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Location of Lawson, Missouri
|Counties||Ray, Clinton, Clay|
|• Total||2.79 sq mi (7.22 km2)|
|• Land||2.70 sq mi (6.99 km2)|
|• Water||0.09 sq mi (0.23 km2)|
|Elevation||1,066 ft (325 m)|
| • Estimate
|• Density||894.74/sq mi (345.43/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0720846|
Lawson is a city in Clay, Clinton, and Ray counties in the U.S. state of Missouri and part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. The population was 2,541 at the 2020 census.
Lawson is located at 39°26′16″N 94°12′29″W / 39.43778°N 94.20806°W (39.437848, -94.207973).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.59 square miles (6.71 km2), of which, 2.53 square miles (6.55 km2) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km2) is water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,473 people, 876 households, and 676 families living in the city. The population density was 977.5 inhabitants per square mile (377.4/km2). There were 937 housing units at an average density of 370.4 per square mile (143.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.4% White, 0.1% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.1% of the population.
There were 876 households, of which 45.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.1% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 22.8% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.21.
The median age in the city was 33.1 years. 31.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 26.3% were from 25 to 44; 23.2% were from 45 to 64; and 11.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.5% male and 51.5% female.
Lawson was founded in 1870 and was named for New York businessman L. M. Lawson. A post office called Lawson has been in operation since 1876.
Lawson is home to Ray County's oldest bank, Lawson Bank, founded in 1883. The bank recovered from a devastating fire in 1914 and still stands at 4th & Penn today. Other interesting sites in Lawson include the historic Watkins Mill (now a Missouri state park and National Historic Landmark) and Ray County's longest continuously in-print newspaper, The Lawson Review. KC-10L, a Nike missile base, is located a mile east of Lawson (Nov 1959 - Feb 1964).
Public education in Lawson is administered by Lawson R-XIV School District, which operates one elementary school, one middle school, and Lawson High School.
Lawson has a public library, the Lawson Community Branch Library.
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