Ralls County, Missouri

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Ralls County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Ralls County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded November 16, 1820
Named for Daniel Ralls
Seat New London
Largest city Monroe City
Area
 • Total 483.82 sq mi (1,253 km2)
 • Land 471.00 sq mi (1,220 km2)
 • Water 12.82 sq mi (33 km2), 2.65%
Population (Est.)
 • (2012) 10,277
 • Density 20/sq mi (8/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.rallscounty.org

Ralls County is a county located in the northeastern portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,167.[1] Its county seat is New London.[2] The county was organized November 16, 1820 and named for Daniel Ralls, Missouri state legislator.[3]

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

History[edit]

Ralls County was one of several along the Mississippi 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. Ralls was considered at the heart of what was called Little Dixie.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 483.82 square miles (1,253.1 km2), of which 471.00 square miles (1,219.9 km2) (or 97.35%) is land and 12.82 square miles (33.2 km2) (or 2.65%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 4,375
1840 5,670 29.6%
1850 6,151 8.5%
1860 8,592 39.7%
1870 10,510 22.3%
1880 11,838 12.6%
1890 12,294 3.9%
1900 12,287 −0.1%
1910 12,913 5.1%
1920 10,412 −19.4%
1930 10,704 2.8%
1940 10,040 −6.2%
1950 8,686 −13.5%
1960 8,078 −7.0%
1970 7,764 −3.9%
1980 8,984 15.7%
1990 8,476 −5.7%
2000 9,626 13.6%
2010 10,167 5.6%
Est. 2012 10,277 1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[7] of 2010, there were 10,167 people, 3,736 households, and 2,783 families residing in the county. The population density was 20 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 4,564 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.93% White, 1.11% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.04% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Approximately 0.44% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 30.1% were of American, 27.3% German, 10.5% English and 10.4% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 3,736 households out of which 34.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.20% were married couples living together, 6.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.50% were non-families. 21.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.20% under the age of 18, 7.10% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 26.50% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 100.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,094, and the median income for a family was $41,955. Males had a median income of $28,139 versus $20,238 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,456. About 6.60% of families and 8.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.70% of those under age 18 and 10.70% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Education[edit]

Public Schools[edit]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

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

Ralls County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Thomas E. Ruhl Democratic
Circuit Clerk Gina Jameson Democratic
County Clerk Ernie Duckworth Democratic
Collector Connie L. Berry Democratic
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Robert L. See Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
R.C. Harlow Democratic
Commissioner
(District 2)
Steven H. Whitaker Democratic
Coroner Dennis Turner Democratic
Prosecuting Attorney Rodney J. Rodenbaugh Democratic
Public Administrator Connie Miller Democratic
Recorder Gina Jameson Democratic
Sheriff Paul Forney Democratic
Surveyor Marty Wasson Democratic
Treasurer Jena L. Epperson Democratic

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 53.74% 2,717 44.76% 2,263 1.50% 76
2004 61.68% 3,090 37.25% 1,866 1.08% 54
2000 47.21% 2,145 51.65% 2,347 1.14% 52
1996 27.05% 1,097 71.06% 2,882 1.90% 77

All of Ralls County is a part of Missouri’s 6th District and is represented by Lindell F. Shumake (R-Hannibal) in the Missouri House of Representatives.

Missouri House of Representatives – District 6 – Ralls County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Lindell F. Shumake 2,095 55.28
Democratic Carl Thompson 1,695 44.72

All of Ralls 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 – Ralls County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Brian Munzlinger 2,077 54.80
Democratic Wes Shoemyer 1,713 45.20

Federal[edit]

All of Ralls 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 – Ralls County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer 2,789 79.87
Libertarian Christopher W. Dwyer 703 20.13
Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 58.75% 2,987 40.15% 2,041 1.10% 56
2004 59.32% 2,986 40.35% 2,031 0.34% 17
2000 53.85% 2,446 44.76% 2,033 1.39% 63
1996 37.34% 1,513 49.31% 1,998 13.35% 541

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

Ralls County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 256 (27.00%)
Mike Huckabee 376 (39.66%)
Mitt Romney 279 (29.43%)
Ron Paul 24 (2.53%)
Ralls County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 823 (57.84%)
Barack Obama 504 (35.42%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 78 (5.48%)
Uncommitted 11 (0.77%)

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. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1917). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 343. 
  4. ^ The Story of Little Dixie, Missouri, Missouri Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, accessed 3 June 2008
  5. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°32′N 91°32′W / 39.53°N 91.53°W / 39.53; -91.53