Vandalia, Missouri

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Vandalia is a city in Audrain and Ralls Counties in the U.S. state of Missouri. The population was 2,529 at the 2000 census.

Col. Aaron McPike, who founded Vandalia in 1874, called Vandalia "Queen of the Prairie". Vast rolling prairies had underlying coal and refractory types of clay. Brickplants are major employers in Audrain County today.

The Audrain County portion of Vandalia is part of the Mexico Micropolitan Statistical Area, while the Ralls County portion is part of the Hannibal Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Vandalia is located at 39°18′27″N 91°29′21″W / 39.3075°N 91.48917°W / 39.3075; -91.48917 (39.307388, -91.489105)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.3 square miles (5.9 km²), all land.

Vandalia is located in northeast Missouri in Audrain County - 27 miles from the Mississippi River, 30 miles southwest of Hannibal and 100 miles northwest of St. Louis. The Gateway Western railroad line runs through the town.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,529 people, 1,176 households, and 702 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,117.8 people per square mile (432.1/km²). There were 1,343 housing units at an average density of 593.6/sq mi (229.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 86.91% White, 10.76% African American, 0.47% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 1.66% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.79% of the population.

There were 1,176 households out of which 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.3% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.3% were non-families. 37.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.81.

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