Holt County, Missouri

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Holt County, Missouri
Holt-county-courthouse.jpg
Holt County Courthouse in Oregon
Map of Missouri highlighting Holt County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded February 15, 1841
Named for David Rice Holt
Seat Oregon
Largest city Mound City
Area
 • Total 470 sq mi (1,217 km2)
 • Land 463 sq mi (1,199 km2)
 • Water 7.7 sq mi (20 km2), 1.6%
Population
 • (2010) 4,912
 • Density 11/sq mi (4/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Holt County is a county located in the northwestern portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,912.[1] Its county seat is Oregon.[2] The county was organized February 15, 1841. Originally named Nodaway County, it was soon renamed for David Rice Holt (1803–1840), a Missouri state legislator from Platte County.[3][4][5]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 470 square miles (1,200 km2), of which 463 square miles (1,200 km2) is land and 7.7 square miles (20 km2) (1.6%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 3,957
1860 6,550 65.5%
1870 11,652 77.9%
1880 15,509 33.1%
1890 15,469 −0.3%
1900 17,083 10.4%
1910 14,539 −14.9%
1920 14,084 −3.1%
1930 12,720 −9.7%
1940 12,476 −1.9%
1950 9,833 −21.2%
1960 7,885 −19.8%
1970 6,654 −15.6%
1980 6,882 3.4%
1990 6,034 −12.3%
2000 5,351 −11.3%
2010 4,912 −8.2%
Est. 2013 4,568 −7.0%
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 5,351 people, 2,237 households, and 1,503 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 2,931 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.47% White, 0.11% Black or African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.75% from two or more races. Approximately 0.39% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,237 households out of which 28.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.30% were married couples living together, 6.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.80% were non-families. 29.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.80% under the age of 18, 6.50% from 18 to 24, 24.40% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 21.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 97.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,461, and the median income for a family was $35,685. Males had a median income of $26,966 versus $17,846 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,876. About 10.50% of families and 13.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.90% of those under age 18 and 11.90% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

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

Holt County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Carla Markt Republican
Circuit Clerk Vicki Book Republican
County Clerk Kathy J. Kunkel Republican
Collector Donna Cotton Republican
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Mark Sitherwood Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Bill Gordon Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Don Holstine Democratic
Coroner Susan Lentz Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Robert Shepherd Republican
Public Administrator Edward Meng Republican
Recorder Vicki Book Republican
Sheriff Scott Wedlock Republican
Treasurer Gay Quick Republican

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 55.75% 1,440 40.53% 1,047 3.72% 96
2004 66.34% 1,776 32.61% 873 1.05% 28
2000 59.14% 1,563 39.01% 1,031 1.85% 49
1996 36.65% 1,040 61.63% 1,749 1.73% 49

All of Holt County is a part of Missouri’s 4th District in the Missouri House of Representatives and is represented by Mike Thomson (R-Maryville).

Missouri House of Representatives - District 4 – Holt County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mike Thomson 1,538 87.79
Democratic Robert L. Ritterbusch 214 12.21

All of Holt 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 – Holt County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Brad Lager 1,587 100.00

Federal[edit]

All of Holt 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 – Holt County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Sam Graves 1,457 82.97
Democratic Clint Hylton 299 17.03
Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 68.14% 1,794 30.46% 802 1.40% 37
2004 69.27% 1,864 30.14% 811 0.60% 16
2000 65.29% 1,738 32.72% 871 1.99% 53
1996 47.15% 1,323 40.77% 1,144 12.08% 339

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

Holt County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 190 (29.83%)
Mike Huckabee 194 (30.46%)
Mitt Romney 201 (31.55%)
Ron Paul 34 (5.34%)
Holt County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 283 (57.99%)
Barack Obama 185 (37.91%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 16 (3.28%)

Points of interest[edit]

Communities[edit]

Notable people[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. ^ "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
  4. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 173. 
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 159. 
  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. 
  12. ^ "Idaho Governor Charles Calvin Moore". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 19, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 40°05′N 95°13′W / 40.09°N 95.21°W / 40.09; -95.21