Dexter, Missouri

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Dexter is a city in Stoddard County, Missouri, United States, founded in 1873. The population was 7,356 at the 2000 census.



Dexter is located at 36°47′48″N 89°57′45″W / 36.79667°N 89.9625°W / 36.79667; -89.9625 (36.796655, -89.962518)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.2 square miles (16.1 km²), of which 6.1 square miles (15.8 km²) is land and 0.1 square mile (0.3 km²) (2.09%) is water.

Dexter is 45 miles from Cairo, Illinois, the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.

Dexter is located on what is known as Crowley's Ridge.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,356 people, 3,237 households, and 2,019 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,208.0 people per square mile (466.4/km²). There were 3,560 housing units at an average density of 584.6/sq mi (225.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.31% White, 0.15% African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.50% from other races, and 1.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.20% of the population.

There were 3,237 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.0% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.6% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 20.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 82.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.3 males.

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