Arkansas Perry County Public Schools

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Perry County was formed in December 1840, from the part of Conway County south of the Arkansas River and was named for Oliver Perry, a hero of the War of 1812. The landscape of Perry County is rolling foothills of the Ouachita Mountains. Close to half of Perry County is in the Ouachita National Forest with timber being the principal economy. Cattle, hog and poultry productions, rice, soybeans and small manufacturing make up the economy. The Heifer Project International Learning and Livestock Center is a privately financed, nonprofit group located on 1,200 acres in the county. Lake Nimrod, situated between the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains, is well known for its water skiing, hunting, and fishing. Harris Brake Lake is popular with anglers and Fourche LaFave River has large catfish. The eastern boundary of the county follows the Arkansas River for several miles. As of the 2000 census, Perry County had a population of 10,209 residents.

Perry County is one of about 3,141 counties and county equivalents in the United States. It has 550.9 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 18.7 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 81.2%. On the 2000 census form, 98.9% of the population reported only one race, with 1.7% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 1.2% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.52 persons compared to an average family size of 2.96 persons.

In 2008 educational services was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $25,526. Per capita income grew by 24.9% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 10,312 Covered Employment 1,378
Growth (%) since 1990 29.4% Average wage per job $28,031
Households (2000) 3,989 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 5.3%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 4,826 Average wage per job $25,034
Unemployment Rate (2009) 7.1 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 1.7%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $29,465 Average wage per job $43,040
Median Household Income (2008) $37,595 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County D
Poverty Rate (2008) 16.2 Average wage per job D
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 73.8 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 2.7%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 11.1 Average wage per job $35,534

Address: P O 358, Bigelow, AR 72016
Phone: (501) 759-2638
County: Perry County
Enrollment: 331
Grades: KG-6

Address: P O Box 360, Bigelow, AR 72016
Phone: (501) 759-2602
County: Perry County
Enrollment: 348
Grades: 7-12

Address: 625 North Cedar Street, Perryville, AR 72126
Phone: (501) 889-5146
County: Perry County
Enrollment: 514
Grades: KG-6

Address: 325 Houston Avenue, Perryville, AR 72126
Phone: (501) 889-2326
County: Perry County
Enrollment: 531
Grades: 7-12