Introduction to Mexico, Missouri

Mexico, Missouri, in Audrain county, is located 28 miles NE of Columbia, Missouri (center to center) and is 94 miles NW of St. Louis, Missouri. As of the year 2000 census, 11,320 people resided in Mexico.

Mexico History

Mexico was laid out in 1836. At that time it was known as New Mexico. It became the county seat of Audrain County in 1837. In the same year, the city adopted its present name. It was incorporated in 1855 as a town. The city charter was adopted in 1874.

Mexico and nearby Attractions

  • South Trails Shopping Center
  • American Saddlebred Horse Museum
  • Graham Cave State Park
  • Graceland Museum
  • Mark Twain Home and Museum
  • Deutschheim State Historic Site

Things To Do In Mexico

Mexico has numerous parks and playgrounds including the Plunkett Park, Fairgrounds Park, Robert S. Green Park, Lakeview Park, Green Estate Park, and Teal Lake Park. One can shop at the South Trails Shopping Center. The city also includes several lakes including Blackmore Lake, Lakeview Park Lake, Burlington Lake, and Teal Lake. The American Saddlebred Horse Museum and Graceland Museum are among the popular tourist destinations.

Mexico Transportation

Columbia Regional Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Mexico Higher Education

University of Missouri - Columbia, University of Missouri - Columbia, and Columbia College are the centers of higher education.


Total Population 11,588
Male Share of the Population 44.1%
Female Share of the Population 55.9%
Senior Citizens 16.6%
Employed Population 16+ 4,903
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 47.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 13.8%
Median Earnings25+ $29,179
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,911
Median Earnings With High School Degree $27,771


Median Family Income $54,413
% Above Poverty Level 80%
% Below Poverty Level 20%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.2%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%


People Living Alone 34.1%
Median Gross Rent $628
Median House Value $81,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.3%
US/American 0.1%
English 8.6%
Irish 10.6%

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

Mexico Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 28 miles NE of Columbia, Missouri (center to center)
Nearest Large City 94 miles NW of St. Louis, Missouri
County Audrain
Standard Zip Codes 65265
Phone Area Codes 573
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.169
Longitude -91.882

Mexico Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station MEXICO
Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 35 F
Apr Temp 40 to 65 F
Jul Temp 65 to 89 F
Oct Temp 42 to 68 F
Annual Precip 39.4 inches
Distance 23.7 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 34 F
Apr Temp 42 to 63 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 43 to 67 F
Annual Precip 39.7 inches
Distance 30.3 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 37 F
Apr Temp 43 to 66 F
Jul Temp 66 to 89 F
Oct Temp 44 to 68 F
Annual Precip 40.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Riversville (65265)

Vandiver Village (65265)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Auxvasse 1,298 $42,917
Laddonia 556 $37,031

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

Mexico Public Libraries

Mexico-audrain County Library District
Mexico, Missouri
(573) 581-4939
Library Web Site

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Mexico Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(573) 582-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Mexico High Schools

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639 N WADE
Serves 771 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.7

A Non-traditional School
Serves 11 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11

905 N WADE
A Vocational School

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