Blue Springs, Missouri

Coordinates: 39°1′4″N 94°16′28″W / 39.01778°N 94.27444°W / 39.01778; -94.27444
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Blue Springs, Missouri
Motto: 
City of Cooperation
Location of Blue Springs, Missouri
Location of Blue Springs, Missouri
Coordinates: 39°1′4″N 94°16′28″W / 39.01778°N 94.27444°W / 39.01778; -94.27444
CountryUnited States
StateMissouri
CountyJackson
Incorporated1880
Founded1845
Government
 • MayorCarson Ross (R)
 • City ClerkSheryl Morgan
 • City AdministratorOpen
 • City AttorneySarah Carnes
Area
 • Total22.54 sq mi (58.37 km2)
 • Land22.46 sq mi (58.17 km2)
 • Water0.08 sq mi (0.20 km2)
Elevation
974 ft (297 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total58,603
 • Density2,609.33/sq mi (1,007.45/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
64013-64015, 64029, 64064
Area code816
FIPS code29-06652[2]
GNIS feature ID0714434[3]
Interstates
Websitewww.bluespringsgov.com

Blue Springs is a city in Jackson County, in the U.S. state of Missouri. Blue Springs is located 19 miles (31 km) east of Kansas City. It is the 8th largest city in the Kansas City metropolitan area and 10th largest city in the state of Missouri. As of the 2020 census, the population was 58,604.

History[edit]

The city's history is tied to the migration of settlers seeking their fortunes out west during the age of manifest destiny. Pioneers found the area to be an ideal stopover due to the abundance of clean water from the local spring. The presence of water and a need for supplies led to the construction of a grist mill and a permanent settlement; now the site, on NW Woods Chapel Road, of Burrus Old Mill Park.

An early settler, Franklin Smith, arrived in Blue Springs from Virginia in 1838 and became a leading figure in the community's development. He established the first post office in 1845,[4] naming it after the well-known springs.

The settlement continued to grow near the springs until March 1878, when the Chicago and Alton Railroad announced plans to build a station about one mile east of the original settlement. To take advantage of the commerce the railroad would bring, the town moved its center to the site of the new station and continued its development as a rural trading center.[5] The Chicago & Alton Hotel built in 1878 is the oldest business in the city.

The Jackson County Court granted the incorporation of Blue Springs on September 7, 1880, making it the fourth settlement in the county to be incorporated.

Geography[edit]

Blue Springs is located at 39°1′4″N 94°16′28″W / 39.01778°N 94.27444°W / 39.01778; -94.27444 (39.017778, -94.274444).[6] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 22.35 square miles (57.89 km2), of which 22.27 square miles (57.68 km2) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.21 km2) is water.[7]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.Note
1880129
1890506292.2%
1900468−7.5%
191056119.9%
1920551−1.8%
193070628.1%
194078811.6%
19501,06835.5%
19602,555139.2%
19706,779165.3%
198025,936282.6%
199040,15354.8%
200048,08019.7%
201052,5759.3%
202058,60311.5%
2021 (est.)59,430[8]1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

2020 census[edit]

The 2020 United States census[10] counted 58,603 people, 20,344 households, and 15,319 families in Blue Springs. The population density was 2,609.2 per square mile (1,007.4/km2). There were 21,195 housing units at an average density of 943.7 per square mile (364.4/km2). The racial makeup was 78.48% (45,989) white, 7.79% (4,567) black or African-American, 0.54% (315) Native American, 1.5% (880) Asian, 0.2% (117) Pacific Islander, 2.02% (1,184) from other races, and 9.47% (5,551) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race was 6.5% (3,596) of the population.

Of the 20,344 households, 35.7% had children under the age of 18; 57.2% were married couples living together; 24.5% had a female householder with no husband present. Of all households, 20.3% consisted of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.7 and the average family size was 3.1.

26.7% of the population was under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35.8 years. For every 100 females, the population had 92.8 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and older, there were 88.2 males.

The 2016-2020 5-year American Community Survey[11] estimates show that the median household income was $72,846 (with a margin of error of +/- $3,765) and the median family income was $83,058 (+/- $4,396). Males had a median income of $50,007 (+/- $2,780) versus $34,538 (+/- $2,432) for females. The median income for those above 16 years old was $41,436 (+/- $1,423). Approximately, 4.2% of families and 4.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.7% of those under the age of 18 and 6.3% of those ages 65 or over.

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[12] of 2010, there were 52,575 people, 19,522 households, and 14,468 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,360.8 inhabitants per square mile (911.5/km2). There were 20,643 housing units at an average density of 926.9 per square mile (357.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.6% White, 6.2% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 1.3% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.0% of the population.

There were 19,522 households, of which 40.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.3% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.9% were non-families. 20.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.09.

The median age in the city was 34.7 years. 27.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.8% were from 25 to 44; 26.4% were from 45 to 64; and 9.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census of 2000,[2] there were 48,080 people, 17,286 households, and 13,362 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,642.7 inhabitants per square mile (1,020.4/km2). There were 17,733 housing units at an average density of 974.7 per square mile (376.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.18% White, 2.93% African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.97% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 0.83% from other races, and 1.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.76% of the population.

There were 17,286 households, out of which 42.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.1% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.7% were non-families. 18.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.77 and the average family size was 3.16. In the city the population was spread out, with 29.5% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 31.9% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 7.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.3 males. The median income for a household in the city was $55,402, and the median income for a family was $61,008. Males had a median income of $41,373 versus $29,688 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,444. About 3.9% of families and 4.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.0% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.

Economy[edit]

Top employers[edit]

According to the town's 2022 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[13] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Blue Springs School District 2147
2 Hy-Vee 592
3 St. Mary's Hospital of Blue Springs 532
4 Faurecia Interiors Systems Inc 500
5 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. 426
6 Fike Corporation 414
7 City of Blue Springs 312
8 Price Chopper 311
9 Target 300
10 St. Mary's Villages 206

Government[edit]

The City of Blue Springs has a Mayor-Council-Administrator form of government as set forth in the Home Rule City Charter. The City Council is the governing body of the city, elected by the public. The City Administrator is appointed by the City Council and is responsible for the implementation of policies and decisions made by the mayor and city council. The elected governing body is composed of a mayor and six councilpersons.

The City of Blue Springs has a Municipal Police Department. There are two Fire Districts providing fire and ambulance services to resident's Blue Springs.

  • Blue Springs Law Enforcement duties are performed by the Blue Springs Police Department. B.S.P.D. was formed by the City of Blue Springs in 1966 and started with just three employees. Today (BSPD) has grown to 138 employees, 101 sworn law enforcement personnel and 38 civilian support personnel. (BSPD) is located at 1100 SW Smith Street.
  • Fire and ambulance service for most of Blue Springs is performed by Central Jackson County Fire Protection District(CJCFPD). CJC was formed in 1961 and is an Accredited Fire Agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. It is 1 of only 4 agencies in the state of Missouri to be accredited.[14] CJCFPD has 5 fire stations that serve the community. CJCFPD Headquarters is located at 805 NE Jefferson St.
  • Fire and ambulance service for the very southern portion of Blue Springs, roughly south of Liggett Road, is served by Southern Jackson County Fire Protection District (SJCFPD) which has history from 1954. SJCFPD has 3 fire station to serve the community's of Blue Springs and Lake Lotawana.
  • The Blue Springs School District Department of Public Safety (BSSD DPS) has 14 commissioned officers and an administrative assistant which serves as the departments dispatcher, records keeper, and public face of the department to the customers. The commissioned officers service the schools as School Resource Officers (SRO), providing public safety classes to students and staff members, and conduct residency/truancy investigations. BSSD DPS is located at the Paul Consiglio Education Center at 1501 NW Jefferson Street in Blue Springs.

Mid-Continent Public Library operates two library branches in Blue Springs.

Transportation[edit]

Parks and recreation[edit]

Fleming Park is home to Blue Springs Lake and Lake Jacomo. The park is operated by Jackson County. Fleming Park offers many recreational features. Fleming Park's total land area is 7,809-acre (32 km2) of which 1,690-acre (7 km2) is water.

  • Centennial Pool Plex (Demolished; 2022)[15]
  • Vesper Hall
  • Blue Springs Field House
    • The Blue Springs Field House won the Kansas City Business Journal's, 2016 Capstone Award.[16] It was featured in the Athletic Business Journal as one of the nation’s most State of the Art Facilities.[17]

Points of interest[edit]

Media[edit]

Education[edit]

Blue Springs is served by three public schools districts and three private schools.

Climate[edit]

Blue Springs experiences a colder variation of a four-season humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with mild days and cold nights during the winter, and hot days and muggy nights during the summer.

Climate data for Blue Springs, MO
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 73
(23)
80
(27)
87
(31)
91
(33)
91
(33)
103
(39)
108
(42)
107
(42)
105
(41)
95
(35)
82
(28)
73
(23)
108
(42)
Mean daily maximum °F (°C) 41
(5)
46
(8)
53
(12)
63
(17)
74
(23)
82
(28)
87
(31)
86
(30)
78
(26)
68
(20)
51
(11)
44
(7)
64
(18)
Mean daily minimum °F (°C) 23
(−5)
26
(−3)
37
(3)
45
(7)
53
(12)
61
(16)
66
(19)
64
(18)
55
(13)
44
(7)
35
(2)
26
(−3)
45
(7)
Record low °F (°C) −19
(−28)
−15
(−26)
−5
(−21)
11
(−12)
28
(−2)
35
(2)
48
(9)
43
(6)
29
(−2)
7
(−14)
−3
(−19)
−25
(−32)
−25
(−32)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 1.30
(33)
1.51
(38)
2.81
(71)
3.78
(96)
5.06
(129)
5.47
(139)
4.19
(106)
3.82
(97)
4.89
(124)
3.54
(90)
2.95
(75)
1.86
(47)
41.18
(1,046)
Source: [19]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 28, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. pp. 177.
  5. ^ Earngey, Bill (1995). Missouri Roadsides: The Traveler's Companion. University of Missouri Press. p. 18. ISBN 9780826210210.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on January 25, 2012. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  8. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  9. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved January 31, 2014.
  10. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 17, 2023.
  11. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 17, 2023.
  12. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  13. ^ "Blue Springs 2021 2022 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report" (PDF). Retrieved December 6, 2023.
  14. ^ "Home - Center for Public Safety Excellence". Center for Public Safety Excellence. Archived from the original on March 13, 2016. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  15. ^ "City Council Meeting Agenda". November 3, 2022. Retrieved December 6, 2023.
  16. ^ Bean, Katie (January 29, 2016). "2016 Capstone Awards honor projects that build up metro". The Kansas City Business Journal. pp. Image 8 of 30. Retrieved December 6, 2023.
  17. ^ "Blue Springs Fieldhouse Renovation". Athletic Business. 2016 (Architectural Showcase).
  18. ^ "School Detail for Plaza Heights Christian Academy". nces.ed.gov. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  19. ^ "Average Weather for Blue Springs, MO - Temperature and Precipitation". Weather.com. Retrieved August 27, 2010.
  20. ^ Rockhurst.edu University Community News, February 21, 2014

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