Golden City, Missouri

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Golden City is a city in Golden City Township, Barton County, Missouri, United States. The population was 884 at the 2000 census.



Golden City is located at 37°23′36″N 94°5′36″W / 37.39333°N 94.09333°W / 37.39333; -94.09333 (37.393254, -94.093441)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.7 km²), all of it land.

Golden City is located in the heart of Missouri Tall Grass Prairie country. Several preserved prairies are located within a few miles of town. Most significant are the Golden Prairie, the Cook Meadow and the Pennsylvania Prairie.


Golden City was established in 1866 as a stop on the Butterfield Stagecoach Line. It takes its name from a nearby area known as Golden Grove. Golden Grove was so named because the early settlers found old diggings in the area that they attributed to Spanish Conquistadors mining for gold. In reality the diggings were done by Indians mining an outcropping of exceptionally fine flint.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 884 people, 369 households, and 225 families residing in the city. The population density was 861.1 people per square mile (331.4/km²). There were 423 housing units at an average density of 412.0/sq mi (158.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.04% White, 1.92% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.11% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.15% of the population.

There were 369 households out of which 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.4% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.8% were non-families. 33.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.08.

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