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Paris, Missouri

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Paris, Missouri
The Monroe County Courthouse in Paris.
The Monroe County Courthouse in Paris.
Location of Paris, Missouri
Location of Paris, Missouri
Coordinates: 39°28′49″N 92°0′4″W / 39.48028°N 92.00111°W / 39.48028; -92.00111
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.25 sq mi (3.24 km2)
 • Land1.24 sq mi (3.21 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
692 ft (211 m)
 • Total1,220
 • Estimate 
 • Density980/sq mi (380/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)660
FIPS code29-56144[4]
GNIS feature ID0724007[5]

Paris is a city in Monroe County, Missouri, United States. The population was 1,220 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat.[6]

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Paris was platted in 1831, and named after Paris, Kentucky, the native home of a first settler.[7] A post office called Paris has been in operation since 1841.[8]

The Paris Male Academy and Union Covered Bridge are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[9]


Paris is located at 39°28′49″N 92°0′4″W / 39.48028°N 92.00111°W / 39.48028; -92.00111 (39.480162, -92.001245).[10] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.25 square miles (3.24 km2), of which 1.24 square miles (3.21 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.[1]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Paris has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[11]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20161,174[3]−3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

2010 census

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,220 people, 528 households, and 309 families residing in the city. The population density was 983.9 inhabitants per square mile (379.9/km2). There were 643 housing units at an average density of 518.5 per square mile (200.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.7% White, 4.9% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.

There were 528 households of which 24.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.5% were non-families. 36.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.77.

The median age in the city was 47.4 years. 19.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21% were from 25 to 44; 24.5% were from 45 to 64; and 28% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 43.8% male and 56.2% female.

2000 census

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,529 people, 603 households, and 364 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,228.5 people per square mile (476.1/km²). There were 682 housing units at an average density of 548.0 per square mile (212.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.15% White, 6.21% African American, 0.92% Native American, 0.07% Asian, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.46% of the population.

There were 603 households out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.4% were married couples living together, 9.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.6% were non-families. 36.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.6% 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 3.03.

In the city, the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 21.4% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 28.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 84.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,556, and the median income for a family was $36,917. Males had a median income of $27,813 versus $18,580 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,980. About 5.8% of families and 10.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.1% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.


Public education in the city is administered by Paris R-II School District, which operates one elementary school, one middle school, and Paris High School.[13]

Paris has a public library, a branch of the Little Dixie Regional Libraries.[14]

Notable people

  • Mary Margaret McBride - Female radio pioneer, born near Paris.[15]
  • Glenn Jacobs - WWE professional wrestler known as "Kane".
  • Dr. James Phillip Crow (a.k.a. Captain Jim Crow) - Young CSA officer who gained notoriety because of his escape during Christmas week 1861 from Glenn House, the hotel in Paris at that time, and subsequent capture by a column of Union riders under General Prentiss. Captain Crow was born near Paris and was the youngest son of Monroe County pioneer Dr. Samuel Crow, who was a veteran of the War of 1812.[16] Dr. Crow studied medicine after the Civil War and received his M.D. from Miami Medical College of Ohio in 1868. He furthered his medical studies at the prestigious Bellevue Hospital Medical College of New York City and graduated with the Class of 1871. He traveled to South America to set up a medical practice in Tumbes, Peru. He settled there for over ten years and raised a large family. He crossed the border to neighboring country Ecuador, living there with his family until his unexpected death in 1907. The last six years of his life, he worked under contract with the Guayaquil & Quito Railway Company, providing medical services during the construction of the trans-Andean railroad in Ecuador.
  • George Hodgman - Author of Bettyville, a memoir set in Paris, his childhood home.
  • Thomas Curtright - Professor of Physics at the University of Miami.
  • Richard Parrish - Journalist, who spent 44 years in the newspaper industry including the position of sports editor of the former St. Louis Globe-Democrat.


  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  7. ^ "Monroe County Place Names, 1928–1945". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  8. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 10 November 2016.
  9. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  10. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  11. ^ Climate Summary for Paris, Missouri
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  13. ^ "Paris R-Ii School District". Great Schools. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Branch Information". Little Dixie Regional Libraries. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  15. ^ HOW DEAR TO MY HEART by Mary Margaret McBride. The Macmillan Company 1940. Pgs. 119-120
  16. ^ HISTORY OF NORTHEAST MISSOURI by Walter Williams. Pg. 489

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