Introduction to Dexter, Missouri

Dexter, Missouri, in Stoddard county, is located 78 miles NE of Jonesboro, Arkansas and 114 miles N of Memphis, Tennessee. There are 7,356 residents in the city.

Dexter History

This area began to develop after a railroad was constructed in 1869. The city was founded in 1853 and was incorporated in 1873. The first flour mill was constructed in 1886 and the first telephone system was established by Mr. E.C. Mohrstadt in 1893.

Dexter and nearby Attractions

  • Big Oak Tree State Park
  • Horseshoe Lake State Fish & Wildlife Area
  • Bollinger Mill State Historic Site
  • Cape River Heritage Museum
  • Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site
  • New Madrid Historical Museum

Things To Do In Dexter

The Horseshoe Lake State Fish and Wildlife Area and the Big Oak Tree State Park are popular local recreational spots, with opportunities for camping, fishing and picnicking. The New Madrid Historical Museum and the Cape River Heritage Museum are the local museum. The Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site and the Bollinger Mill State Historic Site are accessible from Dexter as well.

Dexter Transportation

Lambert-Saint Louis International is the nearest major airport.

Dexter Higher Education

Local colleges and universities include the Three Rivers Community College, Southeast Missouri State University and the University of Missouri.


Total Population 7,902
Male Share of the Population 46.7%
Female Share of the Population 53.3%
Senior Citizens 19.8%
Employed Population 16+ 3,458
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 46.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.4%
Median Earnings25+ $31,360
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,974
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,115


Median Family Income $59,531
% Above Poverty Level 83.5%
% Below Poverty Level 16.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 34.2%
Median Gross Rent $545
Median House Value $82,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.7%
US/American 0%
English 6%
Irish 9.8%

Dexter Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 78 miles NE of Jonesboro, Arkansas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 114 miles N of Memphis, Tennessee
County Stoddard
Standard Zip Codes 63841
Phone Area Codes 573
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.795
Longitude -89.957

Dexter Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station DEXTER
Distance 0.6 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 43 F
Apr Temp 48 to 71 F
Jul Temp 70 to 92 F
Oct Temp 49 to 73 F
Annual Precip 47.9 inches
Distance 12.5 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 42 F
Apr Temp 47 to 69 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 47 to 72 F
Annual Precip 44.5 inches
Distance 20.4 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 43 F
Apr Temp 47 to 70 F
Jul Temp 69 to 91 F
Oct Temp 48 to 72 F
Annual Precip 48.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bernie 2,071 $45,966
Bloomfield 1,924 $44,762
Dudley 154 $50,938
Essex 603 $52,768
Fisk 459 $31,250

Dexter Public Libraries

Keller Public Library Of Dexter
402 W. GRANT
Dexter, Missouri
(573) 624-3764

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Dexter Hospitals

(573) 624-5566
Emergency Service: Yes

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