The City of Ellington is located in the south central portion of Reynolds County, with city offices at 100 Tubbs Avenue on the corner of 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 2020 census, Mayor Paul Wood and the four-member city council administer a municipality with a population of 790. Ellington has one full-time policemen and a volunteer Fire Department staff of 17.
In 2020, The City of Ellington reported a median household income of $29,545. The unemployment rate of Reynolds County in 2020 was 8.2 percent, with an available workforce of 3,532. The average hourly wage for the county, as of 2020, is $19.71 per hour. The county's major employers are Baker Enterprises, a lumber mill equipment manufacturer, with 150 employees; Doe Run Mining Company, a hard rock mining company, with approximately 700 employees; Lesterville School, Southern Reynolds County, and Bunker R-III schools.
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.
Ellington children attend public school in their hometown. The nearest public community college, Three Rivers College, is located in Poplar Bluff with approximate enrollment of 2,700. Southeast Missouri State University, a public four-year college located in Cape Girardeau, MO, is the nearest higher learning facility.
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 several financial institutions in the county, Residents do their banking at the People's Community State Bank with combined assets of $650 million, First Midwest Bank of the Ozarks with combined assets of $678 million, First Missouri State Bank with combined assets of $207 million, Ozark Federal Credit Union with combined assets of $97 million, Southern Bank with combined assets of $ 3.1 billion and Sterling Bank with combined assets of $1.3 billion.
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 26 degrees Fahrenheit in January to 91 degrees Fahrenheit in July. The average annual precipitation is 42 inches.
The city is represented by State Representative Chris Dinkins (R) in the 144th District and 27th District State Senator Holly Thompson Rehder (R). U.S. Representative Jason Smith (R) represents Ellington in the Eighth Congressional District.