Stockton, Missouri

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Stockton is a city in Cedar County, Missouri, United States. The population was 1,960 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Cedar County[3].



Stockton is located at 37°41′48″N 93°47′43″W / 37.69667°N 93.79528°W / 37.69667; -93.79528 (37.696552, -93.795200)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.5 km²), all of it land.

Stockton was named Lancaster when it became the county seat of Cedar County on the county's formation in 1846. In 1847, the city was renamed Fremont to honor John C. Frémont. After Fremont became the Republican candidate for president in 1856, the Democratic Missouri legislature renamed the city after Robert F. Stockton.[5] Stockton hosts the Black Walnut Festival each September.[6]

On May 4, 2003, a large, destructive tornado severely damaged the city of Stockton.[7] After decimating the historic business district and damaging or destroying over 250 homes the tornado proceeded east through the countryside. The storm also caused the deaths of three Stockton residents and injuries of numerous others. The Stockton tornado began in Vernon County, near Nevada, Missouri and moved eastward through Cedar and Polk counties before dissipating east of the Dallas County line. Since then, the city has been working with residents and both federal and state authorities to develop a plan to rebuild the downtown business district and improve upon other public facilities such as a new park and community center. Pierce City, Missouri was also severely damaged by a similar storm in which five residents lost their lives. The city has a similar plan for recovery.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,960 people, 814 households, and 473 families residing in the city. The population density was 921.7 people per square mile (355.3/km²). There were 968 housing units at an average density of 455.2/sq mi (175.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.66% White, 0.41% African American, 0.51% Native American, 1.12% Asian, 0.51% from other races, and 1.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.94% of the population.

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