Kimberling City

Community Profile: Kimberling City, Missouri
By Cole Currier
When you think of Kimberling City – think of the LAKE! Kimberling City is the ultimate lake town. Many folks who call this town home are there because they love the beauty and fun there is to be had on the clean, clear waters of Table Rock Lake… Who doesn’t!? Kimberling is home to one of the largest marinas on the lake, and is home to a great variety of lake front and lake view homes. If you’re looking for the lake lifesytle, but you want to be close to a grocery store, hardware store, etc, Kimberling City is the place for you!

Living in Kimberling City
Kimberling City is all about the lake. While it’s a busy town, it’s a much slower pace than the shows and attractions that can be found on the other side of the lake in Branson. However, when you’re looking for that faster pace, it’s only a short drive away. One of the best parts of being a part of the Kimberling City life is the fact that it’s easy to connect with friends and neighbors who are also here to live their lake dream.

Residents of Kimberling City are in the Reeds Spring School District, a respected K-12 school serving a large geographical area in Stone County. You can review Reeds Spring schools’ rankings here.

In addition, there are excellent post-secondary education opportunities in the area. College of the Ozarks (35 minutes away in Hollister) is a unique institution which is nationally recognized for their unique model where students do not pay tuition. Ozarks Technical Community College also offers programs at their brand new Hollister campus (35 minutes away). In addition, Missouri State University, my alma mater, is located just a short drive away – about an hour north to Springfield.

(source: Wikipedia):

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,253 people, 1,045 households, and 760 families residing in the city. The population density was 673.6 people per square mile (260.4/km²). There were 1,236 housing units at an average density of 369.5 per square mile (142.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.91% White, 0.22% African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.27% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.11% of the population.

There were 1,045 households out of which 17.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.8% were married couples living together, 4.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.2% were non-families. 24.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.50.

In the city the population was spread out with 15.1% under the age of 18, 4.1% from 18 to 24, 18.9% from 25 to 44, 29.0% from 45 to 64, and 32.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 54 years. For every 100 females there were 91.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $36,727, and the median income for a family was $40,508. Males had a median income of $30,774 versus $18,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,715. About 4.5% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.2% of those under age 18 and 3.6% of those age 65 or over.

Residents of Kimberling City enjoy convenient access to full-service grocery stores, drug stores, and small retail shops right in town. Just up the road, Branson West is home to Stone County’s only Wal-Mart, which draws residents from surrounding areas. In addition, other great retail stores can be found 20-30 minutes away in Branson or an hour away in Springfield. You’ll also find a lot of good locally owned spots to grab a bite.

My Favorite Kimberling City “Hot Spots”:
A true Ozarks classic… The Hillbilly Bowl! Go bowl a few frames (but you’ll have to keep score the old fashioned way… No computerized scoring here!) and stay for some awesome pizza! Another KC classic – The Bearded Clam, which you can even access by water if you want to arrive by boat. Also, don’t forget the big fireworks show around Independence day every summer.

Also – since you’re in Kimberling City to live the lake lifestyle, that means that you’ll certainly be grilling some steaks on the deck, right? Be sure to head to Harter House supermarket (located right near the Kimberling City Bridge). They are known for having the best meats, so you’re sure to find a good steak. Also, try their seasoned beef tri-tip. It’s delicious!

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