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Bunker, Missouri
Location of Bunker, Missouri
Location of Bunker, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
Counties Reynolds, Dent
 • Total 0.66 sq mi (1.72 km2)
 • Land 0.66 sq mi (1.72 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,394 ft (425 m)
 • Total 295
 • Estimate 
 • Density 571.64/sq mi (220.75/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-09694
GNIS feature ID 0749109

Bunker is a town in Dent and Reynolds counties in the U.S. state of Missouri. The population was 295 at the 2020 census.


Bunker is a logging and lead mine community, founded by Sylvanus J. Bunker in 1907. Numerous small logging operations are still in existence. Bunker lies on the largest lead producing trend in North America. The Doe Run Company owns and operates the major lead mining operations in the region. The Bunker-Culler railroad was around for many years providing economical stability for the residents. The railroad moved lumber and supplies through Bunker and was located at the junction of Toms Creek Road and Highway 72. The rail yard allowed the locomotives hauling of timber logs off to the mills in southern Missouri.


Bunker is located at 37°27′19″N 91°12′37″W / 37.45528°N 91.21028°W / 37.45528; -91.21028 (37.455356, -91.210317).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.66 square miles (1.71 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 401
1970 447 11.5%
1980 673 50.6%
1990 390 −42.1%
2000 427 9.5%
2010 407 −4.7%
2019 (est.) 379 −6.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 407 people, 167 households, and 107 families living in the town. The population density was 616.7 inhabitants per square mile (238.1/km2). There were 196 housing units at an average density of 297.0 per square mile (114.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 99.26% White, 0.25% Native American, and 0.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.

There were 167 households, of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.7% were married couples living together, 16.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.9% were non-families. 33.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.98.

The median age in the city was 38.3 years. 27.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.1% were from 25 to 44; 26.8% were from 45 to 64; and 14.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.

Notable person

  • Mel Bay, a musician best known for his series of music education books


Bunker R-III School District operates one elementary school and Bunker High School.

Bunker has a public library, a branch of the Reynolds County Library District.

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