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Macon, Missouri
City of Macon
Macon Public Library
Macon Public Library
Location of Macon, Missouri
Location of Macon, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Macon
Area
 • Total 6.37 sq mi (16.49 km2)
 • Land 6.06 sq mi (15.70 km2)
 • Water 0.30 sq mi (0.79 km2)
Elevation
869 ft (265 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 5,471
 • Estimate 
(2019)
5,341
 • Density 881.06/sq mi (340.18/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
63552
Area code(s) 660
FIPS code 29-45326
GNIS feature ID 0735708
Website http://cityofmacon-mo.gov

Macon is a city in and the county seat of Macon County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,471 at the 2010 census.

History

Macon was platted in 1856. Like the county, Macon was named for Nathaniel Macon. A post office called Macon City was established in 1856, and the name was changed to Macon in 1892.

President Barack Obama visited the POET LLC renewable energy plant in Macon on April 28, 2010 to promote his renewable energy policies. The plant which started operations in 2003 employs 45 people and produces 46 million gallons of ethanol a year from 16 million bushels of corn purchased from area farmers. It was the first biofuel refining plant in Missouri and claims to be the largest company by revenue in Northeast Missouri.

The Blees Military Academy, Macon County Courthouse and Annex, and Wardell House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Macon is located at 39°44′26″N 92°28′14″W / 39.74056°N 92.47056°W / 39.74056; -92.47056 (39.740596, -92.470639). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.30 square miles (16.32 km2), of which 6.00 square miles (15.54 km2) is land and 0.30 square miles (0.78 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 837
1870 3,678 339.4%
1880 3,046 −17.2%
1890 3,371 10.7%
1900 4,068 20.7%
1910 3,584 −11.9%
1920 3,549 −1.0%
1930 3,851 8.5%
1940 4,206 9.2%
1950 4,152 −1.3%
1960 4,547 9.5%
1970 5,301 16.6%
1980 5,680 7.1%
1990 5,571 −1.9%
2000 5,538 −0.6%
2010 5,471 −1.2%
2019 (est.) 5,341 −2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,471 people, 2,369 households, and 1,357 families living in the city. The population density was 911.8 inhabitants per square mile (352.0/km2). There were 2,727 housing units at an average density of 454.5 per square mile (175.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90.8% White, 5.6% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 2.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 2,369 households, of which 27.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.0% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 42.7% were non-families. 38.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age in the city was 42.7 years. 23.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.7% were from 25 to 44; 25.1% were from 45 to 64; and 22.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.7% male and 53.3% female.

Education

Public education in Macon is administered by Macon County R-I School District.

Macon has a lending library, the Macon Public Library.

Notable people

  • Frederick W. V. Blees, chief benefactor of Macon, founder of Blees Military Academy, (1860–1906).
  • Frank P. Briggs, former United States Senator and Assistant U.S. Secretary of the Interior.
  • Henderson Forsythe, American actor
  • James P. Kem, United States Senator from Missouri, 1947–1953.
  • Butch Patrick, television actor best known for his role as Eddie Munster on CBS's The Munsters.
  • Milton A. Romjue, long-time US Congressman for Missouri's 1st district.
  • David Britt, International Harvester Executive
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