Monroe County, Missouri
|Monroe County, Missouri|
The Monroe County Courthouse in Paris.
Location in the state of Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
|Founded||January 6, 1831|
|Named for||President James Monroe|
|Largest city||Monroe City|
|• Total||670.23 sq mi (1,736 km2)|
|• Land||645.98 sq mi (1,673 km2)|
|• Water||24.24 sq mi (63 km2), 3.62%|
|• Density||14/sq mi (6/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Cities and towns
- 5 Government
- 6 Education
- 7 Infrastructure
- 8 Notable people
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Monroe County was one of several along the Missouri River settled by migrants from the Upper South, especially Kentucky and Tennessee. They brought slaves and slaveholding traditions with them, and quickly started cultivating crops similar to those in Middle Tennessee and Kentucky: hemp and tobacco. They also brought characteristic antebellum architecture and culture. The county was considered at the heart of what was called Little Dixie.
According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 670.23 square miles (1,735.9 km2), of which 645.98 square miles (1,673.1 km2) (or 96.38%) is land and 24.24 square miles (62.8 km2) (or 3.62%) is water.
- Shelby County (north)
- Marion County (northeast)
- Ralls County (east)
- Audrain County (south)
- Randolph County (west)
As of the census of 2010, there were 8,840 people, 3,656 households, and 2,566 families residing in the county. The population density was 14 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 4,565 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.66% White, 3.83% Black or African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Approximately 0.56% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.7% were of German, 23.2% American, 14.2% English and 11.8% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 3,656 households out of which 31.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.10% were married couples living together, 7.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.80% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.90% 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 3.02.
In the county the population was spread out with 25.90% under the age of 18, 7.30% from 18 to 24, 25.00% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 17.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.10 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $30,871, and the median income for a family was $36,895. Males had a median income of $26,534 versus $20,440 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,695. About 8.30% of families and 11.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.00% of those under age 18 and 10.30% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
The Democratic Party completely controls politics at the local level in Monroe County. Democrats hold all of the elected positions in the county.
|Monroe County, Missouri|
|Elected countywide officials|
|Circuit Clerk||Heather D. Wheeler||Democratic|
|County Clerk||Sandra Francis||Democratic|
|Glenn E. Turner||Democratic|
|Coroner||James K. Reinhard||Democratic|
|Prosecuting Attorney||Talley Kendrick||Democratic|
|Public Administrator||Marguerite Jones||Democratic|
|Recorder||Merry Sue Meals||Democratic|
|Sheriff||J. David Hoffman||Democratic|
|2008||56.97% 2,459||41.94% 1,810||1.09% 47|
|2004||60.00% 2,576||38.90% 1,670||1.10% 47|
|2000||44.08% 1,801||54.19% 2,214||1.73% 71|
|1996||27.51% 1,053||70.72% 2,707||1.78% 68|
Monroe County is divided into two legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives with split representation.
- District 9 – Paul Quinn (D-Monroe City). Consists of most of the entire county and includes the communities of Florida, Holliday, Madison, Monroe City, Paris, and Stoutsville.
|Missouri House of Representatives – District 9 – Monroe County (2010)|
|Missouri House of Representatives – District 21 – Monroe County (2010)|
|Republican||John W. Cauthorn||129||65.82|
|Missouri Senate - District 18 – Monroe County (2010)|
|U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri’s 9th Congressional District – Monroe County (2010)|
|Libertarian||Christopher W. Dwyer||512||17.66|
Monroe County was one of only two jurisdictions in Missouri to be carried by Democrat George McGovern in the 1972 presidential election against incumbent Republican President Richard Nixon. The other was the City of St. Louis. Monroe County was first carried by a Republican in 1984 by incumbent President Ronald Reagan. Since 2000, the county has voted Republican in presidential elections.
|2008||58.72% 2,533||39.48% 1,703||1.80% 78|
|2004||61.11% 2,632||38.24% 1,647||0.66% 28|
|2000||53.13% 2,175||45.43% 1,860||1.44% 59|
|1996||34.80% 1,333||50.59% 1,938||14.62% 560|
Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)
- Former U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York) received more votes, a total of 590, than any candidate from either party in Monroe County during the 2008 presidential primary.
|Monroe County, Missouri|
|2008 Republican primary in Missouri|
|John McCain||221 (27.59%)|
|Mike Huckabee||300 (37.45%)|
|Mitt Romney||231 (28.84%)|
|Ron Paul||32 (4.00%)|
|Monroe County, Missouri|
|2008 Democratic primary in Missouri|
|Hillary Rodham Clinton||590 (52.73%)|
|Barack Obama||444 (39.68%)|
|John Edwards (withdrawn)||68 (6.08%)|
- Holliday C-2 School District – Holliday
- Holliday Elementary School (K-08)
- Madison C-3 School District – Madison
- Madison Elementary School (PK-06)
- Madison High School (07-12)
- Middle Grove C-1 School District – Madison
- Middle Grove Elementary School (K-08)
- Monroe City R-I School District – Monroe City
- Monroe City Elementary School (PK-04)
- Monroe City Middle School (05-08)
- Monroe City High School (09-12)
- Paris R-II School District – Paris
- Paris Elementary School (PK-06)
- Paris Junior High School (07-08)
- Paris High School (09-12)
- Holy Rosary School – Monroe City (K-09) – Roman Catholic
- Foundation for Life Christian School – Paris (PK-12) – Nondenominational Christian
- Mark Twain, American author and humorist, was born in Monroe County. The Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site in Mark Twain State Park commemorates this occasion.
- Xenophon Overton Pindall, member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, Arkansas State Senate and Acting Governor of the U.S. state of Arkansas
- Eli C. D. Shortridge, third Governor of North Dakota from 1893 to 1895' raised in Monroe County.
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Monroe County". INA and the Arkansas Municipal League. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
- "Profile for Monroe County, Arkansas, AR". epodunk. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
- The Story of Little Dixie, Missouri, Missouri Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, accessed 3 June 2008
- "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 10, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Mark Twain Birthplace State Historical Site". Missouri State Parks. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
- "Arkansas Governor Xenophon Overton Pindall". National Governors Association. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
- "North Dakota Governor Eli C. D. Shortridge". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 29, 2012.
- Digitized 1930 Plat Book of Monroe County from University of Missouri Division of Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books
||Shelby County||Marion County|
|Randolph County||Ralls County|