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For the place nicknamed "the Queen City of the Ozarks", see Springfield, Missouri.

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Queen City, Missouri
City limits sign, Queen City, Missouri.
City limits sign, Queen City, Missouri.
Location of Queen City, Missouri
Location of Queen City, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Schuyler
 • Total 1.03 sq mi (2.67 km2)
 • Land 1.03 sq mi (2.67 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,004 ft (306 m)
 • Total 562
 • Density 545.63/sq mi (210.49/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 660
FIPS code 29-60356
GNIS feature ID 0725021

Queen City is a city in Schuyler County, Missouri, United States. As of the 2020 census, its population was 562. It is part of the Kirksville Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Queen City was laid out in May, 1867 by Doctor George W. Wilson and consisted of a town square surrounded by fifteen other blocks. He chose the name in the hope the town would become "the Queen of the prairies." Dr. Wilson also constructed the first home in the new town, while Henry Bartlett is responsible for building the towns's first hotel. By 1888 Queen City offered a considerable business district—five general stores, two grocers, two hardware stores, two hotels, jewelry store, lumber yard, photography gallery, music store, and barber shop were just some of the businesses serving the community and surrounding farms. Being located along the railroad, it provided a fine shipping point for large numbers of railroad ties and other lumber products harvested from heavily wooded areas along the Chariton River several miles to the west. Grain, livestock and some quantities of wool were also shipped by rail from the town. Queen City's first newspaper The Transcript was established in November, 1887 by D.G. Swan.

Welcome sign, using humor to point out the town's small size.


Queen City is located at 40°24′31″N 92°33′56″W / 40.40861°N 92.56556°W / 40.40861; -92.56556 (40.408622, -92.565586).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.03 square miles (2.67 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 357
1890 377 5.6%
1900 770 104.2%
1910 701 −9.0%
1920 697 −0.6%
1930 619 −11.2%
1940 646 4.4%
1950 554 −14.2%
1960 599 8.1%
1970 588 −1.8%
1980 783 33.2%
1990 704 −10.1%
2000 638 −9.4%
2010 598 −6.3%
2020 562 −6.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 598 people, 256 households, and 143 families residing in the city. The population density was 580.6 inhabitants per square mile (224.2/km2). There were 311 housing units at an average density of 301.9 per square mile (116.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 99.0% White, 0.5% Native American, and 0.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 256 households, of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.4% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.1% were non-families. 37.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.86.

The median age in the city was 45.7 years. 20.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20.7% were from 25 to 44; 23.9% were from 45 to 64; and 27.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 45.8% male and 54.2% female.

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