Benton County, Missouri

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Benton County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Benton County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded January 3, 1835
Named for Thomas Hart Benton
Seat Warsaw
Largest city Warsaw
Area
 • Total 753 sq mi (1,950 km2)
 • Land 704 sq mi (1,823 km2)
 • Water 48 sq mi (124 km2), 6.4
Population
 • (2010) 19,056
 • Density 27/sq mi (10/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.bentoncomo.com

Benton County is a county located in the west central part of the U.S. state of Missouri. The population was 19,056 as of the 2010 U.S. Census.[1] Its county seat is Warsaw.[2] The county was organized January 3, 1835, and named for U.S. Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 753 square miles (1,950 km2), of which 704 square miles (1,820 km2) is land and 48 square miles (120 km2) (6.4%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 4,205
1850 5,015 19.3%
1860 9,072 80.9%
1870 11,322 24.8%
1880 12,396 9.5%
1890 14,973 20.8%
1900 16,556 10.6%
1910 14,881 −10.1%
1920 12,989 −12.7%
1930 11,708 −9.9%
1940 11,142 −4.8%
1950 9,080 −18.5%
1960 8,737 −3.8%
1970 9,695 11.0%
1980 12,183 25.7%
1990 13,859 13.8%
2000 17,180 24.0%
2010 19,056 10.9%
Est. 2013 18,932 −0.7%
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 17,180 people, 7,420 households, and 5,179 families residing in the county. The population density was 24 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 12,691 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.96% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.53% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. Approximately 0.89% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,420 households out of which 23.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.60% were married couples living together, 6.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.20% were non-families. 26.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.72.

In the county the population was spread out with 20.50% under the age of 18, 5.70% from 18 to 24, 21.80% from 25 to 44, 29.70% from 45 to 64, and 22.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 98.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,646, and the median income for a family was $32,459. Males had a median income of $26,203 versus $19,054 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,457. About 10.20% of families and 15.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.50% of those under age 18 and 9.60% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Private schools[edit]

  • Lutheran School AssociationCole Camp (K-08) – Lutheran
  • It should be noted that most of the students who attend Cole Camp's Lutheran School Association attend either Benton County R-1 High in Cole Camp or Sacred Heart High School, a Catholic high school in the nearby city of Sedalia.

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

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

Benton County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Rodger L. Reedy Republican
Circuit Clerk Cheryl Lutjen-Schultz Republican
County Clerk Mary Lutman Republican
Collector Donna Hart Democratic
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Tom Self Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Jim Hansen Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
steve Daleske Republican
Coroner James A. Miller Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Karen Coffey Woodley Republican
Public Administrator Lori Dunklin Republican
Recorder Beverly Burnett Republican
Sheriff Rick Fajen Republican
Surveyor Jerry Dill Republican
Treasurer Rick Renno Republican

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 41.57% 3,967 56.09% 5,353 2.34% 223
2004 56.67% 5,088 41.95% 3,767 1.39% 124
2000 52.76% 3,944 45.58% 3,407 1.66% 124
1996 44.36% 2,979 52.42% 3,520 3.22% 216

All of Benton County is a part of Missouri’s 116th District in the Missouri House of Representatives and is represented by Wanda Brown (R-Lincoln).

Missouri House of Representatives – District 116 – Benton County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Wanda Brown 4,758 64.26
Democratic Mike Stevenson 2,302 31.09
Constitution Ray Herron 344 4.64

All of Benton County is a part of Missouri’s 28th District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Mike Parson (R-Bolivar).

Missouri Senate - District 28 – Benton County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mike Parson 5,585 81.99
Constitution Bennie B. Hatfield 1,227 18.01

Federal[edit]

All of Benton 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 – Benton County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Vicky Hartzler 3,653 48.99
Democratic Ike Skelton* 3,418 45.84
Libertarian Jason Michael Braun 237 3.18
Constitution Greg Cowan 148 1.98

Political Culture[edit]

Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 59.92% 5,759 37.76% 3,629 2.32% 223
2004 61.88% 5,575 37.53% 3,381 0.59% 53
2000 55.99% 4,218 41.81% 3,150 2.20% 166
1996 43.11% 2,895 44.62% 2,996 12.27% 824

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

Benton County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 803 (34.67%)
Mike Huckabee 824 (35.58%)
Mitt Romney 580 (25.04%)
Ron Paul 75 (3.24%)
Benton County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 1,753 (68.77%)
Barack Obama 687 (26.95%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 80 (3.14%)

Communities[edit]

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. 209. 
  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. 

Further reading[edit]

  • History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage counties, Missouri : from the earliest time to the present, including a department devoted to the preservation of sundry personal, business,professional and the private records; besides a valuable fund of notes, original observations, etc. etc. (1889) online

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°18′N 93°17′W / 38.30°N 93.29°W / 38.30; -93.29