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Altenburg, Missouri
Location of Altenburg, Missouri
Location of Altenburg, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Perry
Township Brazeau
Incorporated 1870
 • Total 1.05 sq mi (2.72 km2)
 • Land 1.05 sq mi (2.72 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
584 ft (178 m)
 • Total 341
 • Density 317.14/sq mi (122.47/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-00928
GNIS feature ID 0713250

Altenburg is a city in Perry County, Missouri, United States. The population was 341 at the 2020 census.


Altenburg (German for "Old Castle") was named after the Duchy of Saxe-Altenburg from where many of its settlers came, and not the city of Altenburg which does not seem to have sent a single colonist.


Altenburg was laid out and platted in 1839 by a colony of Lutherans.

Altenburg is one of seven towns and villages in the area founded by German Lutheran immigrants in 1839. It and the others—Dresden, Frohna, Johannisberg, Paitzdorf, Seelitz, and Wittenberg—were all named by settlers for towns in the Saxony region of their native country. These settlers would form the backbone of what would later become the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. Trinity Lutheran Church was established in 1839 in a log cabin, and was later replaced by a limestone, and then a frame church. Soon after arriving, the immigrants constructed a school in Altenburg. Made of native timber, this "Log Cabin College" introduced the new idea of a co-educational school, a rarity at the time. Today, Altenburg is home to the Lutheran Heritage Center and Museum, established in 1985. Tourists can explore several mid-19th century buildings that remain in the community as well as the Heritage Center's exhibition hall as well as the reading room and research library.


Altenburg, Missouri 48 Public School District
Public School District 48

Altenburg is home to two Lutheran churches, Trinity and Immanuel, as well as a parochial Lutheran grade school and a public elementary school. The East Perry County Fair is held annually on the fair grounds each September.


Altenburg is located at 37°37′53″N 89°34′53″W / 37.63139°N 89.58139°W / 37.63139; -89.58139 (37.631301, -89.581513).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.05 square miles (2.72 km2), all of it land.

Nearby communities

Nearby communities
Community with 256 inhabitants (2000)Gorham (8 miles)
Community with 624 inhabitants (2000)Grand Tower (4.3 miles)
Community with 192 inhabitants (2000)Frohna (1.9 miles)
Community with 82 inhabitants (2000)Old Appleton (7.4 miles)
Community with 127 inhabitants (2000)Pocahontas (9.3 miles)


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 200
1880 234 17.0%
1890 183 −21.8%
1900 222 21.3%
1910 279 25.7%
1920 313 12.2%
1930 289 −7.7%
1940 264 −8.7%
1950 272 3.0%
1960 260 −4.4%
1970 277 6.5%
1980 280 1.1%
1990 307 9.6%
2000 309 0.7%
2010 352 13.9%
2020 341 −3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census 2020

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 352 people, 138 households, and 97 families living in the city. The population density was 335.2 inhabitants per square mile (129.4/km2). There were 152 housing units at an average density of 144.8 per square mile (55.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.15% White, 0.28% Black or African American, and 0.57% from two or more races.

There were 138 households, of which 39.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.7% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.7% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.04.

The median age in the city was 37 years. 27% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.5% were from 25 to 44; 23% were from 45 to 64; and 13.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.



Altenburg, Missouri 48 Public School District
Public School District 48

Altenburg Public School District #48 operates one public elementary school, Altenburg Elementary School.

Altenburg has a public library, a branch of the Riverside Regional Library.

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