Little Rock city, Arkansas

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Little Rock city, Arkansas

Little Rock city, Arkansas
Nickname(s):The Rock, Rock Town
Founded:1821
Incorporated:1831
Population
- Total:193.524 (2010)
- Density:1.612,7/sq mi (626,3/sq km)
Area code(s):501
Time zone:CST (UTC-6)
Summer Time zone:CDT (UTC-5)
Website:www.littlerock.org
Area
- Total:122 sq mi (314 sq km)
- Land:120 sq mi (309 sq km)
- Water:2 sq mi (5 sq km)
- % water:1,59 %
Latitude:+34.7254318
Longitude:-092.3585560

Quick information summary of the Little Rock city area.

Little Rock city is located in the state of Arkansas. It occupies the area of 122 square miles. 2 square miles are water areas and 120 square miles remain for land areas. Center of the Little Rock city lies at +34.7254318, -092.3585560 coordinates. According to the 2010 Census, there are 193.524 living in the Little Rock city. The racial makeup shows these 3 races as the most frequent : White (48.92%), Black or African American (42.31%) and Some Other Race (3.94%). Median age is 34 for the males and 37 for the females.

Little Rock is the capital and the largest city in Arkansas. It is located on the south bank of the Arkansas River, basically in the center of the state. As of 2011, Little Rock has a population of 193,524, and its Metropolitan Statistical Area has a population of 709,901.

The city got its name after a small rock formation on the bank of the Arkansas River, called La Petite Roche (which is French for “little rock”). Although smaller than a large bluff across the river from it, the “little rock” was always more important for the locals and the travelers, as it served as a landmark in the early river traffic and marked a place of a widely used river crossing.  The city is often called simply “The Rock” or “Rock Town.”

Little Rock is the county seat of Pulaski County and it belongs to the Central Standard Time zone (UTC-6).

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Statistical data for the Little Rock city based on the 2010 U.S. Census

Racial makeup

Total
193,524
White alone
94,66548.92 %
Black or African American alone
81,88942.31 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
6860.35 %
Asian alone
5,1312.65 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
1530.08 %
Some Other Race alone
7,6263.94 %
Two or More races
3,3741.74 %

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Population break-up based on Counties and Subdivisions in the area

Counties Subdivisions
County (whole county) Little Rock city part within the County Subdivision (whole subdivision) Little Rock city part within the Subdivision
Pulaski County 382.748- Little Rock city part193.524
Big Rock township 219.984- Little Rock city part193.524

Profile of the Little Rock city

History of Little Rock

There is archaeological evidence suggesting that the area around the Arkansas River in Central Arkansas had been inhabited by Folsom and Mississippian Culture peoples for thousands of years prior to the arrival of the Europeans. Their presence and culture were recorded in 1541 by the members of the Hernando de Soto’s expedition, who noted that some of the tribes in the area included Cherokee, Choktaw, Osage, Caddo and Quapaw. The small rock formation on the south bank of the Arkansas River was named “Le Petite Roche” in 1721 and it was used as a landmark not only for the river navigation but also as a point separating the Mississippi Delta from the foothill region of the Ouachita Mountains. It is believed that the French trader and explorer Jean-Baptiste Benard de la Harpe was the first to land there and name the area.

Most of the present-day Arkansas, including Little Rock, was included in  the Louisiana Purchase by the United States in 1803. The first settlers started arriving on the north bank of the river, but they were still few. When Louisiana became a US state in 1812, Arkansas became a part of the Missouri Territory. Americans negotiated with native tribes who finally ceded most of the land around present-day Little Rock. The Territory of Arkansas was created in 1819 and it was only then that the large land speculators became increasingly interested in the area, especially south of the Arkansas River. Little Rock became the territorial capital in 1821 and in 1831 it was officially founded and incorporated as a city.

Growth and development were steady yet slow, because, despite the central position and the favorable water body, Little Rock was still far from everything else. The city was small, rustic and its residents had a reputation of being rough. In 1836, Arkansas became a US state with Little Rock as its capital. It wasn’t until the end of the Civil War and the beginning of the Reconstruction era that the city started experiencing some real growth, mainly thanks to the completion of the railroad that connected Little Rock with Memphis. By the early 20th century, Little Rock finally transformed from a small and neglected frontier town to an actual modern city. The first government buildings were built and the suburban expansion of the city (mostly westward) had begun. The industrialization of the city was also in full swing.

One of the events that marked the history of Little Rock and also one of the most important events in the African-American Civil Rights Movement was when a group of black students (today known as the Little Rock Nine) were first prevented from entering  a segregated high school and then, after an intervention of the president Eisenhower, allowed to enroll. At the time, Arkansas was the third most segregated US state. Racial tensions and conflicts were always intense in Little Rock but after many efforts the city became what it is today - a center of racial and cultural diversity.

Little Rock was in the center of global attention in 1992 when Bill Clinton, who at the time was the Governor of Arkansas, entered the presidential run and won.

Little Rock Geography and Climate

The main geographic feature of Little Rock and its surrounding area is the Arkansas River. Two smaller rivers - Fourche Creek and Rock Creek, also run through the city and flow into the Arkansas. Some parts of the city to the west are located at the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains. The Pinnacle Mountain lies to the northwest of the city, together with Lake Maumelle, from which the city gets its drinking water.

Little Rock has a humid subtropical climate, with humid, hot and long summers and mild winters. Snowfall is not very frequent.

Little Rock Population

The population of Little Rock is 52.7% White, 42.1% African American, 4.7% Hispanic or Latino, 2.1% Asian, 0.4% American Indian and 0.1% Pacific Islander. In 2000, the median household income was $37,572 and 14.3% of the population lived below the poverty line. As for the religion, Little Rock (as well as the entire Arkansas) is part of the Bible Belt region, which means the population is predominantly Protestant.

Economy in Little Rock

Some of the largest companies in Little Rock include Dillard’s Department Stores, Acxiom, Windstream Communications, Dassault Falcon Jet, Fidelity National Information Services and Metropolitan National Bank.

Little Rock is generally considered to be good for business, with one of the most diverse economies in the country. In 2011, Forbes magazine named Little Rock the second cleanest city in the entire USA.

Culture and Education

The city hosts the largest cultural institution in the state, the Arkansas Arts Center, and other important institutions include the Arkansas Museum of Discovery, William J. Clinton Presidential Center and the Historic Arkansas Museum. Other places of interest in the city include Arkansas River Trail, Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Arkansas Arboretum, Wildwood Park for the Arts, Little Rock River Market District and, of course, the historic Old State House.

The two major universities in Little Rock are the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. There are also several smaller, historically black colleges in the city, most notably Philander Smith College and Arkansas Baptist College.

Transportation

Air transportation in the city is operated through Little Rock National Airport. Amtrak has one line, the Texas Eagle, with trains to and from Little Rock twice a day. There are also buses to and from the city operated by Greyhound Lines and Jefferson Lines.

Statistical data for the Little Rock city

Data Source : US Census Bureau

Racial makeup

Total
193,524
White alone
94,66548.92 %
Black or African American alone
81,88942.31 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
6860.35 %
Asian alone
5,1312.65 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
1530.08 %
Some Other Race alone
7,6263.94 %
Two or More races
3,3741.74 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin

Total
193,524
Not Hispanic or Latino
180,44893.24 %
Hispanic or Latino
13,0766.76 %

Hispanic or Latino Origin by Race

Total
193,524
Not Hispanic or Latino
180,44893.24 %
White alone
90,29750.04 %
Black or African American alone
81,57245.21 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
5190.29 %
Asian alone
5,0982.83 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
540.03 %
Some Other Race alone
2770.15 %
Two or More races
2,6311.46 %
Hispanic or Latino
13,0766.76 %
White alone
4,36833.40 %
Black or African American alone
3172.42 %
American Indian and Alaska Native alone
1671.28 %
Asian alone
330.25 %
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone
990.76 %
Some Other Race alone
7,34956.20 %
Two or More races
7435.68 %

Median Age by Sex

Both sexes
35
Male
34
Female
37

Household Type

Total
82,018
Family households
47,79958.28 %
Husband-wife family
29,97862.72 %
Other family
17,82137.28 %
Male householder, no wife present
3,49519.61 %
Female householder, no husband present
14,32680.39 %
Nonfamily households
34,21941.72 %
Householder living alone
28,56483.47 %
Householder not living alone
5,65516.53 %

Geographical and Cultural Features and Landmarks in the Little Rock city - including Historical Features

Distance is calculated from the Little Rock city center coordinates

Distance limit:

Random list of Geographic Features located within the radius of 3 miles from the Little Rock city center

Building

  • Crystal Fire Department [3.27 mi] [5.27 km]
  • Little Rock Fire Station 14 [1.02 mi] [1.64 km]
  • University of Arkansas Little Rock - Department of Public Safety [1.27 mi] [2.04 km]
  • Daisy Bates House [4 mi] [6.43 km]
  • Pulaski County Jail [2.87 mi] [4.62 km]
  • Pulaski County Sheriff's Office [2.94 mi] [4.74 km]
  • Little Rock Fire Station 6 [3.43 mi] [5.52 km]
  • Arkansas Forestry Commission Law Enforcement Division [2.35 mi] [3.78 km]

Cemetery

  • Roselawn Cemetery [3.07 mi] [4.94 km]

Church

  • Westwood Missionary Baptist Church [1.52 mi] [2.44 km]
  • Green Memorial Baptist Church [1.62 mi] [2.61 km]
  • Western Hills United Methodist Church [1.04 mi] [1.68 km]
  • Gospel Assembly Church [1.01 mi] [1.63 km]
  • Marigold United Pentecostal Church [0.9 mi] [1.46 km]
  • Lords Haven Church [1.12 mi] [1.81 km]
  • Matthew Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church [3.9 mi] [6.28 km]
  • Pleasant Hill African Methodist Episcopal Church [1.1 mi] [1.77 km]
  • Rosedale Church of God in Christ [1.11 mi] [1.79 km]
  • Free Will Baptist Church [3.92 mi] [6.3 km]
  • Fairview Baptist Church [1.54 mi] [2.47 km]
  • Rosedale Baptist Church [0.6 mi] [0.96 km]
  • Lighthouse Church [0.89 mi] [1.43 km]
  • Gods Home and Prayer Center [3.93 mi] [6.33 km]
  • New Light Baptist Church [3.63 mi] [5.84 km]
  • Macedonia Spiritual Church [0.98 mi] [1.57 km]
  • Saint Andrew African Methodist Episcopal Church [3.86 mi] [6.21 km]
  • Greater Second Baptist Church [3.93 mi] [6.32 km]
  • Calvary Church of the Nazarene [1.84 mi] [2.97 km]
  • New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church [3.8 mi] [6.11 km]
  • White Memorial United Methodist Church [3.74 mi] [6.01 km]
  • West Heights Missionary Baptist Church [0.89 mi] [1.43 km]
  • Hunter United Methodist Church [1.34 mi] [2.15 km]
  • Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church [0.89 mi] [1.43 km]
  • Saint Luke United Methodist Church [0.73 mi] [1.18 km]
  • Saint Theresa of Jesus Monastery [0.24 mi] [0.38 km]
  • Saint Pauls United Church of Christ [0.9 mi] [1.44 km]
  • Capitol City Freewill Baptist Church [0.47 mi] [0.76 km]
  • Lakeshore Drive Baptist Church [0.83 mi] [1.33 km]
  • Pilgrims and Strangers Church [0.83 mi] [1.34 km]
  • Faith Memorial Baptist Church [2.06 mi] [3.31 km]
  • Community Bible Church [0.48 mi] [0.77 km]
  • First Congregational Church [2.17 mi] [3.49 km]
  • Evangelist Temple Church of God in Christ [3.92 mi] [6.31 km]
  • Faith Temple Church of God in Christ [1.99 mi] [3.2 km]
  • Greater Archview Baptist Church [3.75 mi] [6.04 km]
  • Greater Jesus Holy Temple [2.15 mi] [3.45 km]
  • Total Outreach for Christ Church [2.71 mi] [4.37 km]
  • Shiloh Seventh Day Adventist Church [2.54 mi] [4.09 km]
  • Metropolitan Church of God for the Community [3.42 mi] [5.51 km]
  • Oak Forest United Methodist Church [1.39 mi] [2.24 km]

Civil

  • Township of Brodie (historical) [3.48 mi] [5.6 km]
  • Township of Big Rock [1.68 mi] [2.7 km]
  • City of Little Rock [0.06 mi] [0.09 km]

Crossing

  • Interchange 4 [2.61 mi] [4.19 km]

Dam

  • Jack Ward Lake Dam [3.41 mi] [5.48 km]
  • Broadmoor Lake Dam [0.86 mi] [1.38 km]
  • Cook Lake Dam [2 mi] [3.21 km]
  • Aldersgate Lake Dam [1.98 mi] [3.19 km]
  • Wilson Lake Dam [3.7 mi] [5.96 km]

Hospital

  • Pulaski County Hospital [2.86 mi] [4.6 km]

Locale

  • Westridge Country Club [1.06 mi] [1.71 km]
  • Rock Creek Golf Course [0.91 mi] [1.47 km]
  • Village Shopping Center [1.23 mi] [1.98 km]
  • Town and Country Shopping Center [1.01 mi] [1.62 km]
  • University Shopping Center [0.99 mi] [1.6 km]
  • Barton Coliseum [3.36 mi] [5.41 km]
  • Broadmoor Shopping Center [0.87 mi] [1.4 km]

Park

  • West End Park [0.56 mi] [0.91 km]

Populated Place

  • Douglas Corner [3.19 mi] [5.14 km]
  • Azalea Place [1.12 mi] [1.81 km]
  • Douglasville [0.76 mi] [1.22 km]
  • Westbrook [1.71 mi] [2.76 km]
  • Rosedale [0.87 mi] [1.41 km]
  • Kensington Place [1.57 mi] [2.53 km]

Reservoir

  • Big Dickinson Lake [2.44 mi] [3.92 km]
  • Ward Lake [3.46 mi] [5.57 km]
  • Broadmoor Lake [0.79 mi] [1.28 km]
  • Cook Lake [2.01 mi] [3.24 km]

School

  • Western Hills Elementary School [1.16 mi] [1.86 km]
  • Gospel Assembly Academy [1.01 mi] [1.63 km]
  • Wilson Elementary School [0.64 mi] [1.03 km]
  • Fairview Baptist School [1.54 mi] [2.47 km]
  • Metro Business Academy [1.73 mi] [2.79 km]
  • Ish Elementary School [3.99 mi] [6.42 km]
  • University of Arkansas Institute of Technology [1.03 mi] [1.67 km]
  • Calvary Christian Academy [1.86 mi] [2.99 km]
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock [1.01 mi] [1.63 km]
  • Bale Elementary School [0.63 mi] [1.02 km]
  • Southwest Junior High School [0.53 mi] [0.85 km]
  • Romine Elementary School [1.42 mi] [2.29 km]
  • Romine Interdist Elementary School [1.41 mi] [2.27 km]
  • Mitchell Incentive Elementary School [3.62 mi] [5.82 km]
  • Mitchell Elementary School [3.62 mi] [5.82 km]
  • Martin Luther King Junior School [1.76 mi] [2.84 km]
  • Garland Elementary School [2.49 mi] [4.01 km]

Stream

  • Rock Creek [1.52 mi] [2.45 km]
  • Little Fourche Creek [3.4 mi] [5.47 km]
  • Coleman Creek [1.7 mi] [2.73 km]
  • Panther Branch [2.24 mi] [3.6 km]
  • Payne Branch [3.51 mi] [5.65 km]

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