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Piggott, Arkansas
Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum
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Location of Piggott in Clay County, Arkansas.
Location of Piggott in Clay County, Arkansas.
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Clay
Area
 • Total 5.42 sq mi (14.03 km2)
 • Land 5.36 sq mi (13.89 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.14 km2)
Elevation
299 ft (91 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 3,622
 • Density 675.37/sq mi (260.75/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
72454
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-55130
GNIS feature ID 0058365

Piggott is a city in Clay County, Arkansas, United States. It is one of the two county seats of Clay County, along with Corning. It is the northern terminus of the Arkansas segment of the Crowley's Ridge Parkway, a National Scenic Byway. As of the 2010 census, Piggott's population was 3,849. The town was named after James A. Piggott, one of the early settlers and initiator of the local post office.

Geography

Piggott is located in eastern Clay County at 36°23′2″N 90°11′34″W / 36.38389°N 90.19278°W / 36.38389; -90.19278 (36.383794, -90.192847), on the eastern edge of Crowley's Ridge. U.S. Route 62 passes through the city, running west 25 miles (40 km) to Corning and northeast 45 miles (72 km) to Interstate 55 at New Madrid, Missouri. The north end of U.S. Route 49 is in Piggott; the highway runs southwest 32 miles (51 km) to Paragould, Arkansas, and 516 miles (830 km) to Gulfport, Mississippi.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Piggott has a total area of 5.3 square miles (13.6 km2), of which 5.2 square miles (13.5 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 1.01%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 597
1910 1,150 92.6%
1920 2,016 75.3%
1930 1,885 −6.5%
1940 2,034 7.9%
1950 2,558 25.8%
1960 2,776 8.5%
1970 3,087 11.2%
1980 3,762 21.9%
1990 3,777 0.4%
2000 3,894 3.1%
2010 3,849 −1.2%
2020 3,622 −5.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Piggott racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 3,385 93.46%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 13 0.36%
Native American 5 0.14%
Asian 2 0.06%
Other/Mixed 107 2.95%
Hispanic or Latino 110 3.04%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,622 people, 1,589 households, and 955 families residing in the city.

Education

The Piggott School District is composed of two campuses. Piggott Elementary School is the campus for grades K-6, while Piggott High School is composed of grades 7-12. In recent years, the school has enrolled around 1,000 students per school year. The schools offer several extracurricular activities for students including athletics, band, and various clubs and organizations. The athletic program includes boys' football, tennis, basketball, baseball, golf, and track and field. Girls' sports include basketball, volleyball, tennis, softball, track and field, and golf. Most recently, the school added a skeet shooting team to its list of activities. PHS also opened a new gymnasium during the 2007-2008 athletic season.

Notable people

  • Frances Greer, opera singer
  • Pauline Pfeiffer, second wife of Ernest Hemingway
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