The town is home of the Shidler Public Schools Fighting Tigers. The school has about 250 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The school brings in students from the surrounding towns of Grainola, Foraker, Webb City, Kaw City, and Burbank.
There were 231 households out of which 25.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.8% were married couples living together, 9.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.78.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 23.1% from 45 to 64, and 21.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $29,732, and the median income for a family was $35,156. Males had a median income of $31,932 versus $17,143 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,245. About 11.0% of families and 15.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.1% of those under age 18 and 13.5% of those age 65 or over.