Marceline is a city in
Chariton and Linn Counties in the U.S.
state of Missouri.
population was 2,558 at the 2000 census
Topeka and Santa Fe Railway began construction from Kansas City,
Missouri to Chicago.
location was chosen as a terminal or division point between these
two cities and by January 1888 the first town lot was sold in the
newly platted division point of the railway, later called
Marceline. The community got its name at the request of one of the
directors of the new railroad, whose wife bore the name Marcelina.
With a slight change, her name was attached to the new railroad
The city grew so rapidly that by summer, it boasted a population of
2,500. At the 2000 census, Marceline was the second largest city of
Linn County, Missouri. Marceline is best known for being the
boyhood hometown of Walt Disney
Although the family lived here for only four years, Disney's ties
to Marceline are pronounced, with the elementary school and post
office named for him. The town also provided inspiration for the
film Lady and the Tramp
. One of
the city's major events is September's ToonFest, to which
well-known artists are invited.
Main Street, U.S.A. at Disneyland is based on the turn-of-the-20th-century downtown
Because of the connections between Walt Disney
and Marceline, the name of Main Street in Marceline is sometimes
referred to as Main Street USA.
, established in 1937 and owned by Marceline's Walsworth
family, employs hundreds of skilled laborers in its non-union
Marceline printing press operation; the company publishes primarily
high school and college yearbooks, while also holding market share
in church directories and other large scale job printing
Marceline is located at (39.714314, -92.947376) .
According to the United
States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of
3.3 square miles
), of which, 3.2 square miles
(8.4 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles
(0.1 km²) of it (0.91%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 2,558
people, 1,079 households, and 690 families residing in the city.
The population density
people per square mile (303.9/km²). There were 1,237 housing units
at an average density of 380.6/sq mi (147.0/km²). The racial
makeup of the city was 98.20% White
, 0.12% African American
, 0.20% from other races
, and 0.51% from two
or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 0.82%
of the population.
There were 1,079 households out of which 31.0% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 48.8% were married couples
living together, 11.4% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families.
32.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.6% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age
of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to
64, and 19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was
39 years. For every 100 females there were 84.7 males. For every
100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.2 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $25,164, and the
median income for a family was $35,948. Males had a median income
of $26,786 versus $17,382 for females. The per capita income
for the city was
$15,086. About 9.0% of families and 13.1% of the population were
below the poverty line
, including 15.3%
of those under age 18 and 19.5% of those age 65 or over.