Population: 18,500 Average real estate: $70,500

Why El Dorado, AR

You’ll find historic El Dorado in the Timberlands region of South Arkansas, nestled near the calm waters of the Ouachita River. This oil “boom-town” of the 1920s has evolved over the years into an area rich in southern charm, history and well-known festivals.

Surrounded by pine forests and farmlands, El Dorado is located 28 miles from Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge, the world’s largest green tree reservoir.

El Dorado has earned itself a reputation as an entertainment capital of South Arkansas hosting many well-known festivals included the award-winning MusicFest in the fall.


In 1921, oil was discovered a mile west of the city. In a matter of weeks, the town’s population of 4,000 exploded to over 20,000.

Education is a priority of the citizens of El Dorado. The El Dorado School District has set itself apart for its innovative programming and unsurpassed financial support, which includes the El Dorado Promise, a unique scholarship program for high school graduates.

Living in El Dorado means knowing your neighbor’s names and faces and being part of a community that is continually stepping up to create an even better place to live.

For more information on the area go to http://goeldorado.com