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Brookfield, Missouri
Location within Linn County (left) and Missouri (right)
Location within Linn County (left) and Missouri (right)
Country United States
State Missouri
County Linn
 • Total 4.29 sq mi (11.11 km2)
 • Land 4.27 sq mi (11.07 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
745 ft (227 m)
 • Total 4,111
 • Estimate 
 • Density 985.73/sq mi (380.56/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 660
FIPS code 29-08650
GNIS feature ID 0735530

Brookfield is a city in Linn County, Missouri, United States. The population was 4,111 at the 2020 census.


Brookfield was surveyed in 1859 by John Wood Brooks, a native of Boston. John Wood Brooks is further remembered by the names of four Brookfield streets: John, Wood, Brooks, and Boston streets. A post office called Brookfield has been in operation since 1860.


Brookfield is located at 39°46′59″N 93°4′26″W / 39.78306°N 93.07389°W / 39.78306; -93.07389 (39.783155, -93.073871). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.29 square miles (11.11 km2), of which 4.27 square miles (11.06 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 402
1880 2,264 463.2%
1890 4,547 100.8%
1900 5,484 20.6%
1910 5,749 4.8%
1920 6,304 9.7%
1930 6,428 2.0%
1940 6,174 −4.0%
1950 5,810 −5.9%
1960 5,694 −2.0%
1970 5,491 −3.6%
1980 5,555 1.2%
1990 4,888 −12.0%
2000 4,769 −2.4%
2010 4,542 −4.8%
2019 (est.) 4,213 −7.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,542 people, 1,892 households, and 1,146 families living in the city. The population density was 1,063.7 inhabitants per square mile (410.7/km2). There were 2,280 housing units at an average density of 534.0 per square mile (206.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.4% White, 1.3% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.

There were 1,892 households, of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.3% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.4% were non-families. 34.5% 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 2.32 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the city was 40.6 years. 25.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.6% were from 25 to 44; 25.1% were from 45 to 64; and 20.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 45.9% male and 54.1% female.


Every Labor Day weekend, Brookfield hosts the Great Pershing Balloon Derby.

Every fall the Brookfield Bulldogs play the Marceline Tigers in the annual Bell Game which is one of the oldest high school football rivalries in the United States. The Bell Game won a USA Today national contest for the nations best football rivalry in 2012. The Bell Game rivalry received 1,761,878 votes and won a $10,000 prize divided equally between Brookfield and Marceline.

Every year Brookfield hosts Summer Fun Days, a festival that takes place in the uptown Main Street area. Summer Fun Days marks the start of summer for families in and around Brookfield, with activities including a parade, craft fair, baby contest, games, and other family events.


Brookfield R-III School District operates one elementary school, one middle school, Brookfield High School, and Brookfield Area Career Center.

The town has a lending library, the Brookfield Public Library.

Notable people

  • Nellie Showalter, an early women's chess champion, was born in Brookfield in 1870.
  • Don Pratt, the highest-ranking Allied officer killed on D-Day, was born in Brookfield in 1892.
  • Dorothy C. Stratton, the first woman to be commissioned an officer in U.S. Coast Guard, was born in Brookfield in 1899.
  • Howard A. Rusk, prominent physician and founder of the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, was born in Brookfield in 1901.
  • Virgil Blossom, Superintendent of Schools of the Little Rock School District during the Little Rock Nine, was born in Brookfield in 1906.
  • Jeff Roe, Republican political consultant, was born in Brookfield in 1970 and lived there until joining the Army at age 16.
  • Doris Akers, gospel singer and composer, was born in Brookfield and resided there until age five. Akers, an African-American, was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2011.

Punk rock band All lived in Brookfield from 1990 to 1994, when they released their albums Percolater (1992) and Breaking Things (1993).

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