Florida, Missouri

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Florida is a village in Monroe County, Missouri, United States, best known as the birthplace of writer Mark Twain in 1835.[3] The population was 9 at the 2000 census. Samuel Langhorne Clemens (whose nom de plume was Mark Twain) was born in Florida in a log cabin. The cabin is now preserved inside the museum (also called shrine) at the Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site. The historic site and surrounding Mark Twain State Park stand as a tribute to the author-humorist.[4] There is also a small aforementioned museum with interesting artifacts, including first editions of some of Twain's books.



Florida is located at 39°29′30″N 91°47′23″W / 39.49167°N 91.78972°W / 39.49167; -91.78972 (39.491712, -91.789973)[5]. The village is now located along a man-made lake called Mark Twain Lake, originally the Salt River flowed near the bluff on which Florida stands.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 9 people, 4 households, and 2 families residing in the village. The population density was 86.4 people per square mile (34.8/km²). There were 21 housing units at an average density of 201.7/sq mi (82.1/km²). All residents were White.

There were 4 households out of which one had children under the age of 18 living with them, one was a married couple living together, one had a female householder with no husband present, and two were non-families. One household was made up of an individual who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 3.

In the village the population was spread out with two under the age of 18 (both females), two from 18 to 25, two from 25 to 45, one from 45 to 65, and two who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. There were six females (including the two under 18) and three males.

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Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) was born in Florida. In his autobiography, Twain wrote,

"The village contained a hundred people and I increased the population by 1 per cent. It is more than many of the best men in history could have done for a town."[6]

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