Camden County, Missouri

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Camden County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Camden 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 Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden
Seat Camdenton
Largest city Osage Beach
Area
 • Total 709 sq mi (1,836 km2)
 • Land 656 sq mi (1,699 km2)
 • Water 53 sq mi (137 km2), 7.4
Population
 • (2010) 44,002
 • Density 67/sq mi (26/km²)
Congressional districts 3rd, 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.camdenmo.org

Camden County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 44,002.[1] Its county seat is Camdenton.[2] The county was organized January 29, 1841 as Kinderhook County and renamed in 1843 for Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, Chancellor of England, and leader of the Whig Party.[3][4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 709 square miles (1,840 km2), of which 656 square miles (1,700 km2) is land and 53 square miles (140 km2) (7.4%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 2,338
1860 4,975 112.8%
1870 6,108 22.8%
1880 7,266 19.0%
1890 10,040 38.2%
1900 13,113 30.6%
1910 11,582 −11.7%
1920 10,474 −9.6%
1930 9,142 −12.7%
1940 8,971 −1.9%
1950 7,861 −12.4%
1960 9,116 16.0%
1970 13,315 46.1%
1980 20,017 50.3%
1990 27,495 37.4%
2000 37,051 34.8%
2010 44,002 18.8%
Est. 2013 43,862 −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 37,051 people, 15,779 households, and 11,297 families residing in the county. The population density was 57 people per square mile (22/km²). There were 33,470 housing units at an average density of 51 per square mile (20/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.68% White, 0.26% Black or African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Approximately 0.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 15,779 households out of which 23.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.80% were married couples living together, 6.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.40% were non-families. 23.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.68.

In the county the population was spread out with 20.30% under the age of 18, 6.10% from 18 to 24, 23.30% from 25 to 44, 31.40% from 45 to 64, and 19.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 100.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,840, and the median income for a family was $40,695. Males had a median income of $28,020 versus $20,825 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,197. About 8.00% of families and 11.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.00% of those under age 18 and 7.70% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

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Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

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

Camden County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Edward Whitworth Democratic
Circuit Clerk Jo McElwee Republican
County Clerk Rowland Todd Republican
Collector Vicky Burns Republican
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Kris Franken Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Beverly Thomas Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Thom Gumm Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Brian Keedy Republican
Public Administrator Nancy A. Douglas Republican
Recorder Donnie Snelling Republican
Sheriff Dwight Franklin Republican
Treasurer Elaine Gilley Republican

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 48.79% 10,716 49.15% 10,795 2.06% 453
2004 61.18% 11,956 37.87% 7,401 0.95% 184
2000 56.24% 9,555 41.55% 7,059 2.21% 376
1996 50.25% 7,385 46.34% 6,810 3.42% 502

Camden County is divided into four legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives, all of which are held by Republicans.

Missouri House of Representatives – District 115 – Camden County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Rodney Schad 248 76.54
Independent Randy Dinwiddie 76 23.46
Missouri House of Representatives – District 146 – Camden County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Darrel Pollock 477 100.00
  • District 148 – David Day (R-Dixon). Consists of the community of Richland.
Missouri House of Representatives – District 148 – Camden County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican David Day 31 100.00
  • District 155 – Diane Franklin (R-Camdenton). Consists of most of the county and includes the communities of Camdenton, Climax Springs, Linn Creek, Macks Creek, Osage Beach, Sunrise Beach, and Village of Four Seasons.
Missouri House of Representatives – District 155 – Camden County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Diane Franklin 10,303 65.63
Democratic John W. Page 5,396 34.37

All of Camden County is a part of Missouri’s 33rd District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Chuck Purgason (R-Caulfield).

Missouri Senate - District 33 – Camden County (2008)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Chuck Purgason 13,190 63.38
Democratic Eric Reeve 7,621 36.62

Federal[edit]

Most of Camden 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 – Camden County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Vicky Hartzler 9,266 58.71
Democratic Ike Skelton* 5,732 36.32
Libertarian Jason Michael Braun 514 3.26
Constitution Greg Cowan 272 1.72

A small part of the county is included in Missouri’s 9th Congressional District and is currently represented by Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-St. Elizabeth) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri’s 9th Congressional District – Camden County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer 750 82.51
Libertarian Christopher W. Dwyer 159 17.49

Political Culture[edit]

Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 63.40% 14,074 35.02% 7,773 1.58% 350
2004 67.23% 13,122 32.26% 6,296 0.52% 101
2000 60.58% 10,358 36.98% 6,323 2.44% 418
1996 48.93% 7,190 37.88% 5,566 13.19% 1,938

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

Camden County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 2,196 (33.92%)
Mike Huckabee 2,133 (32.94%)
Mitt Romney 1,843 (28.46%)
Ron Paul 194 (3.00%)
Camden County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 2,794 (57.99%)
Barack Obama 1,867 (38.75%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 129 (2.68%)

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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. 268. 
  4. ^ "Disappearing Missouri Names". The Kansas City Star. March 19, 1911. p. 15. Retrieved August 15, 2014 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

Further reading[edit]

  • History of Laclede, Camden, Dallas, Webster, Wright, Texas, Pulaski, Phelps, and Dent counties, Missouri (1889) full text

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Coordinates: 38°02′N 92°46′W / 38.03°N 92.77°W / 38.03; -92.77