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Poplar Bluff, Missouri - Basic Facts

The City of Poplar Bluff had a population of 15,723 as of July 1, 2019. 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, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Poplar Bluff, MO Housing Affordability Index is 187
State of Missouri Housing Affordability Index is 156
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Poplar Bluff, MO Wealth Index is 46
State of Missouri Wealth Index is 82
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 15,723 (100%)
Population in Households 15,219 (96.8%)
Population in Families 11,253 (71.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 504 ( 3.2%)
Population Density 1,197
Diversity Index2 36
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $35,204
Average Household Income $49,640
Per Capita Income $20,991
Wealth Index4 46

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 8,057 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,113 (38.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 3,506 (43.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,438 (17.8%)
Median Home Value $97,427
Housing Affordability Index3 187
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 6,619
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 3,792
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population -0.87% -0.54%
Households -0.89% -0.56%
Families -0.99% -0.72%
Median Household Income   1.88%
Per Capita Income   2.79%

Poplar Bluff, MO - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Poplar Bluff to the other 1,034 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Missouri by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 256 75th
Diversity Index # 114 89th
Median Household Income # 896 13th
Per Capita Income # 730 29th

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