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Overview

Introduction to El Dorado, Arkansas

El Dorado, Arkansas, in Union county, is 57 miles NW of Monroe, Louisiana (center to center) and 201 miles SW of Memphis, Tennessee.

El Dorado History

El Dorado was founded in 1843. The city's first retail store was established by Matthew Rainey. He also named the city, which in Spanish means the 'Gilded Road.' During the 1850s, the city became home to several cotton plantations and farms. The first railroads arrived in the late 1800s. It was incorporated on May 5, 1870. Oil was discovered in the city in the 1920s and in 1937.

El Dorado and nearby Attractions

  • South Arkansas Arboretum
  • Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources State Park
  • John Newton House
  • South Arkansas Arts Center
  • Moro Bay State Park

Things To Do In El Dorado

There are several parks and playgrounds in El Dorado including Bozeman Park, Mattocks Park, Mitchell Park, South Side Park, Mosby Park, and Bodenhamer Park. You can also visit South Arkansas Arboretum State Park, Bodenhamer Skate Park, and South Arkansas Arts Center. Shopping can be enjoyed at the El Dorado Shopping Center, Madison Square Shopping Center, Northwest Village Shopping Center, Mellor Park Mall Shopping Center, and El Do Shopping Center.

El Dorado Transportation

One can avail flights from Monroe Regional Airport.

El Dorado Higher Education

South Arkansas Community College is the local college. Higher educational facilities are also offered at Louisiana Tech University, University of Arkansas at Monticello, and many other colleges and universities.

Demographics

People

Total Population18,393
Male Share of the Population47.6%
Female Share of the Population52.4%
Senior Citizens14.8%
Employed Population 16+7,229
Age of the Population36

Families

% of people married42.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher21.7%
Median Earnings25+$28,249
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,132
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,270

Wealth

Median Family Income$43,796
% Above Poverty Level72.5%
% Below Poverty Level27.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home1.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.5%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone31.9%
Median Gross Rent$609
Median House Value$82,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)52.4%
Irish5.3%
English4.5%
German3.5%
French Except Basque1.7%
African0.9%
Italian0.6%
Norwegian0.6%
Scottish0.4%
Canadian0.3%
Dutch0.3%
Arab0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Iranian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Australian0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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El Dorado Almanac

CategoryValue
County Union County
Standard Zip Codes71730
P.O. Box Zip Codes71731
Phone Area Codes870
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude33.21
Approximate Longitude-92.66

El Dorado Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationEL DORADO S AZ RGNL AP
Distance8.7 miles
Jan Temp33 to 54 F
Apr Temp51 to 76 F
Jul Temp71 to 93 F
Oct Temp52 to 77 F
Annual Precip54.1 inches
StationCALION LOCK & DAM
Distance12.4 miles
Jan Temp31 to 53 F
Apr Temp50 to 75 F
Jul Temp72 to 92 F
Oct Temp50 to 76 F
Annual Precip48.7 inches
StationHOMER 3 SSW
Distance39.3 miles
Jan Temp33 to 54 F
Apr Temp51 to 75 F
Jul Temp71 to 92 F
Oct Temp51 to 76 F
Annual Precip55.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Calion369$50,625
Junction City557$46,103
Louann130$0
Norphlet702$50,000
Smackover1,968$42,115

El Dorado Hospitals

Medical Center Of South Arkansas
(Proprietary)
700 West Grove Street
(870) 863-2000

El Dorado Public Schools

Barton Jr. High School
400 W Faulkner St
ZIP: 71730
Middle
Total Enrollment 669
El Dorado High School
501 Timberlane Dr
ZIP: 71730
High
Total Enrollment 1322
Hugh Goodwin Elementary School
201 E Fifth St
ZIP: 71730
Primary
Total Enrollment 468
Northwest Elementary School
1600 N College Ave
ZIP: 71730
Primary
Total Enrollment 490
Parkers Chapel Elem. School
401 Parkers Chapel Rd
ZIP: 71730
Primary
Total Enrollment 500
Parkers Chapel High School
401 Parkers Chapel Rd
ZIP: 71730
High
Total Enrollment 359
Retta Brown Elementary School
505 Dixie Dr
ZIP: 71730
Primary
Total Enrollment 309
Southark Career Center
3696 E Main Rd
ZIP: 71730
High
Washington Middle School
601 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
ZIP: 71730
Middle
Total Enrollment 684
Yocum Elementary School
308 S College St
ZIP: 71730
Primary
Total Enrollment 578

El Dorado Private Schools

Maranatha Baptist Christian School
2103 Smackover Hwy
ZIP: 71730
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 21
West Side Christian School
2400 W Hillsboro St
ZIP: 71730
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 123
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