Canalou, Missouri

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Canalou is a city in New Madrid County, Missouri, United States. The population was 348 at the 2000 census. The ZIP code is 63828.

Except for Main, First, and MacArthur, the rest of the streets are named after U.S. presidents, including Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Van Buren, Harrison, Roosevelt, Taft, and Kennedy.



Canalou is located at 36°45′16″N 89°41′13″W / 36.75444°N 89.68694°W / 36.75444; -89.68694 (36.754415, -89.687063)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.6 km²), all of it land.

A notable former resident of Canalou is world-renowned artist Michael Parkes. Parkes, who now resides in Spain, was born in Sikeston, Missouri in 1944 and grew up in Canalou. Parkes is noted for his beautiful fantasy themed prints, paintings and sculptures.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 348 people, 125 households, and 91 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,380.1 people per square mile (537.5/km²). There were 140 housing units at an average density of 555.2/sq mi (216.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.11% White, 3.74% African American, 0.29% Asian, and 0.86% from two or more races.

There were 125 households out of which 40.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4% were married couples living together, 14.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.4% were non-families. 21.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.78 and the average family size was 3.24.

In the city the population was spread out with 33.3% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,250, and the median income for a family was $25,417. Males had a median income of $24,792 versus $14,464 for females. The per capita income for the city was $9,660. About 20.0% of families and 27.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.5% of those under age 18 and 39.4% of those age 65 or over.

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