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Kennett, Missouri
—  City  —
Location of Kennett, Missouri
Coordinates: 36°14′17″N 90°3′6″W / 36.23806°N 90.05167°W / 36.23806; -90.05167Coordinates: 36°14′17″N 90°3′6″W / 36.23806°N 90.05167°W / 36.23806; -90.05167
Country United States
State Missouri
County Dunklin
Area
 - Total 8.7 sq mi (18.2 km2)
 - Land 8.7 sq mi (18.2 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 269 ft (82 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 11,260
 Density 1,691.4/sq mi (653.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 63857
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-38306[1]
GNIS feature ID 0731596[2]

Kennett is a city in Dunklin County, Missouri, United States. The population was 11,260 at the 2000 census, but a 2008 estimate indicates a 4.9% decrease in population to 10,707. Kennett is the county seat of Dunklin County[3]. The city is located in the southeast corner (or "Bootheel") of Missouri, 4 miles east of Arkansas and 20 miles from the Mississippi River.

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History

White settlers built log cabins in the area in the first half of the 19th century, naming their settlement Chilletecaux in honor of a Delaware Indian chief who lived there. Renamed Butler in the late 1840s, the city encountered mail delivery problems (among which was the existence of both another Missouri town and a Missouri county named Butler) and was finally named Kennett in 1851, in honor of the mayor of St. Louis, Luther M. Kennett. The town began to take on its present form in the 1890s with the coming of a railroad to the area and the start of a massive state-funded drainage program in the St. Francis River basin[4].

Geography

Kennett is located at 36°14′17″N 90°3′6″W / 36.23806°N 90.05167°W / 36.23806; -90.05167 (36.237974, -90.051727)[5]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.7 square miles (18.2 km²).The entire 18.2 km² (8.7) is land; none of the city is covered by water.

Demographics

The Kennett Micropolitan Statistical Area consists of Dunklin County.

At the 2007 census[1], there were 13,163 people, 4,540 households, and 3,069 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,691.4 per square mile (652.8/km²). There were 4,875 housing units at an average density of 732.3/sq mi (282.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 84.44% White, 13.27% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.36% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.79% of the population.

There were 4,540 households, of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.0% were married couples living together, 15.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.4% are "non-families." Of all households, 28.9% are made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.93.

Of the city's population, 26.9% were under the age of 18, 8.7% were from 18 to 24, 25.3% were from 25 to 44, 22.9% were from 45 to 64, and 16.2% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 83.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.5 males.

The median household income was $26,088, and the median family income was $34,167. Males had a median income of $29,958 versus $18,770 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,397. Living below the poverty line were 26.1% of the population and 20.5% of families. Those living below the poverty line were 37.5% of those under the age of 18 and 24.0% of those 65 and older.

Transportation

Kennett Memorial Airport is a city-owned, public-use airport located one nautical mile (1.85 km) southeast of the central business district of Kennett.[6]

Education

Kennett has six public schools. The pre-school is called Kennett Head Start. The elementary schools are West Kindergarten, South Elementary School and H. Byron Masterson Elementary School. The other schools are Kennett Middle School and Kennett High School[7]. There is also a private school, Kennett Christian Academy. In 1979, under the leadership of Pastor J.D.Langford of the First United Pentecostal Church,the Kennett Christian Academy opened its doors with a student body of sixty. Since then it has been providing christian education for the area.

Kennett is home to Southeast Missouri State University at Kennett, a branch of the Cape Girardeau main campus.

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Kennett High School Athletics

  • Class 3-A
  • Two-Time MSHSAA Track Champions
  • 3-Time Class 3 District Baseball Champions
  • 1-Time Class 3 District Volleyball Champions

Notable natives and/or residents

References

Climate data for Kennett
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 49
(9.4)
54
(12.2)
62
(16.7)
73
(22.8)
81
(27.2)
89
(31.7)
93
(33.9)
91
(32.8)
86
(30)
76
(24.4)
61
(16.1)
51
(10.6)
72
(22.2)
Average low °F (°C) 31
(-0.6)
33
(0.6)
40
(4.4)
50
(10)
59
(15)
67
(19.4)
70
(21.1)
69
(20.6)
62
(16.7)
50
(10)
39
(3.9)
34
(1.1)
50
(10)
Precipitation inches (mm) 4.3
(109.2)
4.7
(119.4)
3.8
(96.5)
3.9
(99.1)
5.6
(142.2)
3.3
(83.8)
3.3
(83.8)
3.3
(83.8)
2.5
(63.5)
3
(76.2)
4.3
(109.2)
2.6
(66)
45.5
(1,155.7)
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