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Belton, Missouri - Basic Facts

The City of Belton had a population of 24,684 as of July 1, 2020. Belton 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 Belton is located at latitude 38.812 and longitude -94.5319 in Cass County. The formal boundaries for the City of Belton encompass a land area of 14.25 sq. miles and a water area of 0.07 sq. miles. Cass County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,106 feet.

The City of Belton (GNIS ID: 2394125) 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 Belton is located within Township of Mount Pleasant, a minor civil division (MCD) of Cass County.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Belton: Rankin.


Belton, MO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 24,684 (100%)
Population in Households 24,526 (99.4%)
Population in Families 20,190 (81.8%)
Population in Group Quarters1 158 ( 0.6%)
Population Density 1,746
Diversity Index2 44


Median Household Income $60,788
Average Household Income $74,430
% of Income for Mortgage4 10%
Per Capita Income $28,178
Wealth Index5 70


Total HU (Housing Units) 10,051 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 6,409 (63.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,908 (28.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 734 ( 7.3%)
Median Home Value $138,011
Average Home Value $176,537
Housing Affordability Index3 238


Total Households 9,317
Average Household Size 2.63
Family Households 6,473
Average Family Size 3
  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 races 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 % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. 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.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.7% 0.75%
Households 0.79% 0.82%
Families 0.61% 0.71%
Median Household Income   0.67%
Per Capita Income   1.52%
Owner Occupied HU   0.76%


Belton, MO - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Belton to the other 1,032 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Missouri by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 30 97th
Population Density # 128 88th
Median Household Income # 200 81st
Housing Affordability Index # 660 64th
Per Capita Income # 308 70th
Diversity Index # 78 93rd

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