Bonne Terre is a city in St. Francois County, Missouri, United States. The population was 6,864 at the 2010 census.
The community was originally settled by the French in 1720 after lead ore was discovered. It was called La Bonne Terre, "the good soil." Bonne Terre was platted as a town in 1880. Since 2005, Missouri has conducted all of its executions at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre. The Bonne Terre Depot, Bonne Terre Mine, and St. Joe Lead Company Administration Building are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.10 square miles (10.62 km²), of which 4.04 square miles (10.46 km²) is land and 0.06 square miles (0.16 km²) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 6,864 people, 1,634 households, and 1,063 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,699.0 inhabitants per square mile (656.0/km²). There were 1,882 housing units at an average density of 465.8 per square mile (179.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 79.60% White, 18.72% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.10% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.35% of the population.
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