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Cooter is a town in Pemiscot County, Missouri, United States. The population was 469 at the 2010 census.
According to Houck's History of Missouri, the town of Cooter was named in 1854 for the Coutre (pronounced "Coo-Tra") family, headed by Frenchman Portell Coutre of New Madrid, Missouri.
Cooter is located in the southeast corner of the Missouri Bootheel on Missouri Route E 1.5 miles east of I-55. The Missouri-Arkansas border is three miles to the south and the Mississippi River lies six miles east.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.30 square miles (0.78 km2), all land.
As of the census of 2010, there were 469 people, 175 households, and 133 families living in the city. The population density was 1,563.3 inhabitants per square mile (603.6/km2). There were 191 housing units at an average density of 636.7 per square mile (245.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.87% White, 1.92% Black or African American, and 0.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.43% of the population.
There were 175 households, of which 45.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.7% were married couples living together, 19.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.9% had a male householder with no wife present, and 24.0% were non-families. 19.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older.