If you love the amenities of a big city, but you're not comfortable living in the heart of one, one of these six Little Rock suburbs may be for you. These niche communities offer safety, community, and a family-friendly feel without sacrificing the cultural and entertainment benefits of living close to the city. Read on to see if any of our favorite Little Rock suburbs could satisfy your moving must-haves!

1. Best Suburb for Buying Your First Home: Bryant

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Bryant is a close-knit community of about 20,000 people located about 20 minutes southwest of Downtown Little Rock. The unemployment rate is only 4 percent, significantly lower than Downtown Little Rock's 9 percent, making it a much more stable place to raise a family. Bryant is also more affordable than living in the city, with a median list price of about $166,000, compared to Little Rock's median price of $169,900.

 

Bryant has a significantly lower crime rate than the metro area, with only 932 reported crimes in 2013. Little Rock had well over 10,000. This increased level of safety gives you the peace of mind you need to let your kids ride their bikes around the neighborhood, and walk to your car after work in the dark.

2. Suburb with the easiest commute to city center: Maumelle

Maumelle is a planned community that lies a mere 15 minutes from Little Rock's city center by way of I-430. A beautiful and prosperous suburb of Little Rock, denizens of the area love its peacefulness and its access to both rolling green spaces and the big city's amenities. Maumelle boasts two golf courses, two lakes, and beautiful, freshly-minted subdivisions - it's easy to see why it's the fastest growing suburb in Little Rock!

 

Aside from its own thriving recreational scene, you have easy access to some of Little Rock's greatest outdoor attractions, like Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Two Rivers Park, and the Big Dam Bridge. Although it's young, its popularity means the area is booming and the perfect place for young families and commuting professionals alike.

3. Suburb with the best public school system: Cabot

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Cabot offers over 50 subdivisions for those who prefer quiet neighborhoods and a close, involved community. Cabot is less expensive than neighboring Little Rock, with a median listing price of around $165,000, and an average of five dollars less per square foot means you get more house for less money.

 

Despite its numerous attractions, it's no secret that Cabot's top-notch school system is the biggest draw for families with children. Cabot High School won the coveted Pacesetter award from High Schools That Work in 2008 - beating out over 1,000 other schools nation-wide. On top of national recognition, students statistically score higher than state average on Arkansas's benchmark exams. So if your child's academic achievement is important to you, Cabot makes a very attractive option.

 

4. Best suburb when your family is ready to scale up: The Heights

The Heights community is Arkansas's first suburb, and also one of its grandest. Located on the upper banks of the Arkansas River, many of the stately, older homes have stunning views overlooking the water. Homes are more expensive in the Heights area than any other Little Rock community, starting at around $300,000. However, the safety, community, walkability, and grandiose charm of the neighborhood far outweigh the cost for its residents.

 

Homes in the Heights usually start with three bedrooms and range up to five or six. Many houses are considered historical landmarks, and they've all been beautifully maintained by their proud owners. The Heights is one of the most sought after communities in or around Little Rock, so if you find your dream home in your price range - snap it up!

5. Best suburb for city people: Midtown

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Midtown is the center of its own retail and dining hub and is located less than ten minutes from central Downtown Little Rock. Commuters, especially those with families, love Midtown for its sprawling rancher homes and enormous yards, all within easy distance of Little Rock's biggest employers. Midtown also houses Little Rock's Park Plaza Mall and Park Avenue Shopping Center, making it an incredibly convenient location for families and shopaholics alike.

 

Midtown is home to all the necessary family-friendly chains like Target, LA Fitness, Chipotle, and McDonalds. However, it is also home to locally owned restaurants and boutiques like Big Orange Burger - try the Nutella milkshake! - and Barbara Jean Ltd., where you can get ahold of designer duds by Valentino, Versace, and Chanel.

6. Best suburb for country folks: Sherwood

Sherwood is about 12 miles north of Little Rock and is home to about 30,000 residents. They were recently named in Wall Street Journal's list of the 10 Best Places to Live in the country. Sherwood has the lowest crime rate in Central Arkansas, which makes it a huge draw for people who appreciate the safety and quiet of a small-town community. You can also get way more house for your money than in the big city - Sherwood has a median listing price of just $149,900, which is $20,000 less than central Little Rock.

 

Sherwood is home to over 17 recreational parks and green spaces, with easy access to the rolling countryside in which they're nestled. The little town also boasts some of Arkansas's prettiest lakes and fishing grounds. If you want the convenience of the big city, with the comfort and outdoor options of a rural community - Sherwood is the place for you.

If you would like to explore any of these Little Rock suburbs further, please contact one of Movoto's knowledgable and friendly real-estate agents to take advantage of their localized expertise.