Union Star, Missouri
|Union Star, Missouri|
Location of Union Star, Missouri
|• Total||0.26 sq mi (0.67 km2)|
|• Land||0.26 sq mi (0.67 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||958 ft (292 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||437|
|• Density||1,680.8/sq mi (649.0/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0729678|
Union Star is a city in DeKalb County, Missouri, United States, along the Third Fork of the Platte River. The population was 437 at the 2010 census. It is part of the St. Joseph, MO–KS Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Union Star is located at  in the Polk township of DeKalb County, Missouri on the border with Andrew County, Missouri. Union Star is 20 miles away from Saint Joseph, Missouri and Exit 50 on the Missouri portion of Interstate 29 on U.S. Highway 169.
As of the census of 2010, there were 437 people, 175 households, and 123 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,680.8 inhabitants per square mile (649.0 /km2). There were 203 housing units at an average density of 780.8 per square mile (301.5 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.2% White, 0.2% Asian, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.2% of the population.
There were 175 households of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.7% were non-families. 27.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.99.
The median age in the city was 37.6 years. 25.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.7% were from 25 to 44; 24.7% were from 45 to 64; and 16.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 52.6% male and 47.4% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 433 people, 183 households, and 107 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,672.0 people per square mile (643.0/km²). There were 199 housing units at an average density of 768.4 per square mile (295.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.38% White and 1.62% Native American.
There were 183 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.0% were non-families. 35.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.15.
In the town the population was spread out with 28.2% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $24,875, and the median income for a family was $33,523. Males had a median income of $26,719 versus $16,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,057. About 6.2% of families and 8.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.8% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.
Additional Town Information
Union Star is a typical small rural town. There is a K-12 school called Union Star R-2, and local businesses include a mechanic, gas station, bank, and post office.
It is also the only town in the United States that has the name of Union Star. However, there is a location in Breckinridge County, Kentucky that has the name of Union Star, but is not incorporated.
The world renowned chemist Brent Teaford also once called Union Star home.
World Famous Pitmaster Chad Buckles grew up in Union Star.
- "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.
- Town website
- Union Star R-2 School district
- Historic maps of Union Star in the Sanborn Maps of Missouri Collection at the University of Missouri