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Stockton, Missouri
Stockton Community Building
Stockton Community Building
Location of Stockton, Missouri
Location of Stockton, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Cedar
 • Total 2.16 sq mi (5.58 km2)
 • Land 2.12 sq mi (5.48 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
948 ft (289 m)
 • Total 1,819
 • Estimate 
 • Density 913.56/sq mi (352.77/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 417
FIPS code 29-70828

Stockton is a city in Cedar County, Missouri, United States. The population was 1,819 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Cedar County. It was estimated to be 1,934 by the City of Stockton as of July 1, 2019.


Stockton was platted in 1846. It was originally named Lancaster, but was renamed Fremont in 1847 in honor of John C. Frémont. In 1857 it was renamed again in honor of Robert F. Stockton.

The Montgomery Archeological Site and Stockton Community Building are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.14 square miles (5.54 km2), of which, 2.10 square miles (5.44 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.

The town and lake are located in the rural foothills of the Ozarks, just 45 minutes outside of Springfield. South Missouri and the town of Stockton are often referred to culturally and geographically by historians and geographers as "The Gateway to Dixie". The area seems to resemble Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Appalachia in many ways more than it does the rest of Missouri which carries a more industrial cornbelt feel found throughout the Midwest. Stockton is surrounded by rolling hills, rocky terrain, winding rivers, pristine lakes, cattle ranches, and heavily forested woods. The majority of the towns original settlers came into the area from the Southeast.

Every fall, thousands of people visit Stockton to attend the famous Black Walnut Festival on the third weekend of September. The festival celebrates local art, food, music, and businesses; and is an active social scene for the entire county.

On May 4, 2003, a large, destructive tornado severely damaged the city of Stockton. After decimating the historic business district and damaging or destroying over 250 homes the tornado proceeded east through the countryside. The storm also caused the deaths of three Stockton residents and injuries of numerous others. The Stockton tornado began in Barton County, Missouri, near [Liberal, Missouri] and moved north/eastward through Cedar and Polk counties before dissipating east of the Dallas County line. Since then, the city has been working with residents and both federal and state authorities to develop a plan to rebuild the downtown business district and improve upon other public facilities such as a new park and community center. Pierce City, Missouri was also severely damaged by a similar storm in which five residents lost their lives. The city has a similar plan for recovery.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 407
1890 508 24.8%
1900 555 9.3%
1910 590 6.3%
1920 696 18.0%
1930 647 −7.0%
1940 801 23.8%
1950 811 1.2%
1960 838 3.3%
1970 1,063 26.8%
1980 1,432 34.7%
1990 1,579 10.3%
2000 1,960 24.1%
2010 1,819 −7.2%
2019 (est.) 1,934 6.3%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,819 people, 774 households, and 470 families living in the city. The population density was 866.2 inhabitants per square mile (334.4/km2). There were 949 housing units at an average density of 451.9 per square mile (174.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.0% White, 0.1% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 774 households, of which 30.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.9% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.3% were non-families. 35.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 22% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.92.

The median age in the city was 43.7 years. 24.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 20% were from 25 to 44; 22.9% were from 45 to 64; and 25.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 46.4% male and 53.6% female.


Stockton R-I School District operates one elementary school, one middle school and Stockton High School.

The town has a lending library, a branch of the Cedar County Library District.

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