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Belle, Missouri
City of Belle
Grain conveyor on a farm near Belle
Grain conveyor on a farm near Belle
Location of Belle, Missouri
Location of Belle, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
Counties Maries, Osage
 • Total 1.34 sq mi (3.46 km2)
 • Land 1.33 sq mi (3.46 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,027 ft (313 m)
 • Total 1,381
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,107.87/sq mi (427.82/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-04150
GNIS feature ID 0713921

Belle is a city in northeast Maries County and extending north into southeast Osage County in the U.S. state of Missouri. The population was 1,381 at the 2020 census.

The Osage County portion of Belle is part of the Jefferson City, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.


A post office called Belle has been in operation since 1895. It is unclear why the name Belle was applied to this community. Belle was a depot on the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad, commonly known as the Rock Island.


Belle is located at 38°17′7″N 91°43′18″W / 38.28528°N 91.72167°W / 38.28528; -91.72167 (38.285256, -91.721646).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.34 square miles (3.47 km2), all of it land. Belle is surrounded by the Osage and Gasconade Rivers, and is approximately 100 miles (160 km) west southwest of St. Louis.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 383
1920 437 14.1%
1930 630 44.2%
1940 621 −1.4%
1950 906 45.9%
1960 1,016 12.1%
1970 1,133 11.5%
1980 1,233 8.8%
1990 1,218 −1.2%
2000 1,344 10.3%
2010 1,545 15.0%
2019 (est.) 1,479 −4.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,545 people, 659 households, and 408 families living in the city. The population density was 1,153.0 inhabitants per square mile (445.2/km2). There were 734 housing units at an average density of 547.8 per square mile (211.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.5% White, 0.2% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.6% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 659 households, of which 33.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.0% were married couples living together, 15.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.1% were non-families. 33.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the city was 36.2 years. 26.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.4% were from 25 to 44; 24.5% were from 45 to 64; and 15.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.


Maries County R-II School District operates Belle Elementary and High School in the community.

Belle has a public library, a branch of the Heartland Regional Library System.

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