Location in Columbia County and the state of Arkansas
|• Mayor||Homer Hopson|
|• Total||2.2 sq mi (5.7 km2)|
|• Land||2.2 sq mi (5.7 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||361 ft (110 m)|
|• Density||724.5/sq mi (279.6/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0058813|
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.
Waldo is located at .
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 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.
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.
- Mujahid Abdul-Karim, imam of Masjid AL Rasul mosque in Watts, Los Angeles and leader of The Imam Mahdi Movement.
- Algie D. Brown, member of Louisiana House of Representatives.
- Chris DeFrance, professional football player.
- Travis Jackson, baseball shortstop; inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Sytia Messer, college basketball coach.
- Julia Ann O'Daniel, in 1956 while a senior at Waldo High School, she won a $1000 college scholarship from Lion Oil for her essay "Why I Am Glad to be an American".
- Travis E. Watkins, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Korean War.
- Harold Wilson, in 1982 he grew the world's largest watermelon at 200.75 lb (91.06 kg). The old record was held by a resident of Hope, Arkansas.
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- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Reichler, Joseph L., ed. (1979) . The Baseball Encyclopedia (4th edition ed.). New York: Macmillan Publishing. ISBN 0-02-578970-8.
- "Arkansas Girl Wins $1000 Lion Oil Scholarship". DeWitt Era-Enterprise. Feb 9, 1956.
- "A Strange Story". The Beaver County Times. Aug 27, 1982.