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Little Rock, AR

Population: 203,637
Photo Courtesy of Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau

Little Rock has a number of claims to fame — it’s where nine African American students bravely walked through the doors of the formerly all-white Central High School during segregation, and was the home of President Bill Clinton during his 16-year tenure as the state’s governor. Today, Little Rock is a bustling capital city with a little more than 200,000 residents.

Little Rock’s economy is strong and it offers great amenities, like the Museum of Discovery and the Little Rock Zoo, while maintaining a low cost of living and a tight-knit sense of community.

Local Obsession: The River Market, a downtown area with a trendy food hall.

Climate Described In 6 Words Or Less: Humid summers and cool winters

Top Industries and Employers: Manufacturing, distribution/logistics and corporate headquarters (companies like Dillard’s and Acxiom are based here).

Local Dream Job: Organizer of the World Cheese Dip Championship, held every fall in Little Rock.

Quintessential Meal: Any of the various barbecued meats from Whole Hog Cafe.

Favorite Weekend Activity: Hiking at Pinnacle Mountain State Park.

After-Work Meetup Spot: Petit & Keet, a cocktail bar and restaurant with super attentive service and even tastier food.

Best Brewery/Local Beer: Lost Forty Brewing, which makes a tasty Love Honey bock.

Beloved Bookstore: WordsWorth Books & Co, a small, independent bookstore with a friendly staff.

Free Way To Have Fun: Walk, jog or bike along the 17-mile Arkansas River Trail.

- Sarah Kuta

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“Little Rock has a city vibe but is still small! There are plenty of things to do outdoors from Pinnacle Mountain to all of the bike trails. All of the new places downtown and in the river market area that are popping up is making it a more desirable and fun place to visit!”

- Brantly Wyatt, teacher, blogger and Etsy shop owner  

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