Princeton, Missouri

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Princeton is a city in Mercer County, Missouri. The population was 1,047 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Mercer County[3].



Princeton is located at 40°23′56″N 93°35′9″W / 40.39889°N 93.58583°W / 40.39889; -93.58583 (40.398794, -93.585807)[4]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km²), of which, 1.6 square miles (4.1 km²) of it is land and 100.00% is water.


Princeton is the birthplace and childhood home of Calamity Jane. In recognition of this Princeton hosts Calamity Jane Days Fall Festival each September. Martha Jane Cannary (aka Calamity Jane) was born May 1, 1852 in Princeton, Missouri, the oldest of six children. She had two brothers and three sisters.[5] Parents Robert W. and Charlotte Cannary are listed in the 1860 census living nearby in Ravanna, Mercer County, Missouri. The Cannary family moved to Montana in 1865, then on to Salt Lake City, UT where Robert Cannary died.

In 1988 the giant hog finishing company Premium Standard Farms was established in the city.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,047 people, 499 households, and 271 families residing in the city. The population density was 660.5 people per square mile (254.2/km²). There were 566 housing units at an average density of 357.0/sq mi (137.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.85% White, 0.10% African American, 0.67% Native American, and 0.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.29% of the population.

There were 499 households out of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.1% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.5% were non-families. 42.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 30.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.79.

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