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Overview

Introduction to Paragould, Arkansas

Paragould, Arkansas, in Greene county, is 18 miles NE of Jonesboro, Arkansas (center to center) and 67 miles N of Memphis, Tennessee.

Paragould History

Paragould was incorporated on March 21, 1883. The name Paragould is a combination of the names of two railroad presidents, J.W. Paramore and Jay Gould. The railroad played an important role in the town's development. It was after World War II when industry began to grow in the city. One of the first companies to open in the city was the Ed White Shoe Factory in the year 1947. Electric Emerson Company of St. Louis was one of the first big plants to open in Paragould in 1955.

Paragould and nearby Attractions

  • Hemingway - Pfeiffer Museum
  • Green County Museum
  • Buffalo Island Museum
  • Connie's Art Gallery

Things To Do In Paragould

The museums such as the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum, Buffalo Island Museum, and Green County Museum provide insight into the area's history. The city also has many parks including Crowley's Ridge State Park, Lake Frierson State Park, Lake Charles State Park, and Wayne Short Memorial Park. The city also has many churches including West View Baptist Church, Walnut Street Church of Christ, and the Church of God, amongst many others. Every year the city celebrates the Loose Caboose Festival.

Paragould Transportation

One can avail flights from the Millington Municipal Airport.

Paragould Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at Crowleys Ridge College. Other higher education institutes near Paragould are Arkansas State University-Main Campus, University of Memphis, Southwest Tennessee Community College-Union Campus, and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

People

Total Population 27,228
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 14.4%
Employed Population 16+ 10,978
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 50.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.3%
Median Earnings25+ $30,704
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,185
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,364

Wealth

Median Family Income $52,405
% Above Poverty Level 82.5%
% Below Poverty Level 17.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 29.2%
Median Gross Rent $674
Median House Value $115,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.7%
US/American 0%
English 7.5%
Irish 14%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Paragould Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 18 miles NE of Jonesboro, Arkansas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 67 miles N of Memphis, Tennessee
County Greene
Standard Zip Codes 72450
P.O. Box Zip Codes 72451
Phone Area Codes 870
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.058
Longitude -90.497

Paragould Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station PARAGOULD 1 S
Distance 1.7 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 43 F
Apr Temp 50 to 69 F
Jul Temp 71 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 73 F
Annual Precip 49.4 inches
Station JONESBORO 4 N
Distance 16.6 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 45 F
Apr Temp 49 to 71 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches
Station KENNETT RADIO KBOA
Distance 26.4 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 44 F
Apr Temp 47 to 71 F
Jul Temp 69 to 93 F
Oct Temp 47 to 74 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Black Oak 267 $36,691
Brookland 2,503 $41,868
Lafe 448 $45,893
Leachville 1,755 $47,927
Marmaduke 1,132 $34,688
Monette 1,537 $61,563

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Paragould Public Libraries

Library
Northeast Arkansas Regional Library
120 NORTH 12TH STREET
Paragould, Arkansas
(870) 236-8711
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Paragould Hospitals

ARKANSAS METHODIST MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
900 WEST KINGSHIGHWAY
(870) 239-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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5201 W. KINGSHIGHWAY
870-236-6113
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 782 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.8

PARAGOULD HIGH SCHOOL
1701 W. COURT ST.
870-236-7744
Serves 774 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.2

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