South Greenfield, Missouri

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South Greenfield is a village in Dade County, Missouri, United States. The population was 136 at the 2000 census.



South Greenfield is located at 37°22′32″N 93°50′27″W / 37.37556°N 93.84083°W / 37.37556; -93.84083 (37.375496, -93.840812)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 136 people, 54 households, and 40 families residing in the village. The population density was 798.1 people per square mile (308.9/km²). There were 59 housing units at an average density of 346.3/sq mi (134.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.26% White, and 0.74% from two or more races.

There were 54 households out of which 38.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.1% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.9% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the village the population was spread out with 29.4% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 31.6% from 25 to 44, 19.9% 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 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.3 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $19,000, and the median income for a family was $30,000. Males had a median income of $21,250 versus $13,125 for females. The per capita income for the village was $10,241. There were 28.1% of families and 30.0% of the population living below the poverty line, including 38.2% of under eighteens and 35.7% of those over 64.


Prior to the year 1881 there were no railroads in Dade County. In that early day Greenfield was the metropolis of the county and all the horsetracks in the road pointed in that direction. The old railroad survey to which Dade County had subscribed bonds in the sum of ,000.00 touched the townsite of Greenfield on the southwest but when the Kansas City, Fort Scott and Gulf Railroad was built in 1881 it missed the town three miles (5 km). It followed a natural depression out of the Turnback and Limestone hills to the prairie leaving the county seat stranded on high and dry ground.

People in their enthusiasm and speculation expected to see Greenfield with her business interests and county offices move bodily to the railroad point. To facilitate this enterprise Levin W. Shafer, in company with John A. Ready, two Greenfield lawyers and real estate dealers having financial relations with the Dade County Bank, purchased a 41-acre (170,000 m2) tract of land and laid out the pretentious city of sough Greenfield, with its spacious Public Square upon which a Court House was to be erected when the county seat was removed to that point.

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