Introduction to Chillicothe, Missouri

Chillicothe, Missouri, in Livingston county, is located 67 miles NE of Independence, Missouri and 72 miles NE of Kansas City, Missouri. As of the year 2000 census, 8,968 people resided in Chillicothe.

Chillicothe History

Chillicothe is a Shawnee word meaning "a big town." This city was incorporated by an act of the General Assembly in 1855. It was chosen as the county seat of Livingston County in 1838. Livingston County was settled by emigrants from older nearby counties and people from Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio.

Chillicothe and nearby Attractions

  • Grandriver Historical Society Museum
  • Simpson Park
  • Chillicothe Aquatic Center
  • Pershing State Park

Things To Do In Chillicothe

Mills Park, Danner Park and Simpson Park are the local parks. The Grandriver Historical Society Museum is a popular destination for those interested in history. The Green Hill Golf Course is the local golf course. The Freedom Run and Festival and the Festival of Lights are celebrated by the city every year.

Chillicothe Transportation

Kansas City International is the nearest major airport.

Chillicothe Higher Education

Local colleges and universities include North Central Missouri College, Central Methodist University, Missouri Valley College and William Jewell College.


Total Population 8,528
Male Share of the Population 43.2%
Female Share of the Population 56.8%
Senior Citizens 19.1%
Employed Population 16+ 3,667
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 45.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.8%
Median Earnings25+ $28,095
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,313
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,207


Median Family Income $51,560
% Above Poverty Level 82.5%
% Below Poverty Level 17.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%


People Living Alone 37.9%
Median Gross Rent $602
Median House Value $92,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.7%
US/American 0%
English 8.5%
Irish 12.3%

Chillicothe Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 67 miles NE of Independence, Missouri (center to center)
Nearest Large City 72 miles NE of Kansas City, Missouri
County Livingston
Standard Zip Codes 64601
Phone Area Codes 660
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.795
Longitude -93.552

Chillicothe Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.1 miles
Jan Temp 15 to 33 F
Apr Temp 42 to 63 F
Jul Temp 68 to 88 F
Oct Temp 43 to 67 F
Annual Precip 37.8 inches
Distance 20.2 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 33 F
Apr Temp 39 to 63 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 67 F
Annual Precip 35.4 inches
Distance 25.9 miles
Jan Temp 14 to 33 F
Apr Temp 40 to 63 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 43 to 67 F
Annual Precip 39.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Chillicothe, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Avalon (64601)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chula 245 $49,250
Laredo 215 $26,667
Ludlow 145 $14,650

Chillicothe Public Libraries

Livingston County Library
Chillicothe, Missouri
(660) 646-0547
Library Web Site

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Chillicothe Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(660) 646-1480
Emergency Service: Yes

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Serves 671 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.7

1530 CLAY ST
Serves 18 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 5.3

1200 FAIR ST
A Vocational School

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