Palmyra, Missouri

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Palmyra is a city in and the county seat of Marion County, Missouri, United States.[1] The population was 3,467 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Hannibal Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Palmyra is located at 39°47′51″N 91°31′29″W / 39.7975°N 91.52472°W / 39.7975; -91.52472 (39.797396, -91.524857).[3] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km²), all land.


In 1862 the city was the scene of the Palmyra Massacre, in which ten Confederate prisoners were killed in retaliation for the disappearance of a local Union man.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,467 people, 1,372 households, and 923 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,559.9 people per square mile (603.0/km²). There were 1,522 housing units at an average density of 684.8/sq mi (264.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.22% White, 2.62% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.03% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.61% of the population.

There were 1,372 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.1% had someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.94.

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