Pettis County, Missouri

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Pettis County, Missouri
Pettis County Courthouse.jpg
Pettis County Courthouse in Sedalia
Map of Missouri highlighting Pettis County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded January 24, 1833
Named for Spencer Darwin Pettis
Seat Sedalia
Largest city Sedalia
Area
 • Total 686.34 sq mi (1,778 km2)
 • Land 684.82 sq mi (1,774 km2)
 • Water 1.52 sq mi (4 km2), 0.22%
Population
 • (2010) 42,201
 • Density 61.6/sq mi (23.7/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.pettiscomo.com

Pettis County is a county located in the western portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 42,201.[1] Its county seat is Sedalia.[2] The county was organized January 24, 1833, and named after former U.S. Representative Spencer Darwin Pettis.

Pettis County comprises the Sedalia, MO Micropolitan Statistical Area.

The county is home to the site of the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 686.34 square miles (1,777.6 km2), of which 684.82 square miles (1,773.7 km2) (or 99.78%) is land and 1.52 square miles (3.9 km2) (or 0.22%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 2,930
1850 5,150 75.8%
1860 9,392 82.4%
1870 18,706 99.2%
1880 27,271 45.8%
1890 31,151 14.2%
1900 32,438 4.1%
1910 33,913 4.5%
1920 35,813 5.6%
1930 34,664 −3.2%
1940 33,336 −3.8%
1950 31,577 −5.3%
1960 35,120 11.2%
1970 34,137 −2.8%
1980 36,378 6.6%
1990 35,437 −2.6%
2000 39,403 11.2%
2010 42,201 7.1%
Est. 2012 42,319 0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 39,403 people, 15,568 households, and 10,570 families residing in the county. The population density was 58 people per square mile (22/km²). There were 16,963 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.06% White, 3.04% Black or African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.46% from other races, and 1.62% from two or more races. Approximately 3.88% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 15,568 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.30% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.10% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 21.10% from 45 to 64, and 15.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,822, and the median income for a family was $38,073. Males had a median income of $29,221 versus $19,554 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,251. About 10.20% of families and 12.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.60% 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 Education[edit]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

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

Pettis County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Karissa A. Logan Republican
Circuit Clerk Susan Sadler Republican
County Clerk Nick Lastrada Republican
Collector Marsha L. Boeschen Republican
Commissioner
(Presiding)
John C. Meehan Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
K.R. Lindemann Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Larry Wilson Republican
Coroner Robert “Skip” Smith, Jr. Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Mittelhauser Republican
Public Administrator Charli Ackerman Democratic
Recorder Barbara Clevenger Republican
Sheriff Kevin Bond Republican
Surveyor Kerry Turpin Democratic
Treasurer Kim Lyne Republican

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 42.55% 7,660 54.63% 9,834 2.82% 507
2004 57.30% 10,038 41.63% 7,293 1.06% 186
2000 54.65% 8,536 42.85% 6,692 2.50% 390
1996 44.63% 6,804 51.51% 7,853 3.86% 589

Pettis County is divided into four legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives, all of which are held by Republicans.

  • District 116 – Wanda Brown (R-Lincoln). Consists of the communities of Green Ridge, Ionia, and Smithton.
Missouri House of Representatives – District 116 – Pettis County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Wanda Brown 1,666 67.94
Democratic Mike Stevenson 717 29.24
Constitution Ray Herron 69 2.81
Missouri House of Representatives – District 117 –Pettis County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Caleb Jones 252 79.75
Constitution Jacob Luetkemeyer 64 20.25
  • District 118 – Stanley Cox (R-Sedalia). Consists of the communities of Houstonia, Hughesville, La Monte, and Sedalia.
Missouri House of Representatives – District 118 – Pettis County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Stanley Cox 6,506 66.80
Democratic Raymond F. Kinney 2,769 28.43
Constitution Curtis Shipman 464 4.76
Missouri House of Representatives – District 120 – Pettis County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Scott N. Largent 10 58.82
Democratic Zac A. Maggi 6 35.29
Constitution Richard Hoxsey 1 5.88

All of Pettis County is a part of Missouri’s 28th District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Mike Parson (R-Bolivar).

Missouri Senate - District 28 – Pettis County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mike Parson 9,753 85.34
Constitution Bennie B. Hatfield 1,675 14.66

Federal[edit]

All of Pettis County is included in Missouri’s 4th Congressional District and is currently represented by Vicky Hartzler (R-Harrisonville) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri’s 4th Congressional District - Pettis County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Vicky Hartzler 6,305 49.70
Democratic Ike Skelton* 5,920 46.67
Libertarian Jason Michael Braun 275 2.17
Constitution Greg Cowan 185 1.46

Political Culture[edit]

Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 60.32% 11,018 37.95% 6,932 1.73% 315
2004 66.32% 11,603 33.16% 5,801 0.53% 92
2000 60.51% 9,533 37.16% 5,855 2.33% 367
1996 48.06 7,336 39.68% 6,057 12.25% 1,870

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

Pettis County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 1,372 (36.42%)
Mike Huckabee 994 (26.39%)
Mitt Romney 1,226 (32.55%)
Ron Paul 110 (2.92%)
Pettis County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 2,242 (54.76%)
Barack Obama 1,694 (41.38%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 123 (3.00%)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 12, 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 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 38°44′N 93°17′W / 38.73°N 93.28°W / 38.73; -93.28