Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Little Rock, Arkansas Retirement

Little Rock is the capital and the most populous city of the State of Arkansas. It is also the county seat of Pulaski County. Located near the geographic center of Arkansas, Little Rock derives its name from a small rock formation on the south bank of the Arkansas River called La Petite Roche (the "little rock"). The "little rock" was used by early river traffic as a landmark and became a well-known river crossing.

Population: 184,422 in the 2006 census estimates.

Weather: Little Rock lies in the Humid subtropical climate zone, with hot, humid summers and cool to chilly winters.

Colleges and Universities: The city has two major universities that are part of the University of Arkansas System. The campuses of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences are located within Little Rock.

Health Care: Hospitals in Little Rock include:
Arkansas Children's Hospital
Arkansas Heart Hospital
Baptist Health Medical Center
John C. McCellan Veterans Administration Complex
Arkansas State Hospital - Psychiatric Division
Pinnacle Pointe Hospital
St. Vincent Health System
St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center
St. Vincent Doctors Hospital
Southwest Regional Medical Center
University Hospital, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Transportation: Nine airlines serve 18 national/international gateway cities, e.g. St. Louis, Chicago, Dallas, Charlotte, etc. from Little Rock National Airport. Amtrak serves the city twice daily via the Texas Eagle.

Housing Costs: Estimated median house/condo value in 2005: $119,900 (it was $89,300 in 2000)

Things To See and Do: Tour Little Rock's art galleries, historic sites, and museums. Take a ride on a beautifully restored 1950's era riverboat. Check out all the great places for family fun and events to see which local venues are featuring concerts, sporting events, the circus, the state fair, and much more.

Retirement Communities:Andover Place Retirement; Pleasant Hills; Hidden Creek Senior Apartments.

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