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Mount Vernon, Missouri
Lawrence County Courthouse, October 2015
Lawrence County Courthouse, October 2015
Location of Mount Vernon, Missouri
Location of Mount Vernon, Missouri
Coordinates: 37°6′0″N 93°49′5″W / 37.10000°N 93.81806°W / 37.10000; -93.81806Coordinates: 37°6′0″N 93°49′5″W / 37.10000°N 93.81806°W / 37.10000; -93.81806
Country United States
State Missouri
County Lawrence
Government
 • Type Mayor/Council
Area
 • Total 3.98 sq mi (10.29 km2)
 • Land 3.98 sq mi (10.29 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,211 ft (369 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 4,575
 • Estimate 
(2020)
4,585
 • Density 1,134.09/sq mi (437.89/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
65712
Area code(s) 417
FIPS code 29-50672
GNIS feature ID 0722909

Mount Vernon is a city in and the county seat of Lawrence County, Missouri, United States. The population was 4,575 as of the 2010 census. It was estimated to be 4,960 by the City of Mount Vernon on July 1, 2020.

History

Mount Vernon was platted in 1845. The city was named after Mount Vernon, the estate of George Washington. A post office called Mount Vernon has been in operation since 1846.

Geography

Mount Vernon is located at 37°06′00″N 93°49′05″W / 37.100017°N 93.818150°W / 37.100017; -93.818150. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.87 square miles (10.02 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 441
1870 558 26.5%
1880 527 −5.6%
1890 782 48.4%
1900 1,206 54.2%
1910 1,161 −3.7%
1920 1,254 8.0%
1930 1,342 7.0%
1940 1,982 47.7%
1950 2,057 3.8%
1960 2,381 15.8%
1970 2,600 9.2%
1980 3,341 28.5%
1990 3,726 11.5%
2000 4,017 7.8%
2010 4,575 13.9%
2020 (est.) 4,960 8.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
PO mural in Mount Vernon, MO
Mural in Mount Vernon post office

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 4,575 people, 1,810 households, and 1,101 families living in the city. The population density was 1,182.2 inhabitants per square mile (456.4/km2). There were 2,013 housing units at an average density of 520.2 per square mile (200.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.3% White, 0.4% African American, 1.3% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.

There were 1,810 households, of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.2% were non-families. 34.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the city was 40.3 years. 24.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.1% were from 25 to 44; 23.6% were from 45 to 64; and 21.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.6% male and 51.4% female.

Notable events

  • Each October the annual Apple butter Makin' Days festival is held.
  • The Mount Vernon High School "Lady Mountaineers" won the Missouri Class 3A girls basketball state championship in 2012.

National Register of Historic Places

The following sites in Mount Vernon are listed on the National Register of Historic Places:

Education

Mt. Vernon R-V School District operates one elementary school, one intermediate school, one middle school, and Mt. Vernon High School.

The Mount Vernon High School "Lady Mountaineers" won the Missouri Class 3A girls basketball state championship in 2010 and 2012.

Mount Vernon has a public library, a branch of the Barry-Lawrence Regional Library.

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