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Higginsville, Missouri
Higginsville water tower
Higginsville water tower
Location of Higginsville, Missouri
Location of Higginsville, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Lafayette
 • Total 3.80 sq mi (9.84 km2)
 • Land 3.77 sq mi (9.76 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
820 ft (250 m)
 • Total 4,797
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,223.20/sq mi (472.29/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 660
FIPS code 29-31960
GNIS feature ID 0719513

Higginsville is a city in Lafayette County, Missouri, within the United States. The population was 4,797 at the 2010 census.


Higginsville was founded in 1869 and named for Harvey Higgins, the original owner of the town site. A post office has been in operation at Higginsville since 1870.

The Confederate Chapel, Cemetery and Cottage, Houx-Hoefer-Rehkop House, and Chicago and Alton Railroad Depot at Higginsville are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Higginsville is located at 39°4′8″N 93°43′20″W / 39.06889°N 93.72222°W / 39.06889; -93.72222 (39.068829, -93.722126).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.83 square miles (9.92 km2), of which, 3.80 square miles (9.84 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 797
1890 2,342 193.9%
1900 2,791 19.2%
1910 2,628 −5.8%
1920 2,724 3.7%
1930 3,339 22.6%
1940 3,533 5.8%
1950 3,428 −3.0%
1960 4,003 16.8%
1970 4,318 7.9%
1980 4,595 6.4%
1990 4,693 2.1%
2000 4,682 −0.2%
2010 4,797 2.5%
2019 (est.) 4,609 −3.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,797 people, 1,961 households, and 1,208 families living in the city. The population density was 1,262.4 inhabitants per square mile (487.4/km2). There were 2,234 housing units at an average density of 587.9 per square mile (227.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.4% White, 5.3% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.8% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.

There were 1,961 households, of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.7% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.4% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.93.

The median age in the city was 39.5 years. 23.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.4% were from 25 to 44; 24.6% were from 45 to 64; and 18.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.6% male and 52.4% female.

Confederate Memorial Cemetery

Higginsville was formerly the site of the Missouri Confederate Soldiers' Home. After the last of the Confederate veterans died, the lands were converted into a Confederate Memorial Cemetery. This 135 acre site is preserved in memory of the more than 40,000 Missourians who fought under the Confederate flag. Captain William Clarke Quantrill is one of those interred here.


Public education in Higginsville is administered by Lafayette County C-1 School District, which operates one elementary school, one middle school and Lafayette County High School. Immanuel Lutheran School is a private institution.

Higginsville has a public library, the Robertson Memorial Library.

Notable people

  • William J. Cason, lawyer and politician
  • Jon Garrison, opera singer
  • John Clark Salyer II, "Father of the National Wildlife Refuge System", principal architect for President Franklin D. Roosevelt's duck restoration program of 1934–36. J. Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge
  • George Seals, professional football player
  • Lee Shippey, journalist
  • Alonzo "Skip" Thomas, football player

See also

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