Moberly, city (1990 pop. 12,839), Randolph co., N central Mo.; inc. 1868. Its manufactures include instant ice packs, automobile components, and gym equipment. Limestone quarries are in the vicinity.
Moberly is a city in Randolph County, Missouri, United States. According to the 2007 census bureau estimate, the population was 14,093. The city was incorporated 1868. The Moberly Micropolitan Statistical Area consists of Randolph County.


Moberly was founded in 1866, and named after Colonel William E. Moberly, the first president of the Chariton and Randolph County railroads. On Independence Day, 1995, a tornado ripped through downtown Moberly. There were no reported deaths, but there was a large amount of structural damage.


Moberly is located at (39.420398, -92.438831). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.6 square miles (30.1 km²), of which, 11.6 square miles (29.9 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.43%) is water.


Moberly is served by a municipal airport. Commercial service is available 33 miles to the south in Columbia at the Columbia Regional Airport. The city is serviced by U.S. Route 63 to the east on a bypass. The old route is designated as Business 63 and goes through town. U.S. Route 24 goes through town as well. Route M (formerly Route 3) also skirts the edge of town.


The town is home to two colleges; Central Christian College of the Bible and Moberly Area Community College.


As of 2007 the estimate of the population was 14,093. As of the census of 2000,there were 11,945 people, 5,001 households, and 3,090 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,033.8 people per square mile (399.3/km²). There were 5,812 housing units at an average density of 503.0/sq mi (194.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 90.51% White, 6.71% African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 1.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.67% of the population.

There were 5,001 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.2% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.2% were non-families. 33.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 86.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,519, and the median income for a family was $37,488. Males had a median income of $27,152 versus $19,508 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,478. About 11.1% of families and 15.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.5% of those under age 18 and 14.7% of those age 65 or over.


  • Moberly Midget League has provided a summer baseball program for the local youth since 1950.

Notable residents

  • Omar Bradley, general
  • Brent Briscoe,actor, writer and director
  • Jack Conroy, writer, became famous for his realistic fiction and nonfiction works about the lives of American workers
  • Melvin B. Tolson, poet
  • Mike Wilson, filmmaker
  • Brad Hunt, actor

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