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East Prairie, Missouri
East Prairie
East Prairie
Location of East Prairie, Missouri
Location of East Prairie, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Mississippi
 • Total 1.25 sq mi (3.24 km2)
 • Land 1.25 sq mi (3.24 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
305 ft (93 m)
 • Total 2,943
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,352.80/sq mi (908.45/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-21052
GNIS feature ID 0717337

East Prairie is a city in Mississippi County, Missouri, United States. The population was 2,943 at the 2020 census.


A post office called East Prairie has been in operation since 1872. The community took its name from a prairie of the same near the original town site.

Hess Archeological Site, Hoecake Village Archeological Site, and Mueller Archeological Site are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


East Prairie is located at 36°46′46″N 89°23′5″W / 36.77944°N 89.38472°W / 36.77944; -89.38472 (36.779538, -89.384783).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.29 square miles (3.34 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 298
1900 388 30.2%
1910 1,243 220.4%
1920 1,124 −9.6%
1930 1,385 23.2%
1940 2,469 78.3%
1950 3,033 22.8%
1960 3,449 13.7%
1970 3,275 −5.0%
1980 3,713 13.4%
1990 3,416 −8.0%
2000 3,227 −5.5%
2010 3,176 −1.6%
2019 (est.) 2,941 −7.4%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,176 people, 1,294 households, and 846 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,462.0 inhabitants per square mile (950.6/km2). There were 1,398 housing units at an average density of 1,083.7 per square mile (418.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.69% White, 2.33% Black or African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.38% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.42% of the population.

There were 1,294 households, of which 35.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.3% were married couples living together, 19.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.6% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the city was 38.5 years. 25.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.7% were from 25 to 44; 24.3% were from 45 to 64; and 17.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 45.9% male and 54.1% female.

Arts and culture

East Prairie is the host of the Tour de Corn bicycle ride each summer during the town's Sweetcorn Festival that attracts cyclists from many surrounding states and raises money for local charities.

In the media

Significant portions of the 1961 film The Intruder (directed by Roger Corman and starring William Shatner) were filmed in East Prairie.


East Prairie R-II School District operates one elementary school, one middle school and East Prairie High School.

East Prairie has a public library, a branch of the Mississippi County Library District.

Notable people

  • Orlin Collier, who briefly pitched with the Detroit Tigers in 1931, was born in East Prairie in 1907.
  • Dan Smoot, figure in the anti-communist movement, born in East Prairie in 1913.
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