- Rock Port, Missouri
official_name = Rock Port, Missouri
mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location of Rock Port, Missouri
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Atchison
subdivision_type3 = Township
subdivision_name3 = Clay
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 7.4
area_land_km2 = 7.4
area_water_km2 = 0.0
area_total_sq_mi = 2.9
area_land_sq_mi = 2.9
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 1395
population_density_km2 = 188.6
population_density_sq_mi = 488.5
timezone = Central (CST)
utc_offset = -6
timezone_DST = CDT
utc_offset_DST = -5
elevation_m = 287
elevation_ft = 942
latd = 40 |latm = 24 |lats = 44 |latNS = N
longd = 95 |longm = 31 |longs = 11 |longEW = W
Rock Port is a city in Clay Township, Atchison County,
Missouri, United States. It is the county seat. The population was 1,395 at the 2000 census. The city, which is 8 miles east of the Missouri Riverin the Loess Hillsbluffs above the river, derives its name from Rock Creek which flows through it.
Despite decades of decline, the town has become completely energy self-sufficient. In April 2008 Rock Port claimed to be the first community in the United States to have its electricity 100 percent generated by
wind power. Rock Port, which uses about 13 million kWh a year, has its power generated by the Loess HillsWind Farm. The farm has four Suzlon1.25-megawatt wind turbines. Excess power is sold to the Missouri Public Utility Alliance in Columbia, Missouri. [ [http://www.maryvilledailyforum.com/articles/2008/04/13/news/news3.txt Rock Port to become first American 100 percent wind powered community - Maryville Daily Forum - April 13, 2008] ] The idea for the wind turbines came from the town's former mortuary worker, Eric Chamberlain. [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=93208355 Missouri Town Is Running On Vapor — And Thriving] , Frank Morris, August 9, 2008, National Public Radio; accessed August 10, 2008]
Rock Port is located at coor dms|40|24|44|N|95|31|11|W|city (40.412268, -95.519792)GR|1. According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.4 km²), all of it land.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 1,395 people, 647 households, and 368 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 488.5 people per square mile (188.3/km²). There were 714 housing units at an average density of 250.0/sq mi (96.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 99.35% White, 0.07% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.22% from other races, and 0.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.50% of the population.
There were 647 households out of which 23.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.0% were non-families. 40.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 26.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.79.
In the city the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 28.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 86.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $28,571, and the median income for a family was $41,625. Males had a median income of $27,639 versus $19,653 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $18,322. About 7.2% of families and 11.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.8% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.
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