Location of Gladstone, Missouri
|• Total||8.06 sq mi (20.88 km2)|
|• Land||8.05 sq mi (20.85 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)|
|Elevation||938 ft (286 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||25,931|
|• Density||3,156.5/sq mi (1,218.7/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0730104|
Gladstone is a city in Clay County, Missouri, founded in 1952 and is a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri. Like nearby North Kansas City, the city of Gladstone is now completely surrounded by Kansas City. Prior to 1952 this area was known as Linden. The population was 25,410 at the 2010 census. The city's informal nickname is Happy Rock, and there is a Happy Rock Park near the northeastern city limits on Old Antioch Road. The city is served by the Mid-Continent Public Library system and the North Kansas City School District. The city is in Tornado alley receiving several tornado hits per year, most notable was May 2, 2008 when at least one tornado hit in the early morning hours.
Gladstone is located at  According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.06 square miles (20.88 km2), of which, 8.05 square miles (20.85 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water. The city is connected to nearby North Kansas City and Kansas City proper by Routes 1 and 283 as well as nearby U.S. Route 169, which sits less than a mile from the city's western border. I-29 runs near the city's southernmost tip shortly after its initial break from I-35. A handful of small subdivisions maintain independent municipalities along North Oak Trafficway, a road host to much of the area's shopping. The city is rectangular in shape, with the city limits generally extending from NE Englewood Road or NE 55th to NE 78th south to north, and N. Jackson Ave. to N. Broadway east to west. The city boundaries include a panhandle that goes south to NW 44th St. and from NW Briarcliff Ln. to Gladstone Waterworks Rd. from east to west. The panhandle was de-annexed by Kansas City and annexed by Gladstone in 2005 to bring the Gladstone Water Plant property within the Gladstone city limits.(39.211752, -94.561687).
As of the census of 2010, there were 25,410 people, 11,182 households, and 6,859 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,156.5 inhabitants per square mile (1,218.7 /km2). There were 12,148 housing units at an average density of 1,509.1 per square mile (582.7 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.8% White, 5.2% African American, 0.6% Native American, 1.7% Asian, 0.6% Pacific Islander, 2.6% from other races, and 3.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.3% of the population.
There were 11,182 households of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.5% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.7% were non-families. 32.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.2% 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 2.86.
The median age in the city was 41.7 years. 21.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.5% were from 25 to 44; 28.7% were from 45 to 64; and 17.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.9% male and 52.1% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 26,365 people, 11,484 households, and 7,384 families residing in the city. The population density was 3,297.2 people per square mile (1,272.4/km²). There were 11,919 housing units at an average density of 1,490.6 per square mile (575.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.25% White, 2.05% African American, 0.52% Native American, 1.26% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 1.14% from other races, and 1.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.56% of the population.
There were 11,484 households out of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.1% 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 2.82.
In the city the population was spread out with 21.0% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 26.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $46,333, and the median income for a family was $55,128. Males had a median income of $40,114 versus $27,429 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,105. About 3.1% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.6% of those under age 18 and 4.1% of those age 65 or over.
- Melana Scantlin, Miss Missouri USA 2002 and Average Joe star
- Jerry Nolte, artist and representative to the Missouri state legislature
- James Hopkins, General Electric National Manager
- Jason Johnson, former Indianapolis Colts player
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