Nicknamed LR, the Rock and Rock Town, Little Rock is the state capital for Arkansas and is America’s 21st-most highly populated state capital city.
Guinness World Records points to Little Rock as where American Ron Sherman (aka Steve Jumper) produced the most TV commercials ever by an individual on February 25, 2016. Sherman, who specializes in home improvement commercials, made 3,503 commercials over 30 years often acting as an on-camera presenter.
Little Rock serves as headquarters for two major corporations recognized as belonging to the Forbes Global 2000 world’s biggest companies: advanced network communications and managed services provider Windstream Holdings; and department store chain Dillard’s.
Arkansas shipped U$5.707 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Arkansan exports are civilian aircraft, electrical plugs and sockets, eggs, bomb weaponry, rice, chicken and plastic polymers according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Little Rock was 3.1% as of May 3, 2017.
Capital Facts for Little Rock, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Arkansas Art Center, Hearne Fine Art Gallery, Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock Zoo, Museum of Discovery, Old State House Museum, Verizon Arena and the William J. Clinton Presidential Library
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Little Rock, United States:
- Josh Lucas, actor (born Jun. 20, 1971)
- Brooks Robinson, All-Star baseball third baseman (born May 18, 1937)
- Derek Fisher, NBA champion basketball guard (born Aug. 9, 1974)
- Joey Lauren Adams, actress (born Jan. 19, 1968)
- Keena Rothhammer, Olympic swimming gold medalist (born Feb. 26, 1957)
- Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former U.S. president (born Feb. 27, 1980)
- Sheryl Underwood, comedian (born Oct. 28, 1963)
- Michael Tinsley, Olympic hurdling silver medalist (born Apr. 21, 1984)
- AJ Burnett, professional MLB baseball pitcher (born Jan. 3, 1977)
- Jermain Taylor, Olympic boxing bronze medalist (born Aug. 11, 1978)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Little Rock resident: Little Rocker
Population: 199,500 (Little Rock city limits)
Density: 1,717 people per square mile (663 per square kilometer)
Population: 734,622 (Little Rock metropolitan area)
Density: 180 people per square mile (69 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$39.27 billion as of March 2015 (Little Rock metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $53,456
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Little Rock: U.S. dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on June 3, 2017
Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016. Accessed on June 3, 2017
Forbes Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on June 3, 2017
Guinness World Records, Most TV commercials produced. Accessed on June 3, 2017
Nations Online, Capital Cities of the USA. Accessed on June 3, 2017
Official Government Website, City of Little Rock official website. Accessed on June 3, 2017
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries. Accessed on June 3, 2017
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016. Accessed on June 3, 2017
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on June 3, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on June 3, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Little Rock city flag. Accessed on June 3, 2017
Wikipedia, Arkansas. Accessed on June 3, 2017
Wikipedia, Central Arkansas. Accessed on June 3, 2017
Wikipedia, List of Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Accessed on June 3, 2017
Wikipedia, Little Rock, Arkansas. Accessed on June 3, 2017
Within city limits, Little Rock occupies 116.2 square miles (300.9 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 199,500 Little Rockers in 2016.
Also called Central Arkansas and formally named the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Little Rock metropolitan area has a land area of 4,090.34 square miles (10,593.94 square kilometers) with a metropolitan area population of 734,622 inhabitants.
At the city level, Little Rock’s population density is 1,717 residents per square mile (663 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Little Rock metropolitan area with an average 180 inhabitants per square mile (69 per square kilometer).
Little Rockers celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.