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Little Rock, Arkansas, City Facts and Higher Education Info

The capital city of Arkansas, Little Rock features a diverse population as well as a balanced, diversified economy. A number of institutions of higher learning can be found in Little Rock offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in a variety of fields. Keep reading to learn about the city's economy and demographics and to find out more about the schools available here.

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Information about Little Rock

Little Rock is the capital of the state of Arkansas and its most populous city. There were estimated to be about 198,000 residents in the city in 2014, according to U.S. census data. This data also revealed that Little Rock is diverse and well-educated, with African-Americans counting for about 42% of the city's population, while about 39% of local adult residents 25 years or older held bachelor's degrees, as of 2010-2014 data.

The climate in Little Rock is seasonal, and wide variations can occur between summer and winter. Temperatures can fall as low as freezing during the winter months with accompanying ice and light snow. Summer temperatures can hit the low nineties or higher, and the weather is often very humid. Local recreational amenities include opportunities for fishing, boating, hiking, golf and bicycling. The City of Little Rock hosts RiverFest in June, among other music festivals. Local museums offer exhibitions on aerospace, arts, science, local history and agriculture.

Higher Education

The city is home to 8 public and private non-profit universities and colleges. The University of Arkansas system maintains a 4-year university at Little Rock, which offers a large number of baccalaureate programs as well as master's and doctoral degrees, including a Juris Doctor. The system also operates the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, a dedicated hospital and educational complex that includes the state's only medical school. Other institutions of higher learning in Little Rock include Arkansas Baptist College and Philander Smith College, both historically black schools, as well as several career and specialty schools.

Employment and Economy

The largest industries in Little Rock are the educational, health care and social services industry and the retail trade industry. The state government is a major source of employment, as is the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The city's largest employers include Baptist Health, Entergy Arkansas, Little Rock Air Force Base, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance company. Unlike cities such as Detroit, Little Rock has been cited for having a particularly diverse metropolitan economy, which is instrumental in helping the area weather economic lulls in varying sectors.

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