Bates County, Missouri

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Bates County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Bates County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded January 29, 1841
Named for Frederick Bates
Seat Butler
Largest city Butler
Area
 • Total 851 sq mi (2,204 km2)
 • Land 837 sq mi (2,168 km2)
 • Water 15 sq mi (39 km2), 1.7%
Population
 • (2010) 17,049
 • Density 20/sq mi (8/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.batescounty.net

Bates County is a county located in the west central part of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 17,049.[1] Its county seat is Butler.[2] The county was organized in 1841 and named after Frederick Bates, the second Governor of Missouri.[3]

Bates County is part of the Kansas City, MO-KS Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Bates County was the only county in the United States to have endured total evacuation during the US Civil War, under Order No.11. It was also the setting for the first black Union soldiers to fight for their freedom during the Civil War. The First Kansas Colored Division fought at the Battle of Island Mound four miles North of present day Rich Hill, MO. A statue commemorating this event has been placed on the North lawn of the courthouse in Butler, MO. seven miles from the battle sight.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 851 square miles (2,200 km2), of which 837 square miles (2,170 km2) is land and 15 square miles (39 km2) (1.7%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 3,669
1860 7,215 96.6%
1870 15,960 121.2%
1880 25,381 59.0%
1890 32,223 27.0%
1900 30,141 −6.5%
1910 25,869 −14.2%
1920 23,933 −7.5%
1930 22,068 −7.8%
1940 19,531 −11.5%
1950 17,534 −10.2%
1960 15,905 −9.3%
1970 15,468 −2.7%
1980 15,873 2.6%
1990 15,025 −5.3%
2000 16,653 10.8%
2010 17,049 2.4%
Est. 2013 16,550 −2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 16,653 people, 6,511 households, and 4,557 families residing in the county. The population density was 20 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 7,247 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.33% White, 0.61% Black or African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. Approximately 1.07% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,511 households out of which 32.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.80% were married couples living together, 7.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.00% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.90% 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 3.02.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.50% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 26.00% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 17.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,731, and the median income for a family was $36,470. Males had a median income of $30,298 versus $19,772 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,477. About 11.50% of families and 14.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.30% of those under age 18 and 14.10% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Private schools[edit]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

The Democratic Party predominantly controls politics at the local level in Bates County. Democrats hold all but one of the elected positions in the county.

Bates County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Roger Pruden Democratic
Circuit Clerk Diana L. Rich Democratic
County Clerk Marlene Wainscott Democratic
Collector Jimmy Platt Democratic
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Donna Gregory Democratic
Commissioner
(District 1)
Jim Scott Democratic
Commissioner
(District 2)
±Larry Berry (Deceased)[10] Currently Vacant Democratic
Coroner Gary Schowengerdt Democratic
Prosecuting Attorney Hugh C. Jenkins Democratic
Public Administrator Sharon Cumpton Democratic
Recorder Lucille Mundey Democratic
Sheriff Chad Anderson Democratic
Surveyor W.C. “Bill” Lethcho Democratic
Treasurer Jimmy Platt Democratic

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 41.75% 3,431 55.43% 4,555 2.82% 232
2004 53.22% 4,479 45.09% 3,795 1.69% 142
2000 48.88% 3,783 49.02% 3,794 2.10% 162
1996 34.70% 2,483 63.33% 4,531 1.97% 141

Bates County is divided into two legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives, both of which are held by Republicans.

Missouri House of Representatives – District 120 - Bates County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Scott N. Largent 810 72.39
Democratic Zac A. Maggi 225 20.11
Constitution Richard Hoxsey 84 7.51
  • District 125 – Barney Joe Fisher (R-Richards). Consists of the communities of Adrian, Amoret, Amsterdam, Butler, Foster, Hume, Merwin, Passaic, and Rich Hill.
Missouri House of Representatives – District 125 - Bates County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Barney Joe Fisher 3,948 100.00

All of Bates County is a part of Missouri’s 31st District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by David Pearce (R-Warrensburg).

Missouri Senate - District 31 - Bates County (2008)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican David Pearce 4,054 51.10
Democratic Chris Benjamin 3,880 48.90

Federal[edit]

All of Bates County is included in Missouri’s 4th Congressional District and is currently represented by Vicky Hartzler (R-Harrisonville) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri’s 4th Congressional District - Bates County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Vicky Hartzler 2,901 49.47
Democratic Ike Skelton* 2,694 45.94
Libertarian Jason Michael Braun 171 2.92
Constitution Greg Cowan 98 1.67

Political Culture[edit]

Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 58.35% 4,833 39.49% 3,271 2.15% 179
2004 59.11% 5,004 40.14% 3,398 0.75% 64
2000 54.48% 4,245 43.45% 3,386 2.07% 161
1996 40.69% 2,904 45.17 3,224 14.14% 1,009

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

Bates County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 594 (37.71%)
Mike Huckabee 503 (31.94%)
Mitt Romney 368 (23.37%)
Ron Paul 71 (4.51%)
Bates County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 1,427 (63.51%)
Barack Obama 676 (30.08%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 106 (4.72%)

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Bates County is divided into 24 townships:

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. 208. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  10. ^ http://www.schowengerdtchapel.com/home/index.cfm?action=public:obituaries.view&o_id=2592731&fh_id=11288

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Coordinates: 38°16′N 94°20′W / 38.26°N 94.34°W / 38.26; -94.34