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Ironton, Missouri
The Ironton Courthouse
The Ironton Courthouse
Nickname(s): 
Queen City of the Francois Mountains
Location of Ironton, Missouri
Location of Ironton, Missouri
Coordinates: 37°36′2″N 90°37′54″W / 37.60056°N 90.63167°W / 37.60056; -90.63167Coordinates: 37°36′2″N 90°37′54″W / 37.60056°N 90.63167°W / 37.60056; -90.63167
Country United States
State Missouri
County Iron
Area
 • Total 1.39 sq mi (3.60 km2)
 • Land 1.34 sq mi (3.48 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.12 km2)
Elevation
906 ft (276 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,460
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,389
 • Density 1,034.25/sq mi (399.33/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
63650
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-35468
GNIS feature ID 0750466

Ironton is a city in Iron County, Missouri, United States. The population was 1,460 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Iron County, and is located 12 miles south of Belgrade.

History

Ironton was designated county seat in 1857, soon after the formation of Iron County. Like the county, Ironton was named from the deposits of iron ore found in the vicinity. A post office called Ironton has been in operation since 1858.

Geography

Ironton is located at 37°36′2″N 90°37′54″W / 37.60056°N 90.63167°W / 37.60056; -90.63167 (37.600455, -90.631627). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.39 square miles (3.60 km2), of which, 1.34 square miles (3.47 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 386
1870 573 48.4%
1880 759 32.5%
1890 965 27.1%
1900 797 −17.4%
1910 721 −9.5%
1920 832 15.4%
1930 974 17.1%
1940 1,083 11.2%
1950 1,148 6.0%
1960 1,310 14.1%
1970 1,452 10.8%
1980 1,743 20.0%
1990 1,539 −11.7%
2000 1,471 −4.4%
2010 1,460 −0.7%
2019 (est.) 1,389 −4.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,460 people, 639 households, and 375 families living in the city. The population density was 1,089.6 inhabitants per square mile (420.7/km2). There were 745 housing units at an average density of 556.0 per square mile (214.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.16% White, 1.71% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.14% from other races, and 1.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.51% of the population.

There were 639 households, of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.2% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.3% were non-families. 37.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.88.

The median age in the city was 41.9 years. 20.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.1% were from 25 to 44; 26.6% were from 45 to 64; and 20.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.2% male and 52.8% female.

Education

Ironton students are served by the Arcadia Valley School District. Arcadia Valley High School is a small, rural school.

Ironton has a public library, a branch of the Ozark Regional Library.

Notable people

  • Chris Carr, former NBA basketball player
  • Andrew S. Cuthbertson, Illinois state senator and lawyer
  • Jeff Tesreau, American League pitcher, Major League Baseball, 1912-1917
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