Location of Lawson, Missouri
|• Total||2.59 sq mi (6.71 km2)|
|• Land||2.53 sq mi (6.55 km2)|
|• Water||0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)|
|Elevation||1,066 ft (325 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||2,431|
|• Density||977.5/sq mi (377.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0720846|
Lawson is located at (39.437848, -94.207973).
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,473 people, 876 households, and 676 families residing in the city. The population density was 977.5 inhabitants per square mile (377.4/km2). There were 937 housing units at an average density of 370.4 per square mile (143.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.4% White, 0.1% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.
There were 876 households of which 45.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 22.8% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.21.
The median age in the city was 33.1 years. 31.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.3% were from 25 to 44; 23.2% were from 45 to 64; and 11.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,336 people, 818 households, and 624 families residing in the city. The population density was 838.3 people per square mile (323.3/km²). There were 852 housing units at an average density of 305.7 per square mile (117.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.65% White, 0.30% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.39% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.77% of the population.
There were 818 households out of which 45.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.7% were non-families. 21.8% 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 2.80 and the average family size was 3.29.
In the city the population was spread out with 32.7% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 17.6% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.6 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $41,875, and the median income for a family was $49,018. Males had a median income of $38,875 versus $22,273 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,438. About 6.8% of families and 7.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.1% of those under age 18 and 9.0% of those age 65 or over.
Lawson was founded in 1870. It was named for New York businessman L. M. Lawson.
Lawson is home to Ray County's oldest bank, Lawson Bank, founded in 1883. The bank recovered from a devastating fire in 1914 and still stands at 4th & Penn today. Other sites in Lawson include the historic Watkins Mill (now a Missouri state park and National Historic Landmark) and Ray County's longest continuously in-print newspaper, The Lawson Review. KC-10L, a Nike missile base, is located a mile east of Lawson (Nov 1959 - Feb 1964).
Community and government
Lawson is a fourth class city under Missouri statutes. Its governing body consists of the Mayor and a four member Board of Aldermen. Other decision making bodies include the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Board of Adjustment and the Parks Board. City Hall staff includes a City Administrator, City Clerk, staff, and a Municipal Court Clerk. There is a Director of Public Works and a small staff. The Chief of Police has four officers. The City Attorney, Municipal Court Judge and Prosecutor serve on a contract basis.
In addition to Watkins Mill, there is an 18 hole golf course, the Lawson City Lake north of the city limits, a baseball/softball complex and a small city park.
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- "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Lawson city, Missouri". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- Eaton, David Wolfe (1917). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 345.
- "Welcome to Lawson Bank". Lawson Bank. Retrieved 2007-05-18.
- Lawson Police Department
- Lawson Chamber of Commerce
- The Lawson Review
- Lawson R-XIV School District
- Historic maps of Lawson in the Sanborn Maps of Missouri Collection at the University of Missouri