Clinton County, Missouri

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Clinton County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Clinton County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded January 2, 1833
Named for DeWitt Clinton
Seat Plattsburg
Largest city Cameron
Area
 • Total 423.47 sq mi (1,097 km2)
 • Land 418.76 sq mi (1,085 km2)
 • Water 4.71 sq mi (12 km2), 1.11%
Population
 • (2010) 20,743
 • Density 47/sq mi (18/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.clintoncomo.org
Statue of "President for a Day" David Rice Atchison at the Clinton County Courthouse

Clinton County is a county located in Northwest Missouri in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the county had a population of 20,743.[1] Its county seat is Plattsburg.[2] The county was organized January 2, 1833 and named for Governor DeWitt Clinton of New York.[3][4] The county seat of Plattsburg derives it name from a town of a similar name that is the county seat of Clinton County, New York, which was also named for the Governor.

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

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 423.47 square miles (1,096.8 km2), of which 418.76 square miles (1,084.6 km2) (or 98.89%) is land and 4.71 square miles (12.2 km2) (or 1.11%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 2,724
1850 3,786 39.0%
1860 7,848 107.3%
1870 14,063 79.2%
1880 16,073 14.3%
1890 17,138 6.6%
1900 17,363 1.3%
1910 15,297 −11.9%
1920 14,461 −5.5%
1930 13,505 −6.6%
1940 13,261 −1.8%
1950 11,726 −11.6%
1960 11,588 −1.2%
1970 12,462 7.5%
1980 15,916 27.7%
1990 16,595 4.3%
2000 18,979 14.4%
2010 20,743 9.3%
Est. 2012 20,508 −1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 18,979 people, 7,152 households, and 5,299 families residing in the county. The population density was 45 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 7,877 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.58% White, 1.52% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.27% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. Approximately 1.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,152 households out of which 34.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.40% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.90% were non-families. 22.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.80% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 14.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,629, and the median income for a family was $48,244. Males had a median income of $36,307 versus $22,991 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,056. About 7.30% of families and 9.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.30% of those under age 18 and 12.70% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

† Only partially in Clinton County, a part of each town extends into DeKalb County.
†† Only partially in Clinton County, a part of this town extends into Clay County.

Private Communities[edit]

Education[edit]

Public Schools[edit]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

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

Clinton County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Jerry Howard Democratic
Circuit Clerk Molly Livingston Democratic
County Clerk Mary Blanton Democratic
Collector Sharon Cockrum Democratic
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Wade Wilken, Jr. Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Charles Dawson Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Larry King Democratic
Coroner Kathleen M. Little Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Joe Gagnon Democratic
Public Administrator Nancy D. Wingate Democratic
Recorder Molly Livingston Democratic
Sheriff K. Porter Hensen Democratic
Treasurer Leann Gump Democratic

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 40.51% 4,199 57.00% 5,909 2.49% 258
2004 49.06% 4,663 49.51% 4,705 1.43% 136
2000 46.71% 3,943 51.10% 4,313 2.19% 185
1996 29.96% 2,142 67.87% 4,852 2.17% 155

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

  • District 5 – Glen Klippenstein (R-Maysville). Consists of most of the entire county and includes the communities of Cameron, Gower, Holt, Lathrop, Osborne, Plattsburg, Trimble, and Turney.
Missouri House of Representatives - District 5 – Clinton County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Glen Klippenstein 3,799 54.44
Democratic Judy Wright 2,938 42.10
Constitution Gary Murray 241 3.45
Missouri House of Representatives - District 7 – Clinton County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mike Lair 140 54.05
Democratic Dale R. Toms 119 45.95

All of Clinton County is a part of Missouri’s 12th District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Brad Lager (R-Savannah).

Missouri Senate - District 12 – Clinton County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Brad Lager 5,720 100.00

Federal[edit]

All of Clinton County is included in Missouri’s 6th Congressional District and is currently represented by Sam Graves (R-Tarkio) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri’s 6th Congressional District – Clinton County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Sam Graves 4,852 67.23
Democratic Clint Hylton 2,362 32.73
Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 54.61% 5,709 43.48% 4,545 1.91% 200
2004 55.42% 5,287 43.66% 4,165 0.92% 88
2000 50.67% 4,323 46.82% 3,994 2.51% 214
1996 38.80% 2,780 48.08% 3,445 13.11% 940

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

Clinton County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 603 (31.62%)
Mike Huckabee 497 (26.06%)
Mitt Romney 606 (31.78%)
Ron Paul 171 (8.97%)
Clinton County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 1,490 (57.07%)
Barack Obama 981 (37.57%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 100 (3.83%)
Uncommitted 15 (0.57%)

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. 277. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 85. 
  5. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°36′N 94°24′W / 39.60°N 94.40°W / 39.60; -94.40