Hickory County, Missouri

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Hickory County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Hickory County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded February 14, 1845
Named for Andrew Jackson, nicknamed "Old Hickory"
Seat Hermitage
Largest city Hermitage
Area
 • Total 411.74 sq mi (1,066 km2)
 • Land 398.63 sq mi (1,032 km2)
 • Water 13.11 sq mi (34 km2), 3.18
Population
 • (2010) 9,627
 • Density 22/sq mi (9/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.hickorycountymo.com

Hickory County is a county located in west central Missouri in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,627.[1] Its county seat is Hermitage.[2] The county was organized February 14, 1845, and named after President Andrew Jackson, whose nickname was "Old Hickory."[3][4]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 411.74 square miles (1,066.4 km2), of which 398.63 square miles (1,032.4 km2) (or 96.82%) is land and 13.11 square miles (34.0 km2) (or 3.18%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 2,329
1860 4,705 102.0%
1870 6,452 37.1%
1880 7,387 14.5%
1890 9,453 28.0%
1900 9,985 5.6%
1910 8,741 −12.5%
1920 7,033 −19.5%
1930 6,430 −8.6%
1940 6,506 1.2%
1950 5,387 −17.2%
1960 4,516 −16.2%
1970 4,481 −0.8%
1980 6,367 42.1%
1990 7,335 15.2%
2000 8,940 21.9%
2010 9,627 7.7%
Est. 2012 9,391 −2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 8,940 people, 3,911 households, and 2,737 families residing in the county. The population density was 22 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 6,184 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.51% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 1.44% from two or more races. Approximately 0.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,911 households out of which 22.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.90% were married couples living together, 6.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.00% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.70.

In the county the population was spread out with 19.90% under the age of 18, 5.30% from 18 to 24, 19.10% from 25 to 44, 29.70% from 45 to 64, and 26.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females there were 96.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,346, and the median income for a family was $28,779. Males had a median income of $22,679 versus $17,610 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,536. About 13.00% of families and 19.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.90% of those under age 18 and 11.00% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Notable natives[edit]

Education[edit]

Public Schools[edit]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

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

Hickory County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Kay Chilton Republican
Circuit Clerk Cee Cee Smith Republican
County Clerk Jeannie Lindsey Republican
Collector Karen Stokes Republican
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Robert Sawyer Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
J.C. Owsley Democratic
Commissioner
(District 2)
Gary Warren Republican
Coroner Connie Boller Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Jim Hackett Democratic
Public Administrator Rhonda Hargiss Democratic
Recorder Pamela Hutton Republican
Sheriff Raymond S. Tipton Republican
Treasurer Kenny Ratliff Republican

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 35.62% 1,820 60.96% 3,115 3.42% 175
2004 56.54% 2,750 42.17% 2,051 1.30% 63
2000 47.74% 1,869 50.46% 2,132 1.80% 76
1996 47.36% 1,869 49.90% 1,969 2.74% 108

All of Hickory County is a part of Missouri’s 119th District in the Missouri House of Representatives and is represented by Sandy Crawford (R-Buffalo).

Missouri House of Representatives – District 119 – Hickory County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Sandy Crawford 2,471 62.78
Democratic John L. Wilson 1,311 33.31
Constitution Raymond Kish 154 3.91

All of Hickory 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 – Hickory County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mike Parson 2,875 77.72
Constitution Bennie B. Hatfield 824 22.28

Federal[edit]

All of Hickory 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 – St. Clair County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Ike Skelton 1,928 48.25
Republican Vicky Hartzler 1,820 45.55
Libertarian Jason Michael Braun 152 3.80
Constitution Greg Cowan 96 2.40

Political Culture[edit]

Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 55.72% 2,850 42.44% 2,171 1.84% 94
2004 57.36% 2,791 41.99% 2,043 0.66% 32
2000 51.25% 2,172 46.27% 1,961 2.48% 105
1996 38.11% 1,491 47.49% 1,858 14.39% 563

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

Hickory County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 453 (33.19%)
Mike Huckabee 548 (40.15%)
Mitt Romney 238 (20.73%)
Ron Paul 64 (4.69%)
Hickory County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 1,056 (67.95%)
Barack Obama 433 (27.86%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 52 (3.35%)

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. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 156. 
  5. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 37°56′N 93°19′W / 37.94°N 93.32°W / 37.94; -93.32