Linn County, Missouri

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Linn County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Linn County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded January 1, 1837
Named for Lewis F. Linn
Seat Linneus
Largest city Brookfield
Area
 • Total 621.46 sq mi (1,610 km2)
 • Land 620.35 sq mi (1,607 km2)
 • Water 1.11 sq mi (3 km2), 0.18%
Population
 • (2010) 12,761
 • Density 22/sq mi (9/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Linn County is a county located in North Central Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,761.[1] Its county seat is Linneus.[2] The county was organized January 1, 1837 and named for U.S. Senator Lewis F. Linn of Missouri.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 621.46 square miles (1,609.6 km2), of which 620.35 square miles (1,606.7 km2) (or 99.82%) is land and 1.11 square miles (2.9 km2) (or 0.18%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 2,245
1850 4,058 80.8%
1860 9,112 124.5%
1870 15,900 74.5%
1880 20,016 25.9%
1890 24,141 20.6%
1900 25,503 5.6%
1910 25,253 −1.0%
1920 24,778 −1.9%
1930 23,339 −5.8%
1940 21,416 −8.2%
1950 18,865 −11.9%
1960 16,815 −10.9%
1970 15,125 −10.1%
1980 15,495 2.4%
1990 13,885 −10.4%
2000 13,754 −0.9%
2010 12,761 −7.2%
Est. 2012 12,484 −2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 13,754 people, 5,697 households, and 3,760 families residing in the county. The population density was 22 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 6,554 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.98% White, 0.60% Black or African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Approximately 0.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,697 households out of which 29.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.60% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.00% were non-families. 30.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.80% 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 2.94.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 24.40% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 20.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 89.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,242, and the median income for a family was $36,134. Males had a median income of $25,635 versus $18,820 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,378. About 11.30% of families and 14.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.20% of those under age 18 and 14.10% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents[edit]

  • Doris Akers, gospel singer and composer, was born in Brookfield and resided there until age five.
  • Gene Bartow, Hall of Fame college basketball coach and NBA executive.
  • Jeff Roe, Republican political consultant, was born in Brookfield and lived there until joining the Army at age sixteen.

Cities and towns[edit]

Education[edit]

Public Schools[edit]

Private Schools[edit]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

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

Linn County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Marlene Graves Democratic
Circuit Clerk E. Elaine Clough Democratic
County Clerk Peggy Ward Democratic
Collector Pamela S. Reed Democratic
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Dick King Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Randy Wade Democratic
Commissioner
(District 2)
Jim Libby Democratic
Coroner Kenny F. Creason Democratic
Prosecuting Attorney Tracy L. Carlson Democratic
Public Administrator Kay Cunningham Republican
Recorder Loretta Brookshier Democratic
Sheriff Tom Parks Democratic
Treasurer Pamela S. Reed Democratic

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 40.10% 2,371 57.56% 3,403 2.33% 138
2004 55.11% 3,252 43.86% 2,588 1.04% 61
2000 48.02% 2,869 50.26% 3,003 1.72% 103
1996 30.31% 1,783 67.44% 3,967 2.24% 132

All of Linn County is a part of Missouri’s 8th District and is represented by Tom Shively (D-Shelbyville) in the Missouri House of Representatives.

Missouri House of Representatives – District 8 – Linn County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Tom Shively 2,328 53.84
Republican William Jesse Foster 1,996 46.16

All of Linn 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 – Linn County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Brad Lager 3,426 100.00

Federal[edit]

All of Linn 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 – Linn County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Sam Graves 3,032 71.22
Democratic Clint Hylton 1,224 28.75
Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 52.94% 3,140 44.48% 2,638 2.58% 153
2004 58.02% 3,422 41.37% 2,440 0.61% 36
2000 54.01% 3,246 44.03% 2,646 1.96% 118
1996 35.60% 2,097 50.36% 2,967 14.04% 827

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

Linn County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 361 (33.00%)
Mike Huckabee 451 (41.22%)
Mitt Romney 203 (18.56%)
Ron Paul 66 (6.03%)
Linn County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 984 (62.20%)
Barack Obama 519 (32.81%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 63 (3.98%)
Uncommitted 9 (0.57%)

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. 187. 
  4. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Further reading[edit]

  • A Compendium of History and Biography of Linn County Missouri (1912) online

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°52′N 93°07′W / 39.87°N 93.11°W / 39.87; -93.11