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Kennett, Missouri
City
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Location of Kennett, Missouri
Location of Kennett, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Dunklin
Area
 • Total 6.96 sq mi (18.03 km2)
 • Land 6.96 sq mi (18.03 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 269 ft (82 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 10,932
 • Estimate (2012) 10,902
 • Density 1,570.7/sq mi (606.32/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 63857
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-38306
GNIS feature ID 0731596
Website kennettmo.org

Kennett is a city in and the county seat of Dunklin County, Missouri, United States. The city is located in the southeast corner (or "Bootheel") of Missouri, 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Arkansas and 20 miles (32 km) from the Mississippi River. It has a population of 10,932 according to the 2010 Census. It is the largest city in the Bootheel, a mostly agricultural area.

History

White settlers built log cabins in the area in the first half of the 19th century, naming their settlement Chilletecaux in honor of a Delaware Indian chief who lived there. The town was renamed Butler in the late 1840s. Due to mail delivery problems because of other jurisdictions named the same, the settlement was renamed as Kennett, in honor of the mayor of the city of St. Louis, Luther M. Kennett.

In the 1890s, a railroad reached the area, stimulating growth in the town. In that same period, the state began construction of a massive drainage program in the St. Francis River basin, which was floodplain and wetlands. In the 20th century, after timber clearing, the area was developed for cultivation of cotton and other commodity crops.

Geography and climate

Kennett is located at (36.237974, −90.051727). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.96 square miles (18.03 km2), all of it land.

As with the southern extremity of Missouri, Kennett has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa) with cool winters and hot, humid summers, ample precipitation through much of the year, and is part of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7. The monthly daily average temperature ranges from 35.3 °F (1.8 °C) in January to 80.7 °F (27.1 °C) in July. On average, there are 4.9 days annually with 100 °F (38 °C)+ highs, 63 days of 90 °F (32 °C)+ highs, 9.4 days where the temperature does not rise above freezing, and 4.8 days with 10 °F (−12 °C) or lower minima.

Climate data for Kennett, Missouri
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 44.9
(7.17)
50.2
(10.11)
60.4
(15.78)
71.3
(21.83)
80.1
(26.72)
88.9
(31.61)
91.6
(33.11)
91.5
(33.06)
84.5
(29.17)
73.6
(23.11)
59.9
(15.5)
47.5
(8.61)
70.4
(21.33)
Average low °F (°C) 25.8
(-3.44)
29.5
(-1.39)
37.9
(3.28)
47.9
(8.83)
57.8
(14.33)
66.5
(19.17)
69.8
(21)
67.7
(19.83)
59.1
(15.06)
47.1
(8.39)
38.3
(3.5)
28.9
(-1.72)
48.0
(8.89)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.67
(93.2)
4.04
(102.6)
4.54
(115.3)
4.87
(123.7)
5.49
(139.4)
3.53
(89.7)
3.57
(90.7)
2.32
(58.9)
3.32
(84.3)
4.49
(114)
4.40
(111.8)
4.90
(124.5)
49.14
(1,248.2)
Snowfall inches (cm) 3.1
(7.9)
2.7
(6.9)
.5
(1.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
trace .9
(2.3)
7.2
(18.3)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 7.5 8.3 9.1 9.2 9.7 7.4 7.0 5.4 6.5 7.4 8.4 8.6 94.5
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) .9 1.5 .1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .6 3.1
Source: NOAA

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 171
1890 302 76.6%
1900 1,509 399.7%
1910 3,033 101.0%
1920 3,622 19.4%
1930 4,128 14.0%
1940 6,335 53.5%
1950 8,685 37.1%
1960 9,098 4.8%
1970 10,090 10.9%
1980 10,145 0.5%
1990 10,941 7.8%
2000 11,260 2.9%
2010 10,932 −2.9%
Est. 2015 10,662 −5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

The Kennett Micropolitan Statistical Area consists of Dunklin County.

As of 2000 the median household income was $26,088 and the median family income was $34,167. Males had a median income of $29,958 versus $18,770 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,397. Living below the poverty line were 26.1% of the population and 20.5% of families. Those living below the poverty line were 37.5% of those under the age of 18 and 24.0% of those 65 and older.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 10,932 people, 4,377 households, and 2,849 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,570.7 inhabitants per square mile (606.5/km2). There were 4,863 housing units at an average density of 698.7 per square mile (269.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 80.1% White, 16.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.3% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.5% of the population.

There were 4,377 households of which 32.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 18.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.9% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.95.

The median age in the city was 38.4 years. 25.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.7% were from 25 to 44; 25.5% were from 45 to 64; and 16.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.1% male and 52.9% female.

Transportation

Kennett Memorial Airport is a city-owned, public-use airport located one nautical mile (1.85 km) southeast of the central business district of Kennett.


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