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Sweet Springs, Missouri
Location of Sweet Springs, Missouri
Location of Sweet Springs, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Saline
 • Total 1.68 sq mi (4.35 km2)
 • Land 1.66 sq mi (4.31 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
712 ft (217 m)
 • Total 1,484
 • Estimate 
 • Density 849.07/sq mi (327.84/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 660
FIPS code 29-71890
GNIS feature ID 0729400

Sweet Springs is a city in Saline County, Missouri, United States, along the Blackwater River. The population was 1,484 at the 2010 census.


Sweet Springs is located at 38°57′49″N 93°24′53″W / 38.96361°N 93.41472°W / 38.96361; -93.41472 (38.963661, -93.414774). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.68 square miles (4.35 km2), of which, 1.66 square miles (4.30 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 1,182
1890 1,137 −3.8%
1900 1,080 −5.0%
1910 1,122 3.9%
1920 1,177 4.9%
1930 1,641 39.4%
1940 1,413 −13.9%
1950 1,439 1.8%
1960 1,452 0.9%
1970 1,716 18.2%
1980 1,694 −1.3%
1990 1,595 −5.8%
2000 1,628 2.1%
2010 1,484 −8.8%
2019 (est.) 1,412 −4.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,484 people, 575 households, and 368 families living in the city. The population density was 894.0 inhabitants per square mile (345.2/km2). There were 688 housing units at an average density of 414.5 per square mile (160.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 94.3% White, 1.8% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.9% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 575 households, of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.2% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.0% were non-families. 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.4% 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 3.00.

The median age in the city was 42.4 years. 23.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.3% were from 25 to 44; 29.5% were from 45 to 64; and 17.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.5% male and 50.5% female.


Sweet Springs has a typical temperate climate. As with most continental climates, the area has four seasons. Springs here are noted for their rainy days and variable temperatures. Thunderstorms are common and tornadoes occur during this time of year. Summers are usually hot and dry, with droughts occurring during several summers. Autumns are usually cool and rainy, although several days of warm weather are not uncommon. Winters are generally cold, with accumulating snow several days of the winter season. Although not as common, ice storms can and do occur as well.


Sweet Springs was originally named "Brownsville", and under the latter name was platted in 1838. A post office called Sweet Springs has been in operation since 1849. The present name is after a mineral spring near the original town site.

The First Christian Church and Sweet Springs Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Public education in Sweet Springs is administered by Sweet Springs R-VII School District.

Sweet Springs has a public library, the Sweet Springs Public Library.

Notable people

  • Pat Collins, catcher for 1927 New York Yankees
  • Dorsey W. Shackleford, politician

See also

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