Henry County, Missouri

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Henry County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Henry County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded December 13, 1834
Named for Patrick Henry
Seat Clinton
Largest city Clinton
Area
 • Total 732 sq mi (1,896 km2)
 • Land 697 sq mi (1,805 km2)
 • Water 35 sq mi (91 km2), 4.8%
Population
 • (2010) 22,272
 • Density 32/sq mi (12/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.henrycomo.com

Henry County is a county located in the western portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 22,272.[1] Its county seat is Clinton.[2] The county was organized December 13, 1834 as Rives County but was renamed in 1841 for Revolutionary War patriot Patrick Henry.[3][4] The county originally had been named after William Cabell Rives,[5] who was then serving as a U.S. Senator from Virginia. However, Rives lost popularity in Missouri after he joined the Whig Party.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 732 square miles (1,900 km2), of which 697 square miles (1,810 km2) is land and 35 square miles (91 km2) (4.8%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 4,726
1850 4,052 −14.3%
1860 9,866 143.5%
1870 17,401 76.4%
1880 23,906 37.4%
1890 28,235 18.1%
1900 28,054 −0.6%
1910 27,242 −2.9%
1920 25,116 −7.8%
1930 22,931 −8.7%
1940 22,313 −2.7%
1950 20,043 −10.2%
1960 19,226 −4.1%
1970 18,451 −4.0%
1980 19,672 6.6%
1990 20,044 1.9%
2000 21,997 9.7%
2010 22,272 1.3%
Est. 2013 22,059 −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 21,997 people, 9,133 households, and 6,246 families residing in the county. The population density was 31 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 10,261 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.61% White, 1.02% Black or African American, 0.70% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. Approximately 0.91% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,133 households out of which 28.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.30% were married couples living together, 9.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.60% were non-families. 27.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.70% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 25.80% from 25 to 44, 24.40% from 45 to 64, and 18.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,949, and the median income for a family was $36,328. Males had a median income of $27,932 versus $19,201 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,468. About 11.40% of families and 14.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.40% of those under age 18 and 13.90% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

  • Shawnee R-III School District – Chilhowee
    • Shawnee Elementary School (K-08)

Private schools[edit]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

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

Henry County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Sandra Brownsberger Democratic
Circuit Clerk Marsha A. Abbott Democratic
County Clerk Rick Watson Republican
Collector Maggie Stoddard Democratic
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Jim Stone Democratic
Commissioner
(District 1)
Daniel L. Doll Democratic
Commissioner
(District 2)
Jim Talley Democratic
Coroner Dain Sisk Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Richard Shields Democratic
Public Administrator Kay Holt Democratic
Recorder Ronda Ake Republican
Sheriff J. Kent Oberkrom Republican
Surveyor Jacob Hann Democratic
Treasurer Maggie Stoddard Democratic

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 35.70% 3,935 61.79% 6,810 2.51% 277
2004 50.47% 5,471 48.29% 5,235 1.23% 134
2000 45.63% 4,420 52.36% 5,072 2.01% 194
1996 34.41% 3,135 62.70% 5,712 2.89% 263

All of Henry County is a part of Missouri’s 120th District in the Missouri House of Representatives and is represented by Scott N. Largent (R-Clinton).

Missouri House of Representatives – District 120 – Henry County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Scott N. Largent 5,872 71.82
Democratic Zac A. Maggi 2,139 26.16
Constitution Richard Hoxsey 165 2.02

All of Henry County is a part of Missouri’s 28th District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Mike Parson (R-Bolivar).

Missouri Senate - District 28 – Henry County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mike Parson 5,873 82.12
Constitution Bennie B. Hatfield 1,279 17.88

Federal[edit]

All of Henry 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 – Henry County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Ike Skelton 4,119 50.29
Republican Vicky Hartzler 3,704 45.22
Libertarian Jason Michael Braun 233 2.84
Constitution Greg Cowan 135 1.65

Political Culture[edit]

Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 54.62% 6,095 43.63% 4,869 1.75% 195
2004 58.48% 6,361 41.01% 4,461 0.50% 55
2000 52.36% 5,120 45.60% 4,459 2.04% 199
1996 35.68% 3,260 50.11% 4,579 14.21% 1,298

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

  • Former U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York) received more votes, a total of 2,102, than any candidate from either party in Henry County during the 2008 presidential primary. She also received more votes than the total number of votes cast in the entire Republican primary in Henry County.
Henry County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 763 (37.02%)
Mike Huckabee 709 (34.40%)
Mitt Romney 480 (23.29%)
Ron Paul 71 (3.44%)
Henry County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 2,102 (63.18%)
Barack Obama 1,068 (32.10%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 122 (3.67%)

Communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 9, 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. 172. 
  4. ^ "Chronology of Henry County - 1830's". Truman Area Community Network. Henry County Library. Retrieved November 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ "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
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

-Further reading[edit]

  • Lamkin, Uel. A History of Henry County, Missouri (1919) full text

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°23′N 93°47′W / 38.39°N 93.79°W / 38.39; -93.79