Little Rock, Arkansas Population 2018

Little Rock is the capital and largest city of Arkansas and it's located near the very center of Arkansas. Little Rock is located in Pulaski County and it was founded in 1821. Little Rock is the 118th largest city in the U.S. with an estimated population of almost 200,000.

Little Rock has an estimated population of 199,500, up from an estimated 197,300 in 2013 and the official population of 193,500 in 2010. This makes Little Rock the 118th largest city in the United States with a population density of 1,576 people per square mile, or 609 per square kilometer. The larger urban area has a population of 432,000 (88th in the U.S.), while the metropolitan area has a population of 726,000 (75th largest in the country). The Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR Combined Statistical Area has a population of 900,000.

Little Rock Demographics

At the 2010 census, the racial and ethnic composition of Little Rock was:

  • White: 55.1%
  • Black: 40.4%
  • Asian: 1.7%
  • Native American: 0.3%
  • Pacific Islander: 0.03%
  • Other races: 1.3%
  • Two or more races: 1.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino of any race: 2.7%

An American Community Survey conducted by the Census Bureau between 2005 and 2007 found that the white population of Little Rock was about 53%, of which 49% were non-Hispanic, down from 74% in 1970. The Asian American population has since dropped from 2.1% of the population.

Little Rock Population Growth

Central Arkansas, including Little Rock, is currently leading the state in population growth with a growth rate estimated at about 2%. The area is expected to grow slowly but steadily in the years to come with more young people looking for homes in the urban core of Little Rock. The area's fastest-growing sector is retail, and the city is developing an entrepreneurial culture that is expected to bring in more young college graduates.

Little Rock History

The Little Rock area was first inhabited by Native Americans for thousands of years before Europeans arrived. Original inhabitants included the Bluff Dwellers, Folsom people and Mississippian culture peoples, who constructed earthwork mounds that were recorded in 1541 by Spaniard Hernando de Soto, the first explorer of the area who was followed by Jean-Baptiste Benard de La Harpe in 1722. The first settlement was Arkansas Post, a French trading post founded in 1686 at the mouth of the river. By 1769, there were many families of mixed French and Indian origin in the area.

In 1803, the United States acquired the area as part of the Louisiana Purchase. A treaty between the United States and Osage people in 1808 ended the tribe's claim on the area and more settlers arrived, most of whom were squatters as land was not offered for sale until 1815. Arkansas became part of the Missouri Territory when Louisiana became a state in 1812, and the Territory of Arkansas was created in 1819. Little Rock was chosen as the territorial capital two years later and the city of Little Rock was founded and incorporated in 1831.

In 1819, Little Rock was nothing more than 4 log huts and a handful of settlers, but it had 400 residents by the late 1820s. By 1860, Little Rock had a population of 3,700 and residents had gas lighting in their homes for the first time, although the Civil War delayed the construction of the railroad line between the city and Memphis until 1871. After the war, the city grew quickly, reaching 12,380 people by 1870 and 40,000 people by the turn of the century.

Little Rock Facts

  • Little Rock s named for a small rock formation on the bank of the Arkansas River called la Petite Roche, which is French for "the little rock." This formation was used as a landmark during early river traffic.
  • Two ships of the U.S. Navy are named for Little Rock, including the U.S.S. Little Rock.
  • Little Rock and its surrounding areas are headquarters for some of the largest non-profit organizations in the world, including The Nature Conservancy, Audubon Arkansas, Clinton Presidential Center, Clinton Foundation, Heifer International and Winrock International.
  • In 2013, Little Rock was named as the best place to live among metro areas with less than one million people by Kiplinger.
  • Little Rock Central High School pushed Little Rock into the spotlight in 1957 when it became the site of the first test of the Supreme Court's ruling in Brown v Board of Education, holding racial segregation unconstitutional. Nine black students, or the Little Rock Nine, made history when, with the protection of the U.S. Army, they entered the school.
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2017198,6062990.15%
2016198,3074430.22%
2015197,8646290.32%
2014197,2354050.21%
2013196,8306020.31%
2012196,2281,1800.60%
2011195,0481,1490.59%
2010193,89910,7660.57%
2000183,1337,3380.41%
1990175,79516,6441.00%
1980159,15126,6681.85%
1970132,48324,6702.08%
1960107,8135,6000.53%
1950102,21314,1741.50%
194088,0396,3600.75%
193081,67916,5372.29%
192065,14219,2013.55%
191045,9417,6341.83%
190038,30712,4334.00%
189025,87412,7367.01%
188013,1387580.60%
187012,3808,65312.76%
18603,7271,5275.41%
18502,2000.00%

Little Rock Population in 2018Source: By Mfield, Matthew Field, http://www.photography.mattfield.com [GFDL 1.2 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html)], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White100,478
Black or African American82,259
Asian6,070
Two or More Races5,117
Some Other Race3,369
American Indian and Alaska Native362
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander125

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table B03002

Little Rock Population Pyramid 2018

2,0004,0006,0008,000 Male Population2,0004,0006,0008,000 Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Little Rock Median Age

36


Total

34.5


Male

37.7


Female

Little Rock Adults

There are 150,453 adults, (26,174 of whom are seniors) in Little Rock.

Little Rock Age Dependency

59.1

Age Dependency Ratio

21.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Little Rock Sex Ratio

Female

102,693

51.92%

Male

95,087

48.08%

Little Rock Households and Families

Little Rock Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S1101

Little Rock Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married78.1%21.9%
All56.2%43.8%
Male46.4%53.6%
Non Family44.2%55.8%
Female39.3%60.7%

56.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Little Rock Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All80,2872.4256.2
Non Family34,4101.2444.2
Married29,9773.1678.1
Female12,4233.5739.3
Male3,4773.5446.4

3.22

Average Family Size

2.42

Average Household Size

4.1%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Little Rock Households

Little Rock Education

Little Rock Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4,0393.03%
9th to 12th Grade7,5865.70%
High School Graduate29,89022.45%
Some College30,34422.79%
Associates Degree7,5625.68%
Bachelors Degree31,89923.96%
Graduate Degree21,80116.38%

Little Rock Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White68,75466,19138,361
Black50,83644,85210,502
Hispanic7,0084,241754
Asian4,0423,8113,023
Multiple Races2,5572,337894
Other Race1,555817139
Native American21019157
Islander1048970

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 96.27%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 74.79%.

Little Rock Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,341$41,276$32,173
Less Than High School$21,051$23,000$16,055
High School Grad$26,290$29,864$22,226
Some College$30,743$35,020$28,283
Bachelors Degree$47,039$54,652$40,913
Graduate Degree$64,896$87,332$51,961

$36,341

Average Earnings

$41,276

Average Male

$32,173

Average Female

Little Rock Language

Little Rock Language by Age

Little Rock Language

89.52% of Little Rock residents speak only English, while 10.48% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.86% of the population.

Little Rock Poverty

Little Rock Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black80,72921,19326.25%
White90,2687,6758.50%
Hispanic13,2664,30532.45%
Other3,3471,04831.31%
Multiple5,05778615.54%
Asian6,07071511.78%
Native35719354.06%

17.77%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.04%

Male Poverty Rate

18.44%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Little Rock

The race most likely to be in poverty in Little Rock is Native, with 54.06% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Little Rock is White, with 8.50% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.11%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.40%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.75%.

Little Rock Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School33.95%
High School19.86%
Some College13.85%
Bachelors or Greater6.10%

Little Rock Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed38.34%
Male Unemployed27.01%
Female Employed8.97%
Male Employed7.86%

Little Rock Income

Little Rock Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$48,463$77,254
Families$66,790$100,161
Married Families$94,172$129,648
Non Families$33,201$45,302

Little Rock Marital Status

Little Rock Marital Status

Marriage Rates

41.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.0%

Male Marriage Rate

38.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Little Rock Married by Age and Sex

Little Rock Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45To54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 55To64.

Little Rock Marital Status by Race


Data via US Census (2017 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S1201

Little Rock Veterans

Little Rock Veterans by War

11,191

Number of Veterans

10,116

Male Veterans

1,075

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam3,614
First Gulf War2,348
Second Gulf War2,008
Korea786
World War II544

Little Rock Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
35 to 542,977
65 to 742,494
55 to 642,429
75+2,164
18 to 341,127

Little Rock Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White5,9867.42%
Black4,7197.90%
2 or More2999.36%
Hispanic2372.83%
Asian932.09%
Hawaiian4038.46%
Other331.76%
Indian218.94%

Little Rock Veterans by Education

10.58%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.51%

Veteran Disability Rate

Little Rock Employment Status

Little Rock Employment by Age

65%

Labor Force Participation

61.7%

Employment Rate

5%

Unemployment Rate

Little Rock Employment by Race

Little Rock Employment by Education

Little Rock Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

66.35%

Born in Arkansas

92.54%

Native Born

7.46%

Foreign Born

5.13%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

92.54% of Little Rock residents were born in the United States, with 66.35% having been born in Arkansas. 5.13% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.