Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR

The Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Metro Area is a 6 county area in central Arkansas, and anchored by the state's capital and largest city.

Total Population: 731,612

(An increase of 4.55 % in the past 5 years.)

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 29,000
  • Language Spoken at Home - 41,000

3.97% of Total Population are Foreign Born and 6.16% of Total Population Speak Another Language Other than English at Home.

[ Source: American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Foreign Born and Language Spoken at Home]

Quick Facts

  • The largest country of origin are people groups from Mexico.

  • Other notable people groups come from the East Asia and South Asian regional affinity.

  • The Metro Area is home to an Annual Greek Food Festival with Greek performances.


Little Rock derives its name from a small rock formation on the south bank of the Arkansas River called la Petite Roche (French: “the little rock”). The “little rock” was used by early river traffic as a landmark and became a well-known river crossing. The “little rock” is across the river from “big rock”, a large bluff at the edge of the river, which was once used as a rock quarry.

Although the Little Rock-North Little Rock Metro Area itself is less populated ethno-linguistically than other Metro Areas relatively the same size demographically, several unique ethno-linguistic people groups claim Arkansas as their home. For instance, in northwest Arkansas (the Bentonville area), Marshallese, a Paciifc Islander people group, have migrated from their remote and beautiful North Pacific archipelago, Marshall Islands, to the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas since the 1980s.

People Group Highlights

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PG Name Country Of Birth IMB Affinity Group Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
Arab, Shia KuwaitiKuwaitNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam100
HindiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism887
UrduPakistanSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesIslam777
Gujarati (Hindu)IndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism499
PersianIranCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam470
Arab, PalestinianIsraelNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam340
Arab, JordanianJordanNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam232
Arab, LebaneseLebanonNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam188
Arab, EgyptianEgyptNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam173
ThaiThailandSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism - Theravada173
BengaliBangladeshSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesIslam - Sunni113
Arab, SaudiSaudi ArabiaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam112
Arab, SyrianSyriaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Sunni100
Arab, MoroccanMoroccoNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Sunni100
Sri Lankan, SinhaleseSri LankaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesBuddhism100
Arab, IraqiIraqNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Shia50
Chinese, MandarinChinaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism1,700
VietnameseVietnamSoutheast Asian PeoplesSoutheast Asian PeoplesBuddhism1,168
GermanGermanyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox810
South Asian IndiansIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism700
JapaneseJapanEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesEthnic Religions - Shintoism450
ItalianItalyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic435
RussianRussiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox153
IndonesianIndonesiaSoutheast Asian PeoplesMalay PeoplesIslam120

Ethnic Links

The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture - a listing of the various ethnic groups within Arkansas.

Native Americans in Arkansas - a collection of various profiles, links, etc. on the Native American Indian people groups within Arkansas.

Annual Greek Food Festival - the official website of Little Rock's annual Greek Food Festival, an annual festival that has occurred for many years.

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