Barry County, Missouri

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Barry County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Barry County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded January 5, 1835
Named for William Taylor Barry
Seat Cassville
Largest city Monett
Area
 • Total 790.89 sq mi (2,048 km2)
 • Land 779.06 sq mi (2,018 km2)
 • Water 11.83 sq mi (31 km2), 1.50
Population
 • (2010) 35,597
 • Density 44/sq mi (17/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
William Taylor Barry

Barry County is a county located in the southwest portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 35,597.[1] Its county seat is Cassville.[2] The county was organized in 1835 and named after William Taylor Barry, a U.S. Postmaster General from Kentucky.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 790.89 square miles (2,048.4 km2), of which 779.06 square miles (2,017.8 km2) (or 98.50%) is land and 11.83 square miles (30.6 km2) (or 1.50%) is water.[4] Roaring River State Park is located in the southern part of the county, amid the Mark Twain National Forest.

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 4,745
1850 3,467 −26.9%
1860 7,995 130.6%
1870 10,373 29.7%
1880 14,405 38.9%
1890 22,943 59.3%
1900 25,532 11.3%
1910 23,869 −6.5%
1920 23,473 −1.7%
1930 22,803 −2.9%
1940 23,546 3.3%
1950 21,755 −7.6%
1960 18,921 −13.0%
1970 19,597 3.6%
1980 24,408 24.5%
1990 27,547 12.9%
2000 34,010 23.5%
2010 35,597 4.7%
Est. 2012 35,546 −0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 34,010 people, 13,398 households, and 9,579 families residing in the county. The population density was 44 people per square mile (17/km²). There were 15,964 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.09% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.86% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.25% from other races, and 1.38% from two or more races. Approximately 5.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 26.5% were of American, 15.5% German, 11.7% English and 10.4% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 13,398 households out of which 31.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.30% were married couples living together, 8.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.50% were non-families. 24.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.10% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 26.10% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 16.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,906, and the median income for a family was $34,043. Males had a median income of $25,381 versus $18,631 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,980. About 11.80% of families and 16.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.50% of those under age 18 and 11.90% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Unincorporated towns[edit]

Townships[edit]

Barry County is divided into 25 townships:

Education[edit]

Public Schools[edit]

Private Schools[edit]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

The Republican Party predominantly controls politics at the local level in Barry County. Republicans hold all but one of the elected positions in the county.

Barry County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Sherry Sears Republican
Circuit Clerk Craig Williams Republican
County Clerk Gary Youngblood Republican
Collector Janice Varner Republican
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Cherry Warren Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Frank Washburn Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Wayne Hendrix Democratic
Coroner Jim Fohn Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Johnnie E. Cox Republican
Public Administrator Barbara White Republican
Recorder Craig Williams Republican
Sheriff Mick Epperly Republican
Surveyor Sam Goodman Republican
Treasurer Lois Lowe Republican

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 49.48% 7,156 47.90% 6,928 2.62% 379
2004 68.97% 9,594 29.81% 4,147 1.22% 170
2000 59.91% 7,352 38.14% 4,681 1.95% 239
1996 55.84% 6,574 41.28% 4,859 2.88% 339

All of Barry County is a part of Missouri’s 68th District in the Missouri House of Representatives and is represented by David Sater (R-Cassville).

Missouri House of Representatives - District 62 - Barry County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican David Sater 9,275 100.00

All of Barry County is a part of Missouri’s 29th District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Jack Goodman (R-Mount Vernon.

Missouri Senate - District 29 - Barry County (2008)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jack Goodman 11,895 100.00

Federal[edit]

All of Barry County is included in Missouri's 7th Congressional District and is currently represented by Billy Long (R-Springfield) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri’s 7th Congressional District - Barry County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Billy Long 6,931 65.95
Democratic Scott Eckersley 2,929 27.87
Libertarian Kevin Craig 650 6.18
Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 66.63% 9,758 31.62% 4,630 1.74% 256
2004 68.92% 9,599 30.32% 4,223 0.75% 105
2000 63.75% 7,855 33.43% 4,135 2.81% 348
1996 49.62% 5,855 36.88% 4,352 13.49% 1,592

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

Voters in Barry County from both political parties supported candidates who finished in second place in the state at large and nationally.

  • Former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-Arkansas) received more votes, a total of 2,396, than any candidate from either party in Barry County during the 2008 presidential primary.
Barry County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 1,365 (28.31%)
Mike Huckabee 2,396 (49.69%)
Mitt Romney 739 (15.33%)
Ron Paul 2.66 (5.52%)
Barry County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 1,976 (65.52%)
Barack Obama 919 (30.47%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 93 (3.08%)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 205. 
  4. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Coordinates: 36°43′N 93°50′W / 36.71°N 93.83°W / 36.71; -93.83