Nixa, Missouri

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Nixa, Missouri
City
Location of Nixa, Missouri
Location of Nixa, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Christian
Area[1]
 • Total 8.48 sq mi (21.96 km2)
 • Land 8.48 sq mi (21.96 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,296 ft (395 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 19,022
 • Estimate (2013[2]) 20,195
 • Density 2,243.2/sq mi (866.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 65714
Area code(s) 417
FIPS code 29-52616[3]
GNIS feature ID 0723380[4]
Website www.nixa.com

Nixa is a city in Christian County, Missouri, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 19,022.[5] It is part of the Springfield, Missouri metropolitan area.

History[change | change source]

The area was first settled by farmers who located their farms along the wooded streams near present day Nixa.[6] Many people travelled through Nixa, because it was a half-day ride with a team of horses from Springfield.[6] Wagon drivers found it a convenient stopover site when hauling freight between Springfield and Arkansas.[6] The community was first known as "Faughts".[7] An early resident, Nicholas A. Inman, was a blacksmith from Tennessee who set up a shop in 1852.[6] When a post office was opened, a town meeting was held to decide on a name for the community. Because of his years of service to the community it was suggested the town be named for him.[6] Another suggestion was to call it "nix" because the community was "nothing but a crossroads".[6] It was finally decided to take the name Nix and add the first letter of Inman's middle name, "a", to get the unique name Nixa.[6] The village of Nixa incorporated on June 10, 1902.[6]

Geography[change | change source]

Nixa is located at 37°2′43″N 93°17′56″W / 37.04528°N 93.29889°W / 37.04528; -93.29889 (37.045253, -93.298755).[8] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.48 square miles (21.96 km2), all of it land.[1] The modern day city rests on and around seven hills.

Education[change | change source]

All the schools in Nixa are public. Currently, the Nixa R-2 School District operates four elementary schools for students in kindergarten through fourth grade. These are Matthews, Espy, Century, and the newest, High Pointe Elementary (named so because it sits on the highest elevation in Christian County), opened in August 2007. There are also two intermediate schools for students in the fifth and sixth grades—Inman and Summit. There is one junior high school and one high school. There is also a magnet school for Kindergarten through 6th grade- John Thomas School of Discovery (JTSD). The old Main Street Elementary School building has become an administration building, named Faught Administration Center.[9] The district is widely considered one of the best school districts in Missouri.[6] The district has received the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Distinction in Performance Award for each of the last five years. Its Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) scores surpassed state averages in all 10 assessments.[6] Nixa High School is ranked one of the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.[10]

Movie and TV references[change | change source]

In the Robert Ludlum novels and movies (fiction), Nixa, Missouri is the birthplace of the character Jason Bourne. It was revealed in The Bourne Supremacy that Bourne's real name was David Webb and that he was born in Nixa, Missouri.[11]

Several streets in a neighborhood northeast of downtown are named for performers on ABC-TV's Ozark Jubilee, including Nixa native Slim Wilson. They include Slim Wilson Boulevard, Red Foley Court, Zed Tennis Street, Bill Ring Court, (Speedy) Haworth Court and Ozark Jubilee Drive.[12]

A 2013 episode of the Investigation Discovery television series Beauty Queen Murder featured a murder in Nixa—the 1985 death of Jackie Johns. The murder was not solved until 2007, when DNA evidence proved that fellow Nixa resident Gerald Carnahan had raped and murdered the young lady.[13]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08. 
  2. "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-30. 
  3. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved July 9, 2012. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 6.7 6.8 6.9 "History of Nixa". City of Nixa, Missouri. Retrieved 12 February 2016. 
  7. by Michelle Korgis-Fitzpatrick (July 2002). "A Trip Back into the History of Time". Michelle Korgis-Fitzpatrick. Retrieved 12 February 2016. 
  8. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. "Nixa Public Schools Central Office (Faught Administration Center)". Foursquare. Retrieved 12 February 2016. 
  10. "Nixa High Overview". U.S. News & World Report LP. Retrieved 12 February 2016. 
  11. "Bourne in Missouri". The Pitch/KC Communications, LLC. 16 August 2007. Retrieved 12 February 2016. 
  12. "Google Maps". Google, Inc. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  13. Kathee Baird. "Gerald Carnahan Found Guilty In Murder Of Jacquie Johns". The Crime Scene. Retrieved 12 February 2016. 

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