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Clinton, Missouri
Henry County Courthouse in Clinton
Henry County Courthouse in Clinton
Location of Clinton, Missouri
Location of Clinton, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Henry
Area
 • Total 9.29 sq mi (24.05 km2)
 • Land 9.17 sq mi (23.75 km2)
 • Water 0.12 sq mi (0.30 km2)
Elevation
804 ft (245 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 9,008
 • Estimate 
(2019)
8,945
 • Density 975.36/sq mi (376.61/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
64735
Area code(s) 660
FIPS code 29-14986
GNIS feature ID 0715997
Website Official website

Clinton is a city in Henry County, Missouri, United States. The population was 9,008 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Henry County.

History

Clinton was laid out in 1836. The city was named for New York Governor DeWitt Clinton, a key promoter of the Erie Canal. A post office called Clinton has been in operation since 1850.

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Collapsed Elk's Lodge

On June 26, 2006, a building in the historic town square collapsed; on the second and third floors, an Elks Lodge (Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks) meeting was taking place. The leader, Tony Komer, who was on the third floor of the building preparing a speech, is the only one who died. Nine people were pulled from the rubble, while the rest left on their own power. In the "Olde Glory Days" parade, which occurred less than one week after the accident, Komer was memorialized, and Elk's Lodge members from many parts of Western Missouri marched to show their support for the Clinton Lodge.

The Anheuser-Busch Brewing Association Building, Clinton Square Historic District, William F. and Julia Crome House, Judge Jerubial Gideon Dorman House, Gustave C. Haysler House, and C.C. Williams House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Clinton is located at 38°22′12″N 93°46′18″W / 38.37000°N 93.77167°W / 38.37000; -93.77167 (38.370067, -93.771689). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.26 square miles (23.98 km2), of which, 9.14 square miles (23.67 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.31 km2) is water.

The downtown square serves as a center for community commerce and public affairs (The square also serves as a parking lot.) It features a central courthouse and numerous shops, stores, and eating facilities. More than a dozen churches are found in the community, a few of which predate 1900. Several important state highways intersect at Clinton, and a cluster of "big-box" stores, as well as several "national-chain" motels, are located in that area. Smaller motels are found on the outskirts of town on all sides. The several residential neighborhoods range from directly adjacent to the town square to lying a mile or more away. In terms of wealth, the neighborhoods go from solidly lower income, to middle-class ranch-house areas to a small, affluent borough, where larger lawns and brick-and-Tudor homes predominate.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 610
1880 2,868 370.2%
1890 4,737 65.2%
1900 5,061 6.8%
1910 4,992 −1.4%
1920 5,098 2.1%
1930 5,744 12.7%
1940 6,041 5.2%
1950 6,075 0.6%
1960 6,925 14.0%
1970 7,504 8.4%
1980 8,366 11.5%
1990 8,703 4.0%
2000 9,311 7.0%
2010 9,008 −3.3%
Est. 2019 8,945 −0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 9,008 people, 3,935 households, and 2,371 families living in the city. The population density was 985.6 inhabitants per square mile (380.5/km2). There were 4,454 housing units at an average density of 487.3 per square mile (188.1/km2). The racial makup of the city was 95.1% White, 1.9% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0%.

Of the 3,935 households 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.2% were married couples living together, 13.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.7% were non-families. 34.5% of households were one person and 16.1% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.82.

The median age was 40.6 years. 22.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.4% were from 25 to 44; 25.1% were from 45 to 64; and 20.5% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.9% male and 53.1% female.

Recreation

Clinton lies at the western end of the Katy Trail, a 225-mile long state park used by cyclists, runners, and horseback riders. The rail trail is built on the path of the old Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, which was abandoned between Clinton and Sedalia in 1989. The former Katy railroad from Clinton south to Nevada (MO) is still in operation by the Missouri and Northern Arkansas Railroad (RailAmerica). The city is also situated near Truman Lake which is widely known for its excellent boating, fishing, camping, and other related activities. Clinton is also home to two of the area's finer 18-hole golf courses.

2007 Tour of Missouri

September 12, 2007, the Tour of Missouri bicycle race began stage 2 from Clinton, Mo. [1] The initial take off began from the historic downtown square, and ended in Springfield, Mo.

Education

Clinton School District operates five schools, including Clinton Sr. High School.

Clinton has a public library, a branch of the Henry County Library.

Notable people

  • Virgil Hill, Olympic boxing silver medalist, member of International Boxing Hall of Fame
  • Uel W. Lamkin, Henry County schools superintendent and president of Northwest Missouri State University
  • Steve Luebber, MLB pitcher and Minor League baseball pitching coach
  • Nick Petree, Minor League baseball player
  • Delbert Lee Scott, politician, college president
  • David Steward, World Wide Technology founder, chairman
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