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Green City, Missouri
Location of Green City, Missouri
Location of Green City, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Sullivan
 • Total 1.46 sq mi (3.78 km2)
 • Land 1.43 sq mi (3.70 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
1,060 ft (323 m)
 • Total 657
 • Estimate 
 • Density 459.4/sq mi (177.4/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 660
FIPS code 29-29134
GNIS feature ID 0735635

Green City is a city in Sullivan County, Missouri, United States. The population was 657 at the 2010 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.46 square miles (3.78 km2), of which, 1.43 square miles (3.70 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.


Green City traces its beginnings to April, 1880 when Sullivan County farmer Henry Pfeiffer commissioned surveyor Thomas J. Dockery to lay out the town in what had previously been a cornfield. The town plat consisted of fifty lots, each 60-by-130 feet. The impetus for the town was the Quincy, Missouri & Pacific railway, which laid tracks close by in the early 1880s. A rail depot was built with donations from area farmers, and in 1881 C. B. Comstock built a store and warehouse. Around the same time a small frame building was moved from the nearby village of Kiddville by S.H. Davis who used it as a post office when he became Green Citys' first postmaster. Green City was officially incorporated on February 10, 1882.

Green City, Missouri, is the site of Widmark Airport (FAA LID: MO83). Towns the size of Green City, whose population numbered only 688 inhabitants in 2000, usually do not have airports, but Richard Widmark owned a cattle ranch in the area during the 1950s and 1960s. Richard Widmark contributed funds to the construction of an airport which led to its being named in his honor.

Green City Presbyterian Church and Green City Railroad Depot are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Notable events

  • May 25, 1885 — Green City College is established. A large three-story brick building was constructed at a cost of $4,500 dollars. The first classes were held October 13, 1883 with thirteen students enrolled. By the end of the first term the number had increased to thirty-three, and the second years enrollment totaled eighty. A one-year college preparatory program comprising four terms was offered as well as a full four-year collegiate program.
  • June 24, 1918 - A large tornado passed just to the north of Green City. The town proper was spared much damage, however seven people were killed and at least a dozen more injured in the rural areas near the town. Considerable property damage to rural homes and farms also resulted.
  • November 5, 1931 — A large fire destroyed much of the east side of the Green City town square. A total of four buildings, housing at least six businesses and the City Hall, were a complete loss. The only building left standing was that which housed the Bank of Green City and the Green City Hotel.
  • March 26, 1931 — Noted bank robber and "gangster" Fred "Killer" Burke was apprehended near Green City. He had been living there for some time under an assumed name.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 318
1900 477 50.0%
1910 844 76.9%
1920 905 7.2%
1930 783 −13.5%
1940 697 −11.0%
1950 673 −3.4%
1960 628 −6.7%
1970 632 0.6%
1980 719 13.8%
1990 671 −6.7%
2000 688 2.5%
2010 657 −4.5%
2015 (est.) 618 −5.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 657 people, 316 households, and 181 families residing in the city. The population density was 459.4 inhabitants per square mile (177.4/km2). There were 357 housing units at an average density of 249.7 per square mile (96.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.3% White, 0.3% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 3.5% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.8% of the population.

There were 316 households of which 25.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.8% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.7% were non-families. 39.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.71.

The median age in the city was 45.8 years. 20.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.1% were from 25 to 44; 30.6% were from 45 to 64; and 21.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.1% male and 51.9% female.

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