Introduction to El Dorado, Kansas

El Dorado, Kansas, in Butler county, is located 27 miles E of Wichita, Kansas. The city is part of the Wichita metropolitan statistical area (MSA). Approximately 12,057 people reside in El Dorado.

El Dorado History

El Dorado is the county seat of Butler County, which was founded on August 25, 1855 and was named in the honor of Senator Andrew Pickens Butler. The city is a part of Wichita Metropolitan Statistical Area. The name El Dorado is derived from Spanish term meaning "place of wealth and abundance". El Dorado was incorporated on September 12, 1871.

El Dorado and nearby Attractions

  • Coutts Memorial Museum of Art
  • El Dorado State Park
  • Butler County Historical Society Museum
  • Kansas Oil & Gas Museum

Things To Do In El Dorado

During your stay in El Dorado, you can visit the Kansas Oil & Gas Museum. Some of the local churches include the Church of Christ, Church of God in Prophecy, and the Trinity United Methodist Church. There is also the North Main Shopping Center where you can spend your leisure. Book lovers can visit the Bradford Memorial Library. Every year, the city of El Dorado celebrates the Frontier Heritage Festival in June, the Kafir Corn Fall Festival in October, and the Prairie Port Festival in July. It also hosts the annual Butler County Fair.

El Dorado Transportation

Air transportation is provided by the Hutchinson Municpal Airport.

El Dorado Higher Education

Butler County Community College, Friends University, Wichita State University, and Cowley County Community College offer facilities for higher education.


Total Population 12,910
Male Share of the Population 49.2%
Female Share of the Population 50.8%
Senior Citizens 14.7%
Employed Population 16+ 5,771
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 46%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $56,458
% Above Poverty Level 79.3%
% Below Poverty Level 20.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 0.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 33.2%
Median Gross Rent $699
Median House Value $90,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.6%
US/American 0%
English 7.8%
Irish 14.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

El Dorado Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 27 miles E of Wichita, Kansas
County Butler
Metro Area Wichita
Standard Zip Codes 67042
Phone Area Codes 316
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.817
Longitude -96.861

El Dorado Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.7 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 41 F
Apr Temp 43 to 68 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 45 to 71 F
Annual Precip 35.5 inches
Distance 20.4 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 39 F
Apr Temp 41 to 66 F
Jul Temp 67 to 90 F
Oct Temp 43 to 69 F
Annual Precip 32.7 inches
Distance 30.2 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 41 F
Apr Temp 44 to 69 F
Jul Temp 68 to 92 F
Oct Temp 46 to 71 F
Annual Precip 32.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Andover 12,293 $93,710
Augusta 9,242 $58,807
Benton 949 $64,643
Leon 678 $51,583
Potwin 458 $55,000

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

El Dorado Public Libraries

El Dorado / Bradford Memorial Library
El Dorado, Kansas
(316) 321-3363
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El Dorado Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(316) 321-3300
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 595 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.7

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