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Harrisonville, Missouri
Centerpiece of the Harrisonville Courthouse Square Historic District
Centerpiece of the Harrisonville Courthouse Square Historic District
Location in the state of Missouri
Location in the state of Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Cass
Incorporated 1851
 • Total 10.01 sq mi (25.94 km2)
 • Land 9.88 sq mi (25.60 km2)
 • Water 0.13 sq mi (0.34 km2)
958 ft (292 m)
 • Total 10,121
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,019.73/sq mi (393.71/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 816
FIPS code 29-30610
GNIS feature ID 0719166

Harrisonville is a town in Cass County, Missouri, United States. The population was 10,121 at the 2020 census. It is the county seat of Cass County. It is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.


Harrisonville was founded in 1837 upon land donated to Cass County by Congress for county purposes, and was named for Congressman Albert G. Harrison, who was instrumental in obtaining the land grant. The area suffered greatly during the American Civil War, though Harrisonville was one of the few places exempted in Union General Thomas Ewing's notorious General Order No. 11 (1863), which ordered the depopulation of three entire Missouri counties and part of a fourth.

The Robert A. Brown House, Harrisonville Courthouse Square Historic District, and St. Peter's Episcopal Church are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Harrisonville is located at 38°39′13″N 94°20′49″W / 38.65361°N 94.34694°W / 38.65361; -94.34694 (38.653592, -94.346915). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.01 square miles (25.93 km2), of which, 9.88 square miles (25.59 km2) is land and 0.13 square miles (0.34 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 675
1870 1,032 52.9%
1880 1,113 7.8%
1890 1,645 47.8%
1900 1,844 12.1%
1910 1,947 5.6%
1920 2,073 6.5%
1930 2,306 11.2%
1940 2,322 0.7%
1950 2,530 9.0%
1960 3,510 38.7%
1970 5,052 43.9%
1980 6,372 26.1%
1990 7,683 20.6%
2000 8,946 16.4%
2010 10,019 12.0%
2019 (est.) 10,078 0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 10,019 people, 3,854 households, and 2,516 families living in the city. The population density was 1,014.1 inhabitants per square mile (391.5/km2). There were 4,144 housing units at an average density of 419.4 per square mile (161.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.0% White, 1.1% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.6% of the population.

There were 3,854 households, of which 36.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were married couples living together, 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.7% were non-families. 29.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.07.

The median age in the city was 35.5 years. 27.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.6% were from 25 to 44; 22.4% were from 45 to 64; and 15.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.2% male and 52.8% female.


Harrisonville R-IX School District operates an Early Childhood Center, two elementary schools, one middle school, Harrisonville High School, and Cass Career Center.

Harrisonville has a public library, a branch of the Cass County Public Library.

Notable people

  • Robert C. Bell, United States federal judge.
  • Angelica Bridges, actress, model and singer.
  • Delmer Brown, Japanologist.
  • Chris Koster, 41st Attorney General of Missouri
  • Edward Capehart O'Kelley, The man who killed Robert Ford, who killed Jesse James.
  • Vicky Hartzler, Member of the US House Of Representatives For Missouri's 4th District.
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