North Little Rock, Arkansas

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North Little Rock, Arkansas
Downtown North Little Rock, known as Argenta, in September 2011
Downtown North Little Rock, known as Argenta, in September 2011
Location of North Little Rock in Pulaski County, Arkansas.
Location of North Little Rock in Pulaski County, Arkansas.
North Little Rock, Arkansas is located in the US
North Little Rock, Arkansas
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 34°46′51″N 92°15′25″W / 34.78083°N 92.25694°W / 34.78083; -92.25694Coordinates: 34°46′51″N 92°15′25″W / 34.78083°N 92.25694°W / 34.78083; -92.25694
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Pulaski
Founded 1866 - Argenta established
Incorporated 1890 - incorporation of Argenta; merged with unincorporated North Little Rock in 1903
 • Mayor Joe Smith
 • City 54.85 sq mi (142.06 km2)
 • Land 51.84 sq mi (134.25 km2)
 • Water 3.01 sq mi (7.80 km2)
Elevation 266 ft (81 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • City 62,304
 • Estimate (2016)[3] 66,278
 • Rank US: 524th
 • Density 1,278.63/sq mi (493.69/km2)
 • Urban 431,388 (US: 88th)
 • Metro 729,135 (US: 75th)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 72114-119, 721124, 72190, 72199
Area code(s) 501
FIPS code 05-50450
GNIS feature ID 0077862[4]

North Little Rock is a city in Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States, across the Arkansas River from Little Rock in the central part of the state. The population was 62,304 at the 2010 census. North Little Rock, along with Little Rock and Conway, anchors the six-county Little Rock–North Little Rock–Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area (2014 population — 729,135), which is further included in the Little Rock-North Little Rock Combined Statistical Area with 902,443 residents.

The city includes Dickey-Stephens Park, the new home of the Arkansas Travelers minor league baseball team. Burns Park, one of the largest municipal parks in the United States, is located in western North Little Rock, and Verizon Arena, Little Rock's main entertainment venue.


North Little Rock has a long history, dating back to the Burial Mound People.[5] It was once known as Argenta, a name that currently applies specifically to downtown North Little Rock. In 1890, Little Rock annexed the unincorporated Argenta community as its Eighth Ward, preempting a competing petition to incorporate Argenta. A neighboring area was incorporated as the Town of North Little Rock in 1901 as part of a plan to reclaim the Eighth Ward from Little Rock. By 1904, the Arkansas Supreme Court allowed the town to annex the Eighth Ward; the modern City of North Little Rock considers this its founding date. The combined city adopted the Argenta name by 1906, but reverted to North Little Rock in October 1917. A remnant of the city's earliest years can be found in North Little Rock City Hall (constructed in 1914), which still contains plaques referring to "Argenta", and contains "C of A" (City of Argenta) ornamental designs.


North Little Rock is located at 34°46′51″N 92°15′25″W / 34.78083°N 92.25694°W / 34.78083; -92.25694 (34.780791, -92.256881).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 47.0 square miles (122 km2), of which 44.8 square miles (116 km2) is land and 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) (4.58%) is water.


North Little Rock is also the eastern terminus of Interstate 30 and southern terminus of the Arkansas-designated portion of Interstate 57. Interstate 40, US 65, US 67, and US 167 all run through the city.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 11,138
1920 14,048 26.1%
1930 19,418 38.2%
1940 21,137 8.9%
1950 44,097 108.6%
1960 58,032 31.6%
1970 60,040 3.5%
1980 64,388 7.2%
1990 61,741 −4.1%
2000 60,433 −2.1%
2010 62,304 3.1%
Est. 2016 66,278 [3] 6.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census of 2010, there were 62,304 people, 25,542 households, and 16,117 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,348.6 people per square mile (520.7/km²). There were 27,567 housing units at an average density of 615.2 per square mile (237.5/km²). The city was 54.0% White, 39.7% Black or African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.18% from other races, and 1.26% from two or more races. 5.7% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 25,542 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.9% were married couples living together, 17.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.9% were non-families. 32.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city, the population was spread out with 25.5% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 87.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,578, and the median income for a family was $43,595. Males had a median income of $31,420 versus $24,987 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,662. About 12.4% of families and 16.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.5% of those under age 18 and 11.7% of those age 65 or over.


The City of North Little Rock elected officials are a mayor, city council of Aldermen (eight total, with two from each of the four wards), city clerk/treasurer, city attorney, and two judges. This is supplemented by a number of boards and commissions composed of city officials and residents.[8]


North Little Rock
Crime rates* (2012)
Violent crimes
Homicide 8
Robbery 177
Aggravated assault 255
Total violent crime 449
Property crimes
Burglary 1,204
Larceny-theft 3,894
Motor vehicle theft 373
Arson 10
Total property crime 5,471

*Number of reported crimes per 100,000 population.

2012 population: 63,125

Source: 2012 FBI UCR Data

The North Little Rock Police Department (NLRPD) has approval to operate unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)s. The department has been working with a small pilotless helicopter since 2008.[9]

Fire Department[edit]

In addition to fire and EMS calls, the North Little Rock Fire Department (NLRFD) responds to calls for their Special Operations Response Team, Haz Mat Response Team and Water Rescue for the Arkansas River.[10]


Post-secondary education[edit]

Public primary and secondary schools[edit]

Most students attend public schools in the North Little Rock School District which includes:

The North Little Rock High School West Campus facility is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its art-deco architecture style.

In addition, the Pulaski County Special School District administers several other North Little Rock area schools, including:

  • one middle school, and
  • three elementary schools and one elementary magnet school.
Arkansas River, looking across it to North Little Rock

Private primary and secondary schools[edit]

In North Little Rock there are a number of private schools:

Points of interest[edit]

Notable people[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

North Little Rock has two sister cities according to Sister Cities International:


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, North Little Rock has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[12]


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 18, 2017. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2014-07-09. 
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ See Adams, Walter M., "A History of North Little Rock The Unique City" (1986, August House)(ISBN 0874830028).
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "About Government". City of North Little Rock. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  9. ^ Pasztor, Andy (2012-04-21). "Drone Use Takes Off on the Home Front -". Retrieved 2013-07-10. 
  10. ^ "About Fire Department". City of North Little Rock. Retrieved 17 June 2017. 
  11. ^ "Benjamin Marcus Bogard (1868–1951)". Retrieved August 2, 2013. 
  12. ^ Climate Summary for North Little Rock

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