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Fort Leonard Wood is a census-designated place (CDP) in Pulaski Countymarker, Missourimarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 13,666 at the 2000 census. It is named in honor of Major General Leonard Wood, who was awarded the Medal of Honor. The Fort Leonard Wood Micropolitan Statistical Area comprises Pulaski County.


Fort Leonard Wood is located at (37.738191, -92.117275) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 97.6 square miles (252.8 km²), of which, 97.2 square miles (251.7 km²) of it is land and 2.4 square miles (1.1 km²) of it (0.43%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 13,667 people, 2,639 households, and 2,335 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 140.6 people per square mile (54.3/km²). There were 3,151 housing units at an average density of 32.4/sq mi (12.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 64.81% White, 21.59% African American, 1.10% Native American, 2.39% Asian, 0.45% Pacific Islander, 4.99% from other races, and 4.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.43% of the population.

There were 2,639 households out of which 71.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 80.0% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 11.5% were non-families. 7.0% of all households were made up of individuals and none had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.32 and the average family size was 3.54.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 35.0% from 18 to 24, 35.8% from 25 to 44, 1.3% from 45 to 64, and 0.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 21 years. For every 100 females there were 158.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 181.4 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $33,891, and the median income for a family was $34,354. Males had a median income of $24,732 versus $20,421 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $11,652. About 2.7% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.6% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


Waynesville Regional Airport at Forney Fieldmarker serves the community with air service; even though it's on Fort Leonard Wood, it is jointly run by the cities of Waynesvillemarker and St. Robertmarker and is available for civilian use by private pilots and scheduled commercial passenger service.

The major east-west route is Interstate 44. Springfield, MOmarker is 88 miles to the SW, and St. Louis, Momarker is 133 miles to the NE. Before I-44, the main highway was U.S. Route 66, which still exists as a scenic route through the area and passes through Devil's Elbowmarker, St. Robertmarker, Waynesvillemarker, Buckhorn, and Hazelgreenmarker. Names for U.S. Route 66 vary - at different places, it's called Teardrop Road, Highway Z, Old Route 66, Historic Route 66, and Highway 17. State-posted signs mark most of the alignment of the road.

Major north-south routes include:

Major attractions along U.S. Route 66 include the Old Stagecoach Stop in downtown Waynesvillemarker, which is now a museum but began as a tavern and boarding house and is the oldest standing structure in the county. It was used as a Civil War hospital for Union troops who were garrisoned above the city in Fort Wayne, which was demolished after the war. The Old Courthouse Museum in downtown Waynesvillemarker is near the Old Stagecoach Stop. Three bridges cross the Big Piney River at Devil's Elbowmarker -- the modern Interstate 44 bridge, the later U.S. Route 66 alignment on Highway Z that was made possible by the Hooker Cut through a steep hillside, and the original U.S. Route 66 alignment on Teardrop Road that includes a historic bridge that's in the process of renovation. The Elbow Inn is a biker bar that's a frequent stop the original U.S. Route 66 alignment.


Fort Leonard Wood is in Pulaski Countymarker and a high percentage of military personnel live off post in surrounding communities, especially St. Robertmarker and Waynesvillemarker but also the farther-out cities of Richlandmarker, Crockermarker, and Dixonmarker, and the unincorporated communities of Laqueymarker, Swedeborgmarker and Devil's Elbowmarker, all of which have a lower housing cost than nearer housing in St. Robertmarker and Waynesvillemarker. Military personnel assigned to training areas on the south end of the post sometimes choose to live in the unincorporated areas of Big Pineymarker and Palace in Pulaski Countymarker, or the northern Texas Countymarker communities of Platomarker and Robymarker.

The area has one daily and four weekly print newspapers, as well as an online internet daily newspaper. The county also has two internet discussion sites, the Pulaski County Web and Pulaski County Insider.

The content of the weekly Fort Leonard Wood Guidon [18710] is produced under the auspices of Army Public Affairs at Fort Leonard Wood but printed under contract by the Springfield News-Leader, [18711] a Gannett-owned [18712] newspaper which produces and sells advertisements in the Fort Leonard Wood Guidon.

The Daily Guide, commonly known as the Waynesville Daily Guide [18713] but based in St. Robertmarker and serving the entire county, is owned by Gatehouse Media [18714] and is the central printing plant for three other Gatehouse newspapers in nearby counties, the daily Camden Lake Sun Leader [18715] and Rolla Daily News [18716] as well as the weekly St. James Leader-Journal. [18717]

The weekly Richland Mirror [18718] and Pulaski County Democrat [18719] are owned by the Lebanon Daily Record, [18720] a family owned newspaper in an adjoining county. The weekly Dixon Pilot [18721] is privately owned by a former Dixonmarker resident who now lives in Rollamarker.

The Pulaski County Daily News [18722] internet newspaper is privately owned by a St. Robertmarker resident.

The Pulaski County Insider [18723] is run by a group of St. Robertmarker and Waynesvillemarker residents and maintained and hosted by a Potosimarker resident. The Pulaski County Web [18724] is run and maintained by a Devil's Elbowmarker resident and former St. Robertmarker businessman.

A PBS show called "Postcards from Buster" created a 30 minute video of Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

School Districts

Seven main school districts are fully or partly within the borders of Pulaski Countymarker, not counting two small districts which are mostly within other counties and only have only a few dozen residents within Pulaski Countymarker. All seven school districts have a high percentage of Fort Leonard Wood military dependents, and over two-thirds of Waynesville students fall into that category.

The cities of Waynesvillemarker and St. Robertmarker and the Fort Leonard Wood army installation, along with their surrounding rural areas running east to Devil's Elbowmarker, are served by the Waynesville R-VI School District [18725] which is by far the largest in the county.

The cites of Richlandmarker, Crockermarker, and Dixonmarker, along with their surrounding rural areas, are served by the Richland R-IV School Disrrict, [18726] the Crocker R-II School District [18727] and the Dixon R-I School District. [18728] The Richland and Dixon districts both extend into rural parts of adjacent counties.

The unincorporated communities of Laqueymarker and Swedeborgmarker are served by the Laquey R-V School District [18729] and the Swedeborg R-III School District. [18730] Swedeborg is the county's last remaining K-8 district and most of its high school students attend Richland High School though some attend Crocker High School or Waynesville High School; all others serve students running from kindergarten through high school.

The areas south of Fort Leonard Wood, including the unincorporated Pulaski Countymarker communities of Big Pineymarker and Palace, is served by the Plato R-V School District, [18731] which is based in the northern Texas Countymarker village of Platomarker but also includes parts of Pulaskimarker, Lacledemarker and Wrightmarker counties.


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