Bell City, Missouri

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Bell City is a city in Stoddard County, Missouri, United States. Originally founded as a sawmill town around 1900, Bell City lies at the foothills of Crowley's Ridge on Missouri Route 91.[3] The population of Bell City was 461 at the 2000 census, and the town currently has no mayor.



Bell City is located at 37°1′26″N 89°49′10″W / 37.02389°N 89.81944°W / 37.02389; -89.81944 (37.023820, -89.819457)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 461 people, 196 households, and 126 families residing in the city. The population density was 830.9 people per square mile (323.6/km²). There were 220 housing units at an average density of 396.5/sq mi (154.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.48% White, 1.08% African American, 0.22% Native American, and 0.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population.

There were 196 households out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.4% were married couples living together, 15.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.7% were non-families. 34.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 85.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,125, and the median income for a family was $28,636. Males had a median income of $22,125 versus $16,333 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,664. About 11.8% of families and 19.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.1% of those under age 18 and 23.7% of those age 65 or over.

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