Paragould, Arkansas

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Paragould is a city in Greene County, Arkansas, United States. According to 2007 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 24,505.

The city's name is a blend (combining the last names of J.W. Paramore and Jay Gould, the owners of the two railroads that originally crossed there). It is believed to be the only city in the world with this name. Paragould is designated a micropolitan area and is also a part of the Jonesboro-Paragould Combined Statistical Area. The Paragould micropolitan area's population is approximately 40,091 and the Jonesboro-Paragould Combined Statistical Area's population is estimated at 153,421.



Paragould is located at 36°3′25″N 90°30′11″W / 36.05694°N 90.50306°W / 36.05694; -90.50306 (36.057075, -90.502938).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 31.0 square miles (80.2 km²), of which, 30.8 square miles (79.8 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (0.52%) is water.

Paragould is located in northeast Arkansas approximately 88 miles northwest of Memphis, TN. The community is located at the intersection of U.S. Route 412 and U.S. Route 49.


As of the census[2] 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/sq mi (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.

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