Little Rock is a mid-size city in Arkansas with approximately 197,000 residents. The city's residents, at an average age of just under 38, are younger than most cities in Arkansas. Home ownership is more common than renting in the area, and 44% of residents rent. With an average rent of $898 a month, exceeding the state average by $138 per month, relatively high rent costs may be playing a role in the higher levels of ownership.
With an average commute time of about 20 minutes, outperforming most cities in Arkansas, Little Rock residents have found that traveling to work isn't overly time-consuming. Driving a car or truck is the most common means of commuting to work, chosen by 44% of commuters, while public transit is not used widely. Relatively few workers commute on foot.
There are two primary industries in Little Rock: healthcare and retail. Together, these industries make up 16% of the city's labor force. Meanwhile, looking at job function, many residents work in sales, as 9% of the city's population reports this as their field of work, the highest number of any field. With an average annual income of just over $68,000, Little Rock workers bring in around $10,000 more than their peers elsewhere in Arkansas. However, Little Rock compares less favorably to the national average ($73,345). Little Rock has a relatively high percentage of residents older than 25 who have advanced degrees compared to the national average (7%), as 8% have earned a Master's degree or a Doctoral degree. Additionally, 16% have earned a Bachelor's degree, which also outpaces the national average.