Malden is a city in the northeast corner of Dunklin County, Missouri, United States, located near the intersection of Missouri Route 25 and U.S. Route 62. The population was 4,277 at the 2010 census. Malden is within Missouri's 8th congressional district.
Malden was platted in 1877 by a railroad official. Some say the community has the name of Colonel T. H. Mauldin, a county judge, while others believe the name is a transfer from Malden, Massachusetts. A post office called Malden has been in operation since 1877.
Malden is located at 36°34′19″N 89°58′16″W (36.572045, -89.971133), in the Missouri Bootheel and the New Madrid Seismic Zone, approximately 25 miles (40 km) west of New Madrid and the Mississippi River meander around the Kentucky Bend.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.53 square miles (19.50 km2), all land.
Malden is located along the Crowley's Ridge Parkway.
As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $22,910, and the median income for a family was $27,819. Males had a median income of $30,671 versus $16,920 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,475. About 22.9% of families and 27.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.4% of those under age 18 and 25.7% of those age 65 or over.