Little Rock, AR

Population: 197,640

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  • Little Rock has a Livability Score of 57/100, which is considered poor
  • Little Rock crime rates are 122% higher than the Arkansas average
  • Cost of living in Little Rock is 11% higher than the Arkansas average
  • Little Rock real estate prices are 35% higher than the Arkansas average
  • Rental prices in Little Rock are 17% higher than the Arkansas average

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      Little Rock, AR

      There is nothing small about life in Little Rock, Arkansas. The state's capital city is one of the hottest metro areas in the south, and the thriving city is enjoying a culinary awakening that has seen a wide selection of flavors injected into the city's already rich culture. The city is home to the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum where visitors can learn all about his time in office. In 1821, the city was briefly known as Arkopolis, but quickly turned its name back to Little Rock once a land dispute was resolved between warring parties.

      Home prices in Little Rock are very affordable making it one of the areas in the south that homeowners are most able to purchase their first home. Downtown is a very popular area with the younger renters or homebuyers since it has a thriving social scene and offers a lifestyle that allows residents to walk or bike to get to most of the places that they need to go. Others choose to live in the Boyle Park, Pleasant Valley, or Hillcrest areas of town that are family friendly. Little Rock's population is over 195,000 with Little Rock Air Force Station contributing over 4,000 to this number. Federal, local, and state governments are the largest employer in the area with the University's Medical System coming in a distant second.

      Traffic in Little Rock is a breeze when compared with larger cities like Atlanta. While there may be an occasional back up here and there, the Arkansas Department of Transportation has done a good job laying out the city and maintaining the roads that are crucial for transit in and around the Little Rock area. Rock Region Metro provides public transit options for Little Rock's residents. The public transit option is appealing for those who are looking to leave behind the costs of car ownership. The system is reliable, and it offers riders a large number of routes with reliable service.

      Little Rock Central High School is one of the city's best known attractions, and it is a location that played a historic role in the Civil Rights Movement. As mentioned, it is easy to spend a day touring the William Clinton Presidential Library. The Little Rock Zoo is a hit with the children who can spend a warm summer day staring at the giraffes and zebras.

      Overall, Little Rock offers its citizens a high quality of life and a low cost of living. This is the best of both worlds for families that are just getting started and are looking to build up equity. Take the kids and to Little Rock's Big Dam Bridge and enjoy a stroll on the nation's longest pedi-bridge.

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      Dangerous Crime-Ridden Boring Decaying Nightmare

      Attractions1/10
      Community1/10
      Nightlife1/10
      Dining3/10
      Shopping1/10
      I moved to Little Rock from Los Angeles for what I thought would be a good job. Moving to Little Rock was the worst mistake of my life and I have literally lost everything as a result. The three worst qualities about Little Rock are: the rampant crime; the racial tension; and the closed-minded backward attitudes of the residents. The day after moving here my car was stolen. Within a few months my house was burglarized and I was the victim of a violent assault. My co-worker was carjacked and shot. Every night when you listen to the local news you can hear about the murder of the day.

      My company went out of business just like so many companies here. There is very little in the way of nightlife, and nothing in the way of culture. The ballet sucks and the symphony is just okay, but the tickets are very expensive, as are all of the restaurants. The people are stuck in a bigoted time loop from the past and forget about dating if you are single. Also, forget about employment opportunities. There aren't very many of those either. I have multiple degrees and extensive experience and can't find a job here.

      The other shocking negatives are the high property and sales taxes. Oh, and don't get me started on the weather. There are mold issues everywhere due to the excessive rainfall. It rains all the time and the heat is oppressive for six months. In the summer the mosquitoes will eat you alive. So, despite the fact that the countryside is pretty with hills and trees, you can't enjoy the outdoors without dealing with fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.

      If you have a choice, move to anywhere else. I have also lived in Palm Springs, San Diego, Dallas, St. Louis, Tampa, Nashville, as well as other countries, so I have a basis of comparison as to what constitutes positives and negatives in other cities. Anyone who tells you Little Rock is nice has either: never been anywhere else so they don't know any better; they are lying; or they are being paid to say it is nice. The city simply is the worst. I'm stuck here just trying to save up enough money to get out.
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      Little Rock to the Jaw

      Attractions7/10
      Community2/10
      Nightlife5/10
      Dining7/10
      Shopping7/10
      My sister moved to Little Rock in 2014*, and it was the worst mistake she ever made! I remember constantly getting phone calls from her as she would complain about the rampant crime and low income. I eventually visited her, and it was even worse than she said it was: Dilapidated buildings, bumpy roads, and boarded windows. She lived in a "nice" neighborhood and even then I would hear gunshots outside. Don't move here, visiting was bad enough.

      *she moved away in Jan 2020
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      The Capitol City

      Attractions5/10
      Community5/10
      Nightlife5/10
      Dining5/10
      Shopping5/10
      The prior review was essentially about one restaurant. As for the City of Little Rock, the downtown is ok at best, with a slightly gritty, dangerous feel similar to Memphis without as many amenities. The Capitol Hotel is a real gem, but the rest is just ok. The suburbs are decent, and the gently rolling hills are a positive as you head west on I 40 past Little Rock.
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      Little Rock, Arkansas City Review

      Attractions7/10
      Community7/10
      Nightlife7/10
      Dining7/10
      Shopping7/10
      Little Rock, Arkansas is a beautiful city that offers many great atrractions while sill being a great place to stay close to nature.

      Little Rock is a city that has a large selection of different restaurants that will please any epicurean palette. One of the best restaurants in Little Rock, or at least the most popular, in town is the Brave New Restaurant. That is located on the beautiful riverside and has a fantastic view of the Little Rock skyline. One of the establishment's specialties is their creamy chocolate crème brûlée, it is abosolutely delicious. Other popular dishes include pine nut-encrusted salmon fillet, New Zealand venison steak in a marinade of sesame oil, honey and red wine, and stuffed tenderloin of beef. Also, fresh fish is flown into the fine dining eatery four times per week. Many people enjoy the having their fish smoked right out on the patio. Served with capers, lemon, red onions, tale water crackers, a sauce that mixes horseradish and whole grain mustard, this is a meal to be savored.

      There's more to Little Rock than restaurants. The cost of living in Little Rock is extemely low compared to other cities of comparable size. Overall, Little Rock is a great place to live and a fabulous city to visit.
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      Source: The Little Rock, AR data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).