Why Camden?

The City of Camden is located on the banks of the Ouachita River.  It is the county seat of Ouachita County in the south-central part of the U.S. state of Arkansas. The city is located about 100 miles south of Little Rock.  

The recorded history began in 1782 when a Spanish military post was established on the site of an old French trading post called Écore à Fabri. When Ouachita County was formed in 1842, American settlers changed the name to Camden. The city became an important port during the steamboat era when Camden became known as the “Queen City” of the Ouachita. In 1864, Camden became the unintended focus of the Red River Campaign, a major Civil War effort resulting in several significant battles. Camden is now known as the producer of M142 HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket System) produced by Lockheed Martin. 


Why Live in the City of Camden?

As a premier Department of Defense hub in the United States, the City of Camden has a constant influx of young professionals and growing families. Of course, there's the City's excellent location and beautiful scenery on the Ouachita River, but residents have discovered several other advantages to living in the City of Camden:

Local means LOCAL

The Mayor, City personnel, and members of Camden City Council are your neighbors. They live in your neighborhoods and want the same quality of life as you and your family. They are easily accessible to address questions, comments, and concerns.

Fun for the Whole Family

Youth and adult sports programs, downtown festivals, concerts, holiday gatherings, children's theatre, art classes, recreational parks and facilities, and summer camps are just a few recreational opportunities available to Camden citizens. We offer activities all year round!

Solid Waste Removal

Trash pickup and leaf and limb removal are available to all City residents. Special pickups are available by request.

Improved Fire Protection & Prevention Services

A highly trained department offers faster response times than our neighbors in the county. The department received an improved insurance rating of Class 1 in 2021, which translates into lower insurance rates.

Quality Land Use Planning & Zoning

Growth is fantastic if you are prepared for it. Always keeping an eye on the future, the City of Camden addresses future growth plans thanks to its planning and zoning professionals.

Customer Focused Government Services

Customers come first - and all residents are customers. The City's departments are committed to meeting the needs of residents with enthusiasm and a smile. It's one of those intangibles that makes Camden such a special place.