kids encyclopedia robot

Birch Tree, Missouri facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Quick facts for kids
Birch Tree, Missouri
1st Street
1st Street
Location of Birch Tree, Missouri
Location of Birch Tree, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Shannon
Township Birch Tree
Area
 • Total 1.38 sq mi (3.58 km2)
 • Land 1.38 sq mi (3.58 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
991 ft (302 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 541
 • Estimate 
(2019)
649
 • Density 469.95/sq mi (181.51/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
65438
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-05734
GNIS feature ID 0748866

Birch Tree is a city in southwest Shannon County, Missouri, United States. The population was 541 at the 2020 census.

History

A post office called Birch Tree has been in operation since the 1860s. The community was named for a grove of birch trees near the original town site.

Geography

Birch Tree is located at 36°59′35″N 91°29′37″W / 36.99306°N 91.49361°W / 36.99306; -91.49361 (36.993041, -91.493663).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.38 square miles (3.57 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 535
1910 497
1920 452 −9.1%
1930 505 11.7%
1940 495 −2.0%
1950 409 −17.4%
1960 420 2.7%
1970 573 36.4%
1980 622 8.6%
1990 599 −3.7%
2000 634 5.8%
2010 679 7.1%
2019 (est.) 649 −4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 679 people, 298 households, and 167 families living in the city. The population density was 492.0 inhabitants per square mile (190.0/km2). There were 347 housing units at an average density of 251.4 per square mile (97.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 92.78% White, 0.29% Black or African American, 0.88% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 3.09% from other races, and 2.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.92% of the population.

There were 298 households, of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.6% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.0% were non-families. 39.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 3.04.

The median age in the city was 38.9 years. 24.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.6% were from 25 to 44; 25.1% were from 45 to 64; and 17.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.3% male and 51.7% female.

Education

Mountain View-Birch Tree R-III School District operates Birch Tree Elementary School in the community.

The town has a lending library, the Birch Tree City Library.

Notable people

  • Mel Carnahan, Governor of Missouri (1993–2000), the only person to be posthumously elected to the U.S. Senate; born in Birch Tree.
  • Bob Holden, Governor of Missouri (2001–2005); raised in Birch Tree.
Black History Month on Kiddle
African-American Astronauts:
Stephanie Wilson
Charles Bolden
Ronald McNair
Frederick D. Gregory
kids search engine
Birch Tree, Missouri Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.