Cooper County, Missouri

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Cooper County, Missouri
COOPER COUNTY COURTHOUSE, BOONVILLE, MO.JPG
Cooper County Courthouse
Map of Missouri highlighting Cooper County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded December 17, 1818
Named for Sanshell Cooper, frontier settler who was killed by Native Americans near Arrow Rock in 1814
Seat Boonville
Largest city Boonville
Area
 • Total 570.22 sq mi (1,477 km2)
 • Land 565.03 sq mi (1,463 km2)
 • Water 5.19 sq mi (13 km2), 0.91
Population
 • (2010) 17,601
 • Density 31/sq mi (12.03/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.coopercountymo.org

Cooper County is a county located in the central portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,601.[1] Its county seat is Boonville.[2] The county was organized December 17, 1818 and named for Sanshell Cooper, a frontier settler who was killed by Native Americans near Arrow Rock in 1814.[3][4]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 570.22 square miles (1,476.9 km2), of which 565.03 square miles (1,463.4 km2) (or 99.09%) is land and 5.19 square miles (13.4 km2) (or 0.91%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 6,959
1830 6,904 −0.8%
1840 10,484 51.9%
1850 12,950 23.5%
1860 17,356 34.0%
1870 20,692 19.2%
1880 21,596 4.4%
1890 22,707 5.1%
1900 22,532 −0.8%
1910 20,311 −9.9%
1920 19,308 −4.9%
1930 19,522 1.1%
1940 18,075 −7.4%
1950 16,608 −8.1%
1960 15,448 −7.0%
1970 14,732 −4.6%
1980 14,643 −0.6%
1990 14,835 1.3%
2000 16,670 12.4%
2010 17,601 5.6%
Est. 2012 17,520 −0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the 2000 census[7], there were 16,670 people, 5,932 households and 4,140 families residing in the county. The population density was 30 per square mile (11/km²). There were 6,676 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.05% White, 8.96% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. Approximately 0.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 38.1% were of German, 18.7% American, 8.1% English and 8.0% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 5,932 households, of which 31.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.40% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.20% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% 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 2.97.

Age distribution was 22.80% under the age of 18, 14.00% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 20.60% from 45 to 64, and 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 117.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 120.00 males.

The median household income was $35,313, and the median family income was $41,526. Males had a median income of $28,513 versus $20,965 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,648. About 8.30% of families and 10.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.80% of those under age 18 and 8.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Cooper County is divided into 14 townships:

Education[edit]

Public Schools[edit]

Private Schools[edit]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

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

Cooper County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor James R. Lachner Republican
Circuit Clerk Nancy Fisher Republican
County Clerk Darryl Kempf Democratic
Collector Carol Nauman Republican
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Eddie Brickner Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Paul Davis Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Ernie Walther Republican
Coroner James Hurt Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Douglas Abele Republican
Public Administrator Stephanie Young Republican
Recorder Nancy Fisher Republican
Sheriff Jerry Wolfe Republican
Treasurer Stanley Serck Republican

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 52.28% 4,170 45.99% 3,669 1.73% 138
2004 61.24% 4,593 37.68% 2,826 1.08% 81
2000 53.39% 3,641 44.18% 3,013 2.44% 166
1996 39.00% 2,576 57.70% 3,811 3.30% 218

All of Cooper County is included in Missouri’s 117th District in the Missouri House of Representatives and is represented by Caleb Jones (R-California).

Missouri House of Representatives – District 117 – Cooper County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Caleb Jones 3,825 74.45
Libertarian Jacob Luetkemeyer 1,313 25.55

All of Cooper County is a part of Missouri’s 21st District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Bill Stouffer (R-Napton).

Missouri Senate - District 21 – Cooper County (2008)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bill Stouffer 5,412 70.71
Democratic Joe Sadeghi 2,242 29.29

Federal[edit]

All of Cooper 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 – Cooper County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Sam Graves 4,148 76.84
Democratic Clint Hylton 1,250 23.16

Political Culture[edit]

Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 61.08% 4,902 37.33% 2,996 1.59% 128
2004 67.37% 5,058 31.97% 2,400 0.66% 50
2000 59.97% 4,072 37.81% 2,567 2.22% 151
1996 43.75% 2,900 41.53% 2,753 14.72% 976

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

Cooper County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 639 (35.80%)
Mike Huckabee 503 (28.18%)
Mitt Romney 545 (30.53%)
Ron Paul 70 (3.92%)
Cooper County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 1,019 (54.96%)
Barack Obama 782 (42.18%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 42 (2.27%)

Notable natives[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. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 90. 
  4. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 280. 
  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. 

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Coordinates: 38°51′N 92°49′W / 38.85°N 92.81°W / 38.85; -92.81