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Statistics & Facts

The Arkansas state capital is Little Rock.
The population of Camden is approximately 11,965 (2006), 12183 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 6,259 (2000), 5151 (2010).
The amount of land area in Camden is 40.003 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Camden is 16.5 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.161 sq kilometers.
The distance from Camden to Washington DC is 994 miles.
The distance to the Arkansas state capital is 84 miles. (as the crow flies)
Camden is positioned 33.56 degrees north of the equator and 92.84 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Camden elevation is 202 feet above sea level.
Camden per capita income is $ 14,599 (2000).
Camden median income is $ 28,900 (2005).
The Camden median home price is $ 52,600 (2005).


in south-central Arkansas about 71 miles from Pine Bluff and about 100 miles from Shreveport, Louisiana. Other nearby communities include East Camden, Louann, Chidester, Smackover, Bearden, stephens, Norphlet and Reader.
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History & History Related Items

The area was first settled in 1783 when a Frenchman named Fabre came and built on a bluff above the Ouachita River. He called his settlement Ecore Fabre which means Faber's Bluff. It was usually referred to as, simply, Bluff. The city of Camden was founded in 1824, but not incorporated until 1844. The name was changed at that time to Camden. It was named for Camden, Alabama which was the hometown of General Thomas Woodard, one of the early founders.

We have quite a few historical homes and buildings here in Camden. Quite a few of them are listed on the Historical Building Listing. On our town square, where the courthouse stands (build in early 1900ís) there is a statue to commemorate the Confederate Ladies who stayed home while our men fought during the Civil War. We also have a Confederate Cemetary, that is kept up to date, and has quite a few interesting headstones as well as quite a bit of the "unknown soldiers of the C.S.A.". A major battle (Poison Springs) of the southern battles of the Civil War was fought only a few miles from Camden. Our town just seems to be a town stood still and full of memories of a long- ago time. East Camden (across the Ouachita River) has one of the few remaining missile launching manufacturing businesses in the south. We also have one of the oldest remaining International Paper Mills here (a backbone of our businesses) which just celebrated itís 75th anniversary.
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The incorporation of Camden

28 December 1868

Camden City Government

City of Camden
206 Van Buren NE
Camden, AR 71711
Phone: 870-836-6436

Camden is governed by an elected Mayor and an eight person city council. The Mayor is elected to a four year term while the city council members have two year terms.

Camden Historical Events

1864, April A diary account of the Battle of Poison Springs written by William Maner Stafford.
Submitted by Adrian S. Balch, great-granddaughter of William Maner Stafford.

Camden Schools

Camden Fairview Public Schools
625 Clifton St.
Camden, AR 71701
Phone: 870-836-4193 Camden


The population of Camden was:
1990 - 14,380
2000 - 11,965
2006 - 11,965

The number of housing units was:
1990 - 6,390
2000 - 6,259

Median age:
2000 - 38.7 years

Median household income:
2000 - $ 27,814
2005 - $ 28,900

Median house value:
2000 - $ 47,800
2005 - $ 52,600

Camden is located in the central time zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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