Harrison County, Missouri
|Harrison County, Missouri|
Location in the state of Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
|Founded||February 14, 1845|
726.45 sq mi (1,881 km²)
725.13 sq mi (1,878 km²)
1.32 sq mi (3 km²), 0.18%
13/sq mi (5/km²)
Harrison County is a county located in Northwest Missouri in the United States. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the county had a population of 8,957. Its county seat is Bethany. The county was organized February 14, 1845 and named for U.S. Representative Albert G. Harrison of Missouri.
According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 726.45 square miles (1,881.5 km2), of which 725.13 square miles (1,878.1 km2) (or 99.82%) is land and 1.32 square miles (3.4 km2) (or 0.18%) is water.
Adjacent counties 
- Ringgold County, Iowa (north)
- Decatur County, Iowa (northeast)
- Mercer County (east)
- Grundy County (southeast)
- Daviess County (south)
- Gentry County (southwest)
- Worth County (northwest)
Major highways 
As of the 2010 U.S. Census, there were 8,957 people, 3,669 households, and 2,461 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 4,407 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.55% White, 0.36% Native American, 0.33% Black or African American, 0.20% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.52% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. Approximately 1.57% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 3,669 households out of which 29.79% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.51% were married couples living together, 8.29% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.92% were non-families. 28.26% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.31% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.93.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.80% under the age of 18, 7.18% from 18 to 24, 20.88% from 25 to 44, 26.44% from 45 to 64, and 20.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.6 years. For every 100 females there were 98.47 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.79 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $35,000, and the median income for a family was $47,788. Males had a median income of $33,105 versus $25,388 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,967. About 10.3% of families and 15.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.9% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those age 65 or over.
Public Schools 
- Cainsville R-I School District - Cainsville
- Cainsville Elementary School (PK-06)
- Cainsville High School (07-12)
- Gilman City R-IV School District - Gilman City
- Gilman City Elementary School (PK-06)
- Gilman City High School (07-12)
- North Harrison County R-III School District - Eagleville
- North Harrison County Elementary School (PK-05)
- North Harrison County High School (06-12)
- Ridgeway R-V School District - Ridgeway
- Ridgeway Elementary School (PK-06)
- Ridgeway High School (07-12)
- South Harrison County R-II School District - Bethany
- South Harrison County Early Childhood Educational Center (PK)
- South Harrison County Elementary School (K-06)
- South Harrison County High School (07-12)
Private Schools 
According to the Association of Religion Data Archives County Membership Report (2010), evangelical Protestantism is the most common religion among adherents in Harrison County, although 37.69% of the population does not claim any religion. The most predominant denominations among residents in Harrison County who adhere to a religion are Southern Baptists (44.11%), United Methodists (10.77%), and Disciples of Christ (10.76%).
The Republican Party completely controls politics at the local level in Harrison County. Republicans hold all of the elected positions in the county.
|Harrison County, Missouri|
|Elected countywide officials|
|Assessor||Lila Mae Craig||Republican|
|Circuit Clerk||C. Sherece Eivins||Republican|
|County Clerk||Jackie Deskins||Republican|
|Jack W. Hodge||Republican|
|Roger D. Gibson||Republican|
|Prosecuting Attorney||Johnathan L. Meyer||Republican|
|Public Administrator||Kimberly King||Republican|
|Recorder||C. Sherece Eivins||Republican|
|2008||54.06 % 2,090||43.87% 1,696||2.07% 80|
|2004||63.53% 2,556||35.22% 1,417||1.25% 50|
|2000||60.16% 2,307||37.29% 1,430||2.55% 98|
|1996||39.36% 1,472||58.82% 2,200||1.82% 68|
|Missouri House of Representatives – District 3 – Harrison County (2010)|
|Missouri Senate - District 12 – Harrison County (2010)|
|U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri’s 6th Congressional District – Harrison County (2010)|
All of Harrison County, along with the rest of the entire state of Missouri, is represented in the U.S. Senate by Claire McCaskill (D-Kirkwood) and Roy Blunt (R-Strafford). McCaskill was elected in 2006 by a narrow margin statewide, but Harrison County supported her opponent, incumbent Jim Talent.
|U.S. Senate - Class I - Harrison County (2006)|
|U.S. Senate - Class III - Harrison County (2010)|
Political culture 
|2008||64.16% 2,512||32.87% 1,287||2.97% 116|
|2004||67.42% 2,729||31.60% 1,279||0.99% 40|
|2000||63.94% 2,552||33.27% 1,328||2.78% 111|
|1996||44.77% 1,737||41.96% 1,628||13.27% 515|
At the presidential level, Harrison County is reliably Republican. George W. Bush carried the county easily in 2000 and 2004. Bill Clinton was the last Democratic presidential nominee to carry Harrison County in 1992, and like many of the rural counties throughout Missouri, Harrison County strongly favored John McCain over Barack Obama in 2008.
Like most rural areas throughout northwest Missouri, voters in Harrison County generally adhere to socially and culturally conservative principles which tend to influence their Republican leanings. In 2004, Missourians voted on a constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman—it overwhelmingly won in Harrison County with 81% of the vote. The initiative passed the state with 71% support from voters. In 2006, Missourians voted on a constitutional amendment to fund and legalize embryonic stem cell research in the state—it failed in Harrison County with 56% voting against the measure. The initiative narrowly passed the state with 51% of support from voters as Missouri became one of the first states in the nation to approve embryonic stem cell research. Despite Harrison County's longstanding tradition of supporting socially conservative platforms, voters in the county have a penchant for advancing populist causes like increasing the minimum wage. In 2006, Missourians voted on a proposition (Proposition B) to increase the minimum wage in the state to $6.50 an hour—it passed Harrison County with 61% of the vote. The proposition strongly passed every single county in Missouri with 79% voting in favor. (During the same election, voters in five other states also strongly approved increases in the minimum wage.)
Missouri Presidential Preference Primaries 
In the 2012 Missouri Republican Presidential Primary, voters in Harrison County supported former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania), who finished first in the state at large, but ultimately lost the nomination to former Governor Mitt Romney (R-Massachusetts). Delegates were chosen at a county caucus that ultimately selected an uncommitted delegation.
- Former U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York) received more votes, a total of 436, than any candidate from either party in Harrison County during the 2008 presidential primary.
|Harrison County, Missouri|
|2008 Republican primary in Missouri|
|John McCain||288 (32.65%)|
|Mike Huckabee||277 (31.41%)|
|Mitt Romney||207 (23.47%)|
|Ron Paul||93 (10.54%)|
|Harrison County, Missouri|
|2008 Democratic primary in Missouri|
|Hillary Rodham Clinton||436 (60.81%)|
|Barack Obama||249 (34.73%)|
|John Edwards (withdrawn)||24 (3.35%)|
Cities and towns 
Notable natives and residents 
- Babe Adams - MLB pitcher (1906-1926)
- Frank Buckles - Last surviving American veteran of World War I
- Jesse N. Funk - World War I Medal of Honor recipient
See also 
- Information about Harrison County, Missouri
- Digitized 1930 Plat Book of Harrison County from University of Missouri Division of Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books
||Worth County||Ringgold County, Iowa||Decatur County, Iowa|
|Gentry County||Daviess County||Grundy County|