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Eminence, Missouri
Main Street, Eminence
Main Street, Eminence
Location of Eminence, Missouri
Location of Eminence, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Shannon
Township Eminence
 • Total 1.89 sq mi (4.88 km2)
 • Land 1.89 sq mi (4.88 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
673 ft (205 m)
 • Total 515
 • Estimate 
 • Density 306.63/sq mi (118.41/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-22276
GNIS feature ID 0717575

Eminence is a city in Shannon County, Missouri, United States. The population was 515 at the 2020 census. It is the county seat of Shannon County.


A post office called Eminence has been in operation since 1844. According to one account, Eminence was so named on account of its lofty elevation, however, this interpretation is disputed.


Eminence is located in the center of the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Missouri's largest national park and the nation's first protected river system. Popular activities in the Eminence area include canoeing, hunting, fishing, and horseback riding.

Eminence maintains a small town feel, but in the summer becomes a resort city with several locally owned restaurants, motels, bed & breakfasts, including America's largest trail riding establishment.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.88 square miles (4.87 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 91
1950 527
1960 516 −2.1%
1970 520 0.8%
1980 614 18.1%
1990 582 −5.2%
2000 548 −5.8%
2010 600 9.5%
2019 (est.) 578 −3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 600 people, 254 households, and 140 families living in the city. The population density was 319.1 inhabitants per square mile (123.2/km2). There were 334 housing units at an average density of 177.7 per square mile (68.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.17% White, 1.83% Native American, 0.17% Asian, and 2.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.83% of the population.

There were 254 households, of which 28.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.8% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.9% were non-families. 41.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 3.10.

The median age in the city was 41 years. 24.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 19.3% were from 25 to 44; 28.5% were from 45 to 64; and 18% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.7% male and 53.3% female.


Eminence is accessed from Missouri Route 19 and Missouri Route 106.


Eminence R-I School District operates one elementary school, one middle school, and Eminence High School.

The town has its own lending library, the Eminence Public Library.

Notable people

  • Thomas Dale Akers, former four-time Shuttle astronaut
  • Mitch Jayne, bass player for The Dillards
  • Clair Kenamore (c. 1875 – 1935), foreign correspondent and editor
  • George Rufus Kenamore (1846 – 1928), merchant, politician, and civil servant
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