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Commerce, Missouri
Location of Commerce, Missouri
Location of Commerce, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Scott
 • Total 0.35 sq mi (0.90 km2)
 • Land 0.35 sq mi (0.90 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
328 ft (100 m)
 • Total 67
 • Estimate 
 • Density 190.75/sq mi (73.65/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-15760
GNIS feature ID 0716151

Commerce is a Mississippi River village in Scott County, Missouri, United States. The population was 67 at the time of the 2010 census.


In 1788, the present site of Commerce was first occupied by French settlers, making Commerce apparently the third-oldest present site settlement in Missouri after St Louis, Missouri and St. Charles, Missouri. A trading post established in 1803 served as the center of commerce for the region, hence the name of the settlement. In 1823, the circuit court ordered a board of commissioners to be appointed to lay out lots here. From 1864 to 1878, Commerce was the county seat of Scott County. Commerce was one of the few areas in Scott County to have uninterrupted mail service during the Civil War as guerilla bands made delivery unsafe for the northern carriers. Commerce along with the German settlement of New Hamburg were the two enclaves of Union sympathizers in Scott County during the war. On November 1, 1861, Colonel Oglesby landed in Commerce with about 3,000 men where his soldiers soon exchanged shots with M. Jeff Thompson. On December 29, 1861, Thompson raided Commerce. On February 21, 1862, General Pope landed here with 140 troops, but when he left a week later his force consisted of 26,153 men. The island in front of Commerce was known as Cat Island at least as early as Mark Twain's time; however, it has been absorbed by Powers Island to the south. Commerce was a Methodist town with a congregation established as early as 1825 and without a Baptist church until 1906.


Commerce is located at 37°9′26″N 89°26′47″W / 37.15722°N 89.44639°W / 37.15722; -89.44639 (37.157131, -89.446512).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.35 square miles (0.91 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 440
1900 588
1910 544 −7.5%
1920 593 9.0%
1930 351 −40.8%
1940 413 17.7%
1950 360 −12.8%
1960 247 −31.4%
1970 234 −5.3%
1980 199 −15.0%
1990 173 −13.1%
2000 110 −36.4%
2010 67 −39.1%
2019 (est.) 66 −1.5%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 67 people, 30 households, and 18 families living in the village. The population density was 191.4 inhabitants per square mile (73.9/km2). There were 41 housing units at an average density of 117.1 per square mile (45.2/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 92.54% White and 7.46% Black or African American.

There were 30 households, of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 3.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 36.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 26.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the village was 46.5 years. 19.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 12.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16.5% were from 25 to 44; 29.8% were from 45 to 64; and 22.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 56.7% male and 43.3% female.

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