Little Rock Air Force Base opened in October 1955. Today, it is the home of C-130 Combat Airlift. The 19th Airlift Wing, the base’s host unit — in concert with the 314th Airlift Wing, 189th Airlift Wing and U.S. Air Force Mobility Weapons School — is known as the world’s “Center of Excellence” for tactical airlift. Little Rock is home to more than 90 C-130 H, J and E models.
The largest county by population in Arkansas, Pulaski County had an estimated population of 392,702 in 2014, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The centrally located county anchors a four-county, metropolitan area with a population of about 693,237 and coves a hair under 760 square miles, the U.S. Census calculates. In 2014, about 87 percent of Pulaski County’s population lived within its eight incorporated cities: Jacksonville, with a population of 28,318; Little Rock, with 197,318; Maumelle, with 17,670; North Little Rock, with 63,975; Sherwood, population 29,982; and the smaller municipalities of Alexander, 242; Cammack Village, 751; and Wrightsville, with 2,114 residents.
About as close to geographically central as you can get in Arkansas, Pulaski and Lonoke counties lie in a key location for travel throughout the state. The combined counties have the largest population in the state and are home to Arkansas’ capital and largest city — with all that activity and people, there are bound to be times when things get crowded. Good thing there are many ways to get around, including several major interstates, U.S. highways and an important national airport. Whether you’re traveling by car, bus, plane or train, there’s an easy way to get you from A to B.
A mild, four-season climate, a low cost of living and recovering economies in Pulaski and Lonoke counties make the area a strong draw for many residents. In 2014, an estimated 392,702 people called Pulaski County home, while 71,557 resided in Lonoke County, the U.S. Census Bureau says. Population density in Pulaski County was 504 people per square mile and 89 in Lonoke County in 2010, the Census found.
There are many health care services in Pulaski and Lonoke counties for military, civilians and veterans, though implementation of the Affordable Care Act may have changed established insurance options. Visit www.healthcare.gov for information on open enrollment for health care coverage under the national Affordable Care Act.
After moving to a new location, you’ll want to know what options are available for educational pursuits. This chapter outlines Pulaski and Lonoke counties’ public school systems, along with information about local libraries and higher education. There are private schools, charter schools and home schooling available to children in both counties as well.
There are plenty of entertaining activities in Pulaski and Lonoke counties — music, sports, theater, museums, parks and shopping. Take a dip in the wavepool at Wild River Country, for instance, or tee off at one of the two 18-hole golf courses in North Little Rock’s Burns Park. Don’t miss the Arkansas State Fair or the dozens of hot air balloons floating in the Great War Memorial Balloon Race. And be sure to check out the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum.