Glasgow, Missouri

Glasgow, Missouri is a small town located in Howard County with a population of 1,228 according to the 2010 census. The town is situated along the Chariton River and is about seven miles from the larger cities of Fayette and Boonville. The climate in Glasgow is typical of the Midwest with hot summers and cold winters. Check whicheverhealth for information about Albany, Missouri.

The history of Glasgow dates back to 1820 when it was first settled by James Finley, who named it after his hometown in Scotland. In 1836, Glasgow was officially platted as a town and received its first post office the following year. It has remained relatively small throughout its history, but was briefly an important stop on the St. Louis-San Francisco railroad line during the late 19th century.

Glasgow’s politics are mainly moderate with no major partisan divides among its citizens. The economy is mostly based on agriculture and small businesses such as restaurants, shops, gas stations, and other services. There are also several light industrial businesses located within the city limits that provide employment opportunities for locals.

The school district serves students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and includes two elementary schools (one public and one private), one middle school, and one high school. The district also offers a variety of extracurricular activities such as sports teams and clubs for students to participate in.

Glasgow has several notable landmarks including the historic Glasgow Hotel which dates back to 1887; Finley Park which features walking trails, a playground area, picnic tables, pavilions, an outdoor stage for summer concerts; as well as several historic homes throughout town that showcase Victorian-style architecture from years past.

Glasgow, Missouri

Population: 1,263. Estimated population in July 2020: 1,205 (-4.6% change)
Males: 588 (46.6%), Females: 675 (53.4%)

Howard County

Zip code: 65254

Median resident age: 38.1 years
Median household income: $30,242
Median house value: $52,400

Races in Glasgow:

  • White Non-Hispanic (89.7%)
  • Black (8.5%)
  • Hispanic (0.8%)
  • Two or more races (0.8%)
  • American Indian (0.7%)
  • Other race (0.6%)

Ancestries: German (32.1%), United States (13.8%), Irish (10.0%), English (5.2%), French (2.0%), Dutch (1.5%).

Elevation: 650 feet

Land area: 1.3 square miles


Glasgow, Missouri is a small rural town located in Howard County. The population of Glasgow is around 3,500 people, with a median age of 39 years. The town is characterized by its friendly and close-knit community, which makes it a great place to live. The cost of living in Glasgow is relatively low compared to other towns in the area, with housing costs being the biggest expense. The average home price in Glasgow is around $150,000, while the median rent for an apartment or house is approximately $800 per month. Utilities are also quite affordable in Glasgow; the average monthly utility bill for a two-bedroom apartment is around $150. Transportation expenses are also quite reasonable; gas prices tend to be slightly lower than the national average and public transportation options are available throughout the town. Overall, living costs in Glasgow are quite reasonable compared to other towns in Missouri and across the US.

For population 25 years and over in Glasgow

  • High school or higher: 82.9%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 16.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.7%
  • Unemployed: 3.8%
  • Mean travel time to work: 23.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Glasgow city

  • Never married: 23.5%
  • Now married: 56.9%
  • Separated: 1.5%
  • Widowed: 6.8%
  • Divorced: 11.3%

0.0% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: -50 (-3.8%).


Hospitals/medical centers near Glasgow:



Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Glasgow:

  • COLUMBIA REGIONAL (about 52 miles; COLUMBIA, MO; Abbreviation: COU)
  • KIRKSVILLE REGIONAL (about 63 miles; KIRKSVILLE, MO; Abbreviation: IRK)
  • JEFFERSON CITY MEML (about 66 miles; JEFFERSON CITY, MO; Abbreviation: JEF)

Other public-use airports nearest to Glasgow:

  • SLATER MEMORIAL (about 16 miles; SLATER, MO; Abbreviation: 9K5)
  • JESSE VIERTEL MEMORIAL (about 24 miles; BOONVILLE, MO; Abbreviation: VER)
  • MARSHALL MEML MUNI (about 27 miles; MARSHALL, MO; Abbreviation: MHL)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Glasgow:

  • UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-COLUMBIA (about 56 miles; COLUMBIA, MO; Full-time enrollment: 21,444)
  • COLUMBIA COLLEGE (about 56 miles; COLUMBIA, MO; Full-time enrollment: 5,892)
  • LINCOLN UNIVERSITY (about 64 miles; JEFFERSON CITY, MO; Full-time enrollment: 2,580)
  • TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY (about 69 miles; KIRKSVILLE, MO; Full-time enrollment: 5,922)
  • CENTRAL MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY (about 70 miles; Warrensburg, MO; Full-time enrollment: 8,957)
  • METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 111 miles; LEES SUMMIT, MO; Full-time enrollment: 4,576)
  • METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 116 miles; KANSAS CITY, MO; Full-time enrollment: 2,998)


Public high school in Glasgow:

  • GLASGOW HIGH (Students: 161; Location: 860 RANDOLPH; Grades: 07 – 12)

Public primary/middle school in Glasgow:

  • HOWARD CO. ELEM. (Students: 116; Location: 860 RANDOLPH; Grades: KG – 06)

Private primary/middle school in Glasgow:

  • ST MARYS SCHOOL (Students: 135; Location: 501 THIRD ST; Grades: PK – 8)


Library in Glasgow:

  • LEWIS LIBRARY OF GLASGOW (Operating income: $41,035; Location: 315 MARKET ST.; 16,890 books; 190 audio materials; 345 video materials; 54 serial subscriptions)