North Little Rock at a Glance
Central Arkansas has the largest
concentration of limited access highways and one of the most diverse economies
within the entire state; the area is a banking and business center and major
manufacturing firms call Central Arkansas home. The growth in per capita income
in the central area has remained at a rate close to or exceeding the rate of per
capita income growth for the remainder of the state.
With the state capitol located in Little
Rock, serving as headquarters for almost every state agency, the state is one of
the largest employers in the area. In addition, Little Rock Air Force Base is
located 15 miles north of North Little Rock. The base is responsible for
providing employment for many Arkansas residents, and many other major employers
are located throughout the area.
North Little Rock and Little Rock are the
central cities by definition in a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), the 90th
largest in the United States. Outlying counties are included in the MSA if at
least 50% of the employed workers residing in the country commute to the central
county (Pulaski) and the population density of the outlying county is at least
20 persons per square mile. Saline, Lonoke, Faulkner, and Pulaski are combined
in a regional MSA. The area is the social, governmental, cultural, financial,
and retail hub for the state of Arkansas.