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Oak Ridge, Missouri
Nickname(s): 
Lizard Lick
Location of Oak Ridge, Missouri
Location of Oak Ridge, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Cape Girardeau
Area
 • Total 0.57 sq mi (1.48 km2)
 • Land 0.57 sq mi (1.48 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
600 ft (183 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 243
 • Estimate 
(2012)
247
 • Density 426.3/sq mi (164.6/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
63769
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-53786
GNIS feature ID 0723633

Oak Ridge is a village in the southern part of Apple Creek Township in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, United States. The population was 243 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Cape GirardeauJackson, MO-IL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Name

As the name implies, the village is built on a high ridge, which is a divide between the Apple Creek and Whitewater River watersheds, and surrounded by oak trees. The pioneer mocking name for the settlement was Lizard Lick.

History

Andrew Ramsay and Alexander Giboney settled in the area around Ramsey Creek in 1795. The community of Oak Ridge was organized in 1852 by John M. Wilson who purchased the land at $2.50 per acre and established a store and a bar. The town was named for the natural surroundings. Oak Ridge had a population of about 300 in 1888. A The town is home to a Methodist church and a Baptist church dating from the 1860s, and was once home to a Presbyterian church. The first high school in Southeast Missouri was established in Oak Ridge in 1874.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.57 square miles (1.48 km2), all of it land. The village lies about ten miles northeast of Jackson, Missouri.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 180
1890 111 −38.3%
1900 252 127.0%
1910 256 1.6%
1920 274 7.0%
1930 187 −31.8%
1940 185 −1.1%
1950 202 9.2%
1960 175 −13.4%
1970 181 3.4%
1980 252 39.2%
1990 202 −19.8%
2000 202 0.0%
2010 243 20.3%
Est. 2015 249 2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 243 people, 90 households, and 63 families residing in the village. The population density was 426.3 inhabitants per square mile (164.6/km2). There were 107 housing units at an average density of 187.7 per square mile (72.5/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 94.24% White, 0.41% Black or African American, 2.47% Native American, and 2.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.23% of the population.

There were 90 households of which 36.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.7% were married couples living together, 6.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.0% were non-families. 21.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.70 and the average family size was 3.08.

The median age in the village was 38.2 years. 24.3% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 28.3% were from 25 to 44; 24.7% were from 45 to 64; and 13.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 56.0% male and 44.0% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 202 people, 82 households, and 63 families residing in the town. The population density was 549.3 people per square mile (210.8/km²). There were 94 housing units at an average density of 255.6 per square mile (98.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.02% White, 0.99% African American, 0.50% Native American, and 0.50% from two or more races.

There were 82 households out of which 24.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.4% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.0% were non-families. 18.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.78.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.8% under the age of 18, 5.0% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 30.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $32,188, and the median income for a family was $41,875. Males had a median income of $34,167 versus $16,635 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,310. About 5.3% of families and 4.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of 18 and 6.7% of those 65 or over.

  • Douglas, Robert Sidney. History of Southeast Missouri. Reprint ed. Cape Girardeau: Ramfre, 1961.
  • "Tenth Anniversary Edition: 1904-1914." Cape Girardeau Republican.
  • History of Oak Ridge, Missouri: 1852-1942. Prepared by students of history in Oak Ridge High School under the direction of *R.L. Ford, Superintendent of Schools. 1942.
  • One Hundredth Anniversary History of the Oak Ridge United Methodist Church: 1873-1973.
  • Reverend T.H. Jenkins, History of Oak Ridge Baptist Church: 1864-1901.
  • One Hundredth Anniversary History of Oak Ridge Baptist Church: 1864-1964.
  • One Hundred and Twentieth Anniversary History of the Oak Ridge Baptist Church: 1864-1984.
  • Farmers Institute Catalogue, 1933.
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