Macks Creek, Missouri

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Macks Creek is a town in Camden County, Missouri, United States. The population was 267 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Macks Creek is located at 37°57′58″N 92°58′20″W / 37.96611°N 92.97222°W / 37.96611; -92.97222 (37.966027, -92.972165)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.9 square miles (2.5 km²), of which, 0.9 square miles (2.4 km²) of it is land and 1.05% is water.

As of December 6, 2004 there are the following in the city of Macks Creek: Cafe, Bank, Art Gallery, Post Office, Garage, Public Library, a Distinguished School, Two churches, Recording studio, Senior Housing, Cemetery, and soon to be a tax service and a backhoe service.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 267 people, 109 households, and 68 families residing in the city. The population density was 285.2 people per square mile (109.7/km²). There were 129 housing units at an average density of 137.8/sq mi (53.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.38% White, and 2.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.37% of the population.

There were 109 households out of which 36.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.7% were non-families. 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the city the population was spread out with 31.8% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 16.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 84.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,875, and the median income for a family was $24,643. Males had a median income of $25,893 versus $13,125 for females. The per capita income for the city was $9,053. About 13.6% of families and 22.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.2% of those under the age of eighteen and 24.1% of those sixty five or over.

Controversy

For years, Macks Creek had one of the most infamous speed traps in the entire nation, with a strictly enforced 45-MPH speed limit along US 54, which currently has a 60-MPH speed limit on either side of town. However, in 1995, that all came to a screeching halt when the State of Missouri passed a law prohibiting Missouri cities and towns from collecting more than 45% of their total revenue from speeding tickets—and Macks Creek had been collecting approximately 85% of its revenue from speeding tickets. Since the officers' hands were tied with the new law, the entire police department quit and the mayor resigned from office.[4]

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