Central Region, AR
Based on recent LandWatch data, Arkansas's Central region ranks fourth in the state for its combined amount of land currently for sale. Recent data from LandWatch records $1.1 billion of land and ranches for sale in Central region . With thousands of properties and rural land for sale in the area, this represents some 46,342 acres of land for sale. The average price of land and ranches for sale here is $243,786.
Arkansas' Central region us located in the middle of the state, and is also known as "Little Rock metro," as it includes Little Rock and its surrounding counties, which are included in its combined statistical area. Little Rock is Arkansas' economic, cultural and demographic center, its largest city, and the state capital. Other principal cities include Conway and North Little Rock, which have between 50,000 and 100,000 inhabitants. There are six places with 10,000 to 50,000 inhabitants, and more than 50 places 10,000 or less inhabitants.
Arkansas' central region has one national park and 10 state parks and wildlife areas. Most notable are Hot Springs National Park, Bell Slough State Wildlife Management Area, Lake Catherine State Park, Lake Ouachita State Park, Petit Jean State Park and Lake, Pinnacle Mountain State Park and Toltec Mounds State Park, which features Arkansas' tallest remaining prehistoric Native American mounds. Some other attractions in the region include the Arkansas Arts Center, with renowned drawings and contemporary craft exhibits, the Clinton Presidential Library, featuring a replica of the Oval Office and the largest collection of presidential papers and artifacts in the country, Central High School National Historic Site, which serves as a symbol of the struggle over school desegregation, and features artifacts, news clippings, photographs and recordings, Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, Arkansas State Capitol, Central Arkansas Nature Center, Little Rock Zoo and the River Market District and Riverfront Park, located on the Arkansas River.
The Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce is the oldest association in Arkansas. With Little Rock being the capital, the largest employer is the government of the State of Arkansas, as well as the local and federal government. Healthcare is also a large employer in Central Arkansas and the military, with Little Rock Air Force Base being located in the region. There are less than 10 higher education institutions in the region, which include University of Arkansas at Little Rock, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, University of Central Arkansas, Hendrix College, Harding University, Arkansas Baptist College, Philander Smith College, and Pulaski Community College of the University of Arkansas.
Pulaski County is in the southwestern part of Arkansas' Central region and is the most populated county in the state. It is named for Count Casimir Pulaski, a Polish volunteer who saved George Washington's life during the American Revolutionary War. Little Rock is the county seat, the largest city in the county and the state, the state capital and a cultural, economic, government and transportation center within Arkansas and the South. Other larger cities in the county include Jacksonville, North Little Rock and Sherwood, and there are less than 20 other cities, towns, census-designated places and other communities. The largest employers in the county include the State of Arkansas and healthcare institutions, with a large university-affiliated health center employing more than 10,000. University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Philander Smith College, Arkansas Baptist College, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and Pulaski Technical College are all located in this county. Some additional attractions in the county include the Arkansas Arboretum, Quapaw Quarter, an area of Little Rock with three National Register historic districts and more than 100 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, the Museum of Discovery, the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History and the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, featuring the history of African American culture in Arkansas. The City of Little Rock also has more than 62 parks and recreational areas, and there are nearly 80 throughout the county. Pulaski County is home to many rivers and creeks, with the Gasconade, Big Piney and Roubidoux, also home to Roubidoux Spring Cave, are known for the best bass and trout fishing in Arkansas. Pinnacle Mountain State Park is also a highlight of the county, featuring nearly 2,500 acres where visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, picnicking, canoeing, boating, horseback riding and more.
Faulkner County is located just north of Pulaski County in Arkansas' Central region and is the fifth most populated county in the state. It is located at the intersection of the Ozark Mountains and Arkansas River Valley. It is named for Colonel Sanford C. Faulkner, the composer of the fiddler song "The Arkansas Traveler." Conway is the largest city and the county seat, with other cities in the county being Greenbrier, Guy, Holland, Mayflower, Quitman and Vilonia, all fairly small in comparison. There are also less than 30 other towns and townships. The county's economy has benefited from the development of natural gas and a fast-growing technology sector, as well as manufacturing, business and professional services, healthcare and education. University of Central Arkansas, Central Baptist College and Hendrix College are located in this county, in Conway. Some attractions in the county include Beaverfork Lake Park, where visitors can enjoy swimming boating, fishing and picnicking, Faulkner County Museum, with exhibits of historic and modern crafts, equipment and photographs, as well as an 1850 log cabin on the grounds, and Lake Conway, a 6,700-acre lake with excellent catfish, bream and bass fishing. The county also features many unique shops, antique stores, crafters, flea markets and farm markets.
Lonoke County is located adjacent to Pulaski County to the east in Arkansas' Central region. It is the 11th most populated county in the state. Cabot is the largest city and the county seat, and other cities in the county include Austin, Carlisle, England, Humnoke and Ward, and there are less than 30 other towns, townships and one census-designated place. The county's varied geography has three distinct areas. The top third has rolling hills, as it's adjacent to the Ozarks, and includes Cabot. The middle third has portions of Grand Prairie, a native grassland that is used for rice farming, and where Lonoke is located. The southern third is home to the alluvial soils of the Arkansas Delta, and where Scott is located. There are 42 named lakes and reservoirs in the county. Some attractions in the county include Camp Nelson Confederate Cemetery, Joe Hogan Fish Hatchery and Toltec Mounds State Park. Several towns in the county have quaint downtowns with farm markets, antique stores and other unique finds.