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    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C-
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B
  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
Little Rock is a city in Arkansas with a population of 197,640. Little Rock is in Pulaski County and is one of the best places to live in Arkansas. Living in Little Rock offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Little Rock there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Little Rock and residents tend to lean liberal.
About Little Rock...
Population
197,640

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$154,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$803
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    1,100
    283
  • Murder
    21
    6
  • Rape
    84
    41
  • Robbery
    330
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,181
    500
  • Theft
    5,142
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    575
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$46,578
National
$55,322
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    15%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    9%
    13%

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Little Rock is so beautiful with the Arkansas river, and the trees and hills. It's a great town that has amenities and services, but small enough to build a community within the members of the city, with or without originally being from Arkansas (though sometimes Arkansans can be snobbish in their own way with restaurant chains, or political views, and/or attractions). You can run your normal errand routines quickly and with ease, and see (and know) people from work or other activities. As with any city, there are rougher neighborhoods, but it shouldn't discourage you specifically away from Little Rock by using common sense and safety protocols. Little Rock has beautiful parks, and walking/biking trails within easy driving distances, and the "rivermarket" downtown is always fun to visit. Unfortunately, Little Rock is severely divided by race and social classes, where there's not much opportunity for common (or middle) ground.
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This city has lots to offer if you like the outdoors. There is a reason why Arkansas is called "The Natural State". Pinnacle Mountain is the highest mountain in the area, surrounded by dense forest. If you are not a hiker or biker, enjoy the many lakes and streams to go fishing, swimming, camping, or kayaking. Some West Little Rock neighborhoods have stunning views from its hills. Arkansans are very laid back and friendly, many displaying a quality of Southern hospitality. Homes are pretty with lots of crown moldings and other interior extras. You will find plenty of old and newer neighborhoods. Homes are affordable with property taxes lower than, say Austin, TX. The overall lifestyle is calmer than in other cities and with its four seasons but still relatively mild temperatures year round ideal for retirees. Come and visit Little Rock and enjoy all nature has to offer!
Little Rock has all the benefits of a major city - night life, a symphony, multiple cultures to experience throughout the city - without many of the drawbacks. It's overall a very affordable place to live and there is plenty to do for those in love with nature. Arkansas isn't called the Natural State for nothing! Little Rock does, however, have its downsides... in this case, it's the crime. The police department is underfunded and understaffed at the moment and while the city has made great strides in cleaning up the downtown areas, the crime level per capita still put Little Rock in the top ten most dangerous cities this year. It's not something you notice off-hand if you're just passing through, but you can see it in the south-west areas and still in large parts of downtown and the Quapaw quarter. It is improving, but slowly.