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Liberal, Missouri

Liberal is a city located in Barton County, Missouri. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 779.

Geography Liberal is located at 37°33'32" North, 94°31'14" West (37.558860, -94.520546)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.2 km² (0.8 mi²). 2.2 km² (0.8 mi²) of it is land and 1.19% is water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 779 people, 328 households, and 212 families residing in the city. The population density is 358.1/km² (930.7/mi²). There are 361 housing units at an average density of 165.9/km² (431.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 96.02% White, 0.26% African American, 1.54% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.00% from other races, and 2.05% from two or more races. 1.16% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 328 households out of which 36.6% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.3% are married couples living together, 14.0% have a female householder with no husband present, and 35.1% are non-families. 33.5% of all households are made up of individuals and 19.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.38 and the average family size is 2.98.

In the city the population is spread out with 30.4% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 32 years. For every 100 females there are 82.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 81.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $24,375, and the median income for a family is $30,625. Males have a median income of $22,656 versus $21,406 for females. The per capita income for the city is $11,246. 19.6% of the population and 14.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 30.7% are under the age of 18 and 14.0% are 65 or older.

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