Eldon, Missouri

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Eldon, Missouri
City
City of Eldon
Location of Eldon, Missouri
Location of Eldon, Missouri
Coordinates: 38°20′53″N 92°34′54″W / 38.34806°N 92.58167°W / 38.34806; -92.58167Coordinates: 38°20′53″N 92°34′54″W / 38.34806°N 92.58167°W / 38.34806; -92.58167
Country United States
State Missouri
County Miller
Founded 1882
Incorporated 1904
Government
 • Mayor Larry Henderson
Area[1]
 • Total 3.56 sq mi (9.22 km2)
 • Land 3.56 sq mi (9.22 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 925 ft (282 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 4,567
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 4,582
 • Density 1,282.9/sq mi (495.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 65026
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-21484[4]
GNIS feature ID 0729476[5]

Eldon is a city in Miller County, Missouri, United States. It is thirty miles southwest of Jefferson City. The population was 4,567 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Eldon was platted in 1881, and according to tradition, named after a railroad official.[6] A post office called Eldon has been in operation since 1881.[7]

Geography[edit]

Eldon is located at 38°20′53″N 92°34′54″W / 38.347982°N 92.581804°W / 38.347982; -92.581804.[8] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.56 square miles (9.22 km2), all of it land.[1]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 379
1910 1,999 427.4%
1920 2,636 31.9%
1930 3,171 20.3%
1940 2,590 −18.3%
1950 2,766 6.8%
1960 3,158 14.2%
1970 3,520 11.5%
1980 4,342 23.4%
1990 4,419 1.8%
2000 4,895 10.8%
2010 4,567 −6.7%
Est. 2015 4,632 [9] 1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 4,567 people, 1,984 households, and 1,158 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,282.9 inhabitants per square mile (495.3/km2). There were 2,242 housing units at an average density of 629.8 per square mile (243.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.9% White, 0.5% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 1,984 households of which 31.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.4% were married couples living together, 14.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.6% were non-families. 36.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the city was 38.7 years. 24.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.4% were from 25 to 44; 24.1% were from 45 to 64; and 19.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.0% male and 53.0% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 4,895 people, 2,194 households, and 1,270 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,450.2 people per square mile (559.2/km²). There were 2,396 housing units at an average density of 709.8 per square mile (273.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.14% White, 0.33% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.16% of the population.

There are 2,194 households out of which 26.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.8% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.1% were non-families. 38.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city, the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 24.5% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 22.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 83.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,103, and the median income for a family was $34,621. Males had a median income of $27,818 versus $17,690 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,015. 15.8% of the population and 12.0% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 22.5% of those under the age of 18 and 16.4% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Education[edit]

The city of Eldon consists of two elementary schools, one middle school and one high school. It also includes the Eldon Career Center, which provides quality training in many technical fields.

Eldon South Elementary Eldon Upper Elementary Eldon Middle School Eldon High School
Built: 1962, Addition added in 1980 1998 1880 1920
Grade Level: Preschool-Third Grade Fourth-Sixth Grade Seventh-Eighth Grade Ninth-Twelfth Grade
Principal: Steven Rhine Michele Herbert Shaun Fischer Kris Harwood
Student Population: 650 430 274 549

Popular culture[edit]

  • The television show Petticoat Junction, which aired from 1963 to 1970, was based on the Burris Hotel that existed in this small railroad town in the midwest. Paul Henning the producer and creator of the show, was married to the granddaughter of the owner of the hotel and often visited.[11]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-24. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-06-17. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Miller County Place Names, 1928–1945". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved November 6, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ David Stein (1998). "Petticoat Junction Black & White Episodes". Official Petticoat Junction Web Site. Retrieved 2009-10-16. [permanent dead link]

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