From highly rated schools to a modern water park/community center to top-notch medical care, Paragould offers the amenities that make small-city living attractive. Greene County Tech and Paragould School Districts both offer educational programs which rank in the upper third of the state of Arkansas, along with competitive sports programs. The city’s parks system includes a senior citizens’ center and a community center and water park, as well as numerous neighborhood parks and sports complexes. Within an hour’s drive, several state parks offer hiking, camping, swimming and fishing, and numerous private lands suitable for fishing and hunting. In 2021, the city broke ground on the 8 Mile Creek Trail project that will boast a trail system that in its completeness will connect all city parks and downtown Paragould!
Crowley’s Ridge College offers a four-year baccalaureate degree in business administration, as well as two associate degrees. 20 minutes to the south, Arkansas State University is the flagship of the second-largest university system in the state. Black River Technical College have satellite campuses in Paragould.
Arkansas Methodist Medical Center has been Paragould’s main health care provider for more than 70 years, with a full-service hospital, doctors’ office campus, and premier assisted living facility. Regional health care facilities are located within 20 minutes of Paragould.