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Lamar, Missouri
Location of Lamar, Missouri
Location of Lamar, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Barton
Area
 • Total 5.53 sq mi (14.32 km2)
 • Land 5.21 sq mi (13.51 km2)
 • Water 0.31 sq mi (0.81 km2)
Elevation
961 ft (293 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 4,532
 • Estimate 
(2019)
4,294
 • Density 823.55/sq mi (317.96/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
64759
Area code(s) 417
FIPS code 29-40376
GNIS feature ID 0720770
Website cityoflamar.org

Lamar is a city in and the county seat of Barton County, Missouri, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 4,532. It is known as the birthplace of Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the United States.

The city government is consolidated with City Township. The city of Lamar is completely surrounded by, but is not part of, Lamar Township.

Geography

Lamar is located at 37°29′37″N 94°16′20″W / 37.49361°N 94.27222°W / 37.49361; -94.27222 (37.493676, -94.272111). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.43 square miles (14.06 km2), of which, 5.12 square miles (13.26 km2) is land and 0.31 square miles (0.80 km2) is water.

History

Lamar was laid out in 1856. It was named for Mirabeau B. Lamar, second President of the Republic of Texas.

It suffered multiple attacks by rebels during the American Civil War.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 907
1890 2,860 215.3%
1900 2,737 −4.3%
1910 2,316 −15.4%
1920 2,255 −2.6%
1930 2,381 5.6%
1940 2,992 25.7%
1950 3,233 8.1%
1960 3,608 11.6%
1970 3,760 4.2%
1980 4,053 7.8%
1990 4,168 2.8%
2000 4,425 6.2%
2010 4,532 2.4%
2019 (est.) 4,294 −5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 4,532 people, 1,866 households, and 1,202 families living in the city. The population density was 885.2 inhabitants per square mile (341.8/km2). There were 2,099 housing units at an average density of 410.0 per square mile (158.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.5% White, 0.7% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.7% from other races, and 3.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9%.

Of the 1,866 households 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.9% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 35.6% were non-families. 31.2% of households were one person and 17.7% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age was 39.6 years. 25.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.3% were from 25 to 44; 24.2% were from 45 to 64; and 19.5% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.6% male and 53.4% female.

Transportation

Lamar Municipal Airport (LLU) serves the city and surrounding communities.

Education

Public education in Lamar is administered by Lamar R-I School District, which operates Lamar High School.

Lamar has a public library, a branch of the Barton County Library.

Notable people

Harry S Truman Birthplace SHS 20150715-8218
Birthplace of Harry S. Truman in Lamar
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