specialty Hospital - Little Rock, Arkansas

Crossridge Community Hospital - Wynne, Arkansas

Dallas County Medical Center - Fordyce, Arkansas

De Queen Medical Center - De Queen, Arkansas

Delta Memorial Hospital - Dumas, Arkansas

DeWitt Hospital - DeWitt, Arkansas

Drew Memorial Hospital - Monticello, Arkansas

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital - Fayetteville, Arkansas

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital - Fort Smith, Arkansas

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital - Jonesboro, Arkansas

Eureka Springs Hospital - Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Five Rivers Medical Center - Pocahontas, Arkansas

Forrest City Medical Center - Forrest City, Arkansas

Fulton County Hospital - Salem, Arkansas

Great River Medical Center - Blytheville, Arkansas

Harris Hospital - Newport, Arkansas

Helena Regional Medical Center - Helena, Arkansas

Howard Memorial Hospital - Nashville, Arkansas

Izard County Medical Center - Calico Rock, Arkansas

Jefferson Regional Medical Center - Pine Bluff, Arkansas

John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital - Little Rock, Arkansas

Johnson Regional Medical Center - Clarksville, Arkansas

Lawrence Memorial Hospital - Walnut Ridge, Arkansas

Levi Hospital - Hot Springs, Arkansas

Little River Memorial Hospital - Ashdown, Arkansas

Magnolia Regional Medical Center - Magnolia, Arkansas

McGehee Hospital - McGehee, Arkansas

Medical Center of South Arkansas - El Dorado, Arkansas

Mena Regional Health System - Mena, Arkansas

Methodist Behavioral Hospital - Maumelle, Arkansas

Mercy Emergency Department - Bella Vista, Arkansas

Mercy Hospital Berryville - Berryville, Arkansas

Mercy Hospital Booneville - Booneville, Arkansas

Mercy Hospital Fort Smith - Fort Smith, Arkansas

Mercy Hospital Hot Springs - Hot Springs, Arkansas

Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas - Rogers, Arkansas

Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas - Springdale, Arkansas (Opening 2019)

Mercy Hospital Ozark - Ozark, Arkansas

Mercy Hospital Paris - Paris, Arkansas

Mercy Hospital Waldron - Waldron, Arkansas

Mercy Orthopedic Hospital - Fort Smith, Arkansas

Mena Medical Center - Mena, Arkansas

National Park Medical Center - Hot Springs, Arkansas

NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital - Jonesboro, Arkansas

North Arkansas Regional Medical Center - Harrison, Arkansas

North Metro Medical Center - Jacksonville, Arkansas

Northwest Health Emergency Department - Fayetteville, Arkansas (Opening Fall of 2019)

Northwest Health Physicians' Specialty Hospital - Fayetteville, Arkansas

Northwest Medical Center Behavioral Health Unit - Springdale, Arkansas

Northwest Medical Center - Bentonville, Arkansas

Northwest Medical Center - Springdale, Arkansas

Northwest Medical Center - Willow Creek Women's Hospital - Johnson, Arkansas

Ouachita County Medical Center - Camden, Arkansas

Ozark Health Medical Center - Clinton, Arkansas

Ozarks Community Hospital - Gravette, Arkansas

Piggott Community Hospital - Piggott, Arkansas

Pinnacle Pointe Hospital - Little Rock, Arkansas

Rebsamen Regional Medical Center - Jacksonville, Arkansas

Regency Hospital - Springdale, Arkansas

Rivendell Behavioral Health Services - Benton, Arkansas

River Valley Medical Center - Dardanelle, Arkansas

Riverview Behavioral Health - Texarkana, Arkansas

NEA Medical Center - Jonesboro, Arkansas

Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center - Russellville, Arkansas

Saline Memorial Hospital - Benton, Arkansas

Select Specialty Hospital - Fort Smith, Arkansas

Siloam Springs Regional Hospital - Siloam Springs, Arkansas

South Mississippi County Regional Medical Center - Osceola, Arkansas

Springwoods Behavioral Health Hospital - Fayetteville, Arkansas

St. Anthony's Healthcare Center - Morrilton, Arkansas

St. Bernards Behavioral Health Hospital - Jonesboro, Arkansas

St. Bernards Medical Center - Jonesboro, Arkansas

Stone County Medical Center - Mountain View, Arkansas

Summit Medical Center - Van Buren, Arkansas

Surgical Hospital of Jonesboro - Jonesboro, Arkansas

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences - UAMS Medical Center - Little Rock, Arkansas

Valley Behavioral Health System - Barling, Arkansas

Vantage Point Behavioral Health Hospital - Fayetteville, Arkansas

Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks - Fayetteville, Arkansas

Wadley Regional Medical Center - Fort Smith, Arkansas

Wadley Regional Medical Center - Hope, Arkansas

Washington Regional Medical Center - Fayetteville, Arkansas

White County Medical Center - Searcy, Arkansas

White River Medical Center - Batesville, Arkansas

List of tallest buildings in Little Rock

The skyline of Little Rock began to emerge in 1968 with the construction of Worthen Bank (now Bank of America), and Union National Bank. Worthen was topped out at 375 feet and Union National at 331 feet making them both taller than the Tower Building which was 300 feet and the tallest building up to that time.

In 1975, First National Bank, now Regions Bank, was topped out at 454 feet and 30 stories.

In 1986, both the TCBY Tower, at 547 feet and 40 stories and the Rogers building, at 365 feet and 25 stories, were under construction and completed. The TCBY Tower was later renamed the Metropolitan National Bank Tower in 2004. In 2014 Simmons Bank purchased Metropolitan National Bank renaming the tower to Simmons Tower.

McCain Mall

McCain Mall is the largest enclosed shopping mall by leasable area in the Little Rock metropolitan area, located near Interstate 40 in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The shopping hub was officially dedicated in April 1973, although its primary anchor, Little Rock-based Pfeifer-Blass, had opened for business in late 1972. Among its 96 stores and services were a J.G. McCrory 5 and 10 and McCain Mall Cinema I and II. The shopping center was the largest in the state until an addition was completed as Fort Smith's Central Mall in 1986. McCain Mall is the largest one of two enclosed shopping centers within Central Arkansas, with the other enclosed mall being Park Plaza Mall, located in Little Rock. Anchors are Dillard's, JCPenney, Sears and Regal McCain Mall Stadium 12 & RPX.

Over its 30+ year history, McCain Mall has never been expanded, although renovations were done in 1992 and again in 2011-2012. The former location of M. M. Cohn was demolished in 2012 for a Regal Entertainment Group movie theater.In 2015, Sears Holdings spun off its 235 properties, including the Sears at McCain Mall, into Seritage Growth Properties. The auto center closed in 2017, and a portion of it will become LongHorn Steakhouse on January 22, 2019.

Mount St. Mary Academy (Little Rock, Arkansas)

Mount St. Mary Academy is a private, Roman Catholic, all-girls high school, serving grades 9 through 12, in the Hillcrest neighborhood of Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. It is an all-female institution, and has an all-male brother school, Catholic High School for Boys. It is located within the Diocese of Little Rock. Having been founded in 1851, it is the oldest high school in Arkansas.

National Weather Service North Little Rock, Arkansas

National Weather Service - North Little Rock, AR, also known as National Weather Service - Little Rock, AR, is a local weather forecast office responsible for monitoring weather conditions for 45 of Arkansas's 75 counties, excluding 7 counties in Northwestern Arkansas, 9 counties in Southwestern and South Central Arkansas, Ashley and Chicot counties in Extreme Southeastern Arkansas, and 12 counties in Eastern Arkansas. Those counties are monitored by the Weather Service offices in Tulsa, Shreveport, Jackson (MS), and Memphis respectively. The current office in North Little Rock maintains a WSR-88D (NEXRAD) radar system and Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) that greatly improve forecasting in the region. North Little Rock is in charge of weather forecasts, warnings and local statements as well as aviation weather. The name of the Doppler radar (WSR-88D) code used by this office is LZK. The National Weather Service at North Little Rock, Arkansas programs 12 NOAA Weather Radio transmitters across Arkansas, with 25 transmitters statewide.

North Little Rock, Arkansas

North Little Rock is a city in Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States, across the Arkansas River from Little Rock in the central part of the state. The population was 62,304 at the 2010 census. In 2017 the estimated population was 65,911, making it the seventh-most populous city in the state. North Little Rock, along with Little Rock and Conway, anchors the six-county Little Rock–North Little Rock–Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area (2014 population 729,135), which is further included in the Little Rock-North Little Rock Combined Statistical Area with 902,443 residents.

The city's downtown is anchored in the Argenta Historic District, which draws its name from the original name of the city; the area includes Dickey-Stephens Park, the current home of the Arkansas Travelers minor league baseball team, and Verizon Arena, the metropolitan area's main entertainment venue. Farther west in the city is Burns Park, one of the largest municipal parks in the United States.

Philander Smith College

Philander Smith College is a private historically black college, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Philander Smith College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is a founding member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Philander Smith College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock, formerly UALR) is a metropolitan public research university located in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. Established as Little Rock Junior College by the Little Rock School District in 1927, the institution became a private four-year university under the name Little Rock University in 1957. It returned to public status in 1969 when it merged with the University of Arkansas System under its present name. The former campus of Little Rock Junior College is now (2019) the campus of Philander Smith College.

Located on 250 acres, the UALR campus encompasses more than 56 buildings, including the Center for Nanotechnology Integrative Sciences, the Emerging Analytics Center, and the Sequoyah Research Center, and the Ottenheimer Library Additionally, UALR houses special learning facilities that include a learning resource center, art galleries, KUAR public radio station, University Television, cyber café, speech and hearing clinic, and a campus-wide wireless network.

War Memorial Stadium (Arkansas)

War Memorial Stadium is a multi-purpose stadium in Little Rock, Arkansas. The stadium is primarily used for American football and is the home stadium for the Arkansas Baptist Buffaloes, Catholic High School Rockets, Little Rock Rangers and the secondary home stadium for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. The Arkansas State Red Wolves have also played there in the past. The stadium also hosts the Delta Classic, an annual football game between the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Golden Lions and the Grambling State Tigers, as well as hosting the Arkansas Activities Association high school championship game in all classification.

Climate data for Little Rock (Little Rock Nat'l Airport), 1981−2010 normals,[a] extremes 1875−present[b]
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 83
(28)
87
(31)
91
(33)
95
(35)
98
(37)
107
(42)
112
(44)
114
(46)
106
(41)
98
(37)
86
(30)
81
(27)
114
(46)
Mean maximum °F (°C) 71.6
(22.0)
75.9
(24.4)
81.6
(27.6)
86.4
(30.2)
91.3
(32.9)
96.2
(35.7)
100.3
(37.9)
100.9
(38.3)
96.1
(35.6)
88.5
(31.4)
80.0
(26.7)
71.9
(22.2)
102.6
(39.2)
Average high °F (°C) 50.5
(10.3)
55.1
(12.8)
64.0
(17.8)
73.1
(22.8)
81.1
(27.3)
88.9
(31.6)
92.5
(33.6)
92.6
(33.7)
85.6
(29.8)
74.8
(23.8)
63.0
(17.2)
52.3
(11.3)
72.9
(22.7)
Average low °F (°C) 31.2
(−0.4)
34.5
(1.4)
42.7
(5.9)
51.0
(10.6)
61.1
(16.2)
69.4
(20.8)
73.2
(22.9)
72.4
(22.4)
64.5
(18.1)
52.6
(11.4)
42.2
(5.7)
33.7
(0.9)
52.5
(11.4)
Mean minimum °F (°C) 15.5
(−9.2)
19.3
(−7.1)
26.7
(−2.9)
35.8
(2.1)
47.0
(8.3)
58.0
(14.4)
64.8
(18.2)
62.9
(17.2)
48.2
(9.0)
36.8
(2.7)
26.5
(−3.1)
18.2
(−7.7)
11.3
(−11.5)
Record low °F (°C) −8
(−22)
−12
(−24)
11
(−12)
28
(−2)
38
(3)
46
(8)
54
(12)
52
(11)
37
(3)
27
(−3)
10
(−12)
−1
(−18)
−12
(−24)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.55
(90)
3.66
(93)
4.68
(119)
5.14
(131)
4.87
(124)
3.65
(93)
3.27
(83)
2.59
(66)
3.18
(81)
4.91
(125)
5.28
(134)
4.97
(126)
49.75
(1,264)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 1.6
(4.1)
1.3
(3.3)
0.4
(1.0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
trace 0.2
(0.51)
3.5
(8.9)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 8.9 9.1 9.8 9.4 11.1 8.7 8.2 6.4 7.3 8.2 8.9 9.7 105.7
Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 0.6 0.6 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.2 1.7
Mean monthly sunshine hours 180.9 188.2 244.5 276.7 325.3 346.2 351.0 323.0 271.9 251.0 176.9 166.2 3,101.8
Percent possible sunshine 58 62 66 71 75 80 80 78 73 72 57 54 70
Source: NOAA (sun 1961−1990 at North Little Rock Airport),[15][16][17] The Weather Channel[18]
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