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Mount Vernon, Missouri

Mount Vernon is a city in and the county seat of Lawrence County, Missouri, United States. The population was 4,575 as of the 2010 census, and was estimated to have a population of 4,510 as of 2018.[6]

Mount Vernon, Missouri
Lawrence County Courthouse, October 2015
Lawrence County Courthouse, October 2015
Location of Mount Vernon, Missouri
Location of Mount Vernon, Missouri
Coordinates: 37°6′0″N 93°49′5″W / 37.10000°N 93.81806°W / 37.10000; -93.81806Coordinates: 37°6′0″N 93°49′5″W / 37.10000°N 93.81806°W / 37.10000; -93.81806
CountryUnited States
StateMissouri
CountyLawrence
Government
 • TypeMayor/Council
 • MayorDavid Eden
Area
 • Total3.87 sq mi (10.02 km2)
 • Land3.87 sq mi (10.02 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
1,211 ft (369 m)
Population
 • Total4,575
 • Estimate 
(2018)[3]
4,510
 • Density1,200/sq mi (460/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
65712
Area code(s)417
FIPS code29-50672[4]
GNIS feature ID0722909[5]

HistoryEdit

Mount Vernon was platted in 1845.[7] The city was named after Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washington.[8] A post office called Mount Vernon has been in operation since 1846.[9]

Lawrence County Courthouse and Old Spanish Fort Archeological Site are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[10]

GeographyEdit

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.87 square miles (10.02 km2), all land.[1]

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
1860441
187055826.5%
1880527−5.6%
189078248.4%
19001,20654.2%
19101,161−3.7%
19201,2548.0%
19301,3427.0%
19401,98247.7%
19502,0573.8%
19602,38115.8%
19702,6009.2%
19803,34128.5%
19903,72611.5%
20004,0177.8%
20104,57513.9%
Est. 20184,510[3]−1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
 
Mural in Mount Vernon post office

2010 censusEdit

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 4,575 people, 1,810 households, and 1,101 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,182.2 inhabitants per square mile (456.4/km2). There were 2,013 housing units at an average density of 520.2 per square mile (200.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.3% White, 0.4% African American, 1.3% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.

There were 1,810 households of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.2% were non-families. 34.8% 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 2.31 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the city was 40.3 years. 24.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.1% were from 25 to 44; 23.6% were from 45 to 64; and 21.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.

2000 censusEdit

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 4,017 people, 1,606 households, and 1,005 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,173.4 people per square mile (453.5/km2). There were 1,730 housing units at an average density of 505.3 per square mile (195.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.61% White, 0.67% African American, 0.92% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.55% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.22% of the population.

There were 1,606 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.9% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.4% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% 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 2.89.

In the city, the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 23.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,628, and the median income for a family was $34,848. Males had a median income of $27,665 versus $20,234 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,210. About 10.5% of families and 13.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.0% of those under age 18 and 11.2% of those age 65 or over.

EducationEdit

Mt. Vernon R-V School District operates one elementary school, one intermediate school, one middle school, and Mt. Vernon High School.[12]

The Mount Vernon High School "Lady Mountaineers" won the Missouri Class 3A girls basketball state championship in 2010 and 2012.[13]

Mount Vernon has a public library, a branch of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library.[14]

Arts and cultureEdit

In October, the city hosts "Apple Butter Makin' Days", an annual food festival.[15]

Notable PeopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2011-02-20. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  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. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  7. ^ "Lawrence County Place Names, 1928–1945 (archived)". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on 24 June 2016. Retrieved 26 October 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 184.
  9. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  10. ^ "MISSOURI - Lawrence County". nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  12. ^ "Mt. Vernon R-V School District". Great Schools. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Show Me Showdown results". Missouri State High School Activities Association website. 2012-03-17. Retrieved 2012-03-18.
  14. ^ "Locations". Barry-Lawrence Regional Library. Retrieved 17 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Biggest Area Festival". Mt. Vernon Area Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 17 March 2018.

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