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Paragould, Arkansas
City
Clockwise from center: Paragould meteorite, Paragould Downtown Commercial Historic District, Greene County Museum, Historic Greene County Courthouse
Clockwise from center: Paragould meteorite, Paragould Downtown Commercial Historic District, Greene County Museum, Historic Greene County Courthouse
Location in Greene County and the state of Arkansas
Location in Greene County and the state of Arkansas
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Greene
Area
 • Total 31.4 sq mi (81.2 km2)
 • Land 31.2 sq mi (80.8 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation 302 ft (92 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 26,113
 • Estimate (2015) 27,900
 • Density 894/sq mi (345.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 72450-72451
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-53390
GNIS feature ID 0077948
Website www.cityofparagould.com

Paragould is the county seat of Greene County, and the 19th-largest city in Arkansas, in the United States. The city is located in northeastern Arkansas on the eastern edge of Crowley's Ridge, a geologic anomaly contained within the Arkansas delta. The city's name is a blend combining the last names of competing railroad magnates J. W. Paramore and Jay Gould. Paramore's Texas & St. Louis Railway (later the Cotton Belt) and Gould's St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway (later the Missouri Pacific) intersected here in 1882.

A group of citizens chose the name, and it is believed to be the only city in the world with this name. Gould objected to his name's being second and refused to list the new town on his schedules. The city had a population of 26,113 at the 2010 census and an estimated population of 27,900 in 2015.

Paragould is the principal city of the Paragould, Arkansas Micropolitan Statistical Area and is also a part of the Jonesboro-Paragould Combined Statistical Area. The Paragould micropolitan area's population was 42,090 at the 2010 census, and the Jonesboro-Paragould Combined Statistical Area's population was 163,116.

Geography

Paragould is located southeast of the center of Greene County at Missing latitude in Module:Coordinates.formatTest()
(36.057075, -90.502938). U.S. Routes 412 and 49 intersect in the city west of downtown. US 412 leads east 9 miles (14 km) to the Missouri state line at the St. Francis River, and a further 23 miles (37 km) northeast to Kennett, Missouri; to the west US 412 leads 26 miles (42 km) to Walnut Ridge. US 49 leads northeast 32 miles (51 km) to Piggott and southwest 20 miles (32 km) to Jonesboro. The closest major city is Memphis, Tennessee, 82 miles (132 km) to the southeast.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 31.4 square miles (81.2 km2), of which 31.2 square miles (80.8 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km2), or 0.52%, is water.

List of highways:

  • US 49 (1961).svg US 49
  • US 49B.svg U.S. Route 49B
  • US 412.svg U.S. Highway 412
  • Arkansas 1.svg Arkansas Highway 1
  • Arkansas 69.svg Arkansas Highway 69
  • Arkansas 135.svg Arkansas Highway 135
  • Arkansas 358.svg Arkansas Highway 358

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,666
1900 3,324 99.5%
1910 5,248 57.9%
1920 6,306 20.2%
1930 5,966 −5.4%
1940 7,079 18.7%
1950 9,668 36.6%
1960 9,947 2.9%
1970 10,639 7.0%
1980 15,248 43.3%
1990 18,540 21.6%
2000 22,017 18.8%
2010 26,113 18.6%
Est. 2015 27,900 6.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
Paragould AR 10
Paragould, Arkansas

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 26,113 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 94.4% White, 0.8% Black, 0.4% Native American, 0.3% Asian, <0.1% Pacific Islander, <0.1% from some other race and 1.2% from two or more races. 2.8% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of the census of 2000, there were 22,017 people, 8,941 households, and 6,133 families residing in the city. The population density was 714.6 people per square mile (275.9/km²). There were 9,789 housing units at an average density of 317.7 per square mile (122.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.87% White, 0.04% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.56% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. 1.33% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,941 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city, the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 28.0% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,815, and the median income for a family was $39,431. Males had a median income of $28,103 versus $20,623 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,076. About 8.4% of families and 12.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.1% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.

Climate

Paragould has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa).

Climate data for Paragould
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 73
(22.8)
78
(25.6)
89
(31.7)
93
(33.9)
94
(34.4)
101
(38.3)
106
(41.1)
105
(40.6)
100
(37.8)
92
(33.3)
82
(27.8)
77
(25)
106
(41.1)
Average high °F (°C) 44
(6.7)
51
(10.6)
60
(15.6)
70
(21.1)
79
(26.1)
88
(31.1)
92
(33.3)
90
(32.2)
84
(28.9)
74
(23.3)
59
(15)
49
(9.4)
70
(21.11)
Average low °F (°C) 26
(-3.3)
31
(-0.6)
41
(5)
50
(10)
60
(15.6)
68
(20)
72
(22.2)
70
(21.1)
63
(17.2)
50
(10)
40
(4.4)
32
(0)
50.3
(10.14)
Record low °F (°C) −14
(-25.6)
−1
(-18.3)
5
(-15)
19
(-7.2)
40
(4.4)
50
(10)
54
(12.2)
50
(10)
36
(2.2)
28
(-2.2)
16
(-8.9)
−6
(-21.1)
−14
(-25.6)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.49
(88.6)
3.52
(89.4)
4.93
(125.2)
5.10
(129.5)
4.96
(126)
3.93
(99.8)
3.09
(78.5)
2.68
(68.1)
3.11
(79)
4.00
(101.6)
5.35
(135.9)
4.87
(123.7)
48.23
(1,225)

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