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Fordland, Missouri
Location of Fordland, Missouri
Location of Fordland, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Webster
Government
 • Type N/A
Area
 • Total 1.11 sq mi (2.87 km2)
 • Land 1.11 sq mi (2.86 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,604 ft (489 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 800
 • Estimate 
(2019)
846
 • Density 764.92/sq mi (295.46/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
65652
Area code(s) 417
FIPS code 29-25012
Website http://cityoffordland.com/

Fordland is a city in southern Webster County, Missouri, United States. The population was 800 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Springfield, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Fordland was platted in 1882. The community has the name of J. S. Ford, a railroad official. A post office called Fordland has been in operation since 1882.

Geography

Fordland is located at 37°9′26″N 92°56′26″W / 37.15722°N 92.94056°W / 37.15722; -92.94056 (37.157342, -92.940689). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.11 square miles (2.87 km2), all of it land.

Due to favorable geographical conditions (e.g., altitude—Fordland is approximately 300 feet higher in elevation than Springfield), numerous Springfield-based media outlets, such as KYTV, KOLR, KOZL-TV, KGHZ, and others, have located their transmitting towers in or near Fordland.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 248
1930 327 31.9%
1940 331 1.2%
1950 302 −8.8%
1960 338 11.9%
1970 399 18.0%
1980 569 42.6%
1990 523 −8.1%
2000 684 30.8%
2010 800 17.0%
2019 (est.) 846 5.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 800 people, 312 households, and 205 families living in the city. The population density was 720.7 inhabitants per square mile (278.3/km2). There were 343 housing units at an average density of 309.0 per square mile (119.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.3% White, 0.4% African American, 1.0% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.1% of the population.

There were 312 households, of which 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.3% were married couples living together, 17.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.3% were non-families. 31.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.20.

The median age in the city was 34.2 years. 28.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.8% were from 25 to 44; 22.6% were from 45 to 64; and 13% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.

Education

The Fordland R-III School District operates one elementary school, one middle school and Fordland High School.

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