Greene County, Arkansas facts for kids
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Courthouse in Paragould
Location within the U.S. state of Arkansas
Arkansas's location within the U.S.
|Founded||November 5, 1833|
|Named for||Nathanael Greene|
|• Total||580 sq mi (1,500 km2)|
|• Land||578 sq mi (1,500 km2)|
|• Water||1.9 sq mi (5 km2) 0.3%%|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Greene County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 42,090. The county seat is Paragould, which sits atop Crowley's Ridge.
Greene County comprises the Paragould, AR Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Jonesboro–Paragould, AR Combined Statistical Area.
The first settler in the area was Benjamin Crowley, who arrived from Kentucky in 1821 and made his home about 12 miles west of Paragould.
Greene County was formed on 5 November 1833 out of portions of Lawrence County and originally contained parts of present Clay and Craighead counties. The county was named for Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene. The first county seat was in Benjamin Crowley's home. By 1836, when Arkansas became a state, the county seat was located in a settlement called "Paris" (not to be confused with present-day Paris, Arkansas).
In 1848 a national highway was made through the area, and the county seat was moved to Gainesville, which had a reputation as rather lawless. The seat remained there until 1883, when it was transferred to the new town of Paragould. The peoples in Gainesville opposed the move, and shots reportedly were fired, since tempers were high. The courthouse was built in 1888 and survives in downtown Paragould.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 580 square miles (1,500 km2), of which 578 square miles (1,500 km2) is land and 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2) (0.3%) is water.
- Clay County (north)
- Dunklin County, Missouri (east)
- Craighead County (south)
- Lawrence County (southwest)
- Randolph County (northwest)
|U.S. Decennial Census
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||926||2.02%|
|Hispanic or Latino||1,596||3.49%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 45,736 people, 17,254 households, and 12,280 families residing in the city.
As of the 2010 census, there were 42,090 people living in the county. The racial makeup of the county was 95.4% White, 0.6% Black, 0.5% Native American, 0.3% Asian, <0.1% Pacific Islander, <0.1% from some other race and 1.1% from two or more races. 2.1% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
Townships in Arkansas are the divisions of a county. Each township includes unincorporated areas; some may have incorporated cities or towns within part of their boundaries. Arkansas townships have limited purposes in modern times. However, the United States Census does list Arkansas population based on townships (sometimes referred to as "county subdivisions" or "minor civil divisions"). Townships are also of value for historical purposes in terms of genealogical research. Each town or city is within one or more townships in an Arkansas county based on census maps and publications. The townships of Greene County are listed below; listed in parentheses are the cities, towns, and/or census-designated places that are fully or partially inside the township.
- Blue Cane
- Breckenridge (Lafe)
- Clark (most of Paragould)
- Evening Shade
- Hurricane (Marmaduke)
- Jones (Delaplaine)
- Main Shore
- St. Francis (small part of Paragould)
- Shady Grove
- Spring Grove (part of Paragould)
- Sugar Creek
- Union (Oak Grove Heights)
- Walnut Corner