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Warrensburg, Missouri
City of Warrensburg
Johnson County Courthouse
Johnson County Courthouse
Flag of Warrensburg, Missouri
The Burg
Location of Warrensburg, Missouri
Location of Warrensburg, Missouri
Warrensburg, Missouri is located in the United States
Warrensburg, Missouri
Warrensburg, Missouri
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Missouri
County Johnson
 • Total 9.47 sq mi (24.53 km2)
 • Land 9.41 sq mi (24.36 km2)
 • Water 0.07 sq mi (0.17 km2)
863 ft (263 m)
 • Total 20,139
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,170.74/sq mi (838.09/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 660
FIPS code 29-77092
GNIS feature ID 0728362

Warrensburg is a city in and the county seat of Johnson County, Missouri, United States. The population was 20,139 at the 2020 census. The Warrensburg Micropolitan Statistical Area consists of Johnson County. The city is home to the University of Central Missouri.


Warrensburg was founded in 1835 by European-American settlers John and Martin D. Warren, who gave the town their last name. A post office called Warrensburg has been in operation since 1837.

The phrase "Man's best friend" is based on a famous trial over the killing of Old Drum, a dog commemorated by a statue in front of the Warrensburg Courthouse.


Warrensburg is located at 38°45′47″N 93°44′06″W / 38.763101°N 93.734956°W / 38.763101; -93.734956. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.92 square miles (23.10 km2), of which, 8.85 square miles (22.92 km2) is land and 0.07 square miles (0.18 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 241
1860 982 307.5%
1870 2,945 199.9%
1880 4,049 37.5%
1890 4,706 16.2%
1900 4,724 0.4%
1910 4,689 −0.7%
1920 4,811 2.6%
1930 5,146 7.0%
1940 5,868 14.0%
1950 6,857 16.9%
1960 9,689 41.3%
1970 13,125 35.5%
1980 13,807 5.2%
1990 15,244 10.4%
2000 16,340 7.2%
2010 18,838 15.3%
2019 (est.) 20,418 8.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

The current mayor is Jim Kushner.

Race and ethnicity


2017 2010 2000


81.0% 85.3% 86.9%
Black or African


8.0% 7.5% 6.46%
Hispanic or Latino 3.4% 3.1% 2.44%
Asian 2.9% 2.8% 2.79%
American Indian 1.1% 0.5% 0.64%
Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.2% 0.14%
Other 0.2% 0.7% 0.78%

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 18,838 people, 6,803 households, and 3,400 families living in the city. The population density was 2,128.6 inhabitants per square mile (821.9/km2). There were 7,450 housing units at an average density of 841.8 per square mile (325.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 85.3% White, 7.5% African American, 0.5% Native American, 2.8% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.7% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.1% of the population.

There were 6,803 households, of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.1% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 50.0% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the city was 23.7 years. 17.6% of residents were under the age of 18; 36.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.8% were from 25 to 44; 15% were from 45 to 64; and 9.5% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.5% male and 50.5% female.


Major roads

  • US 50.svg US 50 - Links to Lee's Summit and further to Kansas City to the west and Sedalia to the east.
  • MO-13.svg Route 13 - or Maguire Street, essentially divides the town in half though Old Highway 13 or Holden Street forms the division between east and west. This is a highway linking Warrensburg to Interstate 70 to the north, and Truman Lake to the south.


  • Skyhaven Airport


  • The Warrensburg Amtrak station provides Amtrak service between Kansas City and St. Louis via the Missouri River Runner.
  • Jefferson Lines bus service to/from Kansas City and Springfield, Missouri
  • "Emergency Taxi Service" – Taxi service serving the Johnson County area.

In Popular Media

Warrensburg was mentioned in the 1983 American Television movie The Day After, which largely takes place in eastern Kansas and western Missouri. The city was one of the locations considered for the principal filming location and setting before the production team chose Lawrence, Kansas.


Public elementary and secondary schools in Warrensburg are part of the Warrensburg R-VI School District. The district includes four elementary schools for grades preschool through fifth grade. Maple Grove and Ridgeview Elementary schools are for grades preschool through second grade while Martin Warren and Sterling elementary schools house students in grades three through five. Warrensburg Middle School serves students in grades six through eight and Warrensburg High School is for grades nine through 12. The district also operates the Reese Education Center, which houses the Gateway Alternative School and the district's special needs and gifted education programs. The Warrensburg Area Career Center specializes in vocational education for high school-aged students in Warrensburg and Johnson County.

The city is also home of the University of Central Missouri (UCM), known as Central Missouri State University until 2006. The university offers programs in 150 areas of study and serves approximately 12,500 students as of 2014.

Warrensburg has a public library, a branch of the Trails Regional Library.

Notable people

  • John William 'Blind' Boone (1864–1927), concert pianist, composer and principal for the Blind Boone Concert Company
  • Errett Lobban Cord, automobile manufacturer and advocate of front-wheel-drive vehicles
  • Mary Fallin, Governor of Oklahoma and former lieutenant governor of Oklahoma
  • Douglas Eads Foster, member of the Los Angeles City Council
  • Archie Scott Gobber, visual artist
  • Dan Houx, member of the Missouri House of Representatives
  • Dean Hughes (born 1943), children's author and academic
  • Henry Warren Ogden (1842–1905), member of the United States House of Representatives and Louisiana House of Representatives
  • Sidney Toler (April 28, 1874 – February 12, 1947), actor and writer
  • Kimberly Wyatt, former member of female pop group The Pussycat Dolls
  • Shawn Pelton (born 1963), musician
  • Curtis Niles Cooper, mathematician and professor at the University of Central Missouri
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