Sullivan, Missouri

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Sullivan is a city that straddles the border of Franklin County and Crawford County in the U.S. state of Missouri. The population was 6,351 at the 2000 census. Stephen Sullivan founded the city in the late 1850s and cleared brush, which facilitated the building of the railway depot there, and the railroad named the town and station after him in 1860. In 1856, when a post office was established in present-day Sullivan, the local postmaster named the place "Mount Helicon". This short-lived name was after an actual mountain in Greece that was the mythical sanctuary of the Muses. Between 1920 to 1960 the city grew from 900 to more than 4,000 residents, making Sullivan the second-fastest growing city in the state during that time.[3]



Sullivan is located at 38°12′34″N 91°9′53″W / 38.20944°N 91.16472°W / 38.20944; -91.16472 (38.209562, -91.164656)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.7 square miles (19.9 km²), all land.


Governed by a Mayor and six members of the Board of Aldermen and assisted by a City Administrator, the City oversees a budget of $25 million. Sullivan provides quality services in the areas of electric distribution, water, sewer, streets, aviation, parks and recreation, engineering, economic development, solid waste collection and law enforcement with a total of 67 full-time employees. The City operates on a very solid financial basis as demonstrated in its reserves. The local tax levy of 60 cents and utility rates are among the lowest in the area. A two cent sales tax for general revenue, capital improvements, and transportation provides the largest revenue source.

The Board of Aldermen meets at 7:00 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month. The Board relies on the aid and counsel of numerous boards and commissions, including the Library Board, Parks Board, Industrial Development Authority and Board of Adjustment that meet as needed. The Planning and Zoning Commission meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.[1]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,351 people, 2,585 households, and 1,682 families residing in the city. The population density was 828.4 people per square mile (319.7/km²). There were 2,775 housing units at an average density of 362.0/sq mi (139.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.38% White, 0.20% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.20% of the population.

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