Lebanon Train Depot in 1873
"Friendly People. Friendly Place."
Location of Lebanon, Missouri
|• Type||Mayor-Council-City Administrator|
|• Mayor||Jared Carr|
|• Total||14.72 sq mi (38.12 km2)|
|• Land||14.63 sq mi (37.89 km2)|
|• Water||0.09 sq mi (0.23 km2)|
|Elevation||1,265 ft (386 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||980/sq mi (380/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0720871|
Lebanon is a city in Laclede County, Missouri, United States. The population was 14,474 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Laclede County. The Lebanon Micropolitan Statistical Area consists of Laclede County.
Lebanon was founded in 1849. The community was named after Lebanon, Tennessee, the former home of many of the first settlers. Lebanon also had many motels, for travelers along Route 66 to stay in.
Lebanon is located at  According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.72 square miles (38.12 km2), of which 14.63 square miles (37.89 km2) is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) is water.(37.678203, -92.661694).
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 14,474 people, 5,980 households, and 3,745 families residing in the city. The population density was 989.3 inhabitants per square mile (382.0/km2). There were 6,728 housing units at an average density of 459.9 per square mile (177.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.1% White, 1.3% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.7% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.6% of the population.
There were 5,980 households of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.4% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.94.
The median age in the city was 35.4 years. 25.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.9% were from 25 to 44; 22.5% were from 45 to 64; and 15.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 12,155 people, 5,132 households, and 3,181 families residing in the city. The population density was 891.9 people per square mile (344.3/km²). There were 5,745 housing units at an average density of 421.6 per square mile (162.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.99% White, 0.90% African American, 0.54% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.42% from other races, and 1.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.65% of the population.
There were 5,132 households out of which 30.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.8% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.0% were non-families. 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the city, the population was spread out with 25.2% under the age of 18, 10.1% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $27,668, and the median income for a family was $36,509. Males had a median income of $27,657 versus $17,509 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,636. About 12.3% of families and 15.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.4% of those under age 18 and 18.0% of those age 65 or over.
Public education in Lebanon is administered by Lebanon R-III School District, which operates Lebanon High School.
Famous residents past and present include:
- Michael S. Hopkins, NASA astronaut and Air Force colonel, flight engineer for NASA's expedition 37/38 and had a total of 12 hours and 58 minutes of EVA time; born in Lebanon, Missouri, grew up near Richland
- Justin Britt, offensive lineman for Seattle Seahawks; star at Lebanon High School before college career at Mizzou
- Antoine Predock, architect and designer
- Phil M. Donnelly, 41st and 43rd Governor of Missouri
- Lanford Wilson, playwright and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama.
- Jerry Schoonmaker, professional baseball player for the Washington Senators.
- Betty Wagoner, professional baseball player for the South Bend Blue Sox.
- Harold Bell Wright, famous American author whose book The Calling of Dan Matthews is about his time in Lebanon.
- Richard P. Bland, U.S. Representative for the state of Missouri.
- William Tecumseh Vernon, served as the Register of the Treasury from 1906 to 1911; also the president of Western University starting in 1896.
- Jim Bohannon, nationally syndicated radio news and talk show host was raised in Lebanon and got his first radio job at the local radio station
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