Watson, Missouri

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Watson, Missouri
Village

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Flooding at the confluence of the Nishnabotna and Missouri Rivers on June 16, 2011, during the 2011 Missouri River floods
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Location of Watson, Missouri
Coordinates: 40°28′44″N95°37′26″W / 40.47889°N 95.62389°W / 40.47889; -95.62389 Coordinates: 40°28′44″N95°37′26″W / 40.47889°N 95.62389°W / 40.47889; -95.62389
Country United States
State Missouri
County Atchison
Township Nishnabotna
Area [1]
  Total 0.11 sq mi (0.28 km2)
  Land 0.11 sq mi (0.28 km2)
  Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 899 ft (274 m)
Population (2010) [2]
  Total 100
  Estimate (2016) [3] 94
  Density 910/sq mi (360/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
  Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 64496
Area code(s) 660
FIPS code 29-77848 [4]
GNIS feature ID 0728422 [5]

Watson is a village in Nishnabotna Township, Atchison County, Missouri, United States. The population was 100 at the 2010 census. It is the westernmost settlement in the state of Missouri, about 120 miles northwest of Kansas City.

Nishnabotna Township, Atchison County, Missouri Township in Missouri, United States

Nishnabotna Township is one of eleven townships in Atchison County, Missouri, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 155.

Atchison County, Missouri County in the United States

Atchison County is the northwestern-most county in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the county had a population of 5,685. Its county seat is Rock Port. It was originally known as Allen County when it was detached from Holt County in 1843. The county was officially organized on February 14, 1845 and named for U.S. Senator David Rice Atchison from Missouri.

Missouri State of the United States of America

Missouri is a state in the Midwestern United States. With over six million residents, it is the 18th-most populous state of the Union. The largest urban areas are St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, and Columbia; the capital is Jefferson City. The state is the 21st-most extensive in area. In the South are the Ozarks, a forested highland, providing timber, minerals, and recreation. The Missouri River, after which the state is named, flows through the center of the state into the Mississippi River, which makes up Missouri's eastern border.

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History

Watson was platted in 1869. [6] The village was named after a railroad official. [7] A post office was established at Watson in 1869, and remained in operation until 1965. [8]

Plat scale map showing the divisions of a piece of land

In the United States, a plat is a map, drawn to scale, showing the divisions of a piece of land. United States General Land Office surveyors drafted township plats of Public Lands Surveys to show the distance and bearing between section corners, sometimes including topographic or vegetation information. City, town or village plats show subdivisions into blocks with streets and alleys. Further refinement often splits blocks into individual lots, usually for the purpose of selling the described lots; this has become known as subdivision.

Geography

Watson is located at 40°28′44″N95°37′26″W / 40.47889°N 95.62389°W / 40.47889; -95.62389 (40.478975, -95.623762). [9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.11 square miles (0.28 km2), all land. [1]

United States Census Bureau Bureau of the United States responsible for the census and related statistics

The United States Census Bureau is a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System, responsible for producing data about the American people and economy. The Census Bureau is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and its director is appointed by the President of the United States.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 75
1880 213184.0%
1890 23811.7%
1900 233−2.1%
1910 2455.2%
1920 227−7.3%
1930 223−1.8%
1940 26920.6%
1950 199−26.0%
1960 181−9.0%
1970 164−9.4%
1980 1714.3%
1990 137−19.9%
2000 121−11.7%
2010 100−17.4%
Est. 201694 [3] −6.0%
U.S. Decennial Census [10]

2010 census

As of the census [2] of 2010, there were 100 people, 40 households, and 28 families residing in the village. The population density was 909.1 inhabitants per square mile (351.0/km2). There were 47 housing units at an average density of 427.3 per square mile (165.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 100.0% White.

Census Acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population

A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common censuses include agriculture, business, and traffic censuses. The United Nations defines the essential features of population and housing censuses as "individual enumeration, universality within a defined territory, simultaneity and defined periodicity", and recommends that population censuses be taken at least every 10 years. United Nations recommendations also cover census topics to be collected, official definitions, classifications and other useful information to co-ordinate international practice.

Population density A measurement of population numbers per unit area or volume

Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume; it is a quantity of type number density. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and most of the time to humans. It is a key geographical term. In simple terms population density refers to the number of people living in an area per kilometer square.

There were 40 households of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.0% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.0% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.96.

Marriage Social union or legal contract between people called spouses that creates kinship

Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a socially or ritually recognised union between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between those spouses, as well as between them and any resulting biological or adopted children and affinity. The definition of marriage varies around the world not only between cultures and between religions, but also throughout the history of any given culture and religion, evolving to both expand and constrict in who and what is encompassed, but typically it is principally an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually sexual, are acknowledged or sanctioned. In some cultures, marriage is recommended or considered to be compulsory before pursuing any sexual activity. When defined broadly, marriage is considered a cultural universal. A marriage ceremony is known as a wedding.

The median age in the village was 38.7 years. 21% of residents were under the age of 18; 10% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25% were from 25 to 44; 29% were from 45 to 64; and 15% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 54.0% male and 46.0% female.

2000 census

As of the census [4] of 2000, there were 121 people, 40 households, and 32 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,136.4 people per square mile (424.7/km²). There were 58 housing units at an average density of 544.7 per square mile (203.6/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.17% White, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.48% of the population.

There were 40 households out of which 42.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.0% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.0% were non-families. 17.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.03 and the average family size was 3.38.

In the village, the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 12.4% from 18 to 24, 22.3% from 25 to 44, 29.8% from 45 to 64, and 9.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 120.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 128.2 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $27,750, and the median income for a family was $28,500. Males had a median income of $28,594 versus $23,000 for females. The per capita income for the village was $13,753. There were 9.4% of families and 7.4% of the population living below the poverty line, including 15.2% of under eighteens and none of those over 64.

Notable person

Current Missouri Supreme Court Judge Zel Fischer grew up in Watson.

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