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Harrisburg, Missouri
Village of Harrisburg
North face of the Harrisburg school and masonic lodge
North face of the Harrisburg school and masonic lodge
Location of Harrisburg, Missouri
Location of Harrisburg, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Boone
 • Total 0.80 sq mi (2.08 km2)
 • Land 0.80 sq mi (2.06 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.02 km2)
837 ft (255 m)
 • Total 266
 • Estimate 
 • Density 359.30/sq mi (138.66/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-30484

Harrisburg is a village in western Boone County, Missouri, United States. It is part of the Columbia, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 266 at the 2010 census.


Harrisburg was named for John W. Harris, who inherited the Model Farm on what was Thrall's Prairie, the first permanent settlement in the county. The town was laid out on the survey line of the prospective Louisiana and Missouri River Railroad which was later leased to Chicago and Alton railroad. The line was graded and prepared, but was abandoned for a line farther north. The proposed line can be seen on the 1969 USGS topographic map of Harrisburg. According to Colonel W. F. Switzler, in 1882, there were a post office, three stores, a confectionary shop, a church, a mill, a blacksmith shop, and the historic school building with the Masonic lodge above. The post office was located in the saddle shop. Reverend Green Carey preached at the Bethlehem Baptist church a few miles south of Harrisburg for fifty years and claimed to have joined more than five hundred couples in marriage.

The first church building in town belonged to the Harrisburg Christian congregation. It was built in 1872 of local stone and donated wood. In 1880, the official record counted sixty seven members. In 1980, the hundred-year-old building was demolished and a new building took its place. The Baptist church is a part of the Southern Baptist Convention. The old church building, built in 1887, is still in use. In 1961, the two congregations were regularly trading Sundays.


Harrisburg is located at 39°8′32″N 92°27′40″W / 39.14222°N 92.46111°W / 39.14222; -92.46111 (39.142279, -92.461207). According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.76 square miles (1.97 km2), of which, 0.75 square miles (1.94 km2) of it is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water. The town is located in between the Moniteau and Perche watersheds. The Prairie fork of the Moniteau heads towards Harrisburg, as does the Callaham fork of Perche Creek.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 88
1890 135 53.4%
1910 146
1920 168 15.1%
1930 116 −31.0%
1940 108 −6.9%
1950 117 8.3%
1960 124 6.0%
1970 150 21.0%
1980 283 88.7%
1990 169 −40.3%
2000 184 8.9%
2010 266 44.6%
2019 (est.) 286 7.5%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 266 people, 101 households, and 74 families living in the village. The population density was 354.7 inhabitants per square mile (137.0/km2). There were 121 housing units at an average density of 161.3 per square mile (62.3/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 97.0% White, 0.4% African American, 0.4% Native American, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.4% of the population.

There were 101 households, of which 43.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.4% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 26.7% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.12.

The median age in the village was 29.8 years. 33.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 31.9% were from 25 to 44; 17.3% were from 45 to 64; and 9.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 45.9% male and 54.1% female.


The Harrisburg R-VIII School District operates an elementary school, a middle school, and Harrisburg High School. Total enrollment in 2009 was 585. The high school in 2009 had a 93.3% graduation rate. In 2006 and 2008 the Harrisburg boys basketball team won the Missouri Class 2A state championship, then in 2010 and 2012 Harrisburg won the Missouri Class 2A girls basketball state championship.

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