Macon County, Missouri

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Macon County, Missouri
MACON COUNTY COURTHOUSE AND ANNEX.jpg
Macon County Courthouse
Map of Missouri highlighting Macon 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 Nathaniel Macon
Seat Macon
Largest city Macon
Area
 • Total 812 sq mi (2,103 km2)
 • Land 801 sq mi (2,075 km2)
 • Water 11 sq mi (28 km2), 1.4%
Population
 • (2010) 15,566
 • Density 19/sq mi (7/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.maconcountymo.com

Macon County is a county located in the northern portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,566.[1] Its county seat is Macon.[2] The county was organized January 6, 1837 and named for Nathaniel Macon, a Revolutionary War hero and North Carolina politician.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 812 square miles (2,100 km2), of which 801 square miles (2,070 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (1.4%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 1,634
1850 6,565 301.8%
1860 14,346 118.5%
1870 23,230 61.9%
1880 26,222 12.9%
1890 30,575 16.6%
1900 33,018 8.0%
1910 30,868 −6.5%
1920 27,518 −10.9%
1930 23,070 −16.2%
1940 21,396 −7.3%
1950 18,332 −14.3%
1960 16,473 −10.1%
1970 15,432 −6.3%
1980 16,313 5.7%
1990 15,345 −5.9%
2000 15,762 2.7%
2010 15,566 −1.2%
Est. 2013 15,544 −0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[9] of 2010, there were 15,556 people, 6,501 households, and 4,381 families residing in the county. The population density was 20 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 7,502 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.18% White, 2.21% Black or African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Approximately 0.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 22.8% were of German, 21.8% American, 13.9% English and 10.8% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 6,501 households out of which 29.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.70% were married couples living together, 8.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.60% were non-families. 29.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.20% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 25.30% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 19.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,195, and the median income for a family was $36,370. Males had a median income of $26,408 versus $18,275 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,189. About 8.30% of families and 12.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.00% of those under age 18 and 13.10% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Private schools[edit]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

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

Macon County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Alan Spencer Democratic
Circuit Clerk Kimberly March Democratic
County Clerk Shirley Sims Republican
Collector Jeanette Ronchetto Democratic
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Alan R. Wyatt Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Drew Belt Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Jon Dwiggins Republican
Coroner Brian Hayes Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Josh Meisner Democratic
Public Administrator Lois Noland Democratic
Recorder Sherry Muncy Republican
Sheriff Kevin Shoemaker Democratic
Surveyor John Schaefer Republican
Treasurer Krista Bruno Republican

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 57.16% 4,242 41.34% 3,068 1.49% 111
2004 61.48% 4,598 37.18% 2,781 1.36% 100
2000 51.10% 3,633 47.19% 3,355 1.71% 122
1996 32.08% 2,069 65.61% 4,231 2.31% 149

Macon County is divided into two legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives with split representation.

Missouri House of Representatives – District 8 – Macon County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Tom Shively 3,127 58.42
Republican William Jesse Foster 2,226 41.52
Missouri House of Representatives – District 22 – Macon County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Randy Asbury 403 74.49
Democratic Doug Galaske 138 25.51

All of Macon County is a part of Missouri’s 21st District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Bill Stouffer (R-Napton).

Missouri Senate - District 21 – Macon County (2008)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bill Stouffer 4,762 67.24
Democratic Joe Sadeghi 2,320 32.76

Federal[edit]

All of Macon County is included in Missouri’s 9th Congressional District and is currently represented by Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-St. Elizabeth) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri’s 9th Congressional District – Macon County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer 4,352 80.49
Libertarian Christopher W. Dwyer 948 17.53
Write-in Clifford (Jeff) Reed 107 1.98
Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 61.36% 4,586 37.25% 2,784 1.39% 104
2004 61.73% 4,673 37.73% 2,856 0.54% 41
2000 58.98% 4,232 39.26% 2,817 1.76% 126
1996 40.65% 2,634 45.32% 2,937 14.03% 909

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

Macon County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 441 (28.45%)
Mike Huckabee 646 (41.68%)
Mitt Romney 390 (25.16%)
Ron Paul 43 (2.77%)
Macon County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 1,016 (57.73%)
Barack Obama 615 (34.94%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 106 (6.02%)
Uncommitted 10 (0.57%)

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. 190. 
  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: 39°50′N 92°34′W / 39.83°N 92.56°W / 39.83; -92.56