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Ozark, Missouri
City of Ozark
Location of Ozark in Christian County, Missouri.
Location of Ozark in Christian County, Missouri.
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Coordinates: 37°1′38″N 93°12′34″W / 37.02722°N 93.20944°W / 37.02722; -93.20944Coordinates: 37°1′38″N 93°12′34″W / 37.02722°N 93.20944°W / 37.02722; -93.20944
Country  United States
State  Missouri
County Christian
Incorporated 1890
Area
 • Total 11.58 sq mi (29.99 km2)
 • Land 11.52 sq mi (29.83 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.16 km2)
Elevation
1,168 ft (356 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 17,820
 • Estimate 
(2019)
20,482
 • Density 1,778.57/sq mi (686.72/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
65721
Area code(s) 417
FIPS code 29-55766
GNIS feature ID 0723933

Ozark is a city in and the county seat of Christian County, Missouri. Its population was 17,820 at the 2010 census. As of 2019, the population was 20,482. Ozark is also the third largest city in the Springfield, Missouri Metropolitan Area, and is centered along a business loop of U.S. Route 65, where it intersects with Missouri Route 14.

History

Ozark was named from the Ozarks, in which it is situated.

The Ozark Courthouse Square Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.

Geography

Ozark is located at 37°1′38″N 93°12′34″W / 37.02722°N 93.20944°W / 37.02722; -93.20944 (37.027111, −93.209572). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.15 square miles (28.88 km2), of which, 11.10 square miles (28.75 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 235
1890 490 108.5%
1900 830 69.4%
1910 813 −2.0%
1920 798 −1.8%
1930 885 10.9%
1940 961 8.6%
1950 1,087 13.1%
1960 1,536 41.3%
1970 2,384 55.2%
1980 2,980 25.0%
1990 4,243 42.4%
2000 9,665 127.8%
2010 17,820 84.4%
2019 (est.) 20,482 14.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

In 2012, press reports described Ozark as the fastest-growing city in Missouri.

2010 census

At the 2010 census there were 17,820 people, 6,603 households, and 4,689 families living in the city. The population density was 1,605.4 inhabitants per square mile (619.8/km2). There were 7,311 housing units at an average density of 658.6 per square mile (254.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.2% White, 0.8% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.8% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.2%.

Of the 6,603 households 43.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.0% were non-families. 23.1% of households were one person and 7.8% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.14.

The median age was 30.9 years. 30.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 31.6% were from 25 to 44; 19.1% were from 45 to 64; and 10.1% were 65 or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.3% male and 52.7% female.

Economy

Ozark was home to Simclar Interconnect Technologies, a 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) Simclar Group factory, providing backplane fabrication for telecommunications and data communications customers. In 2007, Simclar moved 115 jobs to Ozark from Springfield, lured by a "tax incentive under which the company donated $1 million to a local not-for-profit corporation, which in turn will buy buildings, machinery and equipment and lease them back to Simclar." In 2012, Los Angeles-based private equity firm Balmoral Funds LLC acquired the Ozark plant as part of an agreement that included plants in Hialeah, Florida and Matamoros, Mexico. The company was renamed Concurrent Manufacturing Solutions LLC.

The Springfield/Ozark Mountain Ducks were an independent baseball team playing in the Central Baseball League from 1998 to 2003; Price Cutter Park, which was built in early 1999, was their home field.

In 2011, B&B Theatres built a cinema between Ozark and Nixa along Route 14. The Belltower Chapel, originally the Ozark Christian Church, was built in 1912 and is located off of the Historic Courthouse Square in Ozark; since its 21st-century renovation it serves as a venue for weddings and other events.

Education

Public education in Ozark is administered by the Ozark R-VI School District.In the state of Ozark they have 4 elementary schools north,south, east,and west.The oldest elementary school is south. THey have three more upper school's the middle school , junior high school, and the high school. They have one college witch is a community college that goes by OTC(Ozark coumnity college)

Ozark has a public library, the Christian County Library.

Notable people

  • Grant Hodges, Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for Benton County since 2015
  • Lucas Harrell, MLB player for the Toronto Blue Jays
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