Location of Howardville, Missouri
|• Total||0.23 sq mi (0.60 km2)|
|• Land||0.23 sq mi (0.60 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||292 ft (89 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,700/sq mi (640/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||0719923|
Howardville was founded by Travis B. Howard, a prominent black educator and activist in the mid-20th century Bootheel region. A graduate of Tuskegee Institute, Howard was inspired by Booker T. Washington's belief that land ownership was among the critical factors in lifting African Americans out of poverty. In the late 1940s, Howard purchased 200 acres (81 ha) of land encompassing much of what is now Howardville, and sold off lots to displaced black sharecroppers. The city incorporated as "Howardville" in 1953.
Howardville High School, initially known as East Lilbourn High School, opened in 1958. After county schools were integrated in the late 1960s, the school operated as a junior high school until 1980. In 2017, the school was nominated for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
Howardville is located at  The city is situated along U.S. Route 61/62 just west of New Madrid and the Mississippi River. The city of Lilbourn lies just to the north along County Road D, and Marston lies to the south along US 61. New Madrid County Central High School and New Madrid County Central Middle School are located between Howardville and New Madrid.(36.567455, -89.598924).
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 383 people, 160 households, and 101 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,665.2 inhabitants per square mile (642.9/km2). There were 192 housing units at an average density of 834.8 per square mile (322.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 5.74% White, 92.43% Black or African American, 1.04% Asian, and 0.78% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.52% of the population.
There were 160 households of which 43.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 21.9% were married couples living together, 38.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.9% were non-families. 35.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.08.
The median age in the city was 29.7 years. 33.9% of residents were under the age of 18; 11% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.7% were from 25 to 44; 18.1% were from 45 to 64; and 14.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 41.3% male and 58.7% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 342 people, 133 households, and 88 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,490.0 people per square mile (574.1/km²). There were 158 housing units at an average density of 688.4 per square mile (265.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 7.02% White, 92.40% African American, and 0.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.46% of the population.
There were 133 households out of which 36.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 18.8% were married couples living together, 39.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.23.
In the city the population was spread out with 33.9% under the age of 18, 13.2% from 18 to 24, 22.8% from 25 to 44, 17.0% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 27 years. For every 100 females there were 82.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 69.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $9,671, and the median income for a family was $11,389. Males had a median income of $23,750 versus $16,023 for females. The per capita income for the city was $6,588. About 63.0% of families and 58.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 69.4% of those under age 18 and 73.0% of those age 65 or over.
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- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Amber Cox, National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form for Howardville School, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, 2017.
- Howard family photograph, AfriGeneas.com. Accessed 13 October 2017.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- Media related to Howardville, Missouri at Wikimedia Commons