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Perryville, Arkansas
The Perry County Courthouse in downtown Perryville
The Perry County Courthouse in downtown Perryville
Location of Perryville in Perry County,Arkansas
Location of Perryville in Perry County,Arkansas
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Perry
 • Total 4.27 sq mi (11.05 km2)
 • Land 4.27 sq mi (11.05 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
295 ft (90 m)
 • Total 1,373
 • Density 321.70/sq mi (124.21/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 501
FIPS code 05-54710
GNIS feature ID 0073047

Perryville is a city in and the county seat of Perry County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 1,460 at the 2010 census, an increase of just two persons from 2000. It is part of the Little RockNorth Little RockConway Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Perryville is located at 35°0′21″N 92°48′11″W / 35.00583°N 92.80306°W / 35.00583; -92.80306 (35.005800, -92.802949). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.8 square miles (12 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 256
1890 310 21.1%
1900 300 −3.2%
1910 355 18.3%
1920 665 87.3%
1930 341 −48.7%
1940 577 69.2%
1950 674 16.8%
1960 719 6.7%
1970 815 13.4%
1980 1,058 29.8%
1990 1,141 7.8%
2000 1,458 27.8%
2010 1,460 0.1%
2020 1,373 −6.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Perryville racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 1,260 91.77%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 3 0.22%
Native American 5 0.36%
Other/Mixed 70 5.1%
Hispanic or Latino 35 2.55%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,373 people, 485 households, and 357 families residing in the city.


The first Perry County courthouse was built in Perryville in 1841, a year after Perry County was created, and five years after the state of Arkansas was created. The town was platted sometime before 1850.

John Rison and his new wife, Harriet, moved to Perryville in 1844 and started the community's first church, a Methodist congregation. Their log home became a community gathering place and is now the oldest building in Perryville. In 1849, Rison bought six lots across from his home to build a log store and a schoolhouse.

The original log courthouse was burned during a dispute between two families. Historians are uncertain when the courthouse was burned — various sources say 1848 or 1850. Another log courthouse was built on the site.

In 1872, a wood-framed courthouse was built a half mile from the older log courthouse on donated land. It burned in May 1874 and was rebuilt. It burned again in December 1881 and was again rebuilt. Perry County's current courthouse was built in 1888 for $4,000.


Public education

Early childhood, elementary and secondary school students primarily attend Perryville School District, which leads to graduation from Perryville High School.

Public libraries

The Central Arkansas Library System includes the Max Milam Library in Perryville.

Heifer Ranch

Heifer Ranch in rural Perryville is a working educational farm operated by Heifer International, headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas. The 1,200-acre Heifer Ranch has gardens and livestock, including chickens, rabbits, goats, pigs, llamas and other animals. Heifer Ranch, at 55 Heifer Road, offers hands-on, interactive programs and activities promoting sustainable solutions to global hunger, poverty and environmental issues.

Notable people

  • Mary Elizabeth Bentley, Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Perryville since 2015; former nurse and businesswoman
  • Keith Carter, basketball player, grew up in Perryville.

See also

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