Clark County, Missouri

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Clark County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Clark County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded December 16, 1836
Named for William Clark
Seat Kahoka
Largest city Kahoka
Area
 • Total 512 sq mi (1,326 km2)
 • Land 505 sq mi (1,308 km2)
 • Water 7.1 sq mi (18 km2), 1.4%
Population
 • (2010) 7,139
 • Density 14/sq mi (5/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
The Clark County, Missouri courthouse as it appeared circa 1878.
Clark County Courthouse in 2007. It was demolished in 2010 despite being on the National Register of Historic Places.

Clark County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the county's population was 7,139.[1] Its county seat is Kahoka.[2] The county was organized December 16, 1836 and named for William Clark, leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and later Governor of Missouri Territory.[3][4]

Clark County is part of the Fort MadisonKeokuk, IA-IL-MO Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Missouri folklorist Margot Ford McMillen wrote that early settlers were attracted by Clark County's good and inexpensive agricultural land. One section was called "Bit Nation" because land was sold there for just twelve and one-half cents ("one bit" of a Spanish dollar) an acre.[5]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 512 square miles (1,330 km2), of which 505 square miles (1,310 km2) is land and 7.1 square miles (18 km2) (1.4%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 2,846
1850 5,527 94.2%
1860 11,684 111.4%
1870 13,667 17.0%
1880 15,031 10.0%
1890 15,126 0.6%
1900 15,383 1.7%
1910 12,811 −16.7%
1920 11,874 −7.3%
1930 10,254 −13.6%
1940 10,166 −0.9%
1950 9,003 −11.4%
1960 8,725 −3.1%
1970 8,260 −5.3%
1980 8,493 2.8%
1990 7,547 −11.1%
2000 7,416 −1.7%
2010 7,139 −3.7%
Est. 2013 6,910 −3.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[11] of 2010, there were 7,139 people, 2,966 households, and 2,079 families residing in the county. The population density was 15 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 3,483 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.83% White, 0.07% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Approximately 0.70% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,966 households out of which 30.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.70% were married couples living together, 7.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% were non-families. 26.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 16.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 97.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,457, and the median income for a family was $36,270. Males had a median income of $27,279 versus $19,917 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,988. About 10.80% of families and 14.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.70% of those under age 18 and 12.70% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

  • Luray School District No. 33 – Luray
    • Luray Elementary School (PK-08)

Private schools[edit]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

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

Clark County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Donna F. Oilar Democratic
Circuit Clerk Mary D. Jones Democratic
County Clerk Leih Ann Hayden Republican
Collector Michelle Allen Republican
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Ron Brewer Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Jerry Neyens Democratic
Commissioner
(District 2)
Roger Sedore Democratic
Coroner Edwin Wilson Republican
Prosecuting Attorney John Moon Democratic
Public Administrator Linda Shoup Republican
Recorder Mary D. Jones Democratic
Sheriff Paul Gaudette Republican
Treasurer Roberta McAfee Republican

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 51.33 % 1,772 46.00% 1,588 1.67% 92
2004 66.98% 2,469 30.63% 1,129 2.38% 88
2000 46.47% 1,751 51.17% 1,928 2.36% 89
1996 29.87% 966 68.46% 2,214 1.67% 54

All of Clark County is included in Missouri’s 1st District in the Missouri House of Representatives and is represented by Craig Redmon (R-Canton).

Missouri House of Representatives – District 1 – Clark County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Craig Redmon 1,457 51.81
Democratic Keri Cottrell 1,355 48.19

All of Clark County is a part of Missouri’s 18th District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown).

Missouri Senate - District 18 – Clark County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Brian Munzlinger 1,902 66.85
Democratic Wes Shoemyer 943 33.15

Federal[edit]

All of Clark 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 – Clark County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer 2,033 79.01
Libertarian Christopher W. Dwyer 540 20.99
Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 51.56% 1,782 45.49% 1,572 2.95% 102
2004 50.83% 1,899 48.02% 1,794 1.15% 43
2000 49.95% 1,899 47.66% 1,812 2.39% 91
1996 32.63% 1,081 52.79% 1,749 14.58% 483

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

Clark County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 195 (30.37%)
Mike Huckabee 283 (44.08%)
Mitt Romney 121 (18.85%)
Ron Paul 28 (4.36%)
Clark County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 554 (63.90%)
Barack Obama 264 (30.45%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 35 (4.04%)
Uncommitted 8 (0.92%)

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. 275. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 82. 
  5. ^ McMillen, Margot Ford (1994). Paris, Tightwad and Peculiar: Missouri Place Names. Columbia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press. p. 46. ISBN 0-8262-0972-6. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Coordinates: 40°25′N 91°44′W / 40.41°N 91.74°W / 40.41; -91.74