Higginsville water tower
Location of Higginsville, Missouri
|• Total||3.83 sq mi (9.92 km2)|
|• Land||3.80 sq mi (9.84 km2)|
|• Water||0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)|
|Elevation||817 ft (249 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||4,748|
|• Density||1,262.4/sq mi (487.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0719513|
Higginsville is located at (39.068829, -93.722126).
Confederate Memorial Cemetery
Higginsville was formerly the site of the Missouri Confederate Soldiers' Home. After the last of the Confederate veterans passed away, the lands were converted into a Confederate Memorial Cemetery. This 135 acre site is preserved in memory of the 40,000 Missourians who fought under the Confederate flag. Captain William Clarke Quantrill is one of those interred here. 
As of the census of 2010, there were 4,797 people, 1,961 households, and 1,208 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,262.4 inhabitants per square mile (487.4/km2). There were 2,234 housing units at an average density of 587.9 per square mile (227.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.4% White, 5.3% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.8% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.
There were 1,961 households of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.7% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.4% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.93.
The median age in the city was 39.5 years. 23.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.4% were from 25 to 44; 24.6% were from 45 to 64; and 18.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,682 people, 1,778 households, and 1,175 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,270.6 people per square mile (491.2/km²). There were 1,946 housing units at an average density of 528.1 per square mile (204.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.56% White, 5.28% African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.53% Asian, 0.68% from other races, and 1.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.50% of the population.
There were 1,778 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the city the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 20.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 83.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,497, and the median income for a family was $40,511. Males had a median income of $31,291 versus $21,596 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,982. About 7.1% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.5% of those under age 18 and 9.7% of those age 65 or over.
Ancestries were German 34.8%, Irish 10.7%, English 10.1%, United States 9.2%, French 3.1%, Scotch 2.3%, the census reported.
- "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.
- Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 183.
- City website
- Historic maps of Higginsville in the Sanborn Maps of Missouri Collection at the University of MissouriDigital Library