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Sullivan, Missouri
—  city  —
Location of Sullivan, Missouri
Coordinates: 38°12′34″N 91°9′53″W / 38.20944°N 91.16472°W / 38.20944; -91.16472Coordinates: 38°12′34″N 91°9′53″W / 38.20944°N 91.16472°W / 38.20944; -91.16472
Country United States
State Missouri
Counties Franklin, Crawford
 - Total 7.7 sq mi (19.9 km2)
 - Land 7.7 sq mi (19.9 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 981 ft (299 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 6,351
 Density 828.4/sq mi (319.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 63080
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-71440[1]
GNIS feature ID 0731658[2]

Sullivan is a city that straddles the border of Franklin County and Crawford County in the U.S. state of Missouri. The population was 6,351 at the 2000 census. Stephen Sullivan founded the city in the late 1850s and cleared brush, which facilitated the building of the railway depot there, and the railroad named the town and station after him in 1860. In 1856, when a post office was established in present-day Sullivan, the local postmaster named the place "Mount Helicon". This short-lived name was after an actual mountain in Greece that was the mythical sanctuary of the Muses. Between 1920 to 1960 the city grew from 900 to more than 4,000 residents, making Sullivan the second-fastest growing city in the state during that time.[3]



Sullivan is located at 38°12′34″N 91°9′53″W / 38.20944°N 91.16472°W / 38.20944; -91.16472 (38.209562, -91.164656)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.7 square miles (19.9 km²), all land.


Governed by a Mayor and six members of the Board of Aldermen and assisted by a City Administrator, the City oversees a budget of $25 million. Sullivan provides quality services in the areas of electric distribution, water, sewer, streets, aviation, parks and recreation, engineering, economic development, solid waste collection and law enforcement with a total of 67 full-time employees. The City operates on a very solid financial basis as demonstrated in its reserves. The local tax levy of 60 cents and utility rates are among the lowest in the area. A two cent sales tax for general revenue, capital improvements, and transportation provides the largest revenue source.

The Board of Aldermen meets at 7:00 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month. The Board relies on the aid and counsel of numerous boards and commissions, including the Library Board, Parks Board, Industrial Development Authority and Board of Adjustment that meet as needed. The Planning and Zoning Commission meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.[1]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,351 people, 2,585 households, and 1,682 families residing in the city. The population density was 828.4 people per square mile (319.7/km²). There were 2,775 housing units at an average density of 362.0/sq mi (139.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.38% White, 0.20% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.20% of the population.

There were 2,585 households out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% 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 2.97.

In the city the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 89.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,046, and the median income for a family was $36,260. Males had a median income of $29,817 versus $20,385 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,518. About 6.9% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.7% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • Jim Bottomley, baseball Hall-of-Famer
  • William S. Harney, 19th Century General (Mexican-American War, Civil War, etc.)
  • George Hearst, U.S. Senator from California, father of publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst
  • Roberta Mason, Missouri Educator, Special Schools Teacher, and Hole-in-One Golfer
  • Elvin Mesger, Bowler, holder of the American Bowling Congress record for 800-or-better series (15), scored his 13th, 14th and 15th perfect games in one day—a first for the ABC—then rolled four more 300s in three weeks.

Historic places


  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. ^ "City of Sullivan - History". Retrieved 2008-04-02. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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