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Sikeston is a city in New Madrid and Scott counties in the U.S. state of Missouri.
It was founded by John Sikes (1816-1867) in 1860.
The Sikeston Micropolitan Statistical Area consists of Scott County with a population of 41,143.
As of the 2000 census, the city population was 16,992, making it the second most populous city in
Missouri's 8th Congressional district behind Cape Girardeau (population 35,349).
Other cities in Missouri's 8th Congressional district with a population exceeding 10,000 include
Poplar Bluff (population 16,651), Rolla (population 16,367), Farmington (population 13,924),
Jackson (population 11,947), Kennett (population 11,260), and West Plains (population 10,866).
By way of Interstate 55 Sikeston is close to the halfway point between St. Louis and Memphis.
In 2002, voters approved a Charter home-rule system of government which allows the city to write its
own laws instead of relying solely on Missouri statutes.
The weather patterns are hot and very humid in the summer with temperatures dropping to the 20s and 30s
(Fahrenheit) during winter.
The city of Miner borders Sikeston to the east.
As of 2005, the Sikeston-Miner area had a combined population of approximately 20,000 people.
According to the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce magazine Images of Sikeston,
Sikeston's population is estimated at 18,057 as of 2005.
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