Little Rock first got its from a landmark by the Arkansas River known by its French name, la petite roche which means the little rock. Little Rock was founded in 1821, but was not incorporated as a city until 1836, when Arkansas became the 25th state to join the nation. It is located in almost the exact center of the state, and is the most populated city in all of Arkansas with a population of about 187,500 people. Now, Little Rock has become a modern metropolis. Being the largest city in the whole state, it is a mega manufacturing and marketing center. Little Rock is a big city where tons of people have jobs, and live in apartments.