Sullivan is a city that straddles the border of Franklin and Crawford counties in the U.S. state of Missouri. The population was 7,081 at the 2010 census.
Sullivan is located at 38°12′34″N 91°9′53″W / 38.20944°N 91.16472°W / 38.20944; -91.16472 (38.209562, -91.164656).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.90 square miles (20.46 km), all land.
As late as 1990, Sullivan had a sundown town sign warning blacks against being present in Sullivan after dark. While Missouri is 11.6% black according to the US Census definition, in the 2010 census 0.2% of the population of Sullivan was black. In 2014, a group of 15 white schoolgirls blacked up their faces for a game of football. A few months previously, as riots blazed in Ferguson after the police shooting of Michael Brown, a group of Sullivan residents staged a KKK march through town. Attempting to overcome past prejudices, the Sullivan Chamber of Commerce selected Stefan Wehmeyer, an African American, as the community’s 2017 Man of the Year.
As of the census of 2010, there were 7,081 people, 2,829 households, and 1,793 families residing in the city. The population density was 896.3 inhabitants per square mile (346.1/km). There were 3,136 housing units at an average density of 397.0 per square mile (153.3/km). The racial makeup of the city was 97.4% White, 0.2% African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.6% from other races, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.2% of the population.
There were 2,829 households of which 34.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.9% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.6% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.03.
The median age in the city was 35.6 years. 26.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.7% were from 25 to 44; 21.7% were from 45 to 64; and 16.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.4% male and 52.6% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,351 people, 2,585 households, and 1,682 families residing in the city. The population density was 828.4 people per square mile (319.7/km²). There were 2,775 housing units at an average density of 362.0 per square mile (139.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 98.38% White, 0.20% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.20% of the population.
There were 2,585 households out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the city, the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 19.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $30,046, and the median income for a family was $36,260. Males had a median income of $29,817 versus $20,385 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,518. About 6.9% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.7% of those under age 18 and 9.8% of those age 65 or over.
Sullivan Missouri neighborhoods include: North and South Rd, Oak Grove, Spring Bluff, Springfield Loop, Springfield – Vine, Sullivan, Tall Oaks, Watson Rd / Country Lane, Woodland Heights