Little Rock has impressed Kiplinger personal finance magazine. The publication recently tallied its 10 Great Places To Live, putting Little Rock at the top of the list of the best midsize-to-small cities.
In recent years, this city of 195,000 has become a runner’s paradise. Since 1993, federal, state, and local governments have funneled more than $62 million into what has become the Arkansas River Trail System, a 34-mile network that loops around the Little Rock Metropolitan area. The trails connect 38 parks that cover more than 5,000 acres.
M.S.A.: Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Ark. Average Annual Job Growth (2010-2012): 1.24% Median salary: $43,300 Cost-of-living index (U.S. average is 100): 94.5 Percent of pop. with college degrees: 26% 1 small business for every 49 residents 1 large business for every 705 residents Unemployment rate: 7% With an abundance of big businesses in the area, Little Rock has the 18th lowest unemployment rate of the 100 cities we evaluated and a healthy job growth rate.