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Steele, Missouri
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Location of Steele, Missouri
Location of Steele, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Pemiscot
Area
 • Total 1.87 sq mi (4.84 km2)
 • Land 1.84 sq mi (4.78 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.06 km2)
Elevation
262 ft (80 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 2,172
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,889
 • Density 1,024.40/sq mi (395.57/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
63877
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-70558

Steele is a city in southern Pemiscot County in the Missouri Bootheel of southeastern Missouri, United States. The population was 2,172 at the 2010 census.

History

A post office called Steele has been in operation since 1896. The community has the name of L. L. Steele, an early settler. The community was a point along the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway. In 1912, Steele contained seven general stores, three cotton gins, a sawmill and a gristmill.

Geography

Steele is located at 36°5′8″N 89°49′46″W / 36.08556°N 89.82944°W / 36.08556; -89.82944 (36.085428, -89.829426).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.87 square miles (4.84 km2), of which, 1.84 square miles (4.77 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 833
1920 751 −9.8%
1930 1,219 62.3%
1940 1,585 30.0%
1950 2,360 48.9%
1960 2,301 −2.5%
1970 2,107 −8.4%
1980 2,419 14.8%
1990 2,395 −1.0%
2000 2,263 −5.5%
2010 2,172 −4.0%
2019 (est.) 1,889 −13.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,172 people, 838 households, and 551 families living in the city. The population density was 1,180.4 inhabitants per square mile (455.8/km2). There were 919 housing units at an average density of 499.5 per square mile (192.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 77.53% White, 18.69% Black or African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 1.38% from other races, and 1.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.16% of the population.

There were 838 households, of which 38.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.5% were married couples living together, 19.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 34.2% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.12.

The median age in the city was 35.4 years. 29.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.8% were from 25 to 44; 23% were from 45 to 64; and 14.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.6% male and 53.4% female.

Education

South Pemiscot Schools operates public schools: East Elementary School (Kindergarten), Central Elementary School (grades 1–6), and South Pemiscot High School (grades 7-12).

Steele has a lending library, the Steele Public Library.

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