Marion County, Missouri

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Marion County, Missouri
Marion County MO Courthouse 20141022 A.jpg
The second Marion County courthouse, in Hannibal
Map of Missouri highlighting Marion County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded December 23, 1826
Named for Francis Marion
Seat Palmyra
Largest city Hannibal
Area
 • Total 444.05 sq mi (1,150 km2)
 • Land 438.07 sq mi (1,135 km2)
 • Water 5.97 sq mi (15 km2), 1.34%
Population
 • (2010) 28,781
 • Density 66/sq mi (25.36/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website http://marioncountymo.com/

Marion County is a county located in the northeastern portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,781.[1] Its county seat is Palmyra.[2] Unique from most third class counties in the state Marion has two courthouses, the second located in Hannibal.[3] The county was organized December 23, 1826 and named for General Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox," who served in the American Revolutionary War.[4] The area was known as the "Two Rivers Country" before organization.

Marion County is part of the Hannibal Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Quincy-Hannibal, IL-MO Combined Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 444.05 square miles (1,150.1 km2), of which 438.07 square miles (1,134.6 km2) (or 98.65%) is land and 5.97 square miles (15.5 km2) (or 1.34%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major Roadways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 4,837
1840 9,623 98.9%
1850 12,230 27.1%
1860 18,838 54.0%
1870 23,780 26.2%
1880 24,837 4.4%
1890 26,233 5.6%
1900 26,331 0.4%
1910 30,572 16.1%
1920 30,226 −1.1%
1930 33,493 10.8%
1940 31,576 −5.7%
1950 29,765 −5.7%
1960 29,522 −0.8%
1970 28,121 −4.7%
1980 28,638 1.8%
1990 27,682 −3.3%
2000 28,289 2.2%
2010 28,781 1.7%
Est. 2012 28,745 −0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[7] of 2010, there were 28,781 people, 11,066 households, and 7,524 families residing in the county. The population density was 65 people per square mile (25/km²). There were 12,443 housing units at an average density of 28 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.26% White, 4.62% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. Approximately 0.89% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.5% were of German, 25.6% American, 11.0% Irish and 10.3% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 11,066 households out of which 33.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.50% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.00% were non-families. 28.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 16.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 89.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,774, and the median income for a family was $41,290. Males had a median income of $30,935 versus $20,591 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,964. About 9.30% of families and 12.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.30% of those under age 18 and 10.50% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Education[edit]

Public Schools[edit]

Private Schools[edit]

Post Secondary[edit]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

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

Marion County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Mark Novak Democratic
Circuit Clerk Valerie Munzlinger (Division I) / Carolyn Conners (Division II) Democratic
County Clerk Valerie Dornberger Democratic
Collector Mary Ann Viorel Democratic
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Lyndon Bode Democratic
Commissioner
(District 1)
Robert Heiser Democratic
Commissioner
(District 2)
Randy Spratt Republican
Coroner Darrell McCoy Democratic
Prosecuting Attorney Thomas P. Redington Democratic
Public Administrator Wendy Howe Democratic
Recorder Janet Dearing Democratic
Sheriff Jimmy Shinn Democratic
Surveyor John D. Janes Independent
Treasurer Joelle Fohey Democratic

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 58.82% 7,341 39.77% 4,964 1.41% 176
2004 67.03% 8,292 31.77% 3,930 1.20% 148
2000 50.05% 5,832 48.88% 5,696 1.07% 125
1996 31.55% 3,388 66.68% 7,161 1.78% 191

Marion 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 1 – Marion County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Craig Redmon 848 74.26
Democratic Keri Cottrell 294 25.74
Missouri House of Representatives – District 6 – Marion County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Lindell F. Shumake 4,469 58.30
Democratic Carl Thompson 3,197 41.70

All of Marion County is a part of Missouri’s 18th District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown).

Missouri Senate - District 18 – Marion County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Brian Munzlinger 5,310 60.56
Democratic Wes Shoemyer 3,458 39.44

Federal[edit]

All of Marion 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 – Marion County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer 6,767 82.13
Libertarian Christopher W. Dwyer 1,471 17.87
Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 61.38% 7,705 37.47% 4,703 1.15% 145
2004 62.76% 7,815 36.68% 4,568 0.56% 70
2000 55.93% 6,550 42.63% 4,993 1.44% 169
1996 43.40% 4,653 45.93% 4,924 10.67% 1,144

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

Marion County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 714 (26.71%)
Mike Huckabee 904 (33.82%)
Mitt Romney 891 (33.33%)
Ron Paul 114 (4.26%)
Marion County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 1,587 (54.44%)
Barack Obama 1,188 (40.75%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 105 (3.60%)
Uncommitted 18 (0.62%)

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. ^ "Marion County, Missouri". 2013. Retrieved 2014-10-23. 
  4. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 193. 
  5. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Further reading[edit]

  • History of Marion County, Missouri: written and compiled from the most authentic official and private sources (1884) full text

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°49′N 91°37′W / 39.81°N 91.62°W / 39.81; -91.62