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Butler, Missouri

Butler is a city located in Bates County, Missouri. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 4,209. It is the county seat of Bates County6.

Table of contents
1 History and landmarks
2 Geography
3 Demographics

History and landmarks

Science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein was born in Butler. His childhood home still attracts people who want to photograph themselves outside it.


Butler is located at 38°15'31" North, 94°20'6" West (38.258715, -94.334982)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.0 km² (3.9 mi²). 10.0 km² (3.9 mi²) of it is land and none of it is covered by water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 4,209 people, 1,723 households, and 1,047 families residing in the city. The population density is 421.0/km² (1,089.5/mi²). There are 1,914 housing units at an average density of 191.5/km² (495.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 95.65% White, 1.92% African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.55% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. 0.97% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 1,723 households out of which 29.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.3% are married couples living together, 10.4% have a female householder with no husband present, and 39.2% are non-families. 35.2% of all households are made up of individuals and 21.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.32 and the average family size is 2.97.

In the city the population is spread out with 25.0% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 23.4% from 25 to 44, 19.1% from 45 to 64, and 23.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 82.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 77.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $25,531, and the median income for a family is $31,596. Males have a median income of $27,917 versus $18,523 for females. The per capita income for the city is $15,237. 19.4% of the population and 15.4% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 24.3% are under the age of 18 and 18.3% are 65 or older.