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City Summary - Little Rock, Arkansas
The capital city of The Natural State, Little Rock is named for a small rock formation on the south bank of the Arkansas River called “la Petite Roche.” This “little rock” once served as a landmark for those traveling by river. The birthplace of William Jefferson Clinton, the 42nd President of the U.S., Little Rock’s 200,000 residents include a significant number of individuals age 25 to 44 who represent almost one-third of its population. The U.S. Navy named two ships after Little Rock, which was included among the “Best Places to Live” by Forbes in 2005 and ranked the second cleanest city in America by the magazine in 2011.

Corporations including Dillard’s Department Stores, Acxiom and Windstream Communications are headquartered in Little Rock while highly respected non-profit organizations such as Heifer International and the Clinton Presidential Center are also located in the city. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is one the primary employers with more than 10,500 personnel, including those on staff at its affiliates, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. In addition, the city’s proximity to the river port has led international companies to establish facilities near the waterfront.

The Little Rock School District operates 64 schools for approximately 27,000 students. High school graduates can pursue post-secondary studies at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Philander Smith College and Arkansas Baptist College.

Little Rock’s downtown River Market District offers bars and restaurants and is considered the entertainment hub of the city. With over 725 animals, the Little Rock Zoo dates back to 1926 and is the largest zoo in the state. Cultural offerings like the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre and the Arkansas Arts Center entertain crowds through music, stage productions and gallery exhibits, further adding to the appeal of this historic city.
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