Looking to enjoy the finer things in life without breaking the bank? You’ve come to the right place — the purchasing power in Little Rock is like no other. From dining to shopping to buying a home, life in Little Rock is one you can afford and enjoy.
How far can my dollar go?
Pretty far. The cost of living is lower than the national average. Arkansans pay less in food, utilities and health care than their fellow Americans. Looking to buy a home? You should buy in Little Rock. While the average housing cost in the United States is over $320,000, the average in Little Rock is only $143,000.
Will I be in hours of traffic?
No — some would argue this is the best part — you can reach virtually any place in the region within 30 minutes. The average commute time is 22.7 minutes, which is 3.4 fewer minutes than the national average. With all that extra time, you can take advantage of our picturesque outdoors.
How’s the weather?
People here think the weather is pretty great. Little Rock has an average of 217 sunny days a year. Centrally located and experiencing all four seasons, Little Rock has a daily mean temperature of 62.6 degrees and an annual precipitation of 49.6 inches.
About those picturesque outdoors …
We thought you’d want to know more. With 52 parks and more than 5,000 acres, you can find your favorite outdoor space here in Little Rock. Oh, and just across the river in North Little Rock, you can find 12 parks, including the 1,575-acre Burns Park, one of the largest municipal parks in the nation.
The Arkansas River and the eight lakes in the area provide world-class (ok, maybe it’s self-proclaimed) fishing, sailing, kayaking and other water activities. Within a 60-mile radius of Little Rock, there are several state and national parks, including Petit Jean State Park, DeGray Lake Resort State Park, Lake Ouachita State Park, Hot Springs National Park, Ouachita National Forest and Pinnacle Mountain State Park.
Avid cyclists in the area take advantage of the scenic 88-mile Arkansas River Trail that runs through both Little Rock and North Little Rock. Maybe you’re a little less adventurous? We suggest taking it easy at one of the many patios at the local restaurants and breweries in the area.
NEIGHBORHOODS AND NEIGHBORS
The Little Rock region has become a destination for young professionals from across the United States who are drawn to the area’s unique combination of career opportunities, scenic beauty, ease of transporation, economic advantages, recreation and entertainment. Whether working, playing, planning a family or focusing on a career, the region’s new, young residents can find a winning combination of options and opportunities among a range of neighborhoods that are as diverse and eclectic as the people who live here.
North Little Rock’s historic downtown has a little bit of everything within walking distance. Dickey-Stephens Park is home to the Arkansas Travelers, a Class AA minor league baseball team, art galleries, restaurants and brewpubs and Simmons Bank Arena. The Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame houses an unmatched collection of memorabilia.
Attraction: Rockwater Marina offers the best public views of downtown Little Rock and is located along the Arkansas River Trail, an 88-mile loop that connects Little Rock, North Little Rock, Maumelle and Conway.
More than 40,000 people work in downtown Little Rock each day, making it the state’s power center. Downtown is home to the Arkansas State Capitol Building, Stephens Inc. and Arkansas Children’s, plus popular tourist destinations like the River Market and SoMa districts.
Attraction: The MacArthur Park Historic District is Little Rock’s oldest park and features a playground, walking trail and Korean War Veterans Memorial, as well as the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts (undergoing extensive renovation) and the MacArthur Museum of Military History. The park is named for the legendary WWII general Douglas MacArthur, who was born in Little Rock.
Centrally-located and highly-coveted, the Heights features homes ranging in value from $200,000 to $2 million. Homes here offer breathtaking views of the Arkansas River and are within walking distance of some of Little Rock’s most popular restaurants, including Heights Taco & Tamale Co. and ZAZA Fine Salad & Wood Oven Pizza Co.
Attraction: A local landmark, the Heights Theatre building and sign stand along Kavanaugh Boulevard, the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare. The theatre debuted in 1946 and is now a women’s apparel boutique.
A mix of turn-of-the-century Craftsman bungalows and Tudor-style homes are available for purchase and rent in Hillcrest. An abundance of locally-owned businesses ranging from art galleries to restaurants and boutiques are available in this pedestrian- and bike-friendly section of Little Rock. Hillcrest is located minutes from downtown and UAMS, the state's only academic health sciences center.
Attraction: Knoop Park is a popular place for runners as well as an ideal spot to view the city’s Fourth of July Fireworks display.
SOUTHWEST LITTLE ROCK
From authentic mom-and-pop Mexican eateries to the sprawling, 325,000-SF Outlets of Little Rock and the Arkansas Electric Cooperative headquarters, Southwest Little Rock is one of the city’s most ethnically and economically diverse neighborhoods. Arkansas Foodbank, Goodwill Industries of Arkansas and Habitat for Humanity all call Southwest Little Rock Home.
Attraction: Murry’s Dinner Playhouse continues the dinner theater tradition with live stage productions featuring Broadway musicals and comedies the whole family can enjoy.
WEST LITTLE ROCK
Residents looking for a more exclusive living and shopping experience call West Little Rock home. Gated communities and million-dollar homes are in high-demand in West Little Rock, which also includes a collection of chain restaurants, big box retailers and The Promenade at Chenal, plus Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park.
Attraction: Pinnacle Mountain State Park’s namesake peak rises more than 1,000 feet above the Arkansas River Valley. Along with more than 40 miles of hiking trails and the view from the top, the park also features the Arkansas Arboretum, a playground and picnic tables.