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Ava, Missouri
—  City  —
Location of Ava, Missouri
Coordinates: 36°57′19″N 92°39′47″W / 36.95528°N 92.66306°W / 36.95528; -92.66306
Country United States
State Missouri
County Douglas
 - Total 3.1 sq mi (8.0 km2)
 - Land 3.1 sq mi (8.0 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,283 ft (391 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 3,021
 - Density 973.0/sq mi (375.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 65608
Area code(s) 417
FIPS code 29-02674[1]
GNIS feature ID 0735491[2]

Ava is a city in Douglas County, Missouri, United States. The population was 3,021 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Douglas County[3]. The city was founded in 1871 and is named after the city of Ava in the Bible.[4] Ava is the only incorporated city in Douglas County.



Ava is located at 36°57′19″N 92°39′47″W / 36.95528°N 92.66306°W / 36.95528; -92.66306 (36.955176, -92.663114)[5]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,021 people, 1,350 households, and 764 families residing in the city. The population density was 973.0 people per square mile (376.3/km²). There were 1,493 housing units at an average density of 480.9/sq mi (186.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.79% White, 0.13% African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 1.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.36% of the population.

There were 1,350 households out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 10.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.4% were non-families. 39.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 23.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 79.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,331, and the median income for a family was $28,228. Males had a median income of $25,865 versus $16,324 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,307. About 16.0% of families and 21.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.3% of those under age 18 and 25.8% of those age 65 or over.


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