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Sarcoxie, Missouri
Location of Sarcoxie, Missouri
Location of Sarcoxie, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Jasper
 • Total 1.42 sq mi (3.66 km2)
 • Land 1.40 sq mi (3.63 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
1,089 ft (332 m)
 • Total 1,406
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,107.07/sq mi (427.34/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 417
FIPS code 29-65990
GNIS feature ID 0729960
Website City Website

Sarcoxie is a city in Jasper County, Missouri, United States. The population was 1,406 at the 2020 census. It is part of the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Sarcoxie was platted in the early 1830s, and it was originally called Centerville from its location upon Center Creek. In 1839, the settlement was renamed in honor of Sarcoxie, a chief of the Delaware Indians who had settled near a spring in the present town limits.

It was once the strawberry capital of the world and still is the peony capital of the world, and home to Gilbert H. Wild, one of America's largest growers of daylilies, iris, and peonies. Sarcoxie once had its own currency that had a picture of a strawberry on one side.

During the start of the Civil War in 1861, Franz Sigel's independent command passed through Sarcoxie on June 28th before attempting to attack the separated commands of Sterling Price and Current Missouri Governor and General Claiborne Fox Jackson. Price was rumored to be at Pool's Prairie moving to the Confederate forces in Northwest Arkansas.

The Cave Spring School and Cave Spring Cemetery and Sarcoxie Public Square Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Sarcoxie is located at 37°4′7″N 94°7′21″W / 37.06861°N 94.12250°W / 37.06861; -94.12250 (37.068490, -94.122450). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.08 square miles (2.80 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 341
1890 1,172 243.7%
1900 1,126 −3.9%
1910 1,311 16.4%
1920 1,023 −22.0%
1930 1,017 −0.6%
1940 1,057 3.9%
1950 1,042 −1.4%
1960 1,056 1.3%
1970 1,175 11.3%
1980 1,381 17.5%
1990 1,330 −3.7%
2000 1,354 1.8%
2010 1,341 −1.0%
2019 (est.) 1,551 15.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,330 people, 526 households, and 350 families living in the city. The population density was 1,231.5 inhabitants per square mile (475.5/km2). There were 615 housing units at an average density of 569.4 per square mile (219.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.3% White, 0.2% African American, 1.4% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.5% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 526 households, of which 34.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.1% were married couples living together, 13.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.5% were non-families. 29.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.01.

The median age in the city was 38.9 years. 26.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.5% were from 25 to 44; 24.4% were from 45 to 64; and 17.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.2% male and 52.8% female.


Public education in Sarcoxie is administered by Sarcoxie R-II School District.

Sarcoxie has a lending library, the Sarcoxie Public Library.

Notable people

  • G. Lloyd Spencer - US Senator for Arkansas.
  • Gene Taylor - US House of Representatives

See also

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