Strafford, Missouri

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Strafford is a city in eastern Greene County, Missouri, United States. The population was 1,845 at the 2000 census, a small 2% of the population is African American and only .5% is Hispanic.[citation needed] It is part of the Springfield, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area. Strafford , just East of Springfield hosts a Route 66 Cruise and Route 66 Days each year in celebration of "Route 66".



As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,845 people, 683 households, and 499 families residing in the city. The population density was 789.9 people per square mile (304.4/km²). There were 720 housing units at an average density of 308.3/sq mi (118.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.67% White, 0.33% African American, 0.65% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.79% of the population. There are 9 Police officers, one for about every 200 citizens. And about the same for Firemen.

There were 683 households out of which 41.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.9% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 3.08.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 20.4% from 45 to 64, and 10.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 94.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,111, and the median income for a family was $39,722. Males had a median income of $28,167 versus $21,920 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,858. About 9.9% of families and 12.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.9% of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those age 65 or over.


On January 7, 2008 Strafford was hit by an EF-3 Tornado. The tornado struck early evening, starting near the western city limits, near exit 84 on Interstate 44. It remained on the ground for almost 20 miles, finally ending near Niangua, Missouri. It destroyed dozens of homes and barns, and killed two people, one a Strafford resident, and one near Niangua.

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