Ray County, Missouri

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Ray County, Missouri
RAY COUNTY COURTHOUSE.jpg
Ray County Courthouse
Map of Missouri highlighting Ray 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 John Ray, Missouri state legislator
Seat Richmond
Largest city Richmond
Area
 • Total 573.57 sq mi (1,486 km2)
 • Land 569.47 sq mi (1,475 km2)
 • Water 4.11 sq mi (11 km2), 0.72%
Population
 • (2010) 23,494
 • Density 41/sq mi (16/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Ray County is a county located in the northwestern portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,494.[1] Its county seat is Richmond.[2] The county was organized November 16, 1820 and named for John Ray, a Missouri state legislator and member of the first state Constitutional Convention.[3]

Ray County is part of the Kansas City, MO-KS Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 573.57 square miles (1,485.5 km2), of which 569.47 square miles (1,474.9 km2) (or 99.29%) is land and 4.11 square miles (10.6 km2) (or 0.72%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 2,657
1840 6,553 146.6%
1850 10,373 58.3%
1860 14,092 35.9%
1870 18,700 32.7%
1880 20,190 8.0%
1890 24,215 19.9%
1900 24,805 2.4%
1910 21,451 −13.5%
1920 20,508 −4.4%
1930 19,846 −3.2%
1940 18,584 −6.4%
1950 15,932 −14.3%
1960 16,075 0.9%
1970 17,599 9.5%
1980 21,378 21.5%
1990 21,971 2.8%
2000 23,354 6.3%
2010 23,494 0.6%
Est. 2012 23,064 −1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 23,354 people, 8,743 households, and 6,539 families residing in the county. The population density was 16/km² (41/mi²). There were 9,371 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (16/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.50% White, 1.46% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.36% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Approximately 1.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 29.6% were of American, 23.3% German, 11.5% English and 10.3% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 8,743 households out of which 35.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.10% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.20% were non-families. 22.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.50% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 28.30% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 12.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 100.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,886, and the median income for a family was $49,192. Males had a median income of $36,815 versus $21,684 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,685. About 5.30% of families and 6.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.00% of those under age 18 and 7.80% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Townships[edit]

Notable residents[edit]

Education[edit]

Public Schools[edit]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

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

Ray County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Kent Wollard Democratic
Circuit Clerk Carolyne Conner Democratic
County Clerk Glenda Powell Republican
Collector Margie A. Bowman Democratic
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Bob King Democratic
Commissioner
(District 1)
Allen Dale Democratic
Commissioner
(District 2)
Michael Twyman Democratic
Coroner Jim Garrison Democratic
Prosecuting Attorney Danielle Rogers Democratic
Public Administrator Kenneth A. Nolker Democratic
Recorder Shirley O’Dell Democratic
Sheriff Gary Bush Democratic
Surveyor Thomas Sisco Democratic
Treasurer Joann Burnine Democratic

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 35.73% 3,899 61.13% 6,670 3.14% 343
2004 47.08% 5,073 51.33% 5,531 1.59% 172
2000 41.75% 4,045 55.81% 5,407 2.44% 237
1996 28.31% 2,475 69.26% 6,055 2.43% 212

All of Ray County is a part of Missouri’s 36th District in the Missouri House of Representatives and is currently represented by Bob Nance (R-Chillicothe).

Missouri House of Representatives - District 36 – Ray County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bob Nance 4,888 64.50
Democratic Barbara Lanning 2,690 35.50

All of Ray County is a part of Missouri’s 21st District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Bill Stouffer (R-Napton).

Missouri Senate - District 21 – Ray County (2008)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bill Stouffer 6,063 58.38
Democratic Joe Sadeghi 4,323 41.62

Federal[edit]

All of Ray 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 – Ray County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Ike Skelton 4,020 53.10
Republican Vicky Hartzler 3,174 41.93
Libertarian Jason Michael Braun 249 3.29
Constitution Greg Cowan 127 1.68
Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 50.60% 5,593 47.42% 5,241 1.98% 219
2004 52.59% 5,673 46.66% 5,034 0.75% 81
2000 46.34% 4,517 50.99% 4,970 2.67% 260
1996 32.82% 2,884 53.65% 4,714 13.53% 1,189

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

  • Former U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York) received more votes, a total of 2,150, than any candidate from either party in Ray County during the 2008 presidential primary. She also received more votes individually than the entire number of votes cast in the Republican primary in Ray County.
Ray County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 554 (28.90%)
Mike Huckabee 709 (36.98%)
Mitt Romney 495 (25.82%)
Ron Paul 126 (6.57%)
Ray County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 2,150 (65.29%)
Barack Obama 998 (30.31%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 102 (3.10%)

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. 344. 
  4. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 39°21′N 93°59′W / 39.35°N 93.99°W / 39.35; -93.99