Stark City, Missouri

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Stark City is a village in Newton County, Missouri, United States. The population was 156 at the 2000 census, at which time it was a town. It is part of the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.

It was formerly called Chester, but was renamed in the 1930s for the Stark Brother's Nursery, which was a previous prevalent industry to the town and its close neighbor, Newtonia. It is adjacent to the battlefield of the Second Battle of Newtonia.


Stark City is located at 36°51′35″N 94°11′20″W / 36.859717°N 94.188833°W / 36.859717; -94.188833.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.1 square mile (0.3 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 156 people, 59 households, and 42 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,278.5 people per square mile (501.9/km²). There were 62 housing units at an average density of 508.1/sq mi (199.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.95% White, 2.56% Native American, and 4.49% from two or more races.

There were 59 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 6.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.8% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the town the population was spread out with 30.8% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 110.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 111.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $25,000, and the median income for a family was $27,083. Males had a median income of $29,375 versus $21,875 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,311. About 13.3% of families and 15.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.7% of those under the age of eighteen and none of those sixty five or over.


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