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Mansfield, Missouri
East Parksquare
East Parksquare
Location of Mansfield, Missouri
Location of Mansfield, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Wright
 • Total 1.90 sq mi (4.91 km2)
 • Land 1.88 sq mi (4.87 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
1,483 ft (452 m)
 • Total 1,296
 • Estimate 
 • Density 662.23/sq mi (255.64/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 417
FIPS code 29-45740
GNIS feature ID 0721807

Mansfield is a city in Wright County, Missouri, United States. The population was 1,296 at the 2010 census.


Mansfield was platted in 1882 by F. M. Mansfield, and named for him. A post office called Mansfield has been in operation since 1882.


Mansfield is located at 37°6′23″N 92°34′52″W / 37.10639°N 92.58111°W / 37.10639; -92.58111 (37.106458, -92.581135).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.90 square miles (4.92 km2), of which 1.88 square miles (4.87 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 494
1910 477 −3.4%
1920 757 58.7%
1930 861 13.7%
1940 922 7.1%
1950 963 4.4%
1960 949 −1.5%
1970 1,056 11.3%
1980 1,423 34.8%
1990 1,429 0.4%
2000 1,349 −5.6%
2010 1,296 −3.9%
Est. 2019 1,245 −3.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,296 people, 568 households, and 322 families living in the city. The population density was 689.4 inhabitants per square mile (266.2/km2). There were 646 housing units at an average density of 343.6 per square mile (132.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.6% White, 0.6% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.5% Asian, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.9% of the population.

There were 568 households, of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.9% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 43.3% were non-families. 38.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 19.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 3.07.

The median age in the city was 38.1 years. 27.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.3% were from 25 to 44; 24.4% were from 45 to 64; and 17% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.4% male and 52.6% female.


Public education in Mansfield is administered by Mansfield R-IV School District.

Mansfield has a public library, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Public Library.

Notable people

In 1894, Laura Ingalls Wilder, along with her husband, Almanzo, and their daughter Rose moved from South Dakota to Mansfield. They remained in the area for the next 60 years and established Rocky Ridge Farm, a large, successful poultry, dairy, and fruit farm on the outskirts of town. Today, their unique 10-room farmhouse is a National Historic Landmark, and the home of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Home and Museum, which attracts thousands of visitors to Mansfield each year. The Wilders also lived for a time in the Rock House purchased for them by their daughter Rose.

As a young man, future actor Ken Osmond, of Leave It to Beaver, was a neighbor of the Wilders.

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