The city of Little Rock is the state capital of Arkansas and the largest city in the Natural State. The city was founded in 1821 and earned its name from a small rock formation on the south bank of the Arkansas River. La Petite Roche served as a landmark for river traffic and was a well-known river crossing for travelers and traders. The city has come a long way since those days, garnering an interesting history along the way.
In 2005, Forbes magazine named the Little Rock metro area one of the best places for business in the nation; the metropolitan economy was ranked 7th best in the U.S by the Brookings Institution in 2009. Many large corporations are headquartered in the city, including Dillard's Department Stores and Windstream Communications. The University of Arkansas for Medical Services, Arkansas Children's Hospital, Entergy, Siemens, AT&T Mobility, L'Oréal Paris, and Timex are just a few of the city's major employers.
The city is nestled near the center of Arkansas along the south bank of the Arkansas River. Little Rock boasts other natural attractions like Fourche Creek, the Quachita Mountains, Pinnacle Mountain, and Lake Maumelle. These natural wonders easily make the city an ideal spot for sportsmen looking to participate in fishing, boating, hiking, mountain climbing, and more. This capitol city takes pride in its natural beauty, encouraging environmental awareness in Arkansas by setting the standard and leading by example - Forbes named Little Rock the "2nd cleanest city in America" in 2011.
Little Rock is host to popular attractions like the Clinton Presidential Library, the River Market District, the Arkansas River Trail, Riverfront Park, Pinnacle Mountain State Park, and of course, the Arkansas State Capitol Building.