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Tipton, Missouri
City of Tipton
Downtown Tipton on Sunday morning
Downtown Tipton on Sunday morning
Location of Tipton, Missouri
Location of Tipton, Missouri
Tipton, Missouri is located in the United States
Tipton, Missouri
Tipton, Missouri
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Missouri
County Moniteau
 • Total 2.11 sq mi (5.46 km2)
 • Land 2.09 sq mi (5.41 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
925 ft (282 m)
 • Total 3,262
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,621.53/sq mi (625.93/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 660
FIPS code 29-73420

Tipton is a city in Moniteau County, Missouri, United States. The population was 3,262 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Jefferson City, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Tipton was an eastern terminus of the Butterfield Overland Mail when it was launched in 1858. The route was connected to St. Louis by the Pacific Railroad. Tipton is named for William Tipton Seely, a businessman in nearby Round Hill. He received the land for his service in the War of 1812. From Tipton, a stage went to Fort Smith, Arkansas (where another branch from Memphis also entered). From there, it went on the Los Angeles and San Francisco via a route through southern Arizona and New Mexico. The first run went from Tipton to San Francisco from September 16 to October 10, 1858. The route predated the Pony Express by two years. Per a 2009 Congressional mandate the National Park Service is studying whether to designate the route a National Historic Trail.

The Maclay Mansion was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Tipton 8 Ball Water Tower

The city of Tipton has a water tower painted like an "eight ball". This water tower originated in 1968, when Ewald Fischer (a native of Tipton) built his billiard table factory—Fischer Manufacturing Co., which claimed to be the largest builder of pool tables in the United States. The company was purchased by the Spalding Company and the plant soon closed when Spalding sold it in 1976 to Ebonite Billiard, which was a subsidiary of Fuqua Companies. By then, the water tower was repainted. However, the residents of Tipton wanted to have the eight ball back, so it was painted again. Today, the water tower is generally regarded as the world's largest eight ball.


Tipton is located at 38°39′17″N 92°46′44″W / 38.65472°N 92.77889°W / 38.65472; -92.77889 (38.654594, -92.778800).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.11 square miles (5.46 km2), of which, 2.09 square miles (5.41 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 989
1890 1,253 26.7%
1900 1,337 6.7%
1910 1,273 −4.8%
1920 1,170 −8.1%
1930 1,067 −8.8%
1940 1,219 14.2%
1950 1,234 1.2%
1960 1,639 32.8%
1970 1,914 16.8%
1980 2,155 12.6%
1990 2,026 −6.0%
2000 3,261 61.0%
2010 3,262 0.0%
2019 (est.) 3,389 3.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,262 people, 876 households, and 558 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,560.8 inhabitants per square mile (602.6/km2). There were 999 housing units at an average density of 478.0 per square mile (184.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 82.0% White, 16.0% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.3% of the population.

There were 876 households, of which 32.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.3% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the city was 38.4 years. 16.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 37.6% were from 25 to 44; 25.7% were from 45 to 64; and 12.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 65.1% male and 34.9% female.


Public education in Tipton is administered by Tipton R-VI School District.

Tipton has a public library, Price James Memorial Library recognized by the State Library, managed by the Tipton Municipal Library Board established with a voter-approved property tax in 2017. The trustees are appointed by the Mayor of Tipton with approval of the Tipton City Council.

Missouri Training School for Negro Girls, a juvenile correctional facility for black girls operated by the Missouri State Board of Training Schools, was located in Tipton. It opened in 1926 and closed in 1956. It consolidated into the Missouri Training School for Girls in Chillicothe.

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