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Waldo, Arkansas
Waldo c.1910
Waldo c.1910
Location in Columbia County and the state of Arkansas
Location in Columbia County and the state of Arkansas
Country United States
State Arkansas
County Columbia
 • Total 2.3 sq mi (5.9 km2)
 • Land 2.3 sq mi (5.9 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 361 ft (110 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,372
 • Density 598/sq mi (230.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 71770
Area code(s) 870
FIPS code 05-72350
GNIS feature ID 0058813

Waldo is a town in Columbia County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 1,372 at the 2010 census.


Waldo celebrated its 120th year as a city in 2007. The small community was once a booming rail city on the Cotton Belt train route. The city has a rail museum with various displays showing its rail history.

The city began to wane in population in the 1950s when neighboring Magnolia began drawing industry.

Waldo was once home to the Waldo High School Bulldogs basketball teams. Consistently these teams made playoffs and on numerous occasions won the state championship. The legacy of Waldo School will carry on in the community despite its closing in 2005.

The Waldo Water Tower, completed in 1936 by the Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Co., is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Waldo is located in northwestern Columbia County at 33°21′07″N 93°17′40″W / 33.351944°N 93.294372°W / 33.351944; -93.294372. By U.S. Route 371 it is 7 miles (11 km) northwest of Magnolia, the county seat.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.3 square miles (5.9 km2), all land.

Waldo, located in South Arkansas near the northern Louisiana border, has a subtropical climate like that of the Bayou State and similar terrain. The area is characterized by lowlands and swamps. Most of the area in and about the city is covered with pine or hardwood forests.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 709
1900 929 31.0%
1910 597 −35.7%
1920 704 17.9%
1930 942 33.8%
1940 1,240 31.6%
1950 1,491 20.2%
1960 1,722 15.5%
1970 1,658 −3.7%
1980 1,685 1.6%
1990 1,495 −11.3%
2000 1,594 6.6%
2010 1,372 −13.9%
Est. 2015 1,301 −5.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,594 people, 645 households, and 425 families residing in the city. The population density was 720.4 people per square mile (278.5/km²). There were 749 housing units at an average density of 338.5/sq mi (130.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 39.77% White, 58.72% Black or African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.63% from other races, and 0.50% from two or more races. 1.57% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 645 households, of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.3% were married couples living together, 26.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.0% were non-families. 29.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the city, the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 11.5% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 81.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $20,353, and the median income for a family was $24,306. Males had a median income of $25,300 versus $17,212 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,170. About 30.6% of families and 34.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 49.2% of those under age 18 and 21.5% of those age 65 or over.

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