Location, Location, Little Rock: Central Hub to the Region's Business

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.

2.6 million
Passengers from Clinton National Airport

(North Carolina to California)

(North Little Rock to Fort Worth)

McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System

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 62.6 degrees and an annual precipitation of 49.6 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.

Nonstop Flights From LIT

Atlanta ATL: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Intl.
Charlotte, N.C. CLT: Charlotte Douglas Intl.
Chicago ORD: O'Hare Intl.
Dallas DAL: Dallas Love Field
DFW: Dallas/Fort Worth Intl.
Denver DEN: Denver Intl.
Houston IAH: George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Las Vegas LAS: McCarran Intl.
Orlando, Fla. SFB: Orlando Sanford Intl.
Phoenix PHX: Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl.
St. Louis STL: St. Louis/Lambert Intl.

*According to clintonairport.com: "Due to COVID-19, many routes and frequencies are not currently available." Generally, there are about 16 non-stop flights out of Little Rock's Clinton National Airport.

Little Rock Port Authority

Established in 1959, the Little Rock Port Authority oversees the Port of Little Rock and intermodal transportation services connecting U.S. markets and the deep water ports of the Gulf of Mexico from Arkansas.

The Port of Arkansas is part of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, which runs from the Mississippi River northwest to just east of Tulsa.

Arkansas is one of only 24 states to have the unique resource of inland waterways and ranks third in the number of navigable waterway miles. The 448-mile system includes 18 locks, shipping 12 million tons annually with a cargo value of $3.9 billion.

Port of Little Rock Fast Facts

  • 3,500 Arkansans are employed by businesses in the Little Rock Port
  • Home to 40 active businesses
  • Includes 4,000-acre industrial park with ample levee-protected acreage available
  • 2 full-service river terminals, including a river port and slackwater harbor
  • 8,000 railcars pass through the port yearly with service from Union Pacific and BNSF
  • Located within five miles of I-40 and I-30
  • Arkansas Freeport Law exempts inventory tax on raw materials, goods in progress, and finished goods bound for out-of-state shipment

Metro Area by the Numbers

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No. 11
Best Cities to Work From Home

Average sunny days per year

Water quality rating on 1-100 scale
(national average: 55)