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Buckner, Missouri
City
Nickname(s): "The Little Village in the Valley"
Location of Buckner, Missouri
Location of Buckner, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Jackson
Area
 • Total 1.79 sq mi (4.64 km2)
 • Land 1.79 sq mi (4.64 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 751 ft (229 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,076
 • Estimate (2012) 3,072
 • Density 1,718.4/sq mi (663.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 64016
Area code(s) 816
FIPS code 29-09424
GNIS feature ID 0735540

Buckner is a city in Jackson County, Missouri, United States. The population was 3,076 at the 2010 census. For decades it was best known for TV and radio commercials promoting Lasater Ford, run by the Lasater brothers, Wilson and Milton.

Geography

Buckner is located at 39°8′5″N 94°11′54″W / 39.13472°N 94.19833°W / 39.13472; -94.19833 (39.134806, -94.198223). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.79 square miles (4.64 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 88
1890 164 86.4%
1900 234 42.7%
1910 410 75.2%
1920 439 7.1%
1930 529 20.5%
1940 571 7.9%
1950 639 11.9%
1960 1,198 87.5%
1970 1,695 41.5%
1980 2,848 68.0%
1990 2,873 0.9%
2000 2,725 −5.2%
2010 3,076 12.9%
Est. 2015 3,067 −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,076 people, 1,141 households, and 808 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,718.4 inhabitants per square mile (663.5/km2). There were 1,243 housing units at an average density of 694.4 per square mile (268.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.6% White, 0.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 1.2% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.4% of the population.

There were 1,141 households of which 41.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.2% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.19.

The median age in the city was 33.6 years. 29.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.1% were from 25 to 44; 24.1% were from 45 to 64; and 10.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.3% male and 49.7% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,725 people, 1,019 households, and 747 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,595.3 people per square mile (615.3/km²). There were 1,065 housing units at an average density of 623.5 per square mile (240.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.93% White, 0.11% African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.26% Pacific Islander, 0.84% from other races, and 2.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.98% of the population.

There were 1,019 households out of which 39.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.0% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.6% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.3% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 29.6% from 25 to 44, 21.0% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,577, and the median income for a family was $45,313. Males had a median income of $36,010 versus $22,372 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,748. About 7.3% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.4% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.

History

Buckner was established in 1875. In its inception Buckner was a railroad depot town for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. Where Buckner derives its name from is a point of contention; the town is either named from former US Senator Alexander Buckner (1830-1833) who served on the States Constitutional Convention in 1820, or named after Real Estate operator Simon Buckner. Yet another claim as namesake is Thomas W. Buckner, an original owner of the site.

The WGN America series Outlaw Country is set in Buckner.

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