Sumner, Missouri

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Sumner is a city in Chariton County, Missouri, United States. The population was 142 at the 2000 census, at which time it was a town.



Sumner is located at 39°39′23″N 93°14′36″W / 39.65639°N 93.24333°W / 39.65639; -93.24333 (39.656342, -93.243426)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 142 people, 66 households, and 34 families residing in the town. The population density was 549.7 people per square mile (210.9/km²). There were 99 housing units at an average density of 383.2/sq mi (147.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.18% White, 0.70% African American, 0.70% Native American, and 1.41% from two or more races.

There were 66 households out of which 22.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.9% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.0% were non-families. 42.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 7.0% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 22.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 77.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $14,792, and the median income for a family was $23,750. Males had a median income of $26,250 versus $14,583 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,025. There were 30.0% of families and 32.5% of the population living below the poverty line, including 51.6% of under eighteens and 13.5% of those over 64.

Senator J. William Fulbright was born in Sumner on April 9, 1905.

Sumner was also the home town of Clifford Johnson, a survivor of the horrible Coconut Grove Nightclub Fire in California. Life magazine profiled Clifford in the August 31, 1959 issue (available online.) Clifford died on December 19, 1956 in a jeep accident returning to his home from his job as a game warden.

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