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Clarkton, Missouri
City
Location of Clarkton, Missouri
Location of Clarkton, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Dunklin
Area
 • Total 1.13 sq mi (2.93 km2)
 • Land 1.13 sq mi (2.93 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 282 ft (86 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,288
 • Estimate (2012) 1,279
 • Density 1,139.8/sq mi (440.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 63837
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-14212
GNIS feature ID 0731555

Clarkton is a city in Dunklin County, Missouri, United States. The population was 1,288 at the 2010 census. The local Clarkton public school was founded in 1871, and the school mascot is the reindeer [1]. Clarkton is the oldest city in Dunklin County.

History

Originally called Beech, the town site was platted as Clarkton in 1876. The present name is after Henry E. Clark, a contractor on a new plank road leading to town. A post office called Beech was established in 1855, and the name was changed to Clarkton in 1870.

Geography

Clarkton is located at 36°27′3″N 89°58′4″W / 36.45083°N 89.96778°W / 36.45083; -89.96778 (36.450899, -89.967853).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.13 square miles (2.93 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 314
1910 682
1920 689 1.0%
1930 493 −28.4%
1940 733 48.7%
1950 1,004 37.0%
1960 1,049 4.5%
1970 1,177 12.2%
1980 1,228 4.3%
1990 1,113 −9.4%
2000 1,330 19.5%
2010 1,288 −3.2%
Est. 2015 1,231 −4.4%
source:

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,288 people, 495 households, and 327 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,139.8 inhabitants per square mile (440.1/km2). There were 557 housing units at an average density of 492.9 per square mile (190.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 84.32% White, 5.05% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 8.15% from other races, and 2.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.78% of the population.

There were 495 households of which 37.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples living together, 18.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.9% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.20.

The median age in the city was 32.9 years. 30% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.4% were from 25 to 44; 24% were from 45 to 64; and 10.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.4% male and 51.6% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,330 people, 537 households, and 366 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,182.1 people per square mile (454.4/km²). There were 598 housing units at an average density of 531.5 per square mile (204.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.58% White, 4.51% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 1.80% from other races, and 1.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.53% of the population.

There were 537 households out of which 35.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.5% were married couples living together, 18.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.8% were non-families. 28.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.0% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 19.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $16,250, and the median income for a family was $20,350. Males had a median income of $20,147 versus $19,479 for females. The per capita income for the city was $9,292. About 35.2% of families and 40.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 53.1% of those under age 18 and 17.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable natives

  • Leary Lentz - Former basketball player for the Houston Mavericks and born here.
  • Gary Blaylock - Former MLB player and Pitching Coach of the 1985 Kansas City Royals.

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