Livingston County, Missouri

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Livingston County, Missouri
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Livingston County courthouse in Chillicothe
Map of Missouri highlighting Livingston County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded January 6, 1837
Named for Edward Livingston
Seat Chillicothe
Largest city Chillicothe
Area
 • Total 538.48 sq mi (1,395 km2)
 • Land 534.52 sq mi (1,384 km2)
 • Water 3.95 sq mi (10 km2), 0.73%
Population (Est.)
 • (2012) 15,037
 • Density 28/sq mi (12/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.livingstoncountymo.com
County seat Chillicothe is the birthplace of sliced bread

Livingston County is a county located in the northwestern portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,195.[1] Its county seat is Chillicothe.[2] The county was organized January 6, 1837, and named for U.S. Secretary of State Edward Livingston.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 538.48 square miles (1,394.7 km2), of which 534.52 square miles (1,384.4 km2) (or 99.26%) is land and 3.95 square miles (10.2 km2) (or 0.73%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 4,325
1850 4,247 −1.8%
1860 7,417 74.6%
1870 16,730 125.6%
1880 20,196 20.7%
1890 20,668 2.3%
1900 22,302 7.9%
1910 19,453 −12.8%
1920 18,857 −3.1%
1930 18,615 −1.3%
1940 18,000 −3.3%
1950 16,532 −8.2%
1960 15,771 −4.6%
1970 15,368 −2.6%
1980 15,739 2.4%
1990 14,592 −7.3%
2000 14,588 0.0%
2010 15,195 4.2%
Est. 2012 15,037 −1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the 2010 U.S. Census, there were 15,195 people, 5,871 households and 3,834 families residing in the county. The population density was 28 per square mile (12/km²). There were 6,730 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.39% White, 2.42% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.38% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. Approximately 1.19% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,871 households of which 29.59% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.29% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.70% were non-families. 29.94% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.43% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.90.

Age distribution was 21.91% under the age of 18, 7.74% from 18 to 24, 25.34% from 25 to 44, 26.81% from 45 to 64, and 18.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 81.02 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.47 males.

The median household income was $39,683, and the median family income was $53,325. Males had a median income of $38,282 versus $24,944 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,295. About 15.8% of families and 20.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.4% of those under age 18 and 18.4% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Education[edit]

Public Schools[edit]

  • Chillicothe R-II School DistrictChillicothe
    • Garrison Elementary School (PK)
    • Dewey Elementary School (K-01)
    • Field Elementary School (02-03)
    • Central Elementary School (04-05)
    • Chillicothe Middle School (06-08)
    • Chillicothe High School (09-12)

Private Schools[edit]

Notable residents[edit]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

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

Livingston County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Steve Ripley Democratic
Circuit Clerk Brenda Wright Democratic
County Clerk Sherry Parks Democratic
Collector Martha Peery Democratic
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Eva Danner Horton Democratic
Commissioner
(District 1)
Ken Lauhoff Democratic
Commissioner
(District 2)
Todd Rodenberg Democratic
Coroner J. Scott Lindley Democratic
Prosecuting Attorney Adam L. Warren Republican
Public Administrator Sherry Parks Democratic
Recorder Kelly Christopher Democratic
Sheriff Steve Cox Republican
Treasurer Martha Peery Democratic

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 43.74% 2,830 54.40% 3,520 1.86% 120
2004 58.25% 3,680 40.84% 2,580 0.92% 58
2000 51.99% 3,236 46.16% 2,873 1.85% 115
1996 29.66% 1,798 68.54% 4,155 1.80% 109

All of Livingston County is a part of Missouri’s 7th District in the Missouri House of Representatives and is currently represented by Mike Lair (R-Chillicothe).

Missouri House of Representatives - District 7 – Livingston County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mike Lair 3,545 78.34
Democratic Dale R. Toms 980 21.66

All of Livingston 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 – Livingston County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Brad Lager 3,839 100.00

Federal[edit]

All of Livingston 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 – Livingston County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Sam Graves 3,547 78.56
Democratic Clint Hylton 966 21.40
Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 60.94% 3,993 37.16% 2,435 1.90% 124
2004 63.49% 4,029 35.90% 2,278 0.62% 39
2000 59.10% 3,709 38.64% 2,425 2.26% 142
1996 38.89% 2,384 47.52% 2,913 13.59% 833

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

Livingston County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 488 (38.88%)
Mike Huckabee 426 (33.94%)
Mitt Romney 248 (19.76%)
Ron Paul 75 (5.98%)
Livingston County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 948 (59.85%)
Barack Obama 550 (34.72%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 68 (4.29%)

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. 188. 
  4. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°47′N 93°33′W / 39.78°N 93.55°W / 39.78; -93.55