Economic Development

Major Employers & Industries
Community Demographics Local and County Taxes Location and Transportation Labor and Training Utilities
Available Buildings
Community Demographics 


POPULATION 2014 2010 2000 1990 1980
City Limits 7,969 7,864 7,356 7,559  7,043
Zip Code 63841  12,898  13,123 12,887  12,752 Unavailable
Stoddard County 29,867 29,968  29,705  28,469  29,009

Coldest Month: January 45F 26F
Hottest Month: July 92F 70F
Rain, Annual Average 47.91 inches
Snow, Annual Average 5.1 inches
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Local and County Taxes 

Value of assessed property within city limits is $102,920,294.

Basic Property Tax:    (Levy for latest year (per $100.00 assessed value):

City               $0.6727(*)
County           0.0000
School           3.3200
State              0.0300
Other             1.0176
Total            $5.0403

(*)   The City receives $.6727 per $100.00 assessed value of personal and property taxes, broken down as follows:

General Fund         52.05 %
Library                    14.57 %

Sales Tax:

City                          1.875 %
County                     1.188 %
State                        4.225 %
Total                        7.288 %

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Location and Transportation 

Highway System

Dexter is located on US Highway 60, a four-lane divided highway. and Missouri StateHighways 25 & 114.  Interstate 55 & 57, major North-South thoroughfares, are located twenty miles east of Dexter.  US Hghway 60 has been upgraded to four lanes from I-55 to Springfield, MO, providing ideal connections.


Union Pacific & Southern Pacific


Dexter Municipal Airport - paved 5,000 ft. runway
Private aircraft storage available
Aircraft maintenance and fuel available
Commercial air transportation - 50 miles, Cape Girardeau
Nearest air freight service - 50 miles, Cape Girardeau

River Port

Adjoining navigable river - Mississippi River
Barge dock avalable - Public
Freeze Free Port - 365 Days
Channel depth adequate for uninterrupted barge traffic
Nearest barge service - 40 miles
Port of New Orleans - TO;  5 days; From:  8 days

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Labor and Training 

Dexter is located in Stoddard County. The labor pool draws from a minimal of an additional five-county area -- Butler, Dunklin, Mississippi, New Madrid, and Scott:

Missouri Local Area Unemployment Statistics - Feb 2016
County Labor Force Employment Unemployed Unemployment Rate
Stoddard 13,424 12,433                   991 7.4%
Butler          19,573 18,385                  1188 6.1%
Dunklin       13,567 12,344 1,223 9%
Mississippi            6,435                6,000 435 6.8%
New Madrid            9,003 8,288                    715 7.9%
Scott           20,662             19,458 1,204 5.8%
Six County Total 82,664 76,908                   5,756

Higher Education

Three Rivers College is a community college founded in 1967 located in Poplar Bluff, just 28 miles from Dexter.  Centers at:  Dexter, Kennett, Malden, Willow Springs and Sikeston - Click

Southeast Missouri State University, is a public, accredited university located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States, near the banks of the Mississippi River.  Centers - Kennett, Sikeston and Malden - Click 

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     Dexter's electrical power is furnished by Ameren Missouri. The power grid is interconnected with 22 other power suppliers in the Midwest. Native system generating capacity is 8,100 megawatts with peak load at 7,200 megawatts. Power purchase contracts are in place. Dexter area voltage is 161 Kv to 34.5 Kv to 12.5 Kv.  Rates are available with schedules for residential, small commercial, large commercial, primary supply, interruptible contracts, and an economic development rider for first five (5) years of operation for qualifiers. For more information, including rates sheets, click on; then Communities; then Missouri Community Members; then choose either Business or Residential; then choose Business Rates or Residential Rates; then go to Quick Links for Electric or Natural Gas Rates.


Natural Gas:
     Natural gas is provided locally by the Ameren Missouri from the Texas Eastern Pipeline near Dexter. Gas is delivered at 250 lbs. to city gates with 50 to 15 lb distribution.   Rate schedules for Residential, Small and Large General Service, interruptible and transportation service tariffs are available. For more information, including rates sheets, click on then Communities; then Missouri Community Members; then choose either Business or Residential; then choose Business Rates or Residential Rates; then go to Quick Links for Electric or Natural Gas Rates.

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Available Buildings 

The Dexter Chamber of Commerce Development, Inc. has 35 acres available and will build to suit either through public funding or private investors.

Available buildings and other sites are:

  • 40,000sf - Warehouse or Manufacturing Building,Clements Drive, loading docks and seperate office building, plenty of parking

For more information contact Hillary Starnes at the Dexter Chamber of Commerce by telephone at 573-624-7458, by fax at 573-624-7459, or by email

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