Paragould is a city in Greene County, Arkansas, United States. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city is 26,113. Paragould was incorporated in 1883. The city's name is a blend combining the last names of competing railroad magnates J.W. Paramore and Jay Gould. Paramore’s Texas & Saint Louis Railway (later the Cotton Belt) and Gould’s St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway (later the Missouri Pacific) intersected here in 1882.