Mercer, Missouri

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Population in 2014: 314 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -8.2%
 
Males: 138  (44.1%)
Females: 176  (55.9%)
Median resident age:  49.3 years
Missouri median age:  38.1 years

Zip codes: 64661.

Estimated median household income in 2013: $29,981 (it was $23,906 in 2000)
Mercer:

$29,981
MO:

$46,931

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $16,428 (it was $13,493 in 2000)

Mercer town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $44,238 (it was $24,100 in 2000)
Mercer:

$44,238
MO:

$133,200

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $52,274; Detached houses: $52,637

Median gross rent in 2013: $469.

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  • Races in Mercer, MO (2010)

    Mercer races chart
    • 31298.1%White alone
    • 30.9%Two or more races
    • 20.6%Hispanic
    • 10.3%American Indian alone

Races in Mercer detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Mercer: 75.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: Irish (25.8%), Dutch (13.1%), German (12.0%), United States (8.6%), Scotch-Irish (7.7%), English (4.5%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated in 1886

Elevation: 1074 feet

Land area: 0.35 square miles.

Population density: 887 people per square mile   (low).

Mercer, Missouri map

For population 25 years and over in Mercer:

  • High school or higher: 87.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 11.4%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.2%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Mercer town:

  • Never married: 21.6%
  • Now married: 38.9%
  • Separated: 3.8%
  • Widowed: 19.3%
  • Divorced: 16.4%

5 residents are foreign born

This town:

1.2%
Missouri:

3.9%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $668 (1.0%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $301 (1.0%)

Mercer satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Des Moines, IA (74.8 miles , pop. 198,682).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Kansas City, MO (113.3 miles , pop. 441,545).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (318.1 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: South Lineville, MO (2.2 miles) , Lineville, IA (2.3 miles ), Ravanna, MO (2.3 miles) , Princeton, MO (2.9 miles ), Clio, IA (3.1 miles) , Pleasanton, IA (3.5 miles) , Powersville, MO (3.5 miles) , Lucerne, MO (3.6 miles) .

Latitude: 40.51 N, Longitude: 93.53 W

Area code: 660

Mercer household income distribution Mercer home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.8%
Missouri:

4.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +44 (+14.8%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (19%)
  • Construction (19%)
  • Retail trade (19%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (30%)
  • Health care and social assistance (18%)
  • Retail trade (16%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
  • Construction (3%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (19%)
  • Production occupations (16%)
  • Management occupations (13%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (11%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (9%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (9%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (8%)
  • Sales and related occupations (25%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (12%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (9%)
  • Management occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)

Work and jobs in Mercer: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Mercer, Missouri

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Mercer-area historical tornado activity is near Missouri state average. It is 50% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/21/1973, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 11.4 miles away from the Mercer town center injured one person and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 6/2/1980, a category F4 tornado 12.0 miles away from the town center caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Mercer-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Missouri state average. It is 80% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 333.2 miles away from the city center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 322.4 miles away from Mercer center
On 9/26/1990 at 13:18:51, a magnitude 5.0 (4.7 MB, 4.8 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 7.7 mi) earthquake occurred 315.9 miles away from the city center
On 5/4/1991 at 01:18:54, a magnitude 5.0 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 338.7 miles away from the city center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 353.9 miles away from Mercer center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 334.3 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Mercer County (15) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 5, Winter Storms: 4, Drought: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Mercer topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Mercer:

  • PEARL'S II EDEN FOR ELDERS (Nursing Home, about 8 miles away; PRINCETON, MO)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Mercer:

  • Truman State University (about 55 miles; Kirksville, MO; Full-time enrollment: 5,553)
  • Indian Hills Community College (about 70 miles; Ottumwa, IA; FT enrollment: 4,034)
  • Northwest Missouri State University (about 73 miles; Maryville, MO; FT enrollment: 5,946)
  • Drake University (about 76 miles; Des Moines, IA; FT enrollment: 3,768)
  • Des Moines Area Community College (about 83 miles; Ankeny, IA; FT enrollment: 15,337)
  • Missouri Western State University (about 85 miles; Saint Joseph, MO; FT enrollment: 4,557)
  • Moberly Area Community College (about 95 miles; Moberly, MO; FT enrollment: 3,977)

Public high school in Mercer:

  • MERCER HIGH (Students: 81, Location: 22931 MAIN ST, Grades: 7-12)

Public elementary/middle school in Mercer:

Private elementary/middle school in Mercer:

  • POVERTY RIDGE AMISH SCHOOL (Students: 21, Location: RR 1 BOX 160D, Grades: 2-8)
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Notable location: Mercer Volunteer Fire Department (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Mercer County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2001 was 3.08. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 6.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

3.08
U.S.:

6.40
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 26.1%
(26.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 40.0% for Black residents)
Average household size:
This town:  2.1 people
Missouri:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  61.1%
Whole state:  65.3%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  2.7%
Whole state:  6.7%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Banks with branches in Mercer (2011 data):

  • Farmers Bank of Northern Missouri: Mercer Branch at State And Main Streets, branch established on 1986/12/01. Info updated 2011/07/05: Bank assets: $325.0 mil, Deposits: $273.5 mil, headquarters in Unionville, MO, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 7 total offices, Holding Company: Northern Missouri Bancshares, Inc.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.9
Missouri average:

11.0

Mercer travel time to work - commute Mercer mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Mercer town (based on Mercer County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant2,13814
Mainline Protestant4993
Catholic501
Other1-
None1,097-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
Mercer County:

5.72 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

1.88 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 2
Mercer County:

5.72 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.34 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 8
Here:

22.88 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.37 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

10.3%
Missouri:

8.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Mercer County:

30.3%
Missouri:

29.6%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

12.6%
State:

13.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Mercer:

40.3%
State:

49.8%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

45.6%
Missouri:

46.9%

Average BMI:
Mercer:

29.0
Missouri:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

13.9%
Missouri:

21.0%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.9
Missouri:

6.8

Overweight people:
Mercer:

25.5%
Missouri:

34.3%

General health condition:
Mercer:

57.6%
State:

56.3%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

83.3%
Missouri:

78.8%

More about Health and Nutrition of Mercer, MO Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 1$2,190$26,2800$0
Other Government Administration 0$0 5$224
Streets and Highways 1$2,373$28,4760$0
Totals for Government 2$4,563$27,3785$224

5.73% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($26,096 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.73%
Missouri average:

6.69%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

6.39% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($26,659 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.39%
Missouri average:

6.91%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Strongest AM radio stations in Mercer:

  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WHB (810 AM; 50 kW; KANSAS CITY, MO; Owner: UNION BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KPSZ (940 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KKHK (1250 AM; 25 kW; KANSAS CITY, KS)
  • KCMO (710 AM; 10 kW; KANSAS CITY, MO; Owner: SUSQUEHANNA KANSAS CITY PARTNERSHIP)
  • KYDZ (1180 AM; 25 kW; BELLEVUE, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KBGG (1700 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • KFEQ (680 AM; 5 kW; ST. JOSEPH, MO; Owner: EAGLE RADIO, INC.)
  • KXEN (1010 AM; 50 kW; FESTUS-ST. LOUIS, MO; Owner: BDJ RADIO ENTERPRISES, LLC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Mercer:

  • KIIC (97.9 FM; LAMONI, IA; Owner: THOMAS H. BURKE, RECEIVER FOR LIFESTYLE COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 1Number of bridges
  • 3m10ftTotal length
  • $565,000Total costs
  • 188Total average daily traffic
  • 18Total average daily truck traffic
  • 235Total future (year 2035) average daily traffic

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Mercer)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

12 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

2
  • MERCER, 2.4km Wsw Of Jct Us65 & Rt K (Lat: 40.499444 Lon: -93.545167), Type: Tower, Structure height: 91.4 m, Overall height: 96.9 m, Call Sign: KAA204
    Assigned Frequencies: 42.4000 MHz, 42.1200 MHzGrant Date: 08/06/2015, Expiration Date: 10/13/2025, Certifier: James C BiggerstaffRegistrant: Missouri State Highway Patrol, 2413 E Mccarty St, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0568, Phone: (573) 526-6105, Fax: (573) 526-0484, Email:
  • Booster Station (Lat: 40.436944 Lon: -93.572444), Type: Upole, Structure height: 9 m, Call Sign: WPLU899
    Assigned Frequencies: 154.478 MHzGrant Date: 03/04/1998, Expiration Date: 03/04/2003, Cancellation Date: 06/08/2003, Certifier: Merle MartinRegistrant: Micro Comm Inc, 6980 W 153rd St, Overland Park, KS 66223, Fax: (913) 681-2753

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

6
  • STATION, State St & N City Limits (Lat: 40.510556 Lon: -93.515750), Overall height: 60.4 m, Call Sign: WNTB786
    Assigned Frequencies: 2184.80 MHz, 2188.00 MHzGrant Date: 03/19/2010, Expiration Date: 06/13/2020, Cancellation Date: 12/05/2011Registrant: Union Pacific Railroad, 1400 Douglas St. Stop 0650, Omaha, NE 68179, Phone: (402) 544-1777, Fax: (402) 280-6565, Email:
  • Grundy Mercer SE, Lat: 40.499444 Lon: -93.545167, Type: Tower, Structure height: 91.4 m, Overall height: 96.9 m, Call Sign: WQKE684
    Assigned Frequencies: 3650.00 MHzGrant Date: 04/21/2009, Expiration Date: 04/21/2019, Certifier: Troy A SlagleRegistrant: Mid-States Services, LLC., 4100 Oklahoma Ave, Trenton, MO 64683, Phone: (660) 359-3941, Fax: (660) 359-6030, Email:
  • Grundy Mercer SW, Lat: 40.499444 Lon: -93.545167, Type: Tower, Structure height: 91.4 m, Overall height: 96.9 m, Call Sign: WQKE684
    Assigned Frequencies: 3650.00 MHzGrant Date: 04/21/2009, Expiration Date: 04/21/2019, Certifier: Troy A SlagleRegistrant: Mid-States Services, LLC., 4100 Oklahoma Ave, Trenton, MO 64683, Phone: (660) 359-3941, Fax: (660) 359-6030, Email:
  • Grundy Mercer N, Lat: 40.499444 Lon: -93.545167, Type: Tower, Structure height: 91.4 m, Overall height: 96.9 m, Call Sign: WQKE684
    Assigned Frequencies: 3650.00 MHzGrant Date: 04/21/2009, Expiration Date: 04/21/2019, Certifier: Troy A SlagleRegistrant: Mid-States Services, LLC., 4100 Oklahoma Ave, Trenton, MO 64683, Phone: (660) 359-3941, Fax: (660) 359-6030, Email:
  • MERCER, State Street And North City Limits (Lat: 40.516667 Lon: -93.531944), Type: Tower, Structure height: 60 m, Call Sign: WQOJ413
    Assigned Frequencies: 6755.00 MHz, 6775.00 MHzGrant Date: 10/17/2011, Expiration Date: 10/17/2021, Certifier: David J LachapelleRegistrant: Union Pacific Railroad, 1400 Douglas St Stop 0650, Omaha, NE 68179, Phone: (402) 544-0392, Fax: (402) 233-3179, Email:
  • MERCER, 2.4km Wsw Of Jct Us65 & Rt K (Lat: 40.499444 Lon: -93.545167), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 91.4 m, Overall height: 96.9 m, Call Sign: WQXM299
    Assigned Frequencies: 5960.02 MHz, 6019.32 MHz, 5960.02 MHz, 6019.32 MHz, 5960.02 MHz, 6019.32 MHz, 5960.02 MHz, 6019.32 MHz, 5960.02 MHz, 6019.32 MHz... (+6 more)Grant Date: 04/13/2016, Expiration Date: 04/13/2026, Certifier: Ernest L MillerRegistrant: Midwest Mobile Radio Service, Inc., 812 S. 10th Street, Saint Joseph, MO 64501, Phone: (816) 279-2065, Fax: (816) 233-8862, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

1
  • Call Sign: N0RGR, Licensee ID: L00210271, Grant Date: 06/09/2014, Expiration Date: 11/02/2023, Certifier: James M Park, Registrant: James M Park, 14700 State Street, Mercer, MO 64661

2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 12
See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Mercer, MO
Most common first names in Mercer, MO among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William1781.3 years
John1275.1 years
Charles1073.0 years
James968.6 years
Mary981.1 years
George777.0 years
Robert770.7 years
Dorothy579.6 years
Clara579.2 years
Fred577.8 years
Most common last names in Mercer, MO among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Robinson1177.7 years
Wells1082.8 years
Cox1082.5 years
Shaffer877.6 years
Ragan878.4 years
Porter883.7 years
Stark871.2 years
Alley780.4 years
Dykes782.4 years
Clark762.0 years

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (46%)
  • Electricity (40%)
  • Wood (10%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3%)

Mercer compared to Missouri state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly below state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
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