Little Rock : Arkansas


What It Is Like to Retire in Little Rock

Located in Central Arkansas along the south bank of the Arkansas River, Little Rock is a cultural and economic center within Arkansas and the South. With a population of 197,706 (2014 census), the capital city is home to historic sites that played a role in the civil rights movement, many cultural institutions, and several schools of higher education. For outdoor enthusiasts Lake Maumelle offers fishing and boating, and the Arkansas River Trail features the country's longest bicycle and pedestrian bridge. In 2013, Kiplinger ranked Little Rock #1 in “America's Great Places to Live”, and Forbes Travel Guide named it “One of America's 5 Secret Foodie Cities”.  Picture of Downtown Little Rock courtesy of Wikipedia and Murrayultra, Picture of Big Dam Bridge courtesy of Kmercky, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/

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Where to Retire in Little Rock and Home Prices

The National Association of Realtors reports the median sale price of a home was $210,700 in the 2nd quarter of 2022, in the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway area, much lower than the national average of $413,500, during the same period.


What Is Special about Little Rock

Little Rock is cultural, economic and transportation center and is also home to two universities, historical sites, and health care. The city sits at the foot of a mountain and has a lake for outdoor recreation, and has been recognized as a great foodie town.


What Is Not Special about Little Rock

Little Rock has a high crime rate.


Who Will Like Retirement in Little Rock

Retirees who want a large city with many cultural and entertainment venues, schools of higher education, recreation and health care.  Little Rock offers a low cost of living, walking trails, a lake for fishing and boating, and public transportation.  Seniors can visit the zoo and many museums for free, and there are volunteer opportunities.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Agriculture, Aviation and Health Care drive the economy. Many corporations are headquartered here including Dillard's Department stores, and Windstream Communications.  The largest employer is the University of Arkansas for Medical Services.


Climate and Physical Environment

Little Rock's average January temperature is 44 degrees, July's average is 81 degrees.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Little Rock has a thriving cultural scene with many museums, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the William J. Clinton Presidential Library, and historic neighborhoods. It also known to have a booming restaurant scene. Little Rock hosts many cultural events and festivals including Riverfest, an annual event of performing arts and entertainment, and an Intenational Greek Food Festival is held each May.  The River Market District allows for a stroll through Riverfront Park with works of art along the path to the Clinton Presidential Center.



The crime rate here is very high.


Medical Facilities

There are many medical facilities here including University of Arkansas Medical Center, and the John L McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital.



Little Rock offers public transportation, has an Amtrak station and the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport is located here.


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