The capital and largest city in Arkansas, Little Rock has become a destination for students, professionals, international businesses, and vacationers. The metropolitan area, home to nearly 40 Little Rock colleges and universities, is located along the banks of the Arkansas River. Visitors are drawn to the more than 550 restaurants, Statehouse Plaza, Clinton Presidential Center, and the historic Robinson Center Music Hall. Riverside parks, golf courses, and a thriving nightlife scene in the River Market District draw visitors and the city's 191,930 residents.
Studying at Little Rock Colleges and Universities
Since it was named the capital in 1821, Little Rock, has developed 37 universities, colleges, vocational and technical schools. Colleges in Little Rock offer associate's, bachelor's, master's, and post-graduate degrees, as well as diplomas and certificates in trades. Little Rock colleges include University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Philander Smith College, Remington College, and ITT Technical Institute. When you're not attending classes at your schools in Little Rock, you'll find plenty to do at the symphony, ballet, local music scene, in the city's parks, or by taking less than an hour's drive to the half-dozen state parks in the Ouachita Mountains.
Working in Little Rock, AR
The city's economy is well diversified, offering a wide range of career opportunities to graduates from Little Rock colleges. Top employers include:
- Arkansas Cancer Research Center
- Verizon Wireless
- Fidelity Information Services
- Acxiom Corp
- UAMS Medical Center
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the mean annual wage for all Little Rock occupations in 2009 was $38,470, compared with a national mean annual wage for all occupations of $43,460. The BLS also reports a 7.1 unemployment rate for Little Rock, compared to the Arkansas unemployment rate of 7.5 and the national rate of 9.5. Little Rock residents also enjoy a cost of living 12 percent lower than the national average. Little Rock offers plenty of options in schools and in diversions to help you unwind from your studies.