Johnson County, Missouri

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Johnson County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Johnson 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 Richard M. Johnson
Seat Warrensburg
Largest city Warrensburg
Area
 • Total 833.03 sq mi (2,158 km2)
 • Land 830.44 sq mi (2,151 km2)
 • Water 2.59 sq mi (7 km2), 0.31%
Population
 • (2010) 52,595
 • Density 63/sq mi (24.45/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.jococourthouse.com

Johnson County is a county located in western portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 52,595.[1] Its county seat is Warrensburg.[2] The county was formed December 13, 1834 from Lafayette County and named for Vice President Richard M. Johnson.[3]

Johnson County comprises the Warrensburg, MO Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Kansas City-Overland Park-Kansas City, MO-KS Combined Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 833.03 square miles (2,157.5 km2), of which 830.44 square miles (2,150.8 km2) (or 99.69%) is land and 2.59 square miles (6.7 km2) (or 0.31%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 4,471
1850 7,464 66.9%
1860 14,614 95.8%
1870 24,648 68.7%
1880 28,172 14.3%
1890 28,132 −0.1%
1900 27,843 −1.0%
1910 26,297 −5.6%
1920 24,899 −5.3%
1930 22,413 −10.0%
1940 21,617 −3.6%
1950 20,716 −4.2%
1960 28,981 39.9%
1970 34,172 17.9%
1980 39,059 14.3%
1990 42,514 8.8%
2000 48,258 13.5%
2010 52,595 9.0%
Est. 2012 54,397 3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 48,258 people, 17,410 households, and 11,821 families residing in the county. The population density was 58 people per square mile (22/km²). There were 18,886 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.12% White, 4.33% Black or African American, 0.65% Native American, 1.43% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 1.29% from other races, and 2.05% from two or more races. Approximately 2.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 17,410 households out of which 35.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.90% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.10% were non-families. 22.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.10% under the age of 18, 20.20% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 17.80% from 45 to 64, and 9.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 101.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,391, and the median income for a family was $43,050. Males had a median income of $28,901 versus $21,376 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,037. About 9.50% of families and 14.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.20% of those under age 18 and 10.80% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Education[edit]

Public Schools[edit]

  • Warrensburg R-VI School DistrictWarrensburg
    • Reese Early Childhood Education Center (PK)
    • South East Elementary School (K)
    • Ridge View Elementary School (K-03)
    • Martin Warren Elementary School (01-03)
    • Sterling Elementary School (04-05)
    • Warrensburg Middle School (06-08)
    • Warrensburg High School (09-12)

Private Schools[edit]

Post Secondary[edit]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

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

Johnson County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Mark Reynolds Republican
Circuit Clerk Stephanie Elkins Democratic
County Clerk Diane Thompson Republican
Collector Ruthane Small Democratic
Commissioner
(Presiding)
William H. Gabel Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Scott Sader Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Destry Hough Democratic
Coroner C.L. Holdren Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Lynn Stoppy Republican
Public Administrator Nancy Jo Jennings Republican
Recorder Janet K. Jones Republican
Sheriff Charles M. Heiss Republican
Surveyor Sam King Republican
Treasurer Nancy Davis Republican

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 43.29% 9,367 53.88% 11,658 2.82% 613
2004 53.54% 10,767 44.55% 8,958 1.91% 384
2000 49.27% 8,219 47.75% 7,964 2.98% 497
1996 34.65% 5,024 62.63% 9,082 2.72% 394

Johnson County is divided into three legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives, all of which are held by Republicans.

Missouri House of Representatives – District 120 – Johnson County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Scott N. Largent 1,185 68.06
Democratic Zac A. Maggi 487 27.97
Constitution Richard Hoxsey 69 3.96
  • District 121 – Denny L. Hoskins (R-Warrensburg). Consists of the communities of Centerview, Holden, Knob Noster, Warrensburg, and Whiteman Air Force Base.
Missouri House of Representatives – District 121 –Johnson County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Denny L. Hoskins 5,292 57.85
Democratic Courtney Cole 3,480 38.04
Libertarian Bill Wayne 376 4.11
Missouri House of Representatives – District 122 – Johnson County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mike McGhee 2,750 70.64
Democratic Holmes Osborne 1,143 29.36

All of Johnson County is a part of Missouri’s 31st District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by David Pearce (R-Warrensburg).

Missouri Senate - District 31 – Johnson County (2008)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican David Pearce 13,672 64.18
Democratic Chris Benjamin 7,629 35.82

Federal[edit]

All of Johnson 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 - Johnson County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Ike Skelton* 8,515 57.04
Republican Vicky Hartzler 5,875 39.36
Libertarian Jason Michael Braun 334 2.24
Constitution Greg Cowan 204 1.37

Political Culture[edit]

Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 55.18% 12,183 42.93% 9,408 1.52% 417
2004 60.57% 12,257 38.50% 7,790 0.93% 189
2000 55.63% 9,339 41.26% 6,926 3.11% 522
1996 43.06 6,276 42.68% 6,220 14.26% 2,078

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

Johnson County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 1,558 (36.22%)
Mike Huckabee 1,303 (30.30%)
Mitt Romney 1,149 (26.71%)
Ron Paul 204 (4.74%)
Johnson County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 2,548 (53.22%)
Barack Obama 2,062 (43.07%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 147 (3.07%)

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. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 169. 
  4. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Cockrell, Ewing. History of Johnson County, Missouri (1918) online

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°45′N 93°49′W / 38.75°N 93.81°W / 38.75; -93.81