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Drexel, Missouri
Location of Drexel, Missouri
Location of Drexel, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
Counties Cass, Bates
 • Total 2.76 sq mi (7.15 km2)
 • Land 2.73 sq mi (7.06 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.09 km2)
1,004 ft (306 m)
 • Total 965
 • Estimate 
 • Density 346.17/sq mi (133.67/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 816
FIPS code 29-20134
GNIS feature ID 0729875

Drexel is a city in northwest Bates and southwest Cass counties in the U.S. state of Missouri. The population was 965 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.


Drexel was originally called Stuart City, and under the latter name was platted in 1890. The present name of Drexel was the name of a local store owner. A post office called Drexel has been in operation since 1891.


Drexel is located at 38°28′50″N 94°36′28″W / 38.48056°N 94.60778°W / 38.48056; -94.60778 (38.480611, -94.607725).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.77 square miles (7.17 km2), of which, 2.73 square miles (7.07 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 453
1910 512 13.0%
1920 543 6.1%
1930 553 1.8%
1940 450 −18.6%
1950 456 1.3%
1960 651 42.8%
1970 723 11.1%
1980 908 25.6%
1990 936 3.1%
2000 1,090 16.5%
2010 965 −11.5%
2019 (est.) 944 −2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 965 people, 404 households, and 264 families living in the city. The population density was 353.5 inhabitants per square mile (136.5/km2). There were 450 housing units at an average density of 164.8 per square mile (63.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.3% White, 0.9% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.1% Asian, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.

There were 404 households, of which 32.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.2% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.7% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the city was 39.4 years. 26.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.5% were from 25 to 44; 25.9% were from 45 to 64; and 18.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.6% male and 50.4% female.

Drexel public water supply

In June 2010, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources warned of a spike of 31.2 parts herbicide atrazine per billion in Drexel's public water supply. The maximum contaminant level set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for long term exposure is 3 parts per billion. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services recommended "neither using the water for drinking nor using it to cook, wash dishes or to make ice."


Drexel R-IV School District operates one elementary school and Drexel High School.

Drexel has a public library, a branch of the Cass County Public Library.

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