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Raytown, Missouri
City of Raytown
Aerial view of Raytown
Aerial view of Raytown
Location of Raytown in Jackson County and Missouri
Location of Raytown in Jackson County and Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Jackson
 • Total 9.97 sq mi (25.83 km2)
 • Land 9.93 sq mi (25.72 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.11 km2)
1,014 ft (309 m)
 • Total 29,526
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,919.54/sq mi (1,127.29/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
64129, 64133, 64138
Area code(s) 816
FIPS code 29-60788
GNIS feature ID 0735817
Website The City of Raytown web site

Raytown is a city in Jackson County, Missouri, United States, and is a suburb of Kansas City. The population was at 29,526 in 2010 census. The mayor of Raytown is Michael McDonough and the mayor pro tem is Ryan Myers. It is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.


The area where Raytown now lies was developed throughout the 19th century and early 20th century as pioneers moved westward along the Three Trails in search of available fertile lands and water. It was added to the state of Missouri at a cost of $800 by a treaty signed in 1826. Jackson County, named after President Andrew Jackson, was formed in 1827. A large area of the county, Township 49, was accidentally not offered for sale when the other townships were, and so was called "The Lost Township". People moved into the township and squatted until the township was surveyed and the land sold in 1843.

The pioneers and travelers moving westward down the Three Trails discovered an area of high, wooded ridges, in the Raytown area, that reminded them of their former homes in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The land was named Blue Ridge, with the bordering bodies of waters called the Big Blue and the Little Blue rivers.

The Rice-Tremonti Home, which still stands in Raytown today, was built on the Santa Fe Trail in 1844 by Archibald Rice and his family.

In 1860, residents of Jackson County petitioned the county for a better road to connect southern Jackson County with Independence in northern Jackson County. The result was Raytown Road, which led north from High Grove Road, crossed the Little Blue River at the "rockford" (now inundated by Longview Lake) and joined the Santa Fe Trail at William Ray's blacksmith shop. Many portions of the original Raytown Road still are used today.

William Ray established a blacksmith shop on the Santa Fe Trail in Jackson County in about 1848. The settlement around the blacksmith shop was known first as "Ray's Town" and later as "Raytown" in 1854. (Now Fox's Drugs)

There is now a historical marker in Raytown at the corner of 63rd Street and Raytown Road showing the location of William Ray's shop.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.97 square miles (25.82 km2), of which, 9.93 square miles (25.72 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 17,083
1970 33,632 96.9%
1980 31,831 −5.4%
1990 30,601 −3.9%
2000 30,388 −0.7%
2010 29,526 −2.8%
2019 (est.) 28,991 −1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

Raytown street map with annex dates

As of the census of 2010, there were 29,526 people, 12,104 households, and 7,701 families living in the city. The population density was 2,973.4 inhabitants per square mile (1,148.0/km2). There were 13,276 housing units at an average density of 1,337.0 per square mile (516.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 67.7% White, 25.1% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 1.9% from other races, and 3.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.1% of the population.

There were 12,104 households, of which 30.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.4% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.97.

The median age in the city was 40.3 years. 23.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.9% were from 25 to 44; 27.8% were from 45 to 64; and 16.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.3% male and 52.7% female.


Top employers

According to the town's 2014 Chamber of Commerce report, the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Raytown Quality Schools 1,300
2 Wal-Mart 400
3 Hy-Vee Food & Drug Store 350
4 USA 800 309
5 KCP&L 300
6 Stratford Development Corporation 235
7 KC Chiefs Football Club 192
8 Southeast Enterprises, Inc. 190
9 City of Raytown 153
10 Kansas City Zoo 151
11 H & H Color Lab 150
12 Cosentino's Food Stores 150
13 Blue Ridge Bank and Trust Co. 150
14 Two Rivers Behavioral Health System 149
15 Shamrock Cabinet & Fixtures Corp 100


The Raytown C-2 School District operates public schools, including Raytown High School and Raytown South High School.

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

See also

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