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Little Rock has made some interesting lists lately. The word is getting out so hold on tight.

The ducks are gone but otherwise, the skyline hasn't changed much. Welcome to Little Rock.
The ducks are gone but otherwise, the skyline hasn’t changed much. Welcome to Little Rock.

Kiplinger.com is running a list of “10 Great Places to Live” in their September issue. Little Rock came in at #1.

“Thanks to its location, Little Rock provides plenty of opportunities for hiking, running, cycling, boating, fishing and hunting. Among the many cultural offerings: museums and fine art galleries, a repertory theater, a symphony orchestra, and a performing arts center. Downtown, you can roam the 33-acre Riverfront Park or enjoy eateries ranging from food trucks to fine dining. The William J. Clinton Presidential Library brings in speakers from around the world.”
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Outside Magazine has put together a list of  “Outside’s Best Towns 2013” for their September issue. This list could have been a little better researched as they mention only one of our farmer’s markets, the link to Pinnacle Mountain State Park is broken and the photo is of the Clinton Library Bridge before it was converted to bike/pedestrian use. They did quote AO friend Leah Thorvilson in the article. Still, nice to be on a list that includes Bozeman, MT and Park City, UT.

“In recent years, this city of 195,000 has become a runner’s paradise. Since 1993, federal, state, and local governments have funneled more than $62 million into what has become the Arkansas River Trail System, a 34-mile network that loops around the Little Rock Metropolitan area. The trails connect 38 parks that cover more than 5,000 acres.” Read more

Forbes even has Little Rock on a list for those of us who are becoming a little long in the tooth.

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Fast fact: Named for a river landmark. Pros: Low cost of living, median home price $144,000, good weather, abundant doctors, high Milken Institute aging rank. Cons: Below average air quality, crime. Read more

Livability.com had our downtown area on the list of Top 10 Downtowns last year.

Located along the Arkansas River, downtown Little Rock, AR, draws visitors for its nightlife and broad dining scene. Meanwhile, approximately 7,500 residents live in the area and enjoy its many entertainment venues and other accessible amenities. Read more

Hopefully you have a chance to take advantage of the reasons we are making these lists. Have you seen some other lists that we missed (let’s not go back more than a year) for any towns in Arkansas? Link them in the comments and we’ll add them to our article giving you credit for the find.

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