While best known as the location of the Arkansas State Capital, the Little Rock-North Little Rock area of Arkansas is also host to other significant attractions. Chief among these is the stunning William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park, which showcases President Clinton's collections and memorabilia in a dramatic new building at a picturesque riverside location in Little Rock. Fans of history and civil rights should also enjoy a visit to the Central High School National Historic Site and Museum, a memorial to the "Little Rock Nine" who in 1957 fought a valiant battle for desegregation at the school.
The 2004 Census estimated that about 636,000 people reside in the Little Rock-North Little Rock AR area. The most populous cities are Little Rock, which 183,133 people call home, North Little Rock, just across the Arkansas River from Little Rock, with a population of 60,433, and Conway, where 52,430 residents live. Industries employing a large number of Little Rock residents include:
- Education, Health, and Social Service fields provide 21% of the region's jobs.
- Retail accounts for 11% of employees.
- Managerial or Professional vocations are the most popular in the Little Rock-North Little Rock area, providing work for about 35% of the population.
- Jobs in the Sales field are also widespread, employing 27% of Little Rock residents.
The Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR area is a major Arkansas commercial center, with numerous major companies headquartered here. Among these are:
- Telecommunications provider Alltell
- Data information processing behemoth Acxiom
- Department store chain Dillard's
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