City of Qulin

  • Pop: 458
  • Mayor: Justin Parks, City offices - 245 D Street, City Hall - 573-328-4488
  • City Clerk: Carlee Decker
  • City Treasurer: None
  • Education: Elementary, Middle School
  • Healthcare: Nearest hospitals - 16 mi. in Poplar Bluff
  • Recreation: Black River, Lake Wappapello

The City of Qulin is located on State Highways 53, 51, and N in the southeast portion of Butler County. The city hall building is located at 245 D Street, just a few blocks off Highway 53, where the mayor and the four-member city council meets. The city and the Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission work together to promote economic development for the community.

Mayor Justin Parks reports that, according to the 2010 census, Qulin had 458 residents. Per capita income for Butler County, in 2015, was $14,721.

Ozark Border Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Poplar Bluff, MO, provides electric power for Qulin, and Spire is the city's natural gas provider. Water is provided to the residents by the City of Qulin Waterworks' ground water well. The plant's capacity is 50,200 gallons per day. It can store 75,000 gallons of water. The Qulin Wastewater Treatment Facility operates its own oxidation ditch, located on Highway 51. The plant's capacity is 100,000. AT&T is the local telephone service provider, and internet service may be obtained through AT&T.

Qulin residents travel the short distance to Poplar Bluff for medical care. The nearest facility is the Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center.

Qulin students stay in town for their education, from elementary to middle school. They travel to nearby Broseley for high school. The nearest public community college, Three Rivers College, is located in Poplar Bluff, Fall 2011 enrollment was 3,226. Poplar Bluff Technical Career Center is a popular choice for area youngsters. Southeast Missouri State University, a public four-year college located in Cape Girardeau, MO, is the nearest higher learning facility. Fall, 2011, enrollment for the university was 11,502 students.

Per capita income for Butler County is $14,721. The unemployment rate of Butler County in 2015 was 17.4 percent, with an available workforce of 19,464. Only 27 people in Butler County are unemployed, with 18,067 having gainful employment. The average hourly wage for the county, as of 2010, was $114.90 per.

The county's major employers are Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, with 1,200 employees; Briggs & Stratton Corporation, which employs 760 to manufacture internal combustion engines; Gates Rubber Company, whose 550 employees manufacture radiator hoses; V.A. Medical Center with 834 employees and Poplar Bluff Schools which employs 720.  

Residents do their banking in town at Southern Bank, a financial institution with combined assets of over $1.7 billion. The community stays informed through a daily newspaper and cable TV is available to all city residents. Qulin citizens worship at one of the seven Protestant churches in town. Young and old alike enjoy the activities at the public golf course, two country clubs, fourteen public parks, the three public swimming pools, and tennis courts that are within a 20-mile radius of the town.

Lake Wappapello is the nearest public access lake and Black River is nearby. Visitors can camp, fish, hike, boat, swim and water ski. Average temperatures for the area range from 30 degrees Fahrenheit in January to 87 degrees Fahrenheit in July. The average annual precipitation is 38 inches.

Qulin residents are represented in the State House of Representatives by 152nd District by Rep. Hardy Billington (R) and in the state senate by Sen. Jason Bean (R) of the 25th District. U.S. Representative Jason Smith (R) represents Qulin in the Eighth Congressional District.