Miller County, Missouri

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Miller County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Miller County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded February 6, 1837
Named for John Miller
Seat Tuscumbia
Largest city Eldon
Area
 • Total 599.94 sq mi (1,554 km2)
 • Land 592.26 sq mi (1,534 km2)
 • Water 7.69 sq mi (20 km2), 1.28%
Population
 • (2010) 24,748
 • Density 40/sq mi (15/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.millercountymissouri.org

Miller County is a county located in Central Missouri in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,748.[1] Its county seat is Tuscumbia.[2] The county was organized February 6, 1837 and named for John Miller, former U.S. Representative and Governor of Missouri.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 599.94 square miles (1,553.8 km2), of which 592.26 square miles (1,533.9 km2) (or 98.72%) is land and 7.69 square miles (19.9 km2) (or 1.28%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 2,282
1850 3,834 68.0%
1860 6,812 77.7%
1870 6,616 −2.9%
1880 9,805 48.2%
1890 14,162 44.4%
1900 15,187 7.2%
1910 16,717 10.1%
1920 15,567 −6.9%
1930 16,728 7.5%
1940 14,798 −11.5%
1950 13,734 −7.2%
1960 13,800 0.5%
1970 15,026 8.9%
1980 18,532 23.3%
1990 20,700 11.7%
2000 23,564 13.8%
2010 24,748 5.0%
Est. 2012 24,817 0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 23,564 people, 9,284 households, and 6,443 families residing in the county. The population density was 40 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 11,263 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.99% White, 0.28% Black or African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. Approximately 0.98% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,284 households out of which 32.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.00% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.60% were non-families. 26.10% 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 2.50 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 15.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,977, and the median income for a family was $36,770. Males had a median income of $26,225 versus $18,903 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,144. About 10.80% of families and 14.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.30% of those under age 18 and 14.70% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Education[edit]

Public Schools[edit]

Private Schools[edit]

  • Eldon Montessori Children’s House – Eldon (PK-K) – Nonsectarian

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

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

Miller County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Joseph Cochran Republican
Circuit Clerk Genise L. Buechter Republican
County Clerk Clayton E. Jenkins Republican
Collector William Harvey Republican
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Tom Wright Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Darrell Bunch Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Brian Duncan Republican
Coroner Rick Callahan Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Matthew Howard Republican
Public Administrator Wilma Keeth Republican
Recorder Deb Wiles Republican
Sheriff William Abbott Republican
Surveyor Gerard J. Harms, Sr. Republican
Treasurer Phil Lawson Republican

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 55.86% 6,414 42.31% 4,858 1.84% 211
2004 67.76% 7,331 31.15% 3,370 1.09% 118
2000 57.12% 5,343 39.38% 3,684 3.50% 327
1996 45.28% 3,984 51.76% 4,554 2.97% 261

Miller 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 115 – Miller County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Rodney Schad 6,307 82.95
Independent Randy Dinwiddie 1,296 17.05
Missouri House of Representatives – District 155 – Miller County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Diane Franklin 71 70.30
Democratic John W. Page 30 29.70

All of Miller County is a part of Missouri’s 6th District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City).

Missouri Senate - District 6 – Miller County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mike Kehoe 6,812 100.00

Federal[edit]

All of Miller 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 – Miller County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer 6,641 85.25
Libertarian Christopher W. Dwyer 1,149 14.75

Political Culture[edit]

Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 67.43% 7,797 30.73% 3,553 1.84% 213
2004 71.99% 7,797 27.32% 2,959 0.69% 75
2000 63.54% 5,945 34.38% 3,217 2.08% 194
1996 50.20% 4,387 35.59% 3,110 14.21% 1,242

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

  • Former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-Arkansas) received more votes, a total of 1,406, than any candidate from either party in Miller County during the 2008 presidential primary.
Miller County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 1,094 (31.50%)
Mike Huckabee 1,406 (40.48%)
Mitt Romney 790 (22.75%)
Ron Paul 109 (3.14%)
Miller County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 1,381 (36.73%)
Barack Obama 713 (32.90%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 52 (2.40%)

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

Further reading[edit]

  • History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage counties, Missouri : from the earliest time to the present, including a department devoted to the preservation of sundry personal, business,professional and the private records; besides a valuable fund of notes, original observations, etc. etc. (1889) online

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°13′N 92°26′W / 38.22°N 92.43°W / 38.22; -92.43