Seneca, Missouri

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Seneca is a city in Newton County, Missouri, United States. The population was 2,135 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.


2008 tornado

Several houses in the city were destroyed by a tornado on Saturday May 10, 2008.[3] The Early Show broadcast their national weather report from the city on the following Monday morning. On the one year anniversary, Bill Lant, owner of Lant's Feed and Country Store, unveiled a memorial for the people who perished from the tornado. He had donated the plot of land and memorial and had the memorial built next to his store.


Seneca is located at 36°50′25″N 94°36′36″W / 36.84028°N 94.61°W / 36.84028; -94.61 (36.840318, -94.609918)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,135 people, 820 households, and 575 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,231.2 people per square mile (476.5/km²). There were 876 housing units at an average density of 505.2/sq mi (195.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 88.99% White, 0.09% African American, 6.56% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 3.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.12% of the population.

There were 820 households out of which 35.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.6% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.00.

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