Warrensburg, Missouri

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Warrensburg, Missouri
Location of Warrensburg, Missouri
Location of Warrensburg, Missouri
Coordinates: 38°45′47″N 93°44′6″W / 38.76306°N 93.73500°W / 38.76306; -93.73500Coordinates: 38°45′47″N 93°44′6″W / 38.76306°N 93.73500°W / 38.76306; -93.73500
Country United States
State Missouri
County Johnson
 • Total 8.92 sq mi (23.10 km2)
 • Land 8.85 sq mi (22.92 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.18 km2)
Elevation 863 ft (263 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 18,838
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 19,687
 • Density 2,128.6/sq mi (821.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 64093
Area code(s) 660
FIPS code 29-77092[4]
GNIS feature ID 0728362[5]
Website www.warrensburg-mo.com

Warrensburg is a city in Johnson County, Missouri, United States. The population was 18,838 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Johnson County.[6] The Warrensburg Micropolitan Statistical Area consists of Johnson County. It is home to the University of Central Missouri.


Warrensburg was founded in 1835 by settlers John and Martin D. Warren.[7] One of the elementary schools (Martin Warren Elementary) is named after the town's founder. Warrensburg is close to the site of a horrific Missouri Pacific train wreck that occurred in 1904. An eastbound passenger train collided head-on with a westbound freight, killing 30 people. The passenger train was packed with people en route to St. Louis for the 1904 World's Fair.

The phrase "Man's best friend" is based on a famous trial over the killing of Old Drum, a dog commemorated by a statue in front of the Warrensburg Courthouse.


Warrensburg is located at 38°45′47″N 93°44′06″W / 38.763101°N 93.734956°W / 38.763101; -93.734956.[8] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.92 square miles (23.10 km2), of which, 8.85 square miles (22.92 km2) is land and 0.07 square miles (0.18 km2) is water.[1]


The current mayor is Donna DeFrain.[9]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 18,838 people, 6,803 households, and 3,400 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,128.6 inhabitants per square mile (821.9/km2). There were 7,450 housing units at an average density of 841.8 per square mile (325.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.3% White, 7.5% African American, 0.5% Native American, 2.8% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.7% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.1% of the population.

There were 6,803 households of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.1% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 50.0% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the city was 23.7 years. 17.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 36.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.8% were from 25 to 44; 15% were from 45 to 64; and 9.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.5% male and 50.5% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 16,340 people, 5,951 households, and 3,035 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,938.5 people per square mile (748.4/km²). There were 6,380 housing units at an average density of 756.9 per square mile (292.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90% White, 6.46% African American, 0.64% Native American, 2.79% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 0.78% from other races, and 2.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.44% of the population.

There were 5,951 households out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.5% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 49.0% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city the population was spread out with 18.0% under the age of 18, 36.5% from 18 to 24, 22.8% from 25 to 44, 12.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 23 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,332, and the median income for a family was $45,845. Males had a median income of $30,354 versus $22,154 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,714. About 13.6% of families and 24.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.1% of those under age 18 and 11.4% of those age 65 or over.


The schools in Warrensburg include the following:

Elementary Schools:

Maple Grove Elementary (Pre K - Grade 2)

Ridge View Elementary (Pre K - Grade 2)

Martin Warren Elementary (3-5)

Sterling Elementary (3-5)

Pre-Secondary and Secondary Schools:

Warrensburg Middle School (WMS) (6-8)

Warrensburg High School (WHS) (9-12)

Alternative School:

Reese Education Center

Gateway Alternative School

Career Center:

Warrensburg Area Career Center

Post-Secondary School:

The University of Central Missouri


Major roads[edit]






  • KMOS-TV (PBS), signal out of Syracuse, MO, but ran by the UCM in Warrensburg.


  • KWKJ-FM, 98.5FM Operated in Windsor, but headquartered in Warrensburg with a Country format
  • KOKO (AM), 1450 AM Oldies radio along with 98.5 make up WarrensburgRadio.com
  • KTBG-FM, University sponsored publicly funded radio station with NPR programming.

Notable residents[edit]

Statue of Old Drum at the Johnson County Courthouse
  • John William 'Blind' Boone (1864–1927), African-American concert pianist, composer and principal for the Blind Boone Concert Company, Boone is considered a pioneer of modern music. The BBCC played over 8000 concerts in the U.S., Canada & Mexico. He spent his youth in Warrensburg where a park and festival was subsequently named for him.
  • Dale Carnegie (November 24, 1888 – November 1, 1955), author of How to Win Friends and Influence People, and the developer of numerous highly influential courses in self-improvement, corporate communication, and related fields, studied communication at the Missouri State Teacher's College, now University of Central Missouri.
  • Errett Lobban Cord, U.S. automobile manufacturer & advocate of front-wheel-drive vehicles. He founded the Cord Corporation & established a holding company that produced the Cord Automobile (designed in 1935 by engineer Gordon Buehrig) along with the Auburn and Duesenberg Automobiles in Indiana. E.L. Cord was born and raised in Warrensburg. His father owned a general store in downtown Warrensburg and the building still stands bearing his name.
  • Ada and Minna Everleigh, proprietors of the Everleigh Club brothel in Chicago.
  • Mary Fallin, Governor of Oklahoma and former Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma
  • Grant Curtis, Producer of the Spider-Man movies grew up in Warrensburg and attended UCM
  • David Cook, Season 7 winner of American Idol. Grew up in Blue Springs, Missouri, and attended UCM, graduated in 2006
  • Douglas Eads Foster, Los Angeles, California, City Council member, 1927–29, born here
  • Dean Hughes (born 1943), taught English at Central Missouri State University, now University of Central Missouri, for several years; the setting of his best-selling series of children's books starring Nutty Nutsell is based on the lab school run by the university's education program in the 1980s.
  • Henry Warren Ogden (1842-1905), member of the United States House of Representatives from Louisiana's 4th congressional district from 1894 to 1899 and Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1884 to 1888; a native of Abingdon, Virginia, he was reared in Warrensburg, and eventually became a planter in Bossier Parish, Louisiana.
  • Sidney Toler (April 28, 1874 – February 12, 1947), actor, writer, and the second non-Asian to play the role of Charlie Chan in films, was born in Warrensburg.
  • Old Drum - The phrase "Man's Best Friend" originated in a speech given by George Vest in a trial that concerned this dog. The statue pictured above is frequently photographed by local college residents while sitting on the statue or dressing up the statue to match the current holiday or community event. The statue is dressed each winter in a scarf and top hat to celebrate winter and Old Drum Days.
  • Kimberly Wyatt former member of female pop group The Pussycat Dolls, currently a judge on the UK reality talent show dance competition Got To Dance.
  • Shawn Pelton (born June 1, 1963, in Warrensburg is a New York City-based studio and session drummer. Collaborated with Backstreet Boys, Sheryl Crow, Shawn Colvin, Bruce Springsteen, Celine Dion and Billy Joel. He also is the longtime drummer in the house band for the NBC TV network's sketch comedy and music program Saturday Night Live.
  • Curtis Niles Cooper is an American mathematician. He currently is a professor at the University of Central Missouri, in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. On January 25, 2013, Cooper found his third Mersenne prime, which is 257,885,161 − 1. It is also the largest known prime number as of January 2013.[3]

In Popular Media[edit]

Warrensburg was mentioned in the 1983 American Television movie The Day After.[10]

On July 24, 2013, Warrensburg made national news when President Obama visited Warrensburg addressing the economy.[11]


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  4. ^ a b "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. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 181. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ "City Council". City of Warrensburg. Retrieved 2013-12-23. 
  10. ^ Nicholas Meyer (director) (1983-11-20). The Day After (Motion Picture). ABC Circle Films. Retrieved 2009-02-17. 
  11. ^ Reese, Diana (25 July 2013). "Obama in Warrensburg: A pep rally for the middle class?". Washington Post. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 

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