The City of Ellington is located in the south central portion of Reynolds County, with city offices at Tubbs and Main Street. Nearby Clearwater Lake attracts local visitors as well as tourists from all over the State of Missouri. The Chamber of Commerce, a local development office, and the Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission oversee economic development for Ellington.
According to the 2010 census, Mayor Paul Wood and the four-member city council administer a municipality with a population of 987. Ellington has one full-time policemen and a volunteer Fire Department staff of 17.
In 2010, Reynolds County reported a per capita income of $20,082. The unemployment rate of Reynolds County in 2015 was 6.4 percent, with an available workforce of 1,302. Only 234 people in Reynolds County are unemployed, with 1,302 having gainful employment. The average hourly wage for the county, as of 2010, is $11.85 per hour. The county's major employers are Baker Enterprises, a lumber mill equipment manufacturer, with 1500 employees; Doe Run Mining Company, a hard rock mining company with approximately 700 employees; the Southern Reynolds County R-II School system with 86 employees; and Bunker R-III School District with 55 employees.
Black River Electric Cooperative in Ellington provides electric power for the city. The city provides both water and sewer services to its residents. Telephone service is provided by McCormack Ellington Telecom. Internet service is available to Ellington residents from local providers in Ellington and Poplar Bluff.
Residents of Ellington receive medical services from physicians whose offices are located in the city. There is a 29-bed hospital situated just outside the Ellington city limits.
Ellington children attend public school in their hometown. The nearest public community college, Three Rivers College, is located in Poplar Bluff with Fall 2017 enrollment of 3,226. Southeast Missouri State University, a public four-year college located in Cape Girardeau, MO, is the nearest higher learning facility. Current total enrollment for the college was 11,502 students.
Residents in Reynolds County travel Missouri Highways 106, 72, and 21. It is 30 miles to the nearest four-lane thoroughfare and 60 miles to the interstate interchange.
The Van Buren Airport, located 30 miles away, is the nearest public airport. It has a 2,600-foot paved and lighted runway. The nearest commercial airport is Rolla/Vichy National Airport in Rolla, MO, a distance of 90 miles.
Residents in Ellington have a choice of two financial institutions, Great Southern Bank and People's Community State Bank.
Ellington citizens get their local news from the weekly newspaper. There are nine Protestant churches to serve the community's spiritual needs. Ellington also has a motel, a shopping center, a public library, one public park, and a tennis court.
The nearest public access lake is Clearwater Lake. Activities on or around the lake include camping, fishing, hiking/fitness/nature trails, boating, swimming, and water skiing. Johnson Shut-Ins is also an area attraction.
Average temperatures for Ellington range from 2 degrees Fahrenheit in January to 86 degrees Fahrenheit in July. The average annual precipitation is 33 inches.
The city is represented by State Representative Steve Cookson (R) in the 153rd District and 3rd District State Senator Doug Libla (R). U.S. Representative Jason Smith (R) represents Ellington in the Eighth Congressional District.