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Palmyra, Missouri
—  City  —
Location of Palmyra, Missouri
Coordinates: 39°47′51″N 91°31′29″W / 39.7975°N 91.52472°W / 39.7975; -91.52472Coordinates: 39°47′51″N 91°31′29″W / 39.7975°N 91.52472°W / 39.7975; -91.52472
Country United States
State Missouri
County Marion
 - Mayor Loren Graham
 - Total 2.2 sq mi (5.8 km2)
 - Land 2.2 sq mi (5.8 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 640 ft (195 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 3,467
 Density 1,559.9/sq mi (602.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 63461
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-56036[1]
GNIS feature ID 0736334[2]

Palmyra is a city in and the county seat of Marion County, Missouri, United States.[1] The population was 3,467 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Hannibal Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Palmyra is located at 39°47′51″N 91°31′29″W / 39.7975°N 91.52472°W / 39.7975; -91.52472 (39.797396, -91.524857).[3] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km²), all land.


In 1862 the city was the scene of the Palmyra Massacre, in which ten Confederate prisoners were killed in retaliation for the disappearance of a local Union man.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,467 people, 1,372 households, and 923 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,559.9 people per square mile (603.0/km²). There were 1,522 housing units at an average density of 684.8/sq mi (264.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.22% White, 2.62% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.03% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.61% of the population.

There were 1,372 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.5% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.1% had someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 20.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 88.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $31,284, and the median income for a family was $42,946. Males had a median income of $30,829 versus $19,631 for females. The per capita income for the city ds $15,625. About 5.5% of families and 8.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.3% of those under the age of 18 and 10.5% of those 65 and older.


The education in Palmyra, Missouri has been again and again recognized for having one of the best school districts in the state of Missouri. The school district has been rewarded for the high test scores achieved by its students and teachers.

Notable people


  1. ^ a b c "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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