New Madrid County, Missouri
|New Madrid County, Missouri|
Location in the state of Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
|Founded||October 1, 1812|
|Named for||Madrid, Spain|
|Largest city||New Madrid|
|• Total||698.02 sq mi (1,808 km2)|
|• Land||678.01 sq mi (1,756 km2)|
|• Water||20.01 sq mi (52 km2), 2.87%|
|• Density||13/sq mi (5/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
New Madrid County (pronounced / /) new-MAD-rid) is a county located in the Bootheel of Southeast Missouri in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,956. The largest city and county seat is New Madrid. The county was officially organized on October 1, 1812, and is named after a district located in the region that was once under Spanish rule, Nuevo Madrid, after Madrid, Spain.
A series of over 1,000 earthquakes struck the area in 1811 and 1812. The New Madrid Earthquake was the strongest non-subduction zone earthquake in the United States, and may have registered 9.0 on the Richter scale. A request dated January 13, 1814, by the Territorial Governor William Clark, asked for federal relief for the "inhabitants of New Madrid County."
- Gideon School District 37 - Gideon
- Gideon Elementary School (K-6)
- Gideon High School (7-12)
- New Madrid County Central R-I School District - New Madrid
- Portageville School District - Portageville
- Portageville Elementary School (PK-5)
- Portageville Middle School (6-8)
- Portageville High School (9-12)
- Risco R-II School District - Risco
- Risco Elementary School (K-6)
- Risco High School (7-12)
- St. Eustachius Elementary School - Portageville - (PK-8) - Roman Catholic
- Immaculate Conception School - New Madrid - (PK-8) - Roman Catholic
- New Madrid Bend Youth Center - New Madrid - (6-12) - Alternative
- New Madrid R-I Technical Skills Center - New Madrid - (9-12) - Vocational/Technical
According to the Association of Religion Data Archives County Membership Report (2000), New Madrid County is a part of the Bible Belt with evangelical Protestantism being the majority religion. The most predominant denominations among residents in New Madrid County who adhere to a religion are Southern Baptists (62.86%), Roman Catholics (8.80%), and Methodists (7.36%).
According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 698.02 square miles (1,807.9 km2), of which 678.01 square miles (1,756.0 km2) (or 97.13%) is land and 20.01 square miles (51.8 km2) (or 2.87%) is water.
- Scott County (north)
- Mississippi County (northeast)
- Fulton County, Kentucky (east)
- Lake County, Tennessee (southeast)
- Pemiscot County (south)
- Dunklin County (southwest)
- Stoddard County (northwest)
As of the census of 2000, there were 19,760 people, 7,824 households, and 5,508 families residing in the county. The population density was 29 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 8,600 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 83.21% White, 15.36% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. Approximately 0.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Among the major first ancestries reported in New Madrid County were 32.4% American, 10.3% Irish, 8.8% English, and 8.7% German, according to Census 2000.
There were 7,824 households out of which 32.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.00% were married couples living together, 14.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.60% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the county the population was spread out with 26.40% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 15.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 92.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $32,758, and the median income for a family was $39,411. Males had a median income of $28,408 versus $19,186 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,227. About 18.60% of families and 22.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.40% of those under age 18 and 19.20% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
The Democratic Party completely controls politics at the local level in New Madrid County. Democrats hold all elected positions in the county.
|New Madrid County, Missouri|
|Elected countywide officials|
|Circuit Clerk||Marsha Meatte Holiman||Democratic|
|County Clerk||Clement Cravens||Democratic|
|Clyde M. Hawes||Democratic|
|Prosecuting Attorney||Lewis H. Recker||Democratic|
|Public Administrator||Riley Bock||Democratic|
|Recorder||Kim St. Mary Hall||Democratic|
|Sheriff||Terry M. Stevens||Democratic|
New Madrid County is divided among three legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives.
- District 160 - Currently represented by Ellen Brandom (R-Sikeston) and consists of Miner and the areas around Sikeston.
|Missouri House of Representatives - District 160 - New Madrid County (2010)|
- District 161 - Currently represented by Steve Hodges (D-East Prairie) and consists of most of the northern and eastern parts of the county and includes the city of New Madrid as well as the towns of Canalou, Catron, Howardville, Lilbourn, Marston, Matthews, Morehouse, and North Lilbourn.
|Missouri House of Representatives - District 161 - New Madrid County (2010)|
- District 162 - Currently represented by Terry Swinger (D-Caruthersville) and consists of most of the western and southern parts of the county and includes the city of Portageville as well as the towns of Gideon, Parma, Risco, and Tallapoosa.
|Missouri House of Representatives - District 162 - New Madrid County (2010)|
All of New Madrid County is a part of Missouri's 25th District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by State Senator Rob Mayer (R-Dexter). In 2008, Mayer defeated Democrat M. Shane Stoelting 65.32-34.68 percent in the district. The 25th Senatorial District consists of Butler, Dunklin, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Ripley, Stoddard, and Wayne counties.
|Missouri Senate - District 25 - New Madrid County (2008)|
|Democratic||M. Shane Stoelting||3,517||45.47|
|2012||44.64% 2,732||59.70% 4,270||1.49% 120|
|2008||38.19% 3,574||53.87% 4,313||2.11% 151|
|2004||47.57% 3,737||51.38% 4,036||1.05% 82|
|2000||41.28% 2,978||57.50% 4,148||1.22% 88|
|1996||28.14% 2,106||70.43% 5,270||1.43% 107|
|1992||38.99% 3,087||61.01% 4,830||0.00% 0|
|1988||50.94% 3,594||48.89% 3,449||0.17% 12|
|1984||50.34% 3,979||49.66% 3,926||0.00% 0|
|1980||38.82% 3,176||61.14% 5,002||0.04% 3|
|1976||37.75% 2,951||62.20% 4,863||0.05% 4|
New Madrid County is included in Missouri’s 8th Congressional District and is currently represented by Jason T. Smith (R-Salem) in the U.S. House of Representatives. Smith won a special election on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, to finish out the remaining term of U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson (R-Cape Girardeau). Emerson announced her resignation a month after being reelected with over 70 percent of the vote in the district. She resigned to become CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative.
|U.S. House of Representatives - District 8 – New Madrid County (2012)|
|Republican||Jo Ann Emerson||4,888||68.30||+6.53|
|U.S. House of Representatives - District 8 - Special Election – New Madrid County (2013)|
|Republican||Jason T. Smith||891||45.83|
|2012||59.09% 4,284||38.81% 2,814||2.10% 152|
|2008||56.76% 4,593||41.65% 3,370||1.59% 129|
|2004||52.54% 4,154||47.00% 3,716||0.46% 37|
|2000||47.01% 3,416||51.45% 3,738||1.54% 112|
|1996||31.93% 2,417||58.80% 4,451||9.27% 702|
|1992||29.33% 2,431||58.91% 4,883||11.61% 962|
|1988||46.99% 3,387||52.89% 3,812||0.12% 9|
|1984||53.38% 4,323||46.62% 3,776||0.000% 0|
|1980||48.70% 4,041||50.27% 4,171||1.04% 86|
|1976||34.39% 2,798||65.38% 5,319||0.23% 19|
At the presidential level, New Madrid County is a fairly independent-leaning or battleground county although, like many counties in the impoverished Bootheel with a significant African American population, it does has a slight tendency to lean Democratic. While George W. Bush carried New Madrid County in 2004, Al Gore won the county in 2000, although both times the margins of victory were significantly closer than in many of the other rural areas. Bill Clinton also carried New Madrid County both times in 1992 and 1996 by convincing double-digit margins. And like many of the other rural counties in Missouri, New Madrid County favored John McCain over Barack Obama in 2008, although the margin of victory was smaller than in most rural areas.
Like most rural areas throughout Missouri, voters in New Madrid County generally adhere to socially and culturally conservative principles but are more moderate or populist on economic issues, typical of the Dixiecrat philosophy. In 2004, Missourians voted on a constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman—it overwhelmingly passed New Madrid County with 83.82 percent of the vote. The initiative passed the state with 71 percent of support from voters as Missouri became the first state to ban same-sex marriage. In 2006, Missourians voted on a constitutional amendment to fund and legalize embryonic stem cell research in the state—it failed in New Madrid County with 56.09 percent voting against the measure. The initiative narrowly passed the state with 51 percent of support from voters as Missouri became one of the first states in the nation to approve embryonic stem cell research. Despite New Madrid County’s longstanding tradition of supporting socially conservative platforms, voters in the county have a penchant for advancing populist causes like increasing the minimum wage. In 2006, Missourians voted on a proposition (Proposition B) to increase the minimum wage in the state to $6.50 an hour—it passed New Madrid County with 75.66 percent of the vote. The proposition strongly passed every single county in Missouri with 78.99 percent voting in favor as the minimum wage was increased to $6.50 an hour in the state. During the same election, voters in five other states also strongly approved increases in the minimum wage.
Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)
In the 2008 Missouri Presidential Preference Primary, voters in New Madrid County from both political parties supported candidates who finished in second place in the state at large and nationally.
- Former U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York) received more votes, a total of 1,801, than any candidate from either party in New Madrid County during the 2008 Missouri Presidential Preference Primary. She also received more votes than the total number of votes cast in the entire Republican Primary in New Madrid County.
|New Madrid County, Missouri|
|2008 Republican primary in Missouri|
|John McCain||386 (28.68%)|
|Mike Huckabee||656 (48.74%)|
|Mitt Romney||250 (18.57%)|
|Ron Paul||43 (3.19%)|
|New Madrid County, Missouri|
|2008 Democratic primary in Missouri|
|Hillary Rodham Clinton||1,801 (71.19%)|
|Barack Obama||610 (24.11%)|
|John Edwards (withdrawn)||101 (3.99%)|
- National Register of Historic Places listings in New Madrid County, Missouri
- New Madrid Floodway Project
- New Madrid Seismic Zone
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 12, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 12, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Digitized 1930 Plat Book of New Madrid County from University of Missouri Division of Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books
||Stoddard County||Scott County||Mississippi County|
|Fulton County, Kentucky|
|Dunklin County||Pemiscot County||Lake County, Tennessee|