Little Rock is the capital, and most populous city in the state of Arkansas, with a population of 184,564 (2005). Little Rock is aptly named after a small rock formation on the Arkansas River that was used as a landmark for the well known river crossing in the area. Many large corporations and businesses call this area home and it has been ranked the second most diverse economy in the nation by Moody's Investor Services.
Arkansas is home to many unique museums, such as the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History and the William J. Clinton Library and Museum. The MacArthur Museum is one of the oldest buildings in Arkansas and the last standing structure of the original Little Rock Arsenal. General Douglas MacArthur himself was born in the very building. President Clinton, who prior to his presidential appointment was the governor of Arkansas, was the first native of the state to become president. His museum houses his presidential library and archives, as well as the Clinton School of Public Service.
Other attractions in Little Rock include the Arkansas Arts Center which has works from Van Gogh and Rembrandt, as well as the state's only ballet company and repertoire theatre troupe. The Riverfront Park, which is located downtown, is home to the annual Riverfest music festival and is the site of the “little rock” for which the city is named. The nearby River Market District is popular as well; it features an old-fashioned bazaar-style market hall and a farmer's market as well as year-round shops, restaurants, bars, and galleries.