Parma is a city located in New Madrid County, Missouri. According to the most recent census in 2000, its population is 852. Parma was first incorporated as a village in 1900 but was not large enough to be called a city and therefore was not on the map yet as a city. The Houck Railroad was laid in Parma about the year 1900. In 1901, Parma grew larger than the Lotta forcing the Cotton Belt trains to change their stops from Lotta to Parma. Sometime in March of 1902 Mr. Boaz settled in Parma and built his store just a few months later. Shortly thereafter, in approximately 1903, Parma was incorporated as a village along with Lotta and the resulting name was Parma. Then, in 1905, Parma received its status as a forth class city when it was incorporated.