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Gideon, Missouri
Main Street
Main Street
Location of Gideon, Missouri
Location of Gideon, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County New Madrid
 • Total 1.80 sq mi (4.66 km2)
 • Land 1.79 sq mi (4.64 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
269 ft (82 m)
 • Total 1,093
 • Estimate 
 • Density 543.02/sq mi (209.67/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-26974
GNIS feature ID 0718432

Gideon is a city in New Madrid County, Missouri, United States. The population was 1,093 at the 2010 census.


Gideon had its start in 1900 as a lumber company town. The town site was platted in 1903, and named in honor of Frank Gideon, a businessperson in the lumber industry. A post office called Gideon has been in operation since 1902.


Gideon is located at 36°27′17″N 89°55′7″W / 36.45472°N 89.91861°W / 36.45472; -89.91861 (36.454799, -89.918691).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.80 square miles (4.66 km2), of which, 1.79 square miles (4.64 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 702
1920 1,197 70.5%
1930 1,315 9.9%
1940 1,606 22.1%
1950 1,754 9.2%
1960 1,411 −19.6%
1970 1,112 −21.2%
1980 1,240 11.5%
1990 1,104 −11.0%
2000 1,113 0.8%
2010 1,093 −1.8%
2019 (est.) 972 −11.1%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,093 people, 418 households, and 281 families living in the city. The population density was 610.6 inhabitants per square mile (235.8/km2). There were 458 housing units at an average density of 255.9 per square mile (98.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.36% White, 0.09% Black or African American, and 0.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.27% of the population.

There were 418 households, of which 34.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples living together, 14.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.8% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.03.

The median age in the city was 39.1 years. 25.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.1% were from 25 to 44; 24.2% were from 45 to 64; and 19.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.8% male and 52.2% female.


The novel Sins of the Flesh by Don and Jay Davis begins in Gideon, Missouri.


Gideon has a public school system which has two school facilities, Gideon Elementary and Gideon High School. The bulldog is the mascot for the Gideon schools.

Gideon has a lending library, a branch of the New Madrid County Library.

Notable people

  • Jack Campbell lived in Gideon. He was a gospel songwriter and musician, having his song "I Know A Man Who Can" performed by George Jones.[1] Campbell died on February 12, 2007 at his home in Gideon, at the age of 79.
  • Mark Littell, the former pitcher for Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals, is from Gideon.

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