Location of Eldon, Missouri
|• Total||3.56 sq mi (9.22 km2)|
|• Land||3.56 sq mi (9.22 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||925 ft (282 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||4,582|
|• Density||1,282.9/sq mi (495.3/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0729476|
It has one newspaper, The Advertiser, a paid circulation publication, is the oldest newspaper in Eldon, started in 1894. The founder of Eldon, George Weeks, was the first person to have a subscription to The Advertiser. The Advertiser has an in-town and rural subscription base and a county-wide circulation, with more of a focus on Eldon news and school events. The Advertiser also reports news of the surrounding communities.
As of the census of 2010, there were 4,567 people, 1,984 households, and 1,158 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,282.9 inhabitants per square mile (495.3 /km2). There were 2,242 housing units at an average density of 629.8 per square mile (243.2 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.9% White, 0.5% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.
There were 1,984 households of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.4% were married couples living together, 14.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.6% were non-families. 36.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.94.
The median age in the city was 38.7 years. 24.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.4% were from 25 to 44; 24.1% were from 45 to 64; and 19.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.0% male and 53.0% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,895 people, 2,194 households, and 1,270 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,450.2 people per square mile (559.2/km²). There were 2,396 housing units at an average density of 709.8 per square mile (273.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.14% White, 0.33% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.16% of the population.
There are 2,194 households out of which 26.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.8% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.1% were non-families. 38.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.88.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 22.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 83.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $27,103, and the median income for a family was $34,621. Males had a median income of $27,818 versus $17,690 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,015. 15.8% of the population and 12.0% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 22.5% of those under the age of 18 and 16.4% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.
- Christian Cantwell, 2008 Olympic shot-put silver medalist
- David Allan Coe, country music singer
- William Mueller, professional wrestler known under the names, "Trevor Murdoch" and "Jethro Holiday"
- Harley Race, professional wrestler
- Heidi Strobel, Survivor: The Amazon contestant
Popular culture mentions
- The television show Petticoat Junction was based on the Burris Hotel that existed in this small railroad town in the midwest. Paul Henning the producer and creator of the show, was married to the granddaughter of the owner of the hotel and often visited.
- "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
- "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- David Stein (1998). "Petticoat Junction Black & White Episodes". Official Petticoat Junction Web Site. Retrieved 2009-10-16.