Wellington, Missouri

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Wellington, Missouri
Downtown Wellington in March 2019
Downtown Wellington in March 2019
Location of Wellington, Missouri
Location of Wellington, Missouri
Coordinates: 39°8′0″N 93°59′6″W / 39.13333°N 93.98500°W / 39.13333; -93.98500Coordinates: 39°8′0″N 93°59′6″W / 39.13333°N 93.98500°W / 39.13333; -93.98500
CountryUnited States
StateMissouri
CountyLafayette
Area
 • Total1.13 sq mi (2.93 km2)
 • Land1.09 sq mi (2.82 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
Elevation
787 ft (240 m)
Population
 • Total812
 • Estimate 
(2016)[3]
798
 • Density720/sq mi (280/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
64097
Area code(s)816
FIPS code29-78352[4]
GNIS feature ID0728497[5]
Websitewellingtonmo.com

Wellington is a city in Lafayette County, Missouri, and part of the Kansas City metropolitan area within the United States. It is located approximately 35 miles east of Kansas City. The population was 812 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Wellington was laid out in 1837, and named after Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, British commander at the Battle of Waterloo.[6] A post office called Wellington has been in operation since 1840.[7]

In November 2013, Leland Ray Kolkmeyer pled guilty, in federal court, of a fraud scheme in which he embezzled more than $1.5 million from Wellington-Napoleon Fire Protection District and Special Road District while being their former treasurer.[8][9][10]

Geography[edit]

Wellington is located at 39°08′00″N 93°59′06″W / 39.133360°N 93.985049°W / 39.133360; -93.985049.[11] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.13 square miles (2.93 km2), of which 1.09 square miles (2.82 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) is water.[1]

Wellington lies just a few miles east of Napoleon, Missouri, the two towns having been named after the commanders at the Battle of Waterloo. Approximately halfway between the two towns lies a small, unincorporated crossroads called "Waterloo".

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880378
189044618.0%
190052016.6%
19105587.3%
192087857.3%
1930756−13.9%
1940656−13.2%
1950649−1.1%
19606510.3%
197072010.6%
19807808.3%
1990779−0.1%
20007840.6%
20108123.6%
Est. 2016798[3]−1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 812 people, 322 households, and 225 families residing in the city. The population density was 745.0 inhabitants per square mile (287.6/km2). There were 357 housing units at an average density of 327.5 per square mile (126.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 95.9% White, 1.0% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.0% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.7% of the population.

There were 322 households of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.0% were married couples living together, 10.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.1% were non-families. 27.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.06.

The median age in the city was 38.3 years. 27.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.7% were from 25 to 44; 26.8% were from 45 to 64; and 13.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 784 people, 343 households, and 218 families residing in the city. The population density was 714.0 people per square mile (275.2/km²). There were 361 housing units at an average density of 328.7 per square mile (126.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.47% White, 0.51% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 0.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.79% of the population.

There were 343 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.1% were married couples living together, 11.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.2% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.1% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,500, and the median income for a family was $41,071. Males had a median income of $32,031 versus $23,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,997. About 6.0% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.6% of those under age 18 and 4.8% of those age 65 or over.

Notable person[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "Lafayette County Place Names, 1928–1945 (archived)". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  8. ^ Public servant steals $1.5 million from two tiny towns in Missouri; The Kansas City Star; November 22, 2013.
  9. ^ Treasurer admits to embezzling over $1 million from small towns’ funds; Fox4KC; November 22, 2013.
  10. ^ Treasurer for road district and fire district pleads guilty to embezzling $1.5 million; justice.gov; November 20, 2013.
  11. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  13. ^ Gregorian, Vahe (August 6, 2016). "U.S. archer Zach Garrett from Wellington, Mo., caps an amazing journey with silver in Rio". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved 2016-09-25.

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