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Princeton, Missouri
City
Mercer County Courthouse and downtown
Mercer County Courthouse and downtown
Location of Princeton, Missouri
Location of Princeton, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Mercer
Area
 • Total 1.60 sq mi (4.14 km2)
 • Land 1.59 sq mi (4.12 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation 961 ft (293 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,166
 • Estimate (2012) 1,148
 • Density 733.3/sq mi (283.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 64673
Area code(s) 660
FIPS code 29-59942
GNIS feature ID 0724937

Princeton is the county seat and largest city of Mercer County, Missouri. The population was 1,166 at the 2010 census, up from the 2000 census, which counted 1,047 people.

Geography

Princeton is located at (40.398794, -93.585807). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.60 square miles (4.14 km2), of which, 1.59 square miles (4.12 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.

History

Princeton Missouri sign
Princeton, Missouri historical marker

Princeton was platted in 1846. The city was named in commemoration of the Battle of Princeton in the American Revolutionary War. A post office has been in operation at Princeton since 1846.

The Herbert Cain and Corah Brantley Casteel House and Leo Ellis Post No. 22, American Legion Building are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 249
1870 389 56.2%
1880 1,240 218.8%
1890 1,410 13.7%
1900 1,575 11.7%
1910 1,385 −12.1%
1920 1,576 13.8%
1930 1,509 −4.3%
1940 1,584 5.0%
1950 1,506 −4.9%
1960 1,443 −4.2%
1970 1,328 −8.0%
1980 1,264 −4.8%
1990 1,021 −19.2%
2000 1,047 2.5%
2010 1,166 11.4%
Est. 2015 1,133 8.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,166 people, 525 households, and 282 families residing in the city. The population density was 733.3 inhabitants per square mile (283.1/km2). There were 632 housing units at an average density of 397.5 per square mile (153.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 98.9% White, 0.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 0.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.8% of the population.

There were 525 households of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.2% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 46.3% were non-families. 41.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.12 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the city was 40.3 years. 24.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.4% were from 25 to 44; 20.8% were from 45 to 64; and 24.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.7% male and 52.3% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,047 people, 499 households, and 271 families residing in the city. The population density was 660.5 people per square mile (254.2/km²). There were 566 housing units at an average density of 357.0 per square mile (137.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.85% White, 0.10% African American, 0.67% Native American, and 0.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.29% of the population.

There were 499 households out of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.1% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.5% were non-families. 42.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 30.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the city, the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 21.7% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 28.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 77.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,059, and the median income for a family was $39,125. Males had a median income of $29,583 versus $19,327 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,485. About 14.3% of families and 17.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.9% of those under age 18 and 15.8% of those age 65 or over.

Popular culture

Princeton, Missouri is also mentioned in the New York Times bestselling book, "American Gods," written by acclaimed author Neil Gaiman. On page 449, the protagonist finds himself in Princeton at dusk.


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