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Stockton, Missouri
—  City  —
Location of Stockton, Missouri
Coordinates: 37°41′48″N 93°47′43″W / 37.69667°N 93.79528°W / 37.69667; -93.79528
Country United States
State Missouri
County Cedar
 - Total 2.1 sq mi (5.5 km2)
 - Land 2.1 sq mi (5.5 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 948 ft (289 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 1,960
 - Density 921.7/sq mi (355.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 65785
Area code(s) 417
FIPS code 29-70828[1]
GNIS feature ID 0729969[2]

Stockton is a city in Cedar County, Missouri, United States. The population was 1,960 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Cedar County[3].



Stockton is located at 37°41′48″N 93°47′43″W / 37.69667°N 93.79528°W / 37.69667; -93.79528 (37.696552, -93.795200)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.5 km²), all of it land.

Stockton was named Lancaster when it became the county seat of Cedar County on the county's formation in 1846. In 1847, the city was renamed Fremont to honor John C. Frémont. After Fremont became the Republican candidate for president in 1856, the Democratic Missouri legislature renamed the city after Robert F. Stockton.[5] Stockton hosts the Black Walnut Festival each September.[6]

On May 4, 2003, a large, destructive tornado severely damaged the city of Stockton.[7] After decimating the historic business district and damaging or destroying over 250 homes the tornado proceeded east through the countryside. The storm also caused the deaths of three Stockton residents and injuries of numerous others. The Stockton tornado began in Vernon County, near Nevada, Missouri and moved eastward through Cedar and Polk counties before dissipating east of the Dallas County line. Since then, the city has been working with residents and both federal and state authorities to develop a plan to rebuild the downtown business district and improve upon other public facilities such as a new park and community center. Pierce City, Missouri was also severely damaged by a similar storm in which five residents lost their lives. The city has a similar plan for recovery.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,960 people, 814 households, and 473 families residing in the city. The population density was 921.7 people per square mile (355.3/km²). There were 968 housing units at an average density of 455.2/sq mi (175.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.66% White, 0.41% African American, 0.51% Native American, 1.12% Asian, 0.51% from other races, and 1.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.94% of the population.

There were 814 households out of which 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.8% were non-families. 38.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 20.7% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 26.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,353, and the median income for a family was $34,427. Males had a median income of $22,574 versus $19,688 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,540. About 7.0% of families and 14.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.0% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.

Notable natives

  • Brian Sullivan - Host of the comedic, roots music radio show the Saturday Night Blues Party, heard on KRWP, 107.7 FM Stockton, Missouri. Part of the Cumulus Broadcasting network.


  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. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  5. ^ Howard Louis Conard, Encyclopedia of the history of Missouri, vol. VI at 88 (1901), retrieved via Google Books May 25, 2009
  6. ^
  7. ^ Suhr, Jim. "Tornado Destroys Downtown of Stockton." AP Online. High Beam Research. May 6, 2003

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