Millard, Missouri

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Millard is a village in Pettis Township, Adair County, Missouri, United States. The population was 75 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Kirksville Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Millard is located at 40°6′29″N 92°32′46″W / 40.10806°N 92.54611°W / 40.10806; -92.54611 (40.108187, -92.546023)[3].

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


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 75 people, 34 households, and 24 families residing in the village. The population density was 606.5 people per square mile (241.3/km²). There were 39 housing units at an average density of 315.4/sq mi (125.5/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 100.00% White.

There were 34 households out of which 20.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.8% were married couples living together, 2.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.4% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.58.

In the village the population was spread out with 17.3% under the age of 18, 4.0% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 32.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 108.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $25,833, and the median income for a family was $35,625. Males had a median income of $19,375 versus $21,563 for females. The per capita income for the village was $16,458. There were 10.0% of families and 18.3% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 36.4% of those over 64.


Millard, like so many small American towns, owes its birth to the railroads. Mr. James Nicolas secured a land grant for the area surrounding present-day Millard from the State of Missouri in 1866. Nicolas then promptly sold the western half of the grant to the North Missouri Railroad Company. At the time the railroad was busy with the planning and construction of a line north from Macon with the destination being Kirksville. With the coming of the rail lines in 1868 a few families began to settle nearby, eventually reaching an estimated eighty families by the time a town plat was made in 1872. The name Belle Prairie was first assigned but soon changed to Millard, to honor the son of early pioneers Samuel and Maggie Miller. The railroads found Millard a convenient location to refuel, so a large coal storage bin and loading chute were established trackside. A small stockyard was also constructed, allowing farmers a place to keep their livestock before shipping them to markets in larger cities. In its turn-of-the-20th-century heyday Millard boasted as many as 19 businesses, however that number has been greatly reduced today. Two transportation advantages play to Millards favor: Kirksville Regional Airport is located directly across US Highway 63 from Millard, offering commuter air service to larger cities. In recent years US Highway 63 has been expanded to four lanes between Kirksville and Macon, Missouri with Millard being selected by MoDOT as the southern terminus of the Kirksville bypass.

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