The Monroe County Courthouse in Paris.
Location of Paris, Missouri
|• Total||1.25 sq mi (3.24 km2)|
|• Land||1.24 sq mi (3.21 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)|
|Elevation||692 ft (211 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||1,201|
|• Density||983.9/sq mi (379.9/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||0724007|
Paris is located at  According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.25 square miles (3.24 km2), of which, 1.24 square miles (3.21 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.(39.480162, -92.001245).
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Paris has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,220 people, 528 households, and 309 families residing in the city. The population density was 983.9 inhabitants per square mile (379.9/km2). There were 643 housing units at an average density of 518.5 per square mile (200.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.6% White, 4.9% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.
There were 528 households of which 24.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.5% were non-families. 36.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.77.
The median age in the city was 47.4 years. 19.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21% were from 25 to 44; 24.5% were from 45 to 64; and 28% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 43.8% male and 56.2% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,529 people, 603 households, and 364 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,228.5 people per square mile (476.1/km²). There were 682 housing units at an average density of 548.0 per square mile (212.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.15% White, 6.21% African American, 0.92% Native American, 0.07% Asian, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.46% of the population.
There were 603 households out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.6% were non-families. 36.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.6% 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 3.03.
In the city the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 21.4% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 28.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 84.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $29,556, and the median income for a family was $36,917. Males had a median income of $27,813 versus $18,580 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,980. About 5.8% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.1% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.
- Mary Margaret McBride - Female radio pioneer, born near Paris. 
- Glenn Jacobs - WWE professional wrestler known as "Kane".
- Dr. James Phillips Crow (a.k.a. Captain Jim Crow) - Young CSA officer who gained notoriety because of his escape during Christmas week 1861 from Glenn House, the hotel in Paris at that time, and subsequent capture by a column of Union riders under General Prentiss. Captain Crow was born near Paris and was the youngest son of Monroe County pioneer Dr. Samuel Crow, who was a veteran of the War of 1812. 
- George Hodgman - Author of Bettyville, a memoir set in Paris, his childhood home.
- Thomas Curtright - Professor of Physics at the University of Miami.
- Richard Parrish - Journalist, who spent 44 years in the newspaper industry including the position of sports editor of the former St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
- Gordon Snidow - Nationally known artist and sculptor. Co-founder and past president of the Cowboy Artists of America. His works of art are owned by some of the art world's most deliberate collectors, displayed at the country's most famous galleries and museums.
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- HISTORY OF NORTHEAST MISSOURI by Walter Williams. Pg. 489