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Humansville, Missouri
Location of Humansville, Missouri
Location of Humansville, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Polk
 • Total 1.21 sq mi (3.14 km2)
 • Land 1.20 sq mi (3.11 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
965 ft (294 m)
 • Total 1,048
 • Estimate 
 • Density 881.03/sq mi (340.21/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 417
FIPS code 29-33706
GNIS feature ID 719986

Humansville is a city in Polk County, Missouri, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 1,048. It is part of the Springfield, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area. Carl Long is the current mayor, sworn in on October 7, 2019.


Humansville, Missouri (circa 1910)
A crowd waiting to see and greet President Taft, circa 1910

Humansville was named for James Human, who settled in the area in 1834. A post office called Humansville has been in operation since 1839.

During the U.S. Civil War, a skirmish was fought on the town's outskirts on March 26, 1862, in which about 300 to 400 Missouri Confederates under Col. James M. Frazier of Cedar County clashed with two companies of the pro-Union Missouri State Militia. Casualties were few, but Col. Frazier was himself mortally wounded, which caused the Confederates to retreat.

The George Dimmitt Memorial Hospital was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2012.


Humansville sits on Brush Creek and the line of the old Kansas City, Clinton and Springfield Railway. It is 18 mi (29 km) northwest of Bolivar, the seat of Polk County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.19 square miles (3.08 km2), of which, 1.18 square miles (3.06 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 328
1890 791 141.2%
1900 1,055 33.4%
1910 913 −13.5%
1920 947 3.7%
1930 1,022 7.9%
1940 786 −23.1%
1950 803 2.2%
1960 745 −7.2%
1970 825 10.7%
1980 907 9.9%
1990 1,084 19.5%
2000 946 −12.7%
2010 1,048 10.8%
2019 (est.) 1,059 1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,048 people, 366 households, and 227 families living in the city. The population density was 888.1 inhabitants per square mile (342.9/km2). There were 461 housing units at an average density of 390.7 per square mile (150.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.6% White, 0.1% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.8% of the population.

There were 366 households, of which 31.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.3% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.0% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 20.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.04.

The median age in the city was 45.9 years. 21.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20% were from 25 to 44; 25.5% were from 45 to 64; and 25.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.9% male and 53.1% female.


Humansville R-IV School District operates one elementary school and Humansville High School.

Humansville has a public library, a branch of the Polk County Library.

Circle of Hope Girls Ranch was located in Humansville.

Notable people

  • Zoë Akins, (1886–1958), became a successful poet, playwright, and screenwriter.
  • Edgar Buchanan (1903–1979), who had a long career in movies and television. He portrayed Uncle Joe on Petticoat Junction in the 1960s.
  • James B. Potter, Jr. (born 1931), Los Angeles City Council member, 1963–1971
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