Poplar Bluff, MO Profile: Facts & Data


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Poplar Bluff, Missouri - Basic Facts

The City of Poplar Bluff had a population of 15,959 as of July 1, 2018. 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 36.757 and longitude -90.3929 in Butler County. The formal boundaries for the City of Poplar Bluff 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.

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, 2018)


Total Population 15,959
Population in Households 15,439
Population in Familes 11,405
Population in Group Qrtrs 520
Population Density2 1,215
Diversity Index3 36


Median Household Income $34,697
Average Household Income $45,755
Per Capita Income $19,603


Total Housing Units 8,061 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,222 (40.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,486 (43.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,353 (16.8%)
Median Home Value $88,719
Average Home Value $125,675


Total Households 6,708
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 3,856
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population -0.8% -0.62%
Households -0.84% -0.65%
Families -0.91% -0.82%
Median Household Income   1.63%
Per Capita Income   2.33%

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, 2018 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 # 55 95th
Population Density # 248 76th
Diversity Index # 112 89th
Median Household Income # 859 17th
Per Capita Income # 817 21st

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