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
White100,814
Black or African American82,788
Asian5,834
Two or More Races4,441
Some Other Race3,197
American Indian and Alaska Native485
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander81

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Little Rock Population Pyramid 2018

0%2%4%6%8% Male Population0%2%4%6%8% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Little Rock Median Age

35.9


Total

34.2


Male

37.6


Female

Little Rock Adults

There are 150,799 adults, (25,496 of which are seniors) in Little Rock.

Little Rock Age Dependency

57.7

Age Dependency Ratio

20.3

Old Age Dependency Ratio

37.4

Child Dependency Ratio

Little Rock Sex Ratio

Female

103,031

52.13%

Male

94,609

47.87%

Little Rock Households and Families

Little Rock Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Little Rock Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married77.8%22.2%
All56.1%43.9%
Male46.4%53.6%
Non Family44%56%
Female41.1%58.9%

56.1%

Rate of Home Ownership

Little Rock Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All79,7012.4456.1
Non Family34,3321.2444
Married29,3303.1877.8
Female12,4463.6641.1
Male3,5933.5746.4

3.26

Average Family Size

2.44

Average Household Size

3.9%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.5%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Little Rock Households

Little Rock Education

Little Rock Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade4,1293.11%
9th to 12th Grade8,3216.27%
High School Graduate30,89123.29%
Some College30,64423.10%
Associates Degree7,1305.37%
Bachelors Degree31,14523.48%
Graduate Degree20,39815.38%

Little Rock Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White69,11566,16637,157
Black50,49544,1529,860
Hispanic7,1324,309842
Asian3,8823,7382,810
Multiple Races2,0921,844751
Other Race1,444604170
Native American31622250
Islander464628

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 72.39%.

Little Rock Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,337$40,740$31,327
Less Than High School$20,507$22,569$14,152
High School Grad$24,764$26,674$22,133
Some College$29,732$34,612$26,801
Bachelors Degree$46,863$53,805$40,404
Graduate Degree$62,529$83,331$51,029

$35,337

Average Earnings

$40,740

Average Male

$31,327

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 6.10% of the population.

Little Rock Poverty

Little Rock Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black81,47222,67427.83%
White90,2617,6978.53%
Hispanic13,3084,23531.82%
Other3,16190428.60%
Multiple4,39589720.41%
Asian5,82871512.27%
Native48518337.73%

18.54%

Overall Poverty Rate

17.92%

Male Poverty Rate

19.11%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Little Rock

The race most likely to be in poverty in Little Rock is Native, with 37.73% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Little Rock is White, with 8.53% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.22%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.48%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 28.55%.

Little Rock Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School35.95%
High School20.09%
Some College13.91%
Bachelors or Greater5.60%

Little Rock Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed35.26%
Male Unemployed33.91%
Female Employed9.42%
Male Employed7.71%

Little Rock Income

Little Rock Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$46,578$72,819
Families$62,335$93,420
Married Families$88,399$121,569
Non Families$32,049$44,154

Little Rock Marital Status

Little Rock Marital Status

Marriage Rates

40.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

43.1%

Male Marriage Rate

37.8%

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 Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35To44.

Little Rock Marital Status by Race

Little Rock Veterans

Little Rock Veterans by War

11,667

Number of Veterans

10,334

Male Veterans

1,333

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam3,905
First Gulf War2,198
Second Gulf War2,036
Korea886
World War II579

Little Rock Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
35 to 543,207
65 to 742,585
55 to 642,437
75+2,293
18 to 341,145

Little Rock Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White6,4657.97%
Black4,7657.91%
2 or More27910.41%
Hispanic2002.32%
Asian801.84%
Indian6114.49%
Other170.96%

Little Rock Veterans by Education

10.94%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.95%

Veteran Disability Rate

Little Rock Employment Status

Little Rock Employment by Age

64.5%

Labor Force Participation

60.3%

Employment Rate

6.5%

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

67.30%

Born in Arkansas

92.85%

Native Born

7.15%

Foreign Born

5.01%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

92.85% of Little Rock residents were born in the United States, with 67.30% having been born in Arkansas. 5.01% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.