Ozark is a city in and the county seat of Christian County, Missouri, United States. Its population was 17,820 at the 2010 census. As of 2018, the population was 20,188. The city is part of the Springfield, Missouri Metropolitan Area, and is centered along a business loop of U.S. Route 65, where it intersects with Missouri Route 14.
Ozark is located at 37°1′38″N 93°12′34″W / 37.02722°N 93.20944°W / 37.02722; -93.20944 (37.027111, −93.209572). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.15 square miles (28.88 km), of which 11.10 square miles (28.75 km) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km) is water.
In 2012, press reports described Ozark as the fastest-growing city in Missouri.
As of the census of 2010, there were 17,820 people, 6,603 households, and 4,689 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,605.4 inhabitants per square mile (619.8/km). There were 7,311 housing units at an average density of 658.6 per square mile (254.3/km). The racial makeup of the city was 95.2% White, 0.8% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.8% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.2% of the population.
There were 6,603 households of which 43.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.6% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.4% had a male householder with no wife present, and 29.0% were non-families. 23.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.14.
The median age in the city was 30.9 years. 30.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.1% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 31.6% were from 25 to 44; 19.1% were from 45 to 64; and 10.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.3% male and 52.7% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 9,665 people, 3,635 households, and 2,599 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,280.8 people per square mile (494.3/km²). There were 3,853 housing units at an average density of 510.6 per square mile (197.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.36% White, 0.71% Native American, 0.33% African American, 0.30% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 1.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.70% of the population.
There were 3,635 households out of which 40.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.2% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.5% were non-families. 23.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% 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 3.04.
In the city, the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 34.5% from 25 to 44, 16.1% from 45 to 64, and 9.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $34,210, and the median income for a family was $40,069. Males had a median income of $30,599 versus $21,794 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,912. About 10.4% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.3% of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those age 65 or over.