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Rock Port, Missouri
—  City  —
Location of Rock Port, Missouri
Coordinates: 40°24′44″N 95°31′11″W / 40.41222°N 95.51972°W / 40.41222; -95.51972
Country United States
State Missouri
County Atchison
Township Clay
 - Total 2.9 sq mi (7.4 km2)
 - Land 2.9 sq mi (7.4 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 942 ft (287 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,395
 - Density 488.5/sq mi (188.6/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 64482
Area code(s) 660
FIPS code 29-62696[1]
GNIS feature ID 0730197[2]

Rock Port is a city in Clay Township, Atchison County, Missouri, United States. It is the county seat. The population was 1,395 at the 2000 census. The city, which is 8 miles east of the Missouri River in the Loess Hills bluffs above the river, derives its name from Rock Creek which flows through it.


Wind power and economy

The city of Rock Port has become completely energy self-sufficient.[3] In April 2008 Rock Port claimed to be the first community in the United States to have its electricity 100 percent generated by wind power. Rock Port, which uses about 13 million kWh a year, has its power generated by the Loess Hills Wind Farm. The farm has four Suzlon 1.25-megawatt wind turbines. Excess power is sold to the Missouri Public Utility Alliance in Columbia, Missouri.[4] The idea for the wind turbines came from the town's former mortuary worker, Eric Chamberlain.[3] The farm was built by Wind Capital Group and is by far the company's smallest wind farm developed through January 2009. Wind Capital in 2008 built the bigger 50.4MW Cow Branch Wind Farm between Rock Port and Tarkio. Jeffrey Seaman is the mayor.

The original city is off of the interstate but an additional area is built that is a travel hub. Truck stops, motels, fast food and firework stands are located along the interstate hosting a large amount of day time visitors, despite the city's small size and otherwise slow population growth.


Rock Port is located at 40°24′44″N 95°31′11″W / 40.41222°N 95.51972°W / 40.41222; -95.51972 (40.412268, -95.519792)[5]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,395 people, 647 households, and 368 families residing in the city. The population density was 488.5 people per square mile (188.3/km²). There were 714 housing units at an average density of 250.0/sq mi (96.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.35% White, 0.07% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.22% from other races, and 0.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.50% of the population.

There were 647 households out of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.0% were non-families. 40.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 26.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the city the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 28.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 86.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,571, and the median income for a family was $41,625. Males had a median income of $27,639 versus $19,653 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,322. About 7.2% of families and 11.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.8% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "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. ^ a b Missouri Town Is Running On Vapor — And Thriving, Frank Morris, August 9, 2008, National Public Radio; accessed August 10, 2008
  4. ^ Rock Port to become first American 100 percent wind powered community - Maryville Daily Forum - April 13, 2008
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

External links

Rock Port, MO Official Web Site



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