Kennett, Missouri

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Kennett, Missouri
City
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Location of Kennett, Missouri
Location of Kennett, Missouri
Coordinates: 36°14′17″N 90°3′6″W / 36.23806°N 90.05167°W / 36.23806; -90.05167Coordinates: 36°14′17″N 90°3′6″W / 36.23806°N 90.05167°W / 36.23806; -90.05167
Country United States
State Missouri
County Dunklin
Government
 • Mayor Jake Crafton
Area[1]
 • Total 6.96 sq mi (18.03 km2)
 • Land 6.96 sq mi (18.03 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 269 ft (82 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 10,932
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 10,902
 • Density 1,570.7/sq mi (606.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 63857
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-38306[4]
GNIS feature ID 0731596[5]
Website kennettmo.org

Kennett is a city in Dunklin County, Missouri, United States. Kennett is the county seat of Dunklin County.[6] The city is located in the southeast corner (or "Bootheel") of Missouri, 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Arkansas and 20 miles (32 km) from the Mississippi River. It has a population of 10,932 according to the 2010 Census.[7]

History[edit]

White settlers built log cabins in the area in the first half of the 19th century, naming their settlement Chilletecaux in honor of a Delaware Indian chief who lived there. The town was renamed Butler in the late 1840s, but the city encountered mail delivery problems due to the existence of another Missouri town named Butler and a Missouri county named Butler. It was finally named Kennett, in honor of the mayor of St. Louis, Luther M. Kennett.[8] The town began to take on its present form in the 1890s with the coming of a railroad to the area and the start of a massive state-funded drainage program in the St. Francis River basin.[9]

Geography and climate[edit]

Kennett is located at 36°14′17″N 90°3′6″W / 36.23806°N 90.05167°W / 36.23806; -90.05167 (36.237974, −90.051727).[10] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.96 square miles (18.03 km2), all of it land.[1]

As with the southern extremity of Missouri, Kennett has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with cool winters and hot, humid summers, ample precipitation through much of the year, and is part of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7.[11] The monthly daily average temperature ranges from 35.3 °F (1.8 °C) in January to 80.7 °F (27.1 °C) in July. On average, there are 4.9 days annually with 100 °F (38 °C)+ highs, 63 days of 90 °F (32 °C)+ highs, 9.4 days where the temperature does not rise above freezing, and 4.8 days with 10 °F (−12 °C) or lower minima.

Climate data for Kennett, Missouri
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 44.9
(7.2)
50.2
(10.1)
60.4
(15.8)
71.3
(21.8)
80.1
(26.7)
88.9
(31.6)
91.6
(33.1)
91.5
(33.1)
84.5
(29.2)
73.6
(23.1)
59.9
(15.5)
47.5
(8.6)
70.4
(21.3)
Average low °F (°C) 25.8
(−3.4)
29.5
(−1.4)
37.9
(3.3)
47.9
(8.8)
57.8
(14.3)
66.5
(19.2)
69.8
(21)
67.7
(19.8)
59.1
(15.1)
47.1
(8.4)
38.3
(3.5)
28.9
(−1.7)
48.0
(8.9)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.67
(93.2)
4.04
(102.6)
4.54
(115.3)
4.87
(123.7)
5.49
(139.4)
3.53
(89.7)
3.57
(90.7)
2.32
(58.9)
3.32
(84.3)
4.49
(114)
4.40
(111.8)
4.90
(124.5)
49.14
(1,248.1)
Snowfall inches (cm) 3.1
(7.9)
2.7
(6.9)
.5
(1.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
trace .9
(2.3)
7.2
(18.3)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 7.5 8.3 9.1 9.2 9.7 7.4 7.0 5.4 6.5 7.4 8.4 8.6 94.5
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) .9 1.5 .1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .6 3.1
Source: NOAA[12]

Demographics[edit]

The Kennett Micropolitan Statistical Area consists of Dunklin County.

As of 2000 the median household income was $66,088, and the median family income was $54,167. Males had a median income of $29,958 versus $18,770 for females. The per capita income for the city was $44,397. Living below the poverty line were 26.1% of the population and 20.5% of families. Those living below the poverty line were 37.5% of those under the age of 18 and 24.0% of those 65 and older.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 10,932 people, 4,377 households, and 2,849 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,570.7 inhabitants per square mile (606.5 /km2). There were 4,863 housing units at an average density of 698.7 per square mile (269.8 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 80.1% White, 16.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.3% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.5% of the population.

There were 4,377 households of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 18.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.9% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.95.

The median age in the city was 38.4 years. 25.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.7% were from 25 to 44; 25.5% were from 45 to 64; and 16.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.1% male and 52.9% female.

Transportation[edit]

Kennett Memorial Airport is a city-owned, public-use airport located one nautical mile (1.85 km) southeast of the central business district of Kennett.[13]

Education[edit]

Kennett has six public schools. The pre-school is called Kennett Early Learning Center. The elementary schools are South Elementary School and H. Byron Masterson Elementary School. The other schools are Kennett Middle School, Kennett High School, and Kennett Career and Technical Center.[14] There is also a private school, Kennett Christian Academy. In 1979, under the leadership of Pastor J.D.Langford of the First United Pentecostal Church, the Kennett Christian Academy opened its doors with a student body of 60. Since then it has been providing Christian education for the area.

Kennett is home to two higher education branch institutions. Southeast Missouri State University at Kennett is a branch of the Cape Girardeau main campus and Three Rivers College (Missouri) is a branch of the Poplar Bluff main campus.

Kennett High School Athletics[edit]

  • Class 4-A
  • Two-Time MSHSAA Track Champions
  • 3-Time Class 3 District Baseball Champions
  • 1-Time Class 3 District Volleyball Champions

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  7. ^ "Kennett, Missouri: Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010, 2010 Demographic Profile Data". American Fact Finder. U.S. Census Burea. Retrieved 16 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 165. 
  9. ^ http://www.kennettmo.com/history.htm
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ "Station Name: MO KENNETT RADIO KBOA". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 24 June 2013. 
  13. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for TKX (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 11 February 2010.
  14. ^ http://www.kennett.k12.mo.us/schools.php

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