Brookfield, Missouri
Brookfield is a city in Linn County
Linn County, Missouri
As of the census of 2000, there were 13,754 people, 5,697 households, and 3,760 families residing in the county. The population density was 22 people per square mile . There were 6,554 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile...

, Missouri
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, United States
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. The population was 4,542 at the 2010 census.


Brookfield is located at 39°46′59"N 93°4′26"W (39.783155, -93.073871).

According to the United States Census Bureau
United States Census Bureau
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, the city has a total area of 4.3 square miles (11.1 km²), all of it land.


As of the census
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of 2010, there were 4,542 people, 2,058 households, and 1,234 families residing in the city. The population density
Population density
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 was 1,110.2 people per square mile (428.2/km²). There were 2,394 housing units at an average density of 557.3 per square mile (215.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.94% White, 1.26% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.13% from other races
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, and 1.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.94% of the population.

There were 2,058 households out of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.8% were married couples
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 living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 35.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 23.1% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 24.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 83.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,753, and the median income for a family was $32,385. Males had a median income of $23,284 versus $19,004 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the city was $14,842. About 14.7% of families and 19.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.7% of those under age 18 and 14.8% of those age 65 or over.


Every Labor Day
Labor Day
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 weekend, Brookfield hosts the Great Pershing Balloon Derby
Great Pershing Balloon Derby
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Every fall the Brookfield Bulldogs play the Marceline Tigers in the annual Bell Game which is one of the oldest high school football rivalries in the United States.

Every year Brookfield hosts Summer Fun Days, a festival that takes place in the uptown Main Street area. Summer Fun Days marks the start of summer for families in and around Brookfield, with activities including a parade, craft fair, baby contest, games, and other family events.

Notable native

  • Doris Akers
    Doris Akers
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    , gospel singer and composer, was born in Brookfield and resided there until age five.
  • Jeff Roe
    Jeff Roe
    Jeff Roe is a Republican political consultant and principal of Axiom Strategies, a political consulting firm located in Kansas City, Missouri. He formerly served as Chief of Staff, campaign manager, and longtime aide for U.S. Rep Sam Graves. Jeff Roe is most known for his controversial campaign...

    , Republican political consultant, was born in Brookfield and lived there until joining the Army at age sixteen.

External links

  • Historic maps of Brookfield in the Sanborn Maps of Missouri Collection at the University of Missouri
    University of Missouri
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