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Parkville, Missouri
McKay Hall at Park University
McKay Hall at Park University
Location of Parkville, Missouri
Location of Parkville, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Platte
 • Total 15.41 sq mi (39.91 km2)
 • Land 14.79 sq mi (38.30 km2)
 • Water 0.62 sq mi (1.62 km2)
827 ft (252 m)
 • Total 5,554
 • Estimate 
 • Density 484.34/sq mi (187.01/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s) 816
FIPS code 29-56288
GNIS feature ID 0730174

Parkville is a city in Platte County, Missouri, United States and is a part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. The population was 5,554 at the 2010 census. Parkville is known for its antique shops, art galleries, and historic downtown. The city is home to Park University, English Landing Park and National Golf Club of Kansas City (this includes the neighborhood - The National) and has a private reservoir with houses around it named Riss Lake.


Parkville was platted in 1844. The community has the name of George S. Park, a first settler. A post office called Parkville was established in 1841, and remained in operation until 1962.

The Benjamin Banneker School, Mackay Building, Charles Smith Scott Memorial Observatory, Waddell "A" Truss Bridge, and Washington Chapel C.M.E. Church are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Parkville is located at 39°11′44″N 94°41′1″W / 39.19556°N 94.68361°W / 39.19556; -94.68361 (39.195602, -94.683636). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.41 square miles (39.91 km2), of which, 14.79 square miles (38.31 km2) is land and 0.62 square miles (1.61 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 309
1880 482
1890 769 59.5%
1900 931 21.1%
1910 765 −17.8%
1920 619 −19.1%
1930 636 2.7%
1940 671 5.5%
1950 1,186 76.8%
1960 1,229 3.6%
1970 1,253 2.0%
1980 2,091 66.9%
1990 2,402 14.9%
2000 4,059 69.0%
2010 5,554 36.8%
Est. 2019 7,162 29.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,554 people, 1,974 households, and 1,469 families living in the city. The population density was 375.5 inhabitants per square mile (145.0/km2). There were 2,126 housing units at an average density of 143.7 per square mile (55.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.5% White, 4.0% African American, 0.1% Native American, 3.0% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 0.6% from other races, and 2.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.7% of the population.

There were 1,974 households, of which 37.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.6% were married couples living together, 6.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.6% were non-families. 20.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 5.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.05.

The median age in the city was 39.1 years. 25.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 12.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20% were from 25 to 44; 32.6% were from 45 to 64; and 9.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.

In popular culture

In Mark Twain's novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), Huck, Jim, "the king" and "the duke" crash a religious camp meeting in a town called Parkville, where "the king" lies to the crowd that he is an ex-pirate who was robbed and needs money to return to the Indian Ocean to convert other pirates to Christianity, for which a collection is taken from the crowd. This may actually be a fictitious town in Arkansas called Parkville, which Huck Finn describes as "a little one-horse town about three mile down the bend [of the Mississippi River].

In the Menagerie trilogy by Tui and Kari Sutherland, there was a menagerie in Parkville that was shut down due to it being exposed to the public.


Park Hill School District operates one school in Parkville: Graden Elementary School.

Park University, a private institution, has been in operation at Parkville since 1875.

Parkville has a public library, a branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library.

Notable people

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