Catron, Missouri

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Catron is a city in New Madrid County, Missouri. It is the smallest city in the county, with a population of 67 at the 2010 census.


The community has been in existence since the late 1870s, developing after the laying out of the Cottonbelt Railroad nearby and the construction of a sawmill to cut timber in the area. It was initially known as May's Switch, then as Little River Station, but after the establishment of a post office in 1895, it was named for W. C. Catron, one of the early settlers.[1]


Catron is located on State Route D in central New Madrid County, about ten miles west of New Madrid and six miles east of Parma. Its exact coordinates are 36°36’44”N 89°42’17”W.

The Catron area is characterized by the flat, low-lying terrain of the Mississippi Alluvial Plain. It has a total area of 0.37 square miles, and an average elevation of 282 feet.[2]


At the 2010 census, Catron had a total of 67 inhabitants, grouped into 28 households, with a population density of 181.1 people per square mile. This figure was essentially unchanged from the 2000 census, when Catron had a population of 68. 83.58% of the inhabitants were White, 14.93% were African-American, and 1.49% were from two or more races.

The median age in Catron was 46.5 years, with 25.4% of inhabitants under the age of 18, 6.1% between 18 and 24 years old, 18.0% between 25 and 44, 35.9% between 45 and 64, and 14.9% 65 years old or older. The sex ratio was 55.2% male, 44.8% female.[3]

According to the 2017 American Community Survey, the median household income in Catron was $21,875, and the median family income was $22,917. The unemployment rate was 0.0%. The per capita income was $15,702. About 16.3% of the population lived below the poverty line, including 28.0% of people 65 years old or older.[4]