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Poplar Bluff, Missouri - Basic Facts

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The City of Poplar Bluff had a population of 16,662 as of July 1, 2017. Poplar Bluff ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Missouri. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Poplar Bluff is located at latitude 36.7633 and longitude -90.414 in Butler County. The formal boundaries for the City of Poplar Bluff (see map below) encompass a land area of 13.14 sq. miles and a water area of 0.07 sq. miles. Butler County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 361 feet.

The City of Poplar Bluff (GNIS ID: 2396252) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Poplar Bluff is located within Township of Poplar Bluff, a minor civil division (MCD) of Butler County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Poplar Bluff population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Poplar Bluff: Ashcroft Addition, Bluff City, East Poplar Bluff, Kelley Town, The Bluff, Vinegar Hill.

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Poplar Bluff, MO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 16,662
Daytime Population: Workers 15,601
Daytime Population: Residents 10,417
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 26,018
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.56
Population in Households 16,150
Population in Familes 12,000
Population in Group Qrtrs 512
Population Density2 1,268
Diversity Index3 34


Median Household Income $31,930
Average Household Income $44,843
Per Capita Income $19,237


Total Housing Units 8,075 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,513 (43.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,502 (43.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,060 (13.1%)
Median Home Value $86,789
Average Home Value $117,205


Total Households 7,015
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 4,044
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.32% -0.18%
Households -0.34% -0.19%
Families -0.39% -0.36%
Median Household Income   0.47%
Per Capita Income   1.67%

Poplar Bluff, MO - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Poplar Bluff to the other 1,032 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Missouri by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 50 95th
Population Density # 229 78th
Diversity Index # 120 88th
Median Household Income # 907 12th
Per Capita Income # 800 23rd

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