|East Camden, Arkansas|
|— Town —|
Location in Ouachita County and the state of Arkansas
|- Total||0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)|
|- Land||0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)|
|- Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||125 ft (38 m)|
|- Density||1,503.3/sq mi (601.3/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|- Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0057693|
East Camden is a town in Ouachita County, Arkansas, United States. The population was 902 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Camden Micropolitan Statistical Area. East Camden was originally called Billkitts Rental Housing and began as a planned community created to support the nearby Shumaker Naval Ammunition Depot.
As he did for the rest of the facility, the depot's Chief Maintenance Engineer, A.T. Smith, designed the general layout of the town and named its streets. U.S. Senator John Little McClellan later arranged for Smith, who boasted the most intimate knowledge of the depot, to travel to Washington D.C. and negotiate "over White House tea" with Lyndon B. Johnson to transfer ownership of the sprawling NAD complex to Johnson's Brown and Root.
Brown and Root's Highland Resources would later transform the depot into an industrial park catering primarily to defense contractors who could be enticed by the local eight-mile (13 km) long rocket range, the vast array of underground storage bunkers, highly specialized building infrastructure, low cost of labor and excellent railroad system. As part of the transfer agreement, the Brown Foundation also donated 70 acres (280,000 m2) of land and six buildings to establish a two year technical college now known as Southern Arkansas University Tech.
East Camden's economy remains heavily dependent on the nearby ordinance factories where, among other items, the MLRS weapon system is manufactured. Lockheed-Martin, Loral Vaught Systems, Atlantic Research Corporation, Aerojet, BEI Defense Systems Company, Tracor Aerospace, Hughes Missile Systems, National Testing Service, Olin Industries, Camden Ordnance, Hitech Incorporated, and Austin Powder are among the list of Defense Department contractors occupying East Camden's Highland Industrial Park.
East Camden is located at .(33.607429, -92.741740)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.5 km² (0.6 mi²), all land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 902 people, 365 households, and 251 families residing in the town. The population density was 621.9/km² (1,607.0/mi²). There were 401 housing units at an average density of 276.5/km² (714.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 70.18% White, 26.83% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 1.11% from other races, and 1.66% from two or more races. 3.33% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 365 households out of which 42.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.1% were married couples living together, 16.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.2% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.7% 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 3.00.
In the town the population was spread out with 30.6% under the age of 18, 13.4% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 17.1% from 45 to 64, and 6.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 96.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.4 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $30,804, and the median income for a family was $40,568. Males had a median income of $27,500 versus $20,114 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,272. About 9.2% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.4% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.
The current mayor of East Camden is Richard Massey. He was first elected in 2002.