Oronogo is a city in Jasper County, Missouri, United States. The population was 2,381 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area. Oronogo was platted in 1856.The name, according to local tradition, came about when it was found that the previous name, “Minersville” was already taken. At a public meeting to change the name, after considering many possibilities, a man in the back blurted out “its Ore or no go”, referring to the mining operations. Elaborating on that, Colonel J. M. Young, suggested substituting the Spanish word “Oro” for ore, and the dropping the “or” to make the word euphonious. He pronounced it “Oronogo” and the audience accepted the name.
Oronogo is located at 37°11′25″N 94°28′2″W (37.190202, -94.467289).According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.52 square miles (6.53 km2), of which 2.49 square miles (6.45 km2) is land and 0.03 square miles (0.08 km2) is water.As of the census of 2010, there were 2,381 people, 772 households, and 646 families living in the city. The population density was 956.2 inhabitants per square mile (369.2/km2). There were 821 housing units at an average density of 329.7 per square mile (127.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.9% White, 0.3% African American, 2.0% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 1.4% from other races, and 3.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.0% of the population.
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