City of Bunker

  • Pop: 295
  • Mayor: Gary Conway Jr. - City Hall 573-689-2444
  • City Clerk: Kendra Ritter
  • City Treasurer: Kendra Ritter
  • Education: Elementary
    High School
  • Healthcare: Nearest hospital - 30 mi.
  • Recreation: Johnson Shut-Ins
    Clearwater Lake
    Loggers Lake

The City of Bunker is located in Reynolds County, with city offices at 2319 Green Street. The surrounding Mark Twain National Forest attracts local visitors as well as tourists from all over the State of Missouri. Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission assists Bunker with its economic development activities.

According to the 2020 census, Mayor Gary Conway Jr. and the four-member city council administer a city with a population of 295. Bunker has one part-time policeman and a volunteer Fire Department staff of 20.

In 2020, Bunker reported a median household income of $21,250. The unemployment rate of Reynolds County in 2020 was 8.2 percent, with an available workforce of 3,532. The average hourly wage for the county, as of 2020, is $19.71 per hour. The county's major employers are Baker Enterprises, a lumber mill equipment manufacturer, with 150 employees; Doe Run Mining Company, a hard rock mining company, with approximately 700 employees; Lesterville School and Bunker R-III schools.

Black River Electric Cooperative, headquartered in Ellington, provides electric power for the City of Bunker. The City itself provides water for its residents from its own well. The water plant has a capacity of 50,000 gallons per day, with a storage capacity of 50,000 gallons. Natural gas is provided to residents from Chilton Oil Company and Ferrell Gas. Sewer services are provided by the city through its sludge-retained lagoon plant, which has a capacity of 45,000 gallons. Telephone and Internet service is obtained from Century Link, AT&T, Black River, and Windstream.

Residents of Bunker receive medical services from physicians whose offices are located in Salem and Ellington. There is a 34-bed hospital in the City of Salem located in Dent County.

There are two public educational institutions in Bunker: an elementary school and a high school. The nearest public community college, Mineral Area College, is located in Park Hills. Rolla Technical Institue, the nearest public tech facility, is located in Rolla. Missouri University of Science and Techology, a public four-year college located in Rolla, MO, is the nearest higher learning facility. 

Residents in Reynolds County travel Missouri Highways 72, 21, and A. It is 60 miles to the nearest four-lane thoroughfare and interstate interchange.

Salem memorial Airport, located 33.4 miles away in Salem, is the nearest public airport. It has a 2,998-foot paved runway. The nearest commercial airport is Rolla/Vichy National Airport, a distance of 53 miles.

Residents do their banking at the People's Community State Bank with combined assets of $650 million, First Midwest Bank of the Ozarks with combined assets of $678 million, First Missouri State Bank with combined assets of $207 million, Ozark Federal Credit Union with combined assets of $97 million, Southern Bank with combined assets of $ 3.1 billion and Sterling Bank with combined assets of $1.3 billion.

There are eight Protestant churches serving Bunker.

The nearest public access lakes are Clearwater Lake, Loggers Lake, Sutton's Bluff and Johnson Shut-Ins. Activities on or around the lakes include camping, fishing, hiking/fitness/nature trails, and swimming.

Average temperatures for Bunker range from 26 degrees Fahrenheit as coldest in January to 91 degrees Fahrenheit in July. The average annual precipitation is 42.5 inches.

The city is represented by 120th District State Representative Ron Copeland (R) and 27th District State Senator Holly Thompson Rehder (R).  U.S. Representative Jason Smith (R) represents Bunker in the Eighth Congressional District.