Lawrence County, Missouri

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Lawrence County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Lawrence 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 James Lawrence
Seat Mount Vernon
Largest city Aurora
Area
 • Total 613 sq mi (1,588 km2)
 • Land 612 sq mi (1,585 km2)
 • Water 1.6 sq mi (4 km2), 0.3%
Population
 • (2010) 38,634
 • Density 63/sq mi (24/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Lawrence County is a county located in the southwest portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 38,634.[1] Its county seat is Mount Vernon.[2] The county was organized in 1845 and named for James Lawrence, a naval officer from the War of 1812 known for his battle cry, "Don't give up the ship!"[3]

A previous Lawrence County, established in 1815 and dissolved in 1818, was divided into Wayne County, Madison County, and later into others, including its current formation.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 613 square miles (1,590 km2), of which 612 square miles (1,590 km2) is land and 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) (0.3%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 4,859
1860 8,840 81.9%
1870 12,977 46.8%
1880 17,583 35.5%
1890 26,228 49.2%
1900 31,662 20.7%
1910 26,583 −16.0%
1920 24,211 −8.9%
1930 23,774 −1.8%
1940 24,637 3.6%
1950 23,420 −4.9%
1960 23,260 −0.7%
1970 24,585 5.7%
1980 28,973 17.8%
1990 30,236 4.4%
2000 35,204 16.4%
2010 38,634 9.7%
Est. 2013 38,185 −1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 35,204 people, 13,568 households, and 9,728 families residing in the county. The population density was 57 people per square mile (22/km²). There were 14,789 housing units at an average density of 24 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.68% White, 0.27% Black or African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.67% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. Approximately 3.39% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 13,568 households out of which 33.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.90% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.30% were non-families. 24.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.20% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 15.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,239, and the median income for a family was $36,846. Males had a median income of $27,309 versus $18,990 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,399. About 11.00% of families and 14.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.50% of those under age 18 and 11.80% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Private schools[edit]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

The Republican Party completely controls politics at the local level in Lawrence County. Republicans hold all of the elected positions in the county.

Lawrence County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Doug Bowerman Republican
Circuit Clerk Steven W. Kahre Republican
County Clerk Gary Emerson Republican
Collector Kelli McVey Republican
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Sam Goodman Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Joe Ruscha Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Rodney Barnes Republican
Coroner Scott Lakin Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Don Trotter Republican
Public Administrator Pam Fobair Republican
Recorder Pam Robertson Republican
Sheriff Brad DeLay Republican
Surveyor Aaron Austin Republican
Treasurer Sharon Kleine Republican

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 49.15% 8,118 47.94% 7,918 2.91% 482
2004 70.22% 11,069 28.55% 4,500 1.23% 194
2000 58.24% 7,447 39.93% 5,106 1.82% 233
1996 54.20% 6,695 42.13% 5,204 3.68% 454

Lawrence County is divided into two legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives, both of which are held by Republicans.

Missouri House of Representatives - District 132 - Lawrence County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Don Ruzicka 10,242 100.00
  • District 141 – Kevin Elmer (R-Nixa). Consists of a tiny sliver of the county.
Missouri House of Representatives - District 141 - Lawrence County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Kevin Elmer 413 80.04
Democratic Bob Rubino 103 19.96

All of Lawrence County is a part of Missouri’s 29th District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Jack Goodman (R-Mount Vernon.

Missouri Senate - District 29 - Lawrence County (2008)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jack Goodman 14,447 100.00

Federal[edit]

All of Lawrence County is included in Missouri's 7th Congressional District and is currently represented by Billy Long (R-Springfield) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri’s 7th Congressional District - Lawrence County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Billy Long 7,448 63.19
Democratic Scott Eckersley 3,433 29.13
Libertarian Kevin Craig 904 7.67

Political culture[edit]

Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 67.50% 11,263 30.55% 5,097 1.95% 325
2004 70.82% 11,194 28.51% 4,506 0.68% 106
2000 64.36% 8,305 32.82% 4,235 2.81% 363
1996 49.46% 6,099 36.21% 4,465 14.34% 1,768

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

Voters in Lawrence County from both political parties supported candidates who finished in second place in the state at large and nationally.

  • Former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-Arkansas) received more votes, a total of 2,628, than any candidate from either party in Lawrence County during the 2008 presidential primary.
Lawrence County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 1,412 (26.19%)
Mike Huckabee 2,628 (48.75%)
Mitt Romney 1,022 (18.96%)
Ron Paul 232 (4.30%)
Lawrence County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 2,040 (61.58%)
Barack Obama 1,155 (34.86%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 93 (2.81%)

Communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 10, 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. 184. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 37°07′N 93°50′W / 37.11°N 93.83°W / 37.11; -93.83