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Overview

Introduction to Kirksville, Missouri

Kirksville, Missouri, in Adair county, is located 87 miles N of Columbia, Missouri and is 130 miles NE of Kansas City, Missouri. The city has a population of 16,988.

Kirksville History

This area was first settled by Europeans in the 1820s. In 1841, it became the county seat of Adair County. The county was named in honor of John Adair, the then governor of Kentucky. Kirksville was named after its first postmaster, Jesse Kirk, who pledged turkey and free whiskey to surveyors in exchange for the city being named after him. The city was incorporated on January 30, 1857. It was the site of the Battle of Kirksville, which was fought during the American Civil War from August 6 - 9, 1862.

Kirksville and nearby Attractions

  • Thousand Hills State Park
  • Kirksville Aquatic Center
  • Big Creek State Forest
  • Adair County Historical Society Museum
  • Leisure World
  • Still National Osteopathic Museum

Things To Do In Kirksville

Local parks include the Big Creek State Forest, the Thousand Hills State Park and Sugar Creek State Forest. Lacey-Keosauqua State Park offers opportunities for hiking, swimming, boating, fishing and picnicking. Local museums include the Adair County Historical Society Museum, the E. M. Violette Museum and the Still National Osteopathic Museum. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Kirksville Country Club.

Kirksville Transportation

Kirksville Regional Airport is nearby.

Kirksville Higher Education

Truman State University is located in Kirksville. Other nearby colleges include the Northeast Missouri Bible College and the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.

People

Total Population 17,578
Male Share of the Population 45.1%
Female Share of the Population 54.9%
Senior Citizens 11.5%
Employed Population 16+ 7,264
Age of the Population 24

Families

% of people married 28.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 31.7%
Median Earnings25+ $27,354
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $9,008
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,280

Wealth

Median Family Income $54,451
% Above Poverty Level 66.8%
% Below Poverty Level 33.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 15 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 14.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 42.5%
Median Gross Rent $573
Median House Value $95,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18%
US/American 0%
English 12.4%
Irish 14.8%

Kirksville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 87 miles N of Columbia, Missouri (center to center)
Nearest Large City 130 miles NE of Kansas City, Missouri
County Adair
Standard Zip Codes 63501
Phone Area Codes 660
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.194
Longitude -92.583

Kirksville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station KIRKSVILLE
Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 32 F
Apr Temp 39 to 62 F
Jul Temp 65 to 86 F
Oct Temp 43 to 65 F
Annual Precip 37.1 inches
Station MEMPHIS
Distance 28.9 miles
Jan Temp 13 to 32 F
Apr Temp 40 to 62 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 42 to 65 F
Annual Precip 34.3 inches
Station BROOKFIELD
Distance 39.2 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, Kirksville, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Nind (63501)

Sperry (63501)

Spring Lake (63501)

Yarrow (63501)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brashear 239 $33,125
Greentop 453 $48,393
Hurdland 166 $38,661
La Plata 1,446 $46,016

Kirksville Public Libraries

Library
Adair County Public Library
ONE LIBRARY LANE
Kirksville, Missouri
(660) 665-6038

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Kirksville Hospitals

NORTHEAST REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Proprietary)
315 S OSTEOPATHY
(660) 785-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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