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Nevada, Missouri
Location within Vernon County and Missouri
Location within Vernon County and Missouri
Coordinates: 37°50′27″N 94°21′20″W / 37.84083°N 94.35556°W / 37.84083; -94.35556Coordinates: 37°50′27″N 94°21′20″W / 37.84083°N 94.35556°W / 37.84083; -94.35556
Country United States
State Missouri
County Vernon
Area
 • Total 9.06 sq mi (23.47 km2)
 • Land 8.98 sq mi (23.27 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.20 km2)
Elevation
873 ft (266 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 8,386
 • Estimate 
(2019)
8,261
 • Density 919.42/sq mi (354.99/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
64772
Area code(s) 417
FIPS code 29-51644
GNIS feature ID 0729934
Website http://nevadamo.gov/

Nevada ( nə-VAY-də) is a city in and the county seat of Vernon County, on the western border of Missouri, United States. The population was 8,386 at the 2010 census, and 8,254 in the 2018 estimate. The local government has a council-manager model.

Nevada is the home of Cottey College, a private women's college affiliated with the PEO Sisterhood based in Des Moines, Iowa.

History

Nevada was originally called "Hog Eye", and under the latter name was platted in 1855. The town's name was changed to Nevada after Nevada City, California by circuit and county clerk DeWitt C. Hunter, for the city where he had been a miner.

Nevada was home of the Weltmer Institute of Suggestive Therapeutics from 1897−1933. During the early 20th century, the business this healing institution generated was a driving force in the growing prosperity of the town.

The Carrington Osage Village Site, Infirmary Building, Missouri State Hospital Number 3, Vernon County Courthouse, and Vernon County Jail, Sheriff's House and Office are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Nevada is located at 37°50′27″N 94°21′20″W / 37.84083°N 94.35556°W / 37.84083; -94.35556 (37.840930, -94.355576). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.06 square miles (23.47 km2), of which 8.98 square miles (23.26 km2) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.21 km2) is water.

Climate

Climate data for Nevada, Missouri
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 40
(4.4)
46
(7.8)
57
(13.9)
67
(19.4)
76
(24.4)
85
(29.4)
90
(32.2)
89
(31.7)
81
(27.2)
71
(21.7)
55
(12.8)
44
(6.7)
66.8
(19.31)
Average low °F (°C) 19
(-7.2)
25
(-3.9)
35
(1.7)
44
(6.7)
54
(12.2)
64
(17.8)
68
(20)
66
(18.9)
58
(14.4)
47
(8.3)
35
(1.7)
25
(-3.9)
45
(7.22)
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.65
(41.9)
2.01
(51.1)
3.66
(93)
4.29
(109)
5.28
(134.1)
5.63
(143)
3.98
(101.1)
3.98
(101.1)
4.21
(106.9)
4.17
(105.9)
3.58
(90.9)
2.32
(58.9)
44.76
(1,136.9)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,913
1890 7,262 279.6%
1900 7,461 2.7%
1910 7,176 −3.8%
1920 7,139 −0.5%
1930 7,448 4.3%
1940 8,181 9.8%
1950 8,009 −2.1%
1960 8,416 5.1%
1970 9,736 15.7%
1980 9,044 −7.1%
1990 8,597 −4.9%
2000 8,607 0.1%
2010 8,386 −2.6%
2019 (est.) 8,261 −1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 8,386 people, 3,491 households, and 1,908 families living in the city. The population density was 933.9 inhabitants per square mile (360.6/km2). There were 4,018 housing units at an average density of 447.4 per square mile (172.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.1% White, 1.1% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.0% of the population.

There were 3,491 households, of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.9% were married couples living together, 14.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.6% had a male householder with no wife present, and 45.3% were non-families. 40.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16, and the average family size was 2.88.

The median age in the city was 38.3 years. 23.3% of residents were under 18; 11.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.6% were from 25 to 44; 24.4% were from 45 to 64; and 18.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 45.3% male and 54.7% female.

Education

Public education in Nevada is administered by the Nevada R-V School District, which operates Nevada High School.

Nevada has a lending library, the Nevada Public Library.

Notable people

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