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Clarence, Missouri
Location of Clarence, Missouri
Location of Clarence, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Shelby
Area
 • Total 1.16 sq mi (3.00 km2)
 • Land 1.16 sq mi (3.00 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
820 ft (250 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 813
 • Estimate 
(2019)
750
 • Density 648.23/sq mi (250.18/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
63437
Area code(s) 660
FIPS code 29-13978
GNIS feature ID 0715868

Clarence is a city in western Shelby County, Missouri, United States. The population was 813 at the 2010 census.

History

Clarence was founded in 1857. According to tradition, the community has the name of Clarence Duff, the son of a pioneer citizen. A post office called Clarence has been in operation since 1859.

Geography

Clarence is located at 39°44′34″N 92°15′40″W / 39.742692°N 92.261159°W / 39.742692; -92.261159.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.16 square miles (3.00 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 444
1880 570 28.4%
1890 1,078 89.1%
1900 1,184 9.8%
1910 1,322 11.7%
1920 1,400 5.9%
1930 1,286 −8.1%
1940 1,157 −10.0%
1950 1,123 −2.9%
1960 1,103 −1.8%
1970 1,050 −4.8%
1980 1,147 9.2%
1990 1,026 −10.5%
2000 915 −10.8%
2010 813 −11.1%
2019 (est.) 750 −7.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census As of the census of 2010, there were 813 people, 355 households, and 199 families living in the city. The population density was 700.9 inhabitants per square mile (270.6/km2). There were 439 housing units at an average density of 378.4 per square mile (146.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.0% White, 0.5% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.1% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 355 households, of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.8% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.9% were non-families. 40.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.17 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the city was 43.3 years. 26% of residents were under the age of 18; 4.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.3% were from 25 to 44; 24.3% were from 45 to 64; and 23.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.9% male and 53.1% female.

Education

Clarence is served by Shelby County R-IV School District. Clarence Elementary School is the only school within the city limits.

The city has a lending library, the Clarence Public Library.

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