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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.

People

Total Population 18,480
Male Share of the Population 47.1%
Female Share of the Population 52.9%
Senior Citizens 14.6%
Employed Population 16+ 7,435
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 42.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.1%
Median Earnings25+ $26,847
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,462
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,705

Wealth

Median Family Income $41,032
% Above Poverty Level 72.6%
% Below Poverty Level 27.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 0.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 30.8%
Median Gross Rent $617
Median House Value $79,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 51.7%
US/American 0%
English 4.4%
Irish 4.7%

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

El Dorado Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 57 miles NW of Monroe, Louisiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 201 miles SW of Memphis, Tennessee
County Union
Standard Zip Codes 71730
P.O. Box Zip Codes 71731, 71768
Phone Area Codes 870
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.207
Longitude -92.666

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)

Station EL DORADO S AZ RGNL AP
Distance 8.7 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 54 F
Apr Temp 51 to 76 F
Jul Temp 71 to 93 F
Oct Temp 52 to 77 F
Annual Precip 54.1 inches
Station CALION LOCK & DAM
Distance 12.4 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 53 F
Apr Temp 50 to 75 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 50 to 76 F
Annual Precip 48.7 inches
Station HOMER 3 SSW
Distance 39.3 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 54 F
Apr Temp 51 to 75 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 51 to 76 F
Annual Precip 55.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, El Dorado, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Urbana (71768)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Calion 464 $55,556
Junction City 746 $45,972
Louann 132 $38,438
Norphlet 835 $45,000
Smackover 1,764 $45,694

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

El Dorado Public Libraries

Library
Barton Library
200 EAST 5TH STREET
El Dorado, Arkansas
(870) 863-5447
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El Dorado Hospitals

MEDICAL CENTER SOUTH ARKANSAS
(Proprietary)
700 WEST GROVE STREET
(870) 863-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

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El Dorado High Schools

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EL DORADO HIGH SCHOOL
501 TIMBERLANE
870-864-5100
A Title I School.
Serves 1,306 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

PARKERS CHAPEL HIGH SCHOOL
401 PARKERS CHAPEL ROAD
870-862-2360
Serves 357 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

UNION HIGH SCHOOL
6049 MORO BAY HWY.
870-863-8472
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 155 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.3

SOUTHARK CAREER CENTER
3696 E. MAIN ROAD
870-864-7110
A Vocational School

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