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Warrensburg, Missouri

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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 of Warrensburg, Missouri
Coordinates: 38°45′47″N 93°44′6″W / 38.76306°N 93.73500°W / 38.76306; -93.73500
Country United States
State Missouri
 • MayorBryan Jacobs
 • Total9.47 sq mi (24.53 km2)
 • Land9.41 sq mi (24.36 km2)
 • Water0.07 sq mi (0.17 km2)
863 ft (263 m)
 • Total20,139
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,170.74/sq mi (838.09/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)660
FIPS code29-77092[4]
GNIS feature ID0728362[5]

Warrensburg is a city and the county seat of Johnson County, Missouri, United States.[6] 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.[7] A post office called Warrensburg has been in operation since 1837.[8]

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.[9]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)20,418[3]8.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

The current mayor is Bryan Jacobs.[11]

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[2] 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.

2000 census

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 16,340 people, 5,951 households, and 3,035 families living in the city. The population density was 1,938.5 people per square mile (748.4/km2). There were 6,380 housing units at an average density of 756.9 per square mile (292.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 90% White, 6.46% African American, 0.64% Native American, 2.79% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 0.78% from other races, and 2.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.44% of the population.

There were 3,951 households, out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.5% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 49.0% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 18.0% under the age of 18, 36.5% from 18 to 24, 22.8% from 25 to 44, 12.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 23 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,332, and the median income for a family was $45,845. Males had a median income of $30,354 versus $22,154 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,714. About 13.6% of families and 24.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.1% of those under age 18 and 11.4% of those age 65 or over.


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.[12]

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.[13]


Major roads





  • The Warrensburg Star-Journal – one day a week


  • KMOS-TV (PBS), PBS 6.1, CREATE CHANNEL 6.2 and PBS WORLD 6.3. The city of license is Syracuse, MO. The offices and studios are located on the campus of UCM in Warrensburg.


  • KWKJ-FM, 98.5FM Operated in Windsor, but headquartered in Warrensburg with a Country format
  • KOKO (AM), 1450 AM Oldies radio along with 98.5 make up

Notable people

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.[14]


Warrensburg is located at 38°45′47″N 93°44′06″W / 38.763101°N 93.734956°W / 38.763101; -93.734956.[15] 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.[16]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". 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. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. pp. 181.
  8. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Why Are Dogs Called 'Man's Best Friend'?". The Dog People by 2017-02-08. Retrieved 2019-10-02.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  11. ^ "City Council". City of Warrensburg. Retrieved 2017-04-28.
  12. ^ "Warrensburg Schools". Warrensburg R-VI School District. 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  13. ^ "Locations". Trails Regional Library. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  14. ^ Nicholas Meyer (director) (1983-11-20). The Day After (Motion Picture). ABC Circle Films. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
  15. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  16. ^ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-07-08.

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