Little Rock


2010: 193,524, #118 in U.S., #1 in Arkansas

1950: 101,387, #108 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 699,757, #74 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 196,685, #94 in U.S.


Little Rock was founded in 1722 as a French trading post on the south bank of the Arkansas River. Riverfront Park extends 11 blocks along the river, and the 24-mile Arkansas River Trail (on both sides of the river) is more than halfway complete.


Tallest building: Simmons Tower (1986), 546 feet

List of tallest buildings

The domed Arkansas State Capitol (1916) is 230 feet tall.


Little Rock has no downtown department stores.


Amtrak’s Texas Eagle stops at Little Rock’s old Union Station (1921). The Texas Eagle goes between Chicago and Los Angeles via St. Louis, Dallas, and Tucson.

Little Rock has Metro Streetcars that serve downtown and go across the river to North Little Rock. The system opened in 2004.

Little Rock and Arkansas River

The Historic Arkansas Museum, Museum of Discovery, and Clinton Presidential Library and Museum are all located downtown. The Arkansas Arts Center is in a temporary location in the Riverdale Shopping Center while its downtown building is being renovated.


Downtown Little Rock has no movie theaters. The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra plays at the Robinson Center Music Hall.  Celebrity Attractions presents touring musicals at the Music Hall. Arkansas Repertory Theatre is also downtown.


The Arkansas Travelers, Double-A Texas League affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, play in Dickey-Stephens Park (2007), across the river in North Little Rock, with views of the Little Rock skyline. The Verizon Arena (1999) in North Little Rock has concerts and sporting events.

Map of Downtown Little Rock

Downtown Little Rock Partnership