Introduction to Kennett, Missouri

Kennett, Missouri, in Dunklin county, is located 45 miles NE of Jonesboro, Arkansas (center to center) and is 75 miles N of Memphis, Tennessee. As of the year 2000 census, 11,260 people resided in Kennett.

Kennett History

Kennett was settled by the white settlers in the early 19th century. The settlement was originally named as Chilletecaux. In fact, it was named after a Delaware Indian chief. In the late 1840s, the city was renamed Butler. Later in 1851, the city adopted its present name. It was named in honor of Luther M. Kennett, the mayor of St. Louis. The first railroad entered the area in the 1890s. It is the county seat of Dunklin County, which was organized on February 14, 1845.

Kennett and nearby Attractions

  • Dunklin County Museum
  • Hemingway - Pfeiffer Museum & Education Center
  • Reelfoot Lake State Park
  • Crowley's Ridge State Park
  • Lake Frierson State Park

Things To Do In Kennett

One can visit the Dunklin County Museum while in Kennett. The Hemingway - Pfeiffer Museum and Education Center is also worth visiting. One can enjoy camping, boating, and fishing at the Reelfoot Lake State Park. The Lake Frierson State Park includes a scenic trail ideal for hiking. Every year, Kennett hosts the Delta Fair in the month of September.

Kennett Transportation

Flights can be availed from Memphis International Airport.

Kennett Higher Education

Higher studies can be pursued through Arkansas State University - Main Campus, Southwest Tennessee Community College - Union Campus, and University of Memphis.


Total Population 10,678
Male Share of the Population 48.8%
Female Share of the Population 51.2%
Senior Citizens 17.3%
Employed Population 16+ 3,862
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 44.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.9%
Median Earnings25+ $27,318
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,000
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,949


Median Family Income $41,283
% Above Poverty Level 69.5%
% Below Poverty Level 30.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 34.7%
Median Gross Rent $483
Median House Value $91,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 32.8%
US/American 0%
English 6.1%
Irish 10.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Kennett Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 45 miles NE of Jonesboro, Arkansas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 75 miles N of Memphis, Tennessee
County Dunklin
Standard Zip Codes 63857
Phone Area Codes 573
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.236
Longitude -90.055

Kennett Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.5 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 44 F
Apr Temp 47 to 71 F
Jul Temp 69 to 93 F
Oct Temp 47 to 74 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches
Distance 23.7 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 45 F
Apr Temp 51 to 71 F
Jul Temp 72 to 92 F
Oct Temp 51 to 73 F
Annual Precip 50.3 inches
Distance 32 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 43 F
Apr Temp 49 to 70 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 48 to 72 F
Annual Precip 48 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Caruth (63857)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Holcomb 749 $36,250
Homestown 169 $24,583
Hornersville 803 $40,625

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Kennett Public Libraries

Dunklin County Library
Kennett, Missouri
(573) 888-3561
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Kennett Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(573) 888-4522
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

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