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Nixa, Missouri
City
Location of Nixa, Missouri
Location of Nixa, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Christian
Area
 • Total 8.48 sq mi (21.96 km2)
 • Land 8.48 sq mi (21.96 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,296 ft (395 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 19,022
 • Estimate (2013) 20,195
 • Density 2,243.2/sq mi (866.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 65714
Area code(s) 417
FIPS code 29-52616
GNIS feature ID 0723380

Nixa is a suburban city in Christian County, Missouri, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 19,022. It is part of the Springfield, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

The area was first settled by farmers who located their farms along the wooded streams near present-day Nixa. The area became a crossroads as it was a half-day ride with a team of horses from Springfield. Teamsters found it a convenient stopover site when hauling freight between Springfield and Arkansas. The village became known as Faughts. An early resident, Nicholas A. Inman, was a blacksmith from Tennessee who set up a shop in 1852. When a post office was opened, a town meeting was held to decide on a name for the new community. Because of his years of service to the community it was suggested the town be named for him. Another suggestion was "nix" because the community was "nothing but a crossroads". It was finally decided to take the name Nix and add Inman's middle initial "a" to get the unique name of Nixa. The village incorporated on June 10, 1902.

Geography

Nixa is located at 37°2′43″N 93°17′56″W / 37.04528°N 93.29889°W / 37.04528; -93.29889 (37.045253, -93.298755). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.48 square miles (21.96 km2), all of it land. The modern day city rests on and around seven hills.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 276
1920 370 34.1%
1930 307 −17.0%
1940 370 20.5%
1950 509 37.6%
1960 994 95.3%
1970 1,636 64.6%
1980 2,662 62.7%
1990 4,707 76.8%
2000 12,124 157.6%
2010 19,022 56.9%
Est. 2015 20,984 10.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2000 census

As of the US Census of 2000, there were 12,124 people, 4,654 households, and 3,448 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,969.1 people per square mile (759.9/km²). There were 4,962 housing units at an average density of 805.9 per square mile (311.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.43% White, 0.46% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.30% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.26% of the population.

There were 4,654 households out of which 40.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.3% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.9% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 34.5% from 25 to 44, 17.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 89.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $37,655, and the median income for a family was $44,556. Males had a median income of $33,636 versus $21,737 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,774. About 8.1% of families and 9.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.3% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 19,022 people, 7,264 households, and 5,280 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,243.2 inhabitants per square mile (866.1/km2). There were 7,871 housing units at an average density of 928.2 per square mile (358.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.4% White, 0.9% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.9% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.1% of the population.

There were 7,264 households of which 41.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.3% were non-families. 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.03.

The median age in the city was 34.2 years. 28.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 30.4% were from 25 to 44; 21.2% were from 45 to 64; and 12.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.4% male and 52.6% female.

Festivals

Nixa Sucker Day - A local barber named Finis Gold started Nixa Sucker Day in 1957, and it has since been a longstanding tradition with the people of Nixa, Missouri. Locals would often close up shop and skip school for the day to go grabbin’ for Suckers. The fish were then frozen until there was enough for a big fish fry. Nixa Sucker Day was the result of this annual tradition. This event provides fun for the whole family, along with good food and lots of entertainment. The event is held during the month of May. Sucker Day isn’t just about the great food and fun activities here in Nixa. Proceeds from Sucker Day activities are used to assist many worthwhile projects right here in our fair city, such as:

   Scholarships awarded to graduates from Nixa High School.
   Donations to Project Graduation.
   Donations to Nixa JROTC.
   Donations to various organizations in the Nixa Community.

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