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Licking, Missouri
Location in Texas County and the state of Missouri.
Location in Texas County and the state of Missouri.
Country United States
State Missouri
County Texas
Area
 • Total 2.14 sq mi (5.55 km2)
 • Land 2.13 sq mi (5.52 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation
1,263 ft (385 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 3,124
 • Estimate 
(2019)
3,075
 • Density 1,442.98/sq mi (557.18/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
65542
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-42464
Website http://www.lickingmo.org/

Licking is a city located in Texas County, Missouri, United States. The population was 3,124 at the 2010 census, making it the most populous city in Texas County.

Geography

Licking is located at 37°29′48″N 91°51′27″W / 37.49667°N 91.85750°W / 37.49667; -91.85750 (37.496775, -91.857629). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.14 square miles (5.54 km2), of which, 2.13 square miles (5.52 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

History

The community was named for a mineral lick near the original town site. An early variant name was "Buffalo Lick".

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 163
1900 193
1910 351 81.9%
1920 411 17.1%
1930 435 5.8%
1940 598 37.5%
1950 733 22.6%
1960 954 30.2%
1970 1,002 5.0%
1980 1,272 26.9%
1990 1,328 4.4%
2000 1,471 10.8%
2010 3,124 112.4%
2019 (est.) 3,075 −1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,124 people, 634 households, and 397 families living in the city. The population density was 1,466.7 inhabitants per square mile (566.3/km2). There were 742 housing units at an average density of 348.4 per square mile (134.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 73.1% White, 25.6% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.

There were 634 households, of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 37.4% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.97.

The median age in the city was 35 years. 12.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 16.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 36.8% were from 25 to 44; 23.2% were from 45 to 64; and 10.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 73.3% male and 26.7% female.

Education

Licking R-VIII School District operates one elementary school and Licking High School.

Licking has a public library, a branch of the Texas County Library.

Notable natives and residents

  • Miyoshi Umeki (1929–2007), the Oscar-winning Japanese-born actress, died in Licking, where she lived with her only child and his family.
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