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Wright City, Missouri
Wright City town hall.
Wright City town hall.
Location of Wright City, Missouri
Location of Wright City, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Warren
 • Total 6.09 sq mi (15.77 km2)
 • Land 5.99 sq mi (15.51 km2)
 • Water 0.10 sq mi (0.26 km2)
732 ft (223 m)
 • Total 3,119
 • Estimate 
 • Density 719.37/sq mi (277.74/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 636
FIPS code 29-81124
GNIS feature ID 0736368

Wright City is a city in Warren County, Missouri, United States. It is located on Interstate 70 at mile marker 200 approximately 50 miles (80 km) west of downtown St. Louis. Wright City is a small, semi-rural community area with primarily single-family housing, with some multi-family dwellings. The population was 3,119 at the 2010 census. It has a number of small stores and restaurants. It has various types of light to heavy industrial businesses.


Wright was laid out in 1857, and named after Dr. Henry C. Wright, a first settler. A post office called Wright City has been in operation since 1858.

The Southwestern Bell Repeater Station-Wright City was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.


Wright City is located at 38°49′40″N 91°1′27″W / 38.82778°N 91.02417°W / 38.82778; -91.02417 (38.827878, -91.024280). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.06 square miles (15.70 km2), of which, 5.97 square miles (15.46 km2) is land and 0.09 square miles (0.23 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 393
1890 383 −2.5%
1900 336 −12.3%
1910 377 12.2%
1920 402 6.6%
1930 429 6.7%
1940 436 1.6%
1950 543 24.5%
1960 738 35.9%
1970 943 27.8%
1980 1,179 25.0%
1990 1,250 6.0%
2000 1,532 22.6%
2010 3,119 103.6%
Est. 2019 4,309 38.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 3,119 people, 1,178 households, and 823 families residing in the city. The population density was 522.4 inhabitants per square mile (201.7/km2). There were 1,288 housing units at an average density of 215.7 per square mile (83.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.0% White, 5.7% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 3.7% from other races, and 3.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.2% of the population.

There were 1,178 households, of which 41.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.5% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.1% were non-families. 23.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.10.

The median age in the city was 31 years. 29.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 31.4% were from 25 to 44; 21.2% were from 45 to 64; and 8.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.


From 1992 to 2007, Wright City was home to the Elvis Is Alive Museum, run by Baptist minister Bill Beeny in his local general store, and intended to prove Beeny's theory that the singer Elvis Presley is still living. In 2007, Beeny sold the museum's collection of artifacts on eBay, and the museum briefly reopened in Hattiesburg, Mississippi before being placed into storage.


Public education in Wright City is administered by Wright City R-II School District, which operates two elementary schools, one middle school, and Wright City High School. Liberty Christian Academy is a private institution for students in kindergarten through grade twelve.

Wright City has a public library, a branch of the Scenic Regional Library system.

Notable people

Two American theologians, the brothers Reinhold Niebuhr and H. Richard Niebuhr were born in Wright City in 1892 and 1894 respectively.

The actor Rand Brooks, best known for the role of Charles Hamilton in Gone with the Wind, was born in Wright City.

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