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Dexter, Missouri
City
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Location of Dexter, Missouri
Location of Dexter, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Stoddard
Area
 • Total 6.65 sq mi (17.22 km2)
 • Land 6.52 sq mi (16.89 km2)
 • Water 0.13 sq mi (0.34 km2)
Elevation 371 ft (113 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 7,864
 • Estimate (2012) 7,881
 • Density 1,206.1/sq mi (465.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 63841
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-19396
GNIS feature ID 0716871

Dexter is a city in Stoddard County, Missouri, United States, founded in 1873. The population was 7,864 at the 2010 census.

History

Dexter was platted in 1873. One Mr. Dex, an early settler, gave the community the name of his horse, Dexter. Dexter experienced rapid growth with the arrival of the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway. A post office called Dexter City was established in 1873, and the name was changed to Dexter in 1887.

The Dexter Gymnasium was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.

Geography

Dexter is located at 36°47′48″N 89°57′45″W / 36.79667°N 89.9625°W / 36.79667; -89.9625 (36.796655, -89.962518).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.65 square miles (17.22 km2), of which 6.52 square miles (16.89 km2) is land and 0.13 square miles (0.34 km2) is water.

Dexter is 160 miles (260 km) south of St. Louis. Dexter is 45 miles from Cairo, Illinois, the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.

Dexter is located on what is known as Crowley's Ridge.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 489
1890 792 62.0%
1900 1,862 135.1%
1910 2,322 24.7%
1920 2,635 13.5%
1930 2,714 3.0%
1940 3,108 14.5%
1950 4,624 48.8%
1960 5,519 19.4%
1970 6,024 9.2%
1980 7,043 16.9%
1990 7,559 7.3%
2000 7,356 −2.7%
2010 7,864 6.9%
Est. 2015 7,992 1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,864 people, 3,359 households, and 2,108 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,206.1 inhabitants per square mile (465.7/km2). There were 3,666 housing units at an average density of 562.3 per square mile (217.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.1% White, 0.5% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population.

There were 3,359 households of which 30.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.2% were non-families. 32.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% 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 2.83.

The median age in the city was 40.5 years. 22.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.4% were from 25 to 44; 24.8% were from 45 to 64; and 19.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 45.6% male and 54.4% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 7,356 people, 3,237 households, and 2,019 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,208.0 people per square mile (466.4/km²). There were 3,560 housing units at an average density of 584.6 per square mile (225.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.31% White, 0.15% African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.50% from other races, and 1.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.20% of the population.

There were 3,237 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.6% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.7% 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 2.83.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 20.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 82.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,116, and the median income for a family was $32,175. Males had a median income of $26,724 versus $17,409 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,034. About 14.8% of families and 18.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.5% of those under age 18 and 16.3% of those age 65 or over.

Climate

Dexter has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa).

Climate data for Dexter
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 43
(6.1)
50
(10)
60
(15.6)
71
(21.7)
80
(26.7)
89
(31.7)
92
(33.3)
90
(32.2)
83
(28.3)
73
(22.8)
58
(14.4)
47
(8.3)
69.7
(20.93)
Average low °F (°C) 26
(-3.3)
31
(-0.6)
39
(3.9)
48
(8.9)
58
(14.4)
66
(18.9)
70
(21.1)
68
(20)
60
(15.6)
49
(9.4)
39
(3.9)
30
(-1.1)
48.7
(9.26)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.47
(88.1)
3.64
(92.5)
4.89
(124.2)
4.27
(108.5)
4.86
(123.4)
4.21
(106.9)
3.81
(96.8)
3.22
(81.8)
3.07
(78)
3.08
(78.2)
4.56
(115.8)
4.83
(122.7)
47.91
(1,216.9)

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