Piedmont, Missouri

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Piedmont, Missouri
City
Streetside in Piedmont
Streetside in Piedmont
Location of Piedmont, Missouri
Location of Piedmont, Missouri
Coordinates: 37°9′14″N 90°41′45″W / 37.15389°N 90.69583°W / 37.15389; -90.69583Coordinates: 37°9′14″N 90°41′45″W / 37.15389°N 90.69583°W / 37.15389; -90.69583
Country United States
State Missouri
County Wayne
Government
 • Type Mayor-Council
 • Mayor William H. "Bill" Kirkpatrick
Area[1]
 • Total 2.15 sq mi (5.57 km2)
 • Land 2.14 sq mi (5.54 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation 495 ft (151 m)
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 1,977
 • Estimate (2012[3]) 1,966
 • Density 923.8/sq mi (356.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 63957
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-57422[4]
GNIS feature ID 0751576[5]
Website City of Piedmont's Website

Piedmont is a fourth-class city located in northwestern Wayne County in Southeast Missouri in the United States. The population was 1,977 at the 2010 census. A part of the Ozarks Foothills Region, Piedmont is located on the convergence of State Highways 34 and 49. Piedmont, transliterated as "foot of the mountain," is named for its geographic placement at the foot of Clark Mountain, a 1424-foot summit approximately two miles north of the town.

History[edit]

Piedmont was platted in 1871 when the railroad was extended to that point.[6] The community derives its name from the French pied and mont, meaning "foot" and "mountain" respectively.[7] A post office called Piedmont has been in operation since 1872.[8]

Geography[edit]

Piedmont is located at 37°9′0″N 90°41′45″W / 37.15000°N 90.69583°W / 37.15000; -90.69583.[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.15 square miles (5.57 km2), of which, 2.14 square miles (5.54 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[1]

Piedmont includes the neighborhood of Beckville.[10]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 666
1890 829 24.5%
1900 858 3.5%
1910 1,154 34.5%
1920 1,086 −5.9%
1930 916 −15.7%
1940 1,177 28.5%
1950 1,548 31.5%
1960 1,555 0.5%
1970 1,906 22.6%
1980 2,359 23.8%
1990 2,166 −8.2%
2000 1,992 −8.0%
2010 1,977 −0.8%
Est. 2015 1,977 [11] 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,977 people, 823 households, and 500 families residing in the city. The population density was 923.8 inhabitants per square mile (356.7/km2). There were 993 housing units at an average density of 464.0 per square mile (179.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.5% White, 0.5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 823 households of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.1% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.2% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.3% 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 2.90.

The median age in the city was 42.9 years. 22.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.3% were from 25 to 44; 26% were from 45 to 64; and 21.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.1% male and 53.9% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,992 people, 869 households, and 528 families residing in the city. The population density was 955.5 people per square mile (369.8/km²). There were 959 housing units at an average density of 460.0 per square mile (178.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.09% White, 0.16% African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.60% of the population. Among the major first ancestries reported in Piedmont were 21.4% American, 11.6% German, 11.3% Irish, 8.6% English, 3.7% Dutch, and 2.5% French.

There were 869 households out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.1% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.2% were non-families. 35.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 25.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 85.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,678, and the median income for a family was $23,500. Males had a median income of $27,120 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,976. About 24.3% of families and 26.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.7% of those under age 18 and 16.6% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Among residents 25 years of age and older in Piedmont, 53.4% possess a high school diploma or higher, 7.9% have a bachelor's degree, and 2.6% hold a post-graduate/professional degree as their highest educational attainment.

Public schools[edit]

The Clearwater R-I School District serves the educational needs of most of the city's residents and nearby throughout most of western Wayne County. According to the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, there is one elementary school, one middle school and one senior high school in the district. During the 2008-2009 school year, there was a total of 1,110 students and 111 certified staff members enrolled in the Clearwater R-I School District. The school colors are orange and black and its mascot is the tiger.

  • Clearwater Elementary School (PK-4)
  • Clearwater Middle School (5-8)
  • Clearwater High School (9-12)

Private schools[edit]

  • Victory Baptist Academy (PK-12)

Government[edit]

City/local[edit]

The City of Piedmont is governed by Mayor William H. "Bill" Kirkpatrick and a four-member city council. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST) at Piedmont City Hall, 115 W. Green Street.

Piedmont Elected City Officials

  • Mayor: William H. "Bill" Kirkpatrick
  • Ward I Aldermen: Brian Tutterow and Karin Townsend
  • Ward II Aldermen: Tracey Bennett and Scott Tucker
  • City Collector: Bill McMurry
  • Chief of Police: Richard Sanders

Piedmont Appointed City Officials

  • City Clerk: Tammy Thurman
  • City Treasurer: Dennis Ross
  • City Attorney: Robert M. Ramshur

State[edit]

Piedmont is a part of Missouri's 144th Legislative District and is currently represented by Paul Fitzwater (R-Potosi, Missouri). In the Missouri Senate, State Senator Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau, Missouri) represents Piedmont as part of Missouri's 27th Senatorial District.

Federal[edit]

Piedmont is included in Missouri's 8th congressional district and is currently represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Jason T. smith (R-Salem, Missouri).

Climate[edit]

Piedmont has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa).

Climate data for Piedmont
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 42
(6)
50
(10)
59
(15)
71
(22)
79
(26)
87
(31)
92
(33)
90
(32)
81
(27)
70
(21)
57
(14)
46
(8)
68.7
(20.4)
Average low °F (°C) 20
(−7)
24
(−4)
33
(1)
42
(6)
51
(11)
61
(16)
66
(19)
63
(17)
56
(13)
43
(6)
34
(1)
24
(−4)
43.1
(6.3)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.11
(79)
3.07
(78)
4.50
(114.3)
4.50
(114.3)
4.48
(113.8)
3.72
(94.5)
3.87
(98.3)
3.55
(90.2)
3.36
(85.3)
3.14
(79.8)
4.82
(122.4)
3.99
(101.3)
46.11
(1,171.2)
Source: [13]

Arts and culture[edit]

Piedmont is also known for its two nearby drive-in theaters, the Pine Hill Drive-In and the 21 Drive-In near Van Buren. These two drive-ins are among the 14 left in the state.[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Wayne County Place Names, 1928–1945". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved January 1, 2017. 
  7. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1918). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 371. 
  8. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^ "Beckville (in Wayne County, MO) Populated Place Profile". MO Hometown Locator. Retrieved 1 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Average weather for Piedmont, Missouri". Weather.com. Retrieved December 21, 2008. 
  14. ^ http://www.driveintheater.com/drivlist.htm

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