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Center, Missouri
Location of Center, Missouri
Location of Center, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Ralls
Area
 • Total 0.40 sq mi (1.03 km2)
 • Land 0.40 sq mi (1.03 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
715 ft (218 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 508
 • Estimate 
(2019)
506
 • Density 1,274.56/sq mi (492.08/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
63436
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-12592
GNIS feature ID 0729291

Center is a city in Ralls County, Missouri, United States. The population was 508 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Hannibal Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Center was originally spelled "Centre" and under the latter name was platted in 1871. The community was so named on account of its location near the county's geographical center.

St. Paul Catholic Church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Geography

Center is located at 39°30′33″N 91°31′43″W / 39.50917°N 91.52861°W / 39.50917; -91.52861 (39.509267, -91.528566).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.40 square miles (1.04 km2), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 55
1890 155 181.8%
1900 300 93.5%
1910 540 80.0%
1920 575 6.5%
1930 516 −10.3%
1940 488 −5.4%
1950 415 −15.0%
1960 484 16.6%
1970 588 21.5%
1980 669 13.8%
1990 552 −17.5%
2000 644 16.7%
2010 508 −21.1%
2019 (est.) 506 −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 508 people, 209 households, and 129 families living in the city. The population density was 1,270.0 inhabitants per square mile (490.3/km2). There were 270 housing units at an average density of 675.0 per square mile (260.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.7% White, 1.4% African American, 1.2% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.0% of the population.

There were 209 households, of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.9% were married couples living together, 11.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.3% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.5% 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 2.90.

The median age in the city was 44.3 years. 22.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.6% were from 25 to 44; 24% were from 45 to 64; and 24.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.0% male and 53.0% female.

Education

Ralls County R-II School District operates two schools at Center: Center Elementary, Mark Twain Jr., sr. High School.

The town has a lending library, the Ralls County Library.

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