Blue Eye

Community Profile: Blue Eye, MO
By Cole Currier
When you arrive in Blue Eye, it’s time to s-l-o-w  d-o-w-n and enjoy the best of Table Rock Lake! I lived in the area for years before I even knew where Blue Eye was, but upon my first visit here, I fell in love. The drive through the hills to Blue Eye is a peaceful one accented by lake views, hills, and the occasional pasture. Some of the most remarkable homes on Table Rock are found in this sleepy little town located on the south side of the lake, just near the Arkansas border.

Living in Blue Eye
If you’re in Blue Eye, it’s all about being on the lake or enjoying the peace and quiet of the Ozark hill country. There is not much here in the way of commerce, so plan to get everything you need from the store in one trip. The area corner store keeps a supply of some essentials if you need bread or milk, but that’s about it. However, I find that folks who love Blue Eye aren’t there for nightlife or shopping, they are here for the laid-back quiet of the Ozarks. Now, don’t worry – when you’re ready to catch a movie, take in a show, or eat at a great restaurant, you are not far at all from Branson, Kimberling City, or Berryville, Arkansas – each are within a 30 minute drive.

Schools
Blue Eye is home of the Bulldogs of Blue Eye Schools. It’s a small, rural school. You can learn more about their school ratings here.

In addition, there are excellent post-secondary education opportunities in the area. College of the Ozarks (30 minutes away in Hollister) is a unique institution which is nationally recognized for their unique model where students do not pay tuition. Ozarks Technical Community College (30 minutes away in Hollister) also offers programs at their Branson/Hollister campus. In addition, Missouri State University, my alma mater, is located just over an hour away in Springfield.

Population/Demographics
Following is a complete demographic profile (source: Wikipedia):

As of the census of 2000, there were 129 people, 49 households, and 38 families residing in the town. The population density was 240.5 people per square mile (92.2/km²). There were 57 housing units at an average density of 106.3 per square mile (40.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.22% White, and 0.78% Native American.

There were 49 households out of which 36.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.3% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.4% were non-families. 18.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 5.4% from 18 to 24, 31.0% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 67.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,313, and the median income for a family was $36,875. Males had a median income of $23,438 versus $16,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,183. There were 15.6% of families and 23.9% of the population living below the poverty line, including 50.0% of under eighteens and none of those over 64.

Shopping/Convenience
There’s a corner store in Blue Eye, but that’s about all! For groceries, pharmacy, and major retail stores, a drive to Berryville, AR, Kimberling City, or Branson is within 30 minutes for just about anything you could need.

My Favorite Blue Eye Hot Spot:
The hot spot in Blue Eye is your back deck overlooking the water! I have friends with a home in Blue Eye, and we love boating to their dock and walking up to the house to join them for steaks on the patio, followed by a moonlight cruise… It’s what lake living is all about!

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