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Warrensburg is a city in Johnson Countymarker, Missourimarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 16,340 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Johnson Countymarker . The Warrensburg Micropolitan Statistical Area consists of Johnson County. It is home to the University of Central Missouri.


Warrensburg was founded in 1856 by settler Martin Warren. One of the elementary schools (Martin Warren Elementary) is named after the town's founder. Warrensburg is close to the site of a horrific Missouri Pacific train wreck that occurred in 1904. An eastbound passenger train collided head-on with a westbound freight, killing 30 people. The passenger train was packed with people en route to St. Louismarker for the 1904 World's Fair.


Warrensburg is located at . According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.5 square miles (22.0 km²), of which, 8.4 square miles (21.8 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.71%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 16,340 people, 5,951 households, and 3,035 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,938.5 people per square mile (748.4/km²). There were 6,380 housing units at an average density of 756.9/sq mi (292.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90% White, 6.46% African American, 0.64% Native American, 2.79% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 0.78% from other races, and 2.28% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.44% of the population.

There were 5,951 households out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.5% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 49.0% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city the population was spread out with 18.0% under the age of 18, 36.5% from 18 to 24, 22.8% from 25 to 44, 12.9% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 23 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,332, and the median income for a family was $45,845. Males had a median income of $30,354 versus $22,154 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,714. About 13.6% of families and 24.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.1% of those under age 18 and 11.4% of those age 65 or over.


The schools in Warrensburg include the following:

Elementary Schools:

Reese School (Pre-K)

South East School (K)

Martin Warren School (1-3)

Ridgeview School (1-3)

Sterling School (4-5)

Pre-Secondary and Secondary Schools:

Warrensburg Middle School (WMS) (6-8)

Warrensburg High School (WHS) (9-12)

Alternative School:

Gateway Alternative School

Private School:

Post-Secondary School:

The University of Central Missouri


Notable residents

  • John William 'Blind' Boone (1864–1927), African-American concert pianist, composer and principal for the Blind Boone Concert Company, Mr. Boone is considered by many to be a pioneer of modern music. The BBCC played over 8000 concerts in the U.S., Canada & Mexico. He spent his youth in Warrensburg where a park and festival was subsequently named for him.
  • Dale Carnegie (November 24, 1888November 1, 1955), author of How to Win Friends and Influence People, and the developer of numerous highly influential courses in self-improvement, corporate communication, and related fields, studied communication at the Missouri State Teacher's College, now University of Central Missouri.
  • Errett Lobban Cord, U.S. automobile manufacturer & advocate of front-wheel-drive vehicles. He founded the Cord Corporation & established a holding company that produced the Cord Automobile (designed in 1935 by engineer Gordon Buehrig) along with the Auburn and Duesenberg Automobiles in Indiana. E.L. Cord was born and raised in Warrensburg. His father owned a general store in downtown Warrensburg and the building still stands bearing his name.
  • Dean Hughes (born 1943), taught English at Central Missouri State University, now University of Central Missouri, for several years; the setting of his best-selling series of children's books starring Nutty Nutsell is based on the lab school run by the university's education program in the 1980s.
  • Sidney Toler (April 28, 1874February 12, 1947), actor, writer, and the second non-Asian to play the role of Charlie Chan in films, was born in Warrensburg.
  • Old Drum - The phrase "Man's Best Friend" originated in a speech given given by George Vest in a trial that concerned this dog.
  • Germaine Race - Former running back for the San Diego Chargers
  • Kimberly Wyatt - member of female pop group The Pussycat Dolls
  • Mary Fallin- Representative from Oklahoma and former Lieutenant Governor of Oklahoma
  • Grant Curtis- Producer of the Spiderman movies grew up in Warrensburg and attended UCM
  • David Cook - Contestant on American Idol Season 7 grew up in Blue Springs, Missourimarker and attended UCM, graduated in 2006

In Popular Media

Warrensburg was mentioned in the 1983 American Television movie The Day After.


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