Paragould, Arkansas, "The Friendly City," is the fastest growing city in northeast Arkansas. Paragould is the 17th largest city in Arkansas, with a population of 23,397, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau. Paragould is one of the most progressive communities is Northeast Arkansas, with its community investing over $163 million in itself since 1995. It is also know as the "safest city" in Arkansas according to the Crime and Information Center (ACIC).
Paragould's infrastructure is served by a municipal-owned utility, which allows the city to provide some of the lowest electrical cost among the state of Arkansas and the United States. Low property tax, availability of skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled workers, competitive state and local incentives packages, and availability of services related to industries adequately support new expanded economic development opportunities.
Located in Paragould, are two public school systems, Greene County Tech and Paragould School Districts, two private school systems, Crowley's Ridge Academy and St. Mary's Catholic School System, and four institutions of higher learning, ASU Paragould, Black River Technical College, Arkansas Northeastern College, and Crowley's Ridge College.
Paragould sits atop the intersection of two major US highways, US Highway 412 and US Highway 49. There are also two major rail systems, ten Arkansas highways, and one airport located in Paragould. Currently, $30,000,000 of highway improvements are being conducted. The accessibility and convenience of Paragould's location has made it a prime target for industrial expansion and relocation.
Paragould is also home to 35 industrial plants or facilities, including Emerson Electric, American Railcar Industries, and Monroe Auto Equipment, two of which are Fortune 500 Companies. There is also, a state of the art, medical center located in Paragould that offers medical airvac services upon demand.
Growth is evident everywhere you look in Paragould. There is a comfortable place for everyone to grow and raise a family. It is the uncommon blend of these two characteristics, small town mentality and big city aspirations, that make Paragould so unique. So it wouldn't surprise you to learn, the city of Paragould is the only Paragould in the world.