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Van Buren, Missouri
—  City  —
Location of Van Buren, Missouri
Coordinates: 37°0′13″N 91°0′55″W / 37.00361°N 91.01528°W / 37.00361; -91.01528
Country United States
State Missouri
County Carter
 - Total 2.0 sq mi (5.2 km2)
 - Land 2.0 sq mi (5.2 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 472 ft (144 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 845
 - Density 422.6/sq mi (163.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 63965
Area code(s) 573
FIPS code 29-75580[1]
GNIS feature ID 0752687[2]

Van Buren is a city in Carter County, Missouri, United States. The population was 845 at the 2000 census, at which time it was a town. It is the county seat of Carter County[3]. The city was organized in 1830 and was named for United States Secretary of State (and later President) Martin Van Buren.



Van Buren is located at 37°0′13″N 91°0′55″W / 37.00361°N 91.01528°W / 37.00361; -91.01528 (37.003594, -91.015230)[4]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 845 people, 390 households, and 223 families residing in the town. The population density was 422.6 people per square mile (163.1/km²). There were 440 housing units at an average density of 220.0/sq mi (84.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.69% White, 0.36% African American, 0.83% Native American, and 2.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.30% of the population.

There were 390 households out of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.1% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.8% were non-families. 40.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 23.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.76.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.5% under the age of 18, 8.0% from 18 to 24, 22.2% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 26.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 80.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $19,766, and the median income for a family was $31,154. Males had a median income of $29,250 versus $17,981 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,061. About 17.7% of families and 25.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.3% of those under age 18 and 25.1% 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. ^ "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.  

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