|— City —|
|• Total||2.14 sq mi (5.54 km2)|
|• Land||2.10 sq mi (5.44 km2)|
|• Water||0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)|
|Elevation||948 ft (289 m)|
|• Estimate (2011)||1,810|
|• Density||866.2/sq mi (334.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0729969|
Stockton is located at .(37.696552, -93.795200)
The town and lake are located in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in Southern Missouri. No different than most rural Southern Missourians, the citizens of the community and surrounding areas portray a dominantly conservative southern/country lifestyle that culturally seems to have more in common with Missouri's border states: Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky and Tennessee, than it does with the rest of its own state (central and northern Missouri).
Every fall thousands of people flock into town to attend the famous Black Walnut Festival in late September.
On May 4, 2003, a large, destructive tornado severely damaged the city of Stockton. After decimating the historic business district and damaging or destroying over 250 homes the tornado proceeded east through the countryside. The storm also caused the deaths of three Stockton residents and injuries of numerous others. The Stockton tornado began in Vernon County, near Nevada, Missouri and moved eastward through Cedar and Polk counties before dissipating east of the Dallas County line. Since then, the city has been working with residents and both federal and state authorities to develop a plan to rebuild the downtown business district and improve upon other public facilities such as a new park and community center. Pierce City, Missouri was also severely damaged by a similar storm in which five residents lost their lives. The city has a similar plan for recovery.
2010 census 
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,819 people, 774 households, and 470 families residing in the city. The population density was 866.2 inhabitants per square mile (334.4 /km2). There were 949 housing units at an average density of 451.9 per square mile (174.5 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.0% White, 0.1% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.
There were 774 households out of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.9% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.3% were non-families. 35.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 22% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.92.
The median age in the city was 43.7 years. 24.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20% were from 25 to 44; 22.9% were from 45 to 64; and 25.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.4% male and 53.6% female.
2000 census 
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,960 people, 814 households, and 473 families residing in the city. The population density was 921.7 people per square mile (355.3/km²). There were 968 housing units at an average density of 455.2 per square mile (175.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.66% White, 0.41% African American, 0.51% Native American, 1.12% Asian, 0.51% from other races, and 1.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.94% of the population.
There were 814 households out of which 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.8% were non-families. 38.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.85.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 20.7% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 26.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $25,353, and the median income for a family was $34,427. Males had a median income of $22,574 versus $19,688 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,540. About 7.0% of families and 14.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.0% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.
Notable natives 
- Emil Liston (1890–1949), basketball coach and administrator, member of the Basketball Hall of Fame
- Oran Thornton Singer/Musician/Producer
- Rep. Ronnie Miller (1996-2004 Two terms in office) a Republican, represented Cedar and Dade counties and part of Lawrence and Greene counties (District 133) in the Missouri House of Representatives.
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- "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.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- Suhr, Jim. "Tornado Destroys Downtown of Stockton." AP Online. High Beam Research. May 6, 2003 http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P1-73721959.html