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El Dorado Springs, Missouri
Location of El Dorado Springs, Missouri
Location of El Dorado Springs, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Cedar
 • Total 3.10 sq mi (8.02 km2)
 • Land 3.08 sq mi (7.98 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
850 ft (259 m)
 • Total 3,493
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,171.97/sq mi (452.48/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 417
FIPS code 29-21502
GNIS feature ID 0748498
El Dorado City Park 7145
A view of the bandstand in the El Dorado Springs City Park
El Dorado Springs Spring
The spring of El Dorado Springs, MO.

El Dorado Springs is the largest city in Cedar County, Missouri, United States. The population was 3,493 at the 2020 census. The name is commonly shortened to El Dorado or El Do.


El Dorado Springs is located at 37°52′15″N 94°1′16″W / 37.87083°N 94.02111°W / 37.87083; -94.02111 (37.870872, -94.021024).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.09 square miles (8.00 km2), of which, 3.08 square miles (7.98 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,543
1900 2,137 38.5%
1910 2,503 17.1%
1920 2,212 −11.6%
1930 1,917 −13.3%
1940 2,342 22.2%
1950 2,618 11.8%
1960 2,864 9.4%
1970 3,300 15.2%
1980 3,868 17.2%
1990 3,830 −1.0%
2000 3,775 −1.4%
2010 3,593 −4.8%
2019 (est.) 3,612 0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,593 people, 1,591 households, and 908 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,166.6 inhabitants per square mile (450.4/km2). There were 1,918 housing units at an average density of 622.7 per square mile (240.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.0% White, 0.8% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.

There were 1,591 households, of which 28.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.5% were married couples living together, 14.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.9% were non-families. 38.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.89.

The median age in the city was 41.1 years. 23.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.2% were from 25 to 44; 24.5% were from 45 to 64; and 21.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.2% male and 53.8% female.


El Dorado Springs was founded in 1881. near a natural spring by brothers Nathaniel and Waldo Cruce who attempted to capitalize on the namesake's spring water. A post office has been in operation at El Dorado Springs since 1881.

Arts and culture

An annual tradition is the Founder's Day Picnic which began early in the town's existence as an annual gathering for residents. It is a three-night event which has grown to be the largest attraction of the year and brings thousands of visitors to town. In recent years a carnival has provided rides and the City Council hires performers to give free concerts in the City Park. This upcoming picnic will be the city's 135th.

El Dorado Springs boasts Missouri's oldest municipal band performing in the United States at the longest continually used bandstand.


El Dorado Springs R-II School District operates one elementary school, one middle school and El Dorado Springs High School. The city also contains El Dorado Christian School, a private institution.

The town has a lending library, a branch of the Cedar County Library District.

Notable people

Kamber Cain – country music singer

Eugene McCown - jazz pianist and painter

Sydney Friar - Miss Missouri 2011

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