Location, Location, Little Rock: From Nashville to Houston, You're Not Far From Home

Little Rock is the capital of Arkansas and the global brand of a 12-county region home to more than 1 million people living within a 50-mile radius of downtown.

Little Rock, “la Petit Roche,” got its name from the 1682 Robert La Salle expedition, when the party led by the French explorer landed on the south bank of the Arkansas River.

Little Rock became the seat of Arkansas’ new territorial government in 1821 and was incorporated as a city in 1831. It was named capital of the newly admitted State of Arkansas in 1836.

Centrally located with four distinct seasons, Little Rock has a daily mean temperature of 62.1 degrees and annual precipitation of 55.23 inches. Downtown, where the Southeast meets the Southwest and the Delta becomes the mountains, is 286 feet above sea level with some residential areas rising 300 to 630 feet above.

Not Far To Go

The distance between Little Rock and major cities within the South and Midwest:

Memphis 139 miles
Jackson, Miss. 261 miles
Tulsa 275 miles
Dallas 317 miles
Oklahoma City 340 miles
Nashville 350 miles
St. Louis 357 miles
Kansas City 383 miles
New Orleans 427 miles
Houston 434 miles


Little Rock has a population of 195,310 in the city, 386,299 in Pulaski County, 709,901 in the Metropolitan Statistical Area, and 1,038,447 in the region. The MSA grew 14.98 percent over the past decade, and its population has a median age of 36 and a per capita income of $39,899.

Urban Core

Little Rock’s downtown is home to both a capitol and a presidential library, and is linked on both sides of the Arkansas River by 24 miles of one of the best trail systems of parks and pedestrian bridges in the country.

Club Madrid

The Club de Madrid, an independent, nonprofit organization of 93 democratically elected former presidents and prime ministers, along with the P80, a group of private pension and sovereign wealth funds around the world, agreed to work together to seek funding for sustainable growth initiatives across the planet, at a meeting of the groups in Little Rock in December 2012.

The groups signed the Little Rock Accord, an agreement to convince government-owned wealth funds to develop and implement technology that will impact the growing demand for energy and food, and to impact the negative effects of climate change. This accord formalized an agreement to seek funding of 2 percent of trillions of dollars in the pension funds to provide technology-driven solutions for the billions of people around the world seeking better lives.