Concordia, Missouri

Concordia is a city in Lafayette County, Missouri, and is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area within the United States. The population was 2,450 at the 2010 census.

Concordia, Missouri
Location of Concordia, Missouri
Location of Concordia, Missouri
Coordinates: 38°59′2″N 93°34′8″W / 38.98389°N 93.56889°W / 38.98389; -93.56889Coordinates: 38°59′2″N 93°34′8″W / 38.98389°N 93.56889°W / 38.98389; -93.56889
CountryUnited States
StateMissouri
CountyLafayette
Area
 • Total1.79 sq mi (4.65 km2)
 • Land1.79 sq mi (4.63 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation
791 ft (241 m)
Population
 • Total2,450
 • Estimate 
(2019)[3]
2,366
 • Density1,323.27/sq mi (510.90/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
64020
Area code(s)660
FIPS code29-16102[4]
GNIS feature ID0716186[5]

HistoryEdit

Concordia was platted in 1868.[6] The city was named after a place mentioned in the poem "Das Lied von der Glocke" by Friedrich Schiller.[7] A post office called Concordia has been in operation since 1865.[8]

A large share of the early settlers were Germans.[9] Among these immigrants were ancestors of scientist Linus Pauling. In 1842, Christoph Friedrich Pauling, his wife Catharine and their daughters Rebecca and Charlotte immigrated to the United States from Hanover, with a son being born while they were crossing the Atlantic; they travelled to "a German settlement in Concordia, Missouri",[10] near where they farmed; a second son was born in 1844 and their third and final son, Charles Henry (grandfather of Linus Pauling) was born in 1847.[10]

GeographyEdit

Concordia is located at 38°59′2″N 93°34′8″W / 38.98389°N 93.56889°W / 38.98389; -93.56889 (38.983927, -93.568776).[11] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.79 square miles (4.64 km2), of which 1.78 square miles (4.61 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[12]

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880391
189071582.9%
190088924.3%
19109314.7%
19209623.3%
19301,14018.5%
19401,077−5.5%
19501,21813.1%
19601,47120.8%
19701,85426.0%
19802,12914.8%
19902,1601.5%
20002,3609.3%
20102,4503.8%
2019 (est.)2,366[3]−3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]

2010 censusEdit

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 2,450 people, 1,002 households, and 645 families living in the city. The population density was 1,376.4 inhabitants per square mile (531.4/km2). There were 1,131 housing units at an average density of 635.4 per square mile (245.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.7% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.4% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.

There were 1,002 households, of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.6% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the city was 40.2 years. 25.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.9% were from 25 to 44; 22.4% were from 45 to 64; and 22.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.0% male and 54.0% female.

2000 censusEdit

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,360 people, 929 households, and 614 families living in the city. The population density was 1,404.0 people per square mile (542.4/km2). There were 1,006 housing units at an average density of 598.5 per square mile (231.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.56% White, 0.42% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.17% Asian, and 0.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.72% of the population.

There were 929 households, out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.6% were married couples living together, 9.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the city the population was spread out, with 23.5% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 24.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 82.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $33,906, and the median income for a family was $43,605. Males had a median income of $30,302 versus $20,068 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,813. About 8.0% of families and 10.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.6% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.

EducationEdit

Concordia R-II School District operates one public elementary school and Concordia High School.[14] St. Paul Lutheran High School, a private institution, is the only residential high school affiliated with the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod in the United States.[15]

Concordia has a public library, a branch of the Trails Regional Library.[16]

Arts and cultureEdit

The annual Fall Festival is held the first weekend after Labor Day, with the CCC Parade (Concordia Comical Crew) held on Friday night.

Notable personEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". 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. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 183.
  7. ^ "Lafayette County Place Names, 1928–1945 (archived)". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on 24 June 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  9. ^ http://www.freedomsfrontier.org/Visitors/Sites/Comments.aspx?id=285
  10. ^ a b http://scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/coll/pauling/chronology/page1.html
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  12. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  13. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  14. ^ "Concordia R-Ii School District". Greatschools. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  15. ^ "St. Paul Lutheran High School". Retrieved October 2, 2017.
  16. ^ "Locations". Trails Regional Library. Archived from the original on 25 March 2018. Retrieved 25 March 2018.

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