Paris, Missouri (#20)

August 20, 2021

Paris is a city in Monroe County, Missouri, United States. The population was 1,220 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat.


Paris was platted in 1831, and named after Paris, Kentucky, the native home of a first settler. A post office called Paris has been in operation since 1841

The Paris Male Academy and Union Covered Bridge are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Paris is located at 39°28′49″N 92°0′4″W (39.480162, -92.001245). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.25 square miles (3.24 km2), of which 1.24 square miles (3.21 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Paris has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,220 people, 528 households, and 309 families living in the city. The population density was 983.9 inhabitants per square mile (379.9/km2). There were 643 housing units at an average density of 518.5 per square mile (200.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.7% White, 4.9% African American, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.7% of the population.

There were 528 households, of which 24.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 41.5% were non-families. 36.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.8% 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 2.77.

The median age in the city was 47.4 years. 19.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.9% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21% were from 25 to 44; 24.5% were from 45 to 64; and 28% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 43.8% male and 56.2% female.


Public education in the city is administered by Paris R-II School District, which operates one elementary school, one middle school, and Paris High School.

Paris has a public library, a branch of the Little Dixie Regional Libraries.

Notable people

Mary Margaret McBride - Female radio pioneer, born near Paris.

Glenn Jacobs - WWE professional wrestler known as "Kane".

Thomas Curtright - Professor of Physics at the University of Miami.

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