Ellsinore, a town of 446 persons according to the 2010 census, is nestled in the hills of Carter County. Its administrative offices are located at 11 West Cleveland in Ellsinore. Average temperatures range from 19 degrees Fahrenheit in January to 91 degrees Fahrenheit in July. The average precipitation is 46 inches per year. The Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission assists Ellsinore with its economic development activities.
Mayor Wayne Ogden and the four-member board of aldermen serve the city as its governing body. Ellsinore has 10 volunteer firemen. The per capita income in 2010 for Carter County was $15,881.
In 2015, the unemployment rate of Carter County was 9.3 percent, with an available workforce of 2,509. Only 234 people in Carter County were unemployed, with 2,275 having gainful employment. The average hourly wage for the county is $9.52. The county's major employers include East Carter County R-2 School District, with 130 employees; Van Buren R-2 School District, with 95 employees; Royal Oak Enterprises, a manufacturer of wood products, with 67 workers; The Landing, a popular vacation resort with canoe/tube rental and restaurant, employing 50 workers; Riverways Manor, a nursing home facility, with 40 employees; and McLane Forest Products, a lumber wholesaler, with 17 employees.
Ozark Border Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Poplar Bluff, provides electric power for the City of Ellsinore. The city also offers public water and sewer services for its residents. The water plant has a storage capacity of 100,000 gallons. Ellsinore's telephone service is provided by Century Tel. Residents and businesses obtain internet service from a local internet service headquartered in nearby Poplar Bluff.
Residents of Ellsinore travel on U.S. Highway 60 and state highways V and A. It is 3 miles to the nearest four-lane thoroughfare and the nearest airport is in Poplar Bluff.
The nearest healthcare facilities are in Poplar Bluff at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, Kneibert Clinic, and John J. Pershing VA Center. They are about 25 miles from Ellsinore.
Children attend the local public elementary, middle, or high schools. The nearest public community college, Three Rivers College, is located in Poplar Bluff and boasts an an annual enrollment of 4,500. Southeast Missouri State University, a public four-year college located in Cape Girardeau, MO, is the nearest higher learning facility. Fall, 2011, enrollment for the university was 11,100 students.
The Bank of Grandin, with combined assets of 157,108,000, serves the residents in and around Ellsinore. There are seven Protestant churches, a public library, and one public park in the city. Camping, fishing, and hiking/fitness/nature trails are enjoyed in the surrounding Mark Twin National Forest, Big Springs State Park and on nearby Pinewoods Lake and Current River.
The city is represented by 153rd District State Representative Darrell Atchison (R) and 25th District State Senator Jason Bean (R). U.S. Representative Jason Smith (R) represents Ellsinore in the Eighth Congressional District.