Paron, Arkansas

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Paron, Arkansas
Unincorporated community
Paron, Arkansas is located in Arkansas
Paron, Arkansas
Paron, Arkansas
Paron, Arkansas is located in the US
Paron, Arkansas
Paron, Arkansas
Coordinates: 34°46′22″N 92°45′31″W / 34.77278°N 92.75861°W / 34.77278; -92.75861Coordinates: 34°46′22″N 92°45′31″W / 34.77278°N 92.75861°W / 34.77278; -92.75861
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Saline
Elevation 492 ft (150 m)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code 72122
Area code(s) 501
GNIS feature ID 73008[1]

Paron is an unincorporated community in Saline County, Arkansas, United States. Paron is located along Arkansas Highway 9, 17.5 miles (28.2 km) northwest of Benton. Paron has a post office with ZIP code 72122.[2]

In 2006 Jennifer Barnett-Reed and Max Brantley of the Arkansas Times stated that the only community institutions Paron had were area churches and the schools, which were in operation at the time.[3]

Demographics[edit]

As of 2006 some residents of Paron moved there from urban areas in Central Arkansas while others were born in families that owned land in the Paron area for multiple generations. In 2006 Jennifer Barnett-Reed and Max Brantley of the Arkansas Times stated that Paron, which "doesn’t seem" to have had an accurate population count from any organization or agency, "probably" had a population in the hundreds.[3]

Economy[edit]

Circa 2006 most residents work in Benton, Bryant, and Little Rock, while some have construction and farming jobs in Paron. Reed and Brantley stated "within probably" 15 miles (24 km) to 20 miles (32 km) there are no retail stores nor gas stations.[3]

Education[edit]

Paron, a part of the Bryant School District, is served by Salem Elementary School, in Bryant, about 21 miles (34 km) from Paron,[4] and Bryant High School, in Bryant. As of 2006 Paron area students are eligible to attend public schools in other school districts.[3]

The community was initially in the Paron School District, which operated Paron Elementary School and Paron High School. On July 1, 2004 the Paron School District merged into the Bryant School District.[5] Paron High School initially remained open before closing in 2006; students were moved to Bryant High.[6] In 2015, the Bryant district voted to close Paron Elementary School.[7] At the time it had about 75 students. Paron students were reassigned to Salem Elementary School.[4]

In 2006 Reed and Brantley stated that since most residents can be admitted to state-operated universities and colleges without needing to take remedial courses and perform at the state average on standardized tests, "[t]he prevailing attitude seems to be that Paron students are doing fine [academically]".[3]

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Paron has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[8]

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