LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 15, 2019) – A leading tourism, real estate and economic development advisory group, Resonance Consultancy, has again ranked the city of Little Rock one of its “2019 America’s Best Cities.” Arkansas’s capital city appeared in its 2017 and 2018 studies, as well as in previous years.
According to Resonance’s 2019 America’s Best Cities report (*), Little Rock has climbed to the 7th spot on its “America’s Top Ten Small Cities for Prosperity” list — up from 8th in 2018, and 10th in 2017. And, for the second consecutive year the city holds its 23rd position on the group’s “America’s 50 Best Small Cities” list outperforming such destinations as Spokane, WA; Pensacola, FL; Hilton Head Island, SC; and Lexington, KY. Little Rock ranked 27th in 2017.
Resonance Consultancy’s reports are based on data from livability- and economy-based research and user-generated ratings and reviews that measure the experiential quality of a city. Its six key performance indicators are in areas of Promotion, Place, Product, Prosperity, People and Programming. Measurement categories include: culture, attractions, sightseeing, nightlife, shopping, sports & adventure, culinary and lodging. Bloomberg calls Resonance Consultancy’s Best Cities ranking “the most comprehensive study of its kind; it identifies cities that are most desirable for locals, visitors and businesspeople alike, rather than simply looking at livability or tourism appeal.”
“Little Rock is a special destination, and word is getting out,” said Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau President & CEO Gretchen Hall. “The city’s landscape has changed dramatically in the last decade. Our world-class museums and cultural attractions, blossoming craft food and beverage scene, flourishing outdoor amenities, unique shopping venues and exciting entertainment offerings make Little Rock an ideal location for both leisure and business travelers,” she added. “Couple all of these amenities with our amazing industry partners and local residents who help provide an authentic visitor experience every day, and you get a recipe for success.”
Resonance Consultancy’s recent ranking falls directly in line with what other independent sources are discovering and saying about Little Rock:
“Its solid economy, low cost of living and general quality of life…have attracted millennials, who’ve made Little Rock surprisingly funky.” - 10 Cities to Watch in 2020, Worth Magazine, October 2019
“’Authentic’ foodies, according to the experts, not only crave new and different flavors but also savor the exploratory experience of eating, learning and discovering food.” – 2019’s Best Foodie Cities in America, WalletHub, October 2019
“The Hidden Gem” – 12 Best Places to Live, Outside Magazine, July 2019
“Charming hospitality, sincere service, 7,000 hotel rooms citywide and a variety of meetings venues ranging from intimate wine cellars to the 220,000-square-foot Statehouse Convention Center — the largest venue in the immediate area — are worth a look.” – 10 Stealth Meetings Destinations to Put on Your Radar, Meetings & Conventions Magazine/Northstar Meetings Group, June 2019
“Little Rock’s economy is strong and it offers great amenities like the Museum of Discovery and Little Rock Zoo, while maintaining a low cost of living and a tight-knit sense of community.” - Top 100 Places to Live, Livability.com, March 2019
*About the Report
The Resonance Consultancy’s America’s Best Cities reports are unaided by the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau (LRCVB.) The research is independent of LRCVB involvement or funding. The full, free 2019 report is available here.
ABOUT LITTLE ROCK
The Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau (LRCVB) is the official destination marketing organization for the City of Little Rock, charged with marketing and selling the city as a meeting, sports and leisure travel destination. The LRCVB also manages the Statehouse Convention Center, Robinson Center, River Market and multiple parking facilities. For more information, visit www.littlerock.com .