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Lebanon, Missouri
City of Lebanon
Lebanon Train Depot in 1873
Lebanon Train Depot in 1873
Motto(s): 
"Friendly People. Friendly Place."
Location of Lebanon, Missouri
Location of Lebanon, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Laclede
Incorporated 1877
Government
 • Type Mayor-Council-City Administrator
Area
 • Total 14.72 sq mi (38.13 km2)
 • Land 14.64 sq mi (37.92 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)
Elevation
1,265 ft (386 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 14,474
 • Estimate 
(2019)
14,798
 • Density 1,010.65/sq mi (390.22/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
65536
Area code(s) 417
FIPS code 29-41168
GNIS feature ID 0720871

Lebanon is a city in and the county seat of Laclede County in Missouri. The population was 14,474 at the time of the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Laclede County. The Lebanon Micropolitan Statistical Area consists of Laclede County.

History

Lebanon was founded in 1849. The community was named after Lebanon, Tennessee, the native home of a share of the first settlers. Lebanon also had many motels, for travelers along Route 66 to stay in. After the death of Route 66, Lebanon didn't die, but was only wounded.

The Ralph E. Burley House, Joe Knight Building, Laclede County Jail, Ploger-Moneymaker Place, and Wallace House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Lebanon is located at 37°40′42″N 92°39′42″W / 37.67833°N 92.66167°W / 37.67833; -92.66167 (37.678203, -92.661694). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.72 square miles (38.12 km2), of which, 14.63 square miles (37.89 km2) is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 341
1870 1,090 219.6%
1880 1,419 30.2%
1890 2,218 56.3%
1900 2,125 −4.2%
1910 2,430 14.4%
1920 2,848 17.2%
1930 3,562 25.1%
1940 5,025 41.1%
1950 6,808 35.5%
1960 8,220 20.7%
1970 8,616 4.8%
1980 9,507 10.3%
1990 9,983 5.0%
2000 12,155 21.8%
2010 14,474 19.1%
2019 (est.) 14,798 2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
Laclede County MO Courthouse pano 20150715-8164-6
Laclede County Courthouse

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 14,474 people, 5,980 households, and 3,745 families living in the city. The population density was 989.3 inhabitants per square mile (382.0/km2). There were 6,728 housing units at an average density of 459.9 per square mile (177.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.1% White, 1.3% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.7% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.6% of the population.

There were 5,980 households, of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.4% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.94.

The median age in the city was 35.4 years. 25.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.9% were from 25 to 44; 22.5% were from 45 to 64; and 15.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.5% male and 52.5% female.

Education

Public education in Lebanon is administered by Lebanon R-III School District, which operates Lebanon High School.

Lebanon has a public library, the Lebanon–Laclede County Library.

Notable people

  • Richard P. Bland, congressman from the state of Missouri
  • Jim Bohannon, nationally syndicated radio news and talk show host; raised in Lebanon and got his first radio job at the local station
  • Ernest R. Breech, business executive; Chairman of the Board for Ford Motor Company, Bendix Aviation, and Trans World Airlines
  • Justin Britt, offensive lineman for Houston Texans; star at Lebanon High School before college career at Mizzou
  • Cynthia Coffman, 38th Attorney General of Colorado
  • Phil M. Donnelly, 41st and 43rd governor of Missouri
  • Michael S. Hopkins, NASA astronaut and Air Force colonel; born in Lebanon, grew up near Richland
  • Jeff Knight, member of the Missouri House of Representatives
  • Antoine Predock, architect and designer
  • Jerry Schoonmaker, professional baseball player for the Washington Senators
  • William Tecumseh Vernon, Register of the Treasury from 1906 to 1911; also the president of Western University starting in 1896
  • Betty Wagoner, professional baseball player for the South Bend Blue Sox
  • Lanford Wilson, playwright and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama
  • Harold Bell Wright, author whose book The Calling of Dan Matthews is about his time in Lebanon
  • J. Michael Finley, actor, I Can Only Imagine
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