You are actually both wrong. Its really easy to look up. Did both of you just pull those numbers out of the air? I don't know why some of you insist on making up "facts" just to get a point across on Topix.<quoted text>
Wrong. El Dorado us about 50% white,,35% African, and 15% Hispanic. El Dorado is nothing pike Pine Bluff; not even close. We already have black leaders in our government. It's called gerrymandering. But El Dorado won't beuch different at all in 10 years. Just a higher population.
Here is a direct link to the real numbers from CensusViewer.com , which allows people to browse through the exact demographics data collected in the 2010 survey:
El Dorado is 49.87% black, 45.13% white, and 4.28% hispanic. Those numbers are all pretty far off from what both of you made up in your arguments. However, whoever said blacks were the majority in town is correct.
Pine Bluff, on the other hand, is 75.55% black, 21.80% white, and 1.45% hispanic.
Hot Springs is 16.84% black, 75.40% white, and 7.48% hispanic.
And just to throw out a few comparisons...
Fayetteville is 5.95% black, 83.80% white, and 6.42% hispanic.
Conway is 15.58% black, 77.43% white, and 5.09% hispanic.
Jonesboro is 18.41% black, 74.71% white, and 5.21% hispanic.
Bentonville is 2.48% black, 81.36% white....
Heber Springs is .38% black, 95.35% white
These kinds of numbers are why everyone raves about how nice it is in Mid to N. Arkansas. It is only natural considering the town isn't overrun by minorities, which we all know cause problems with several aspects of life, especially crime and education. Overall quality of life tends to be better in towns with an overwhelming white majority.
Personally, I thank my lucky stars I don't live in Pine Bluff, which has an extremely high number of murders per capita and the 9th highest rate in the entire nation for robbery.
However, in the 2000 census, El Dorado had 44.18% blacks and 53.66% whites. As of 2010, as I stated previously, it is 49.87% black, 45.13% white. If our town continues on that path we will see another increase in the black to white ratio. Which is not good. Not at all. We are NO Pine Bluff, but we are also nothing like the towns in the Mid to North part of the state.
I like living here just fine, but I am also aware of the fact that El Dorado has some serious problems, and in all reality those problems are caused not only by the high percentage of blacks, but the fact that there are more blacks than whites. It is an unfortunate truth that my husband and I have debated about for the past few years now. We are still debating over whether or not we should move for the sake of our children, who are 3 and 5 years old. We are constantly asking ourselves things about the level of education here and the high rates of violence and drugs (especially the drugs). We also have issues about shopping for our daughter (who has to eat a gluten free diet), and shopping for our whole family because we want to eat as organic as possible, something that is hard to do here. Not everything can be ordered off the internet and get here fresh. Also, we know other places,(which have a much higher population, mind you) will naturally have more family-fun things to do, like museums, water-parks, ice-skating, etc.
We know that for a town our size El Dorado really does have a lot to offer, but we are also very realistic about what it doesn't, as well as the problems that come with living in a town with a high minority population.