Saline County, Missouri
|Saline County, Missouri|
Saline County Courthouse in Marshall
Location in the state of Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
|Founded||November 25, 1820|
|Named for||The salt springs in the region|
|• Total||764.59 sq mi (1,980 km2)|
|• Land||755.55 sq mi (1,957 km2)|
|• Water||9.04 sq mi (23 km2), 1.18%|
|• Density||31/sq mi (12/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Saline County is a county located in west central Missouri, United States, along the Missouri River. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,370. Its county seat is Marshall. The county was established November 25, 1820, and named for the region's salt springs.
Saline County comprises the Marshall, MO Micropolitan Statistical Area.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Cities and towns
- 5 Education
- 6 Politics
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 Further reading
- 10 External links
Historically Saline County was occupied for thousands of years by succeeding cultures of Missouri Native Americans. Saline County was organized by European-American settlers on November 25, 1820, and was named from the salinity of the springs found in the region. After periods of conflict as settlers competed for resources and encroached on their territory, the local Native Americans, including the Osage nation, were forced by the US to relocate to reservations in Indian Territory, first in Kansas and then in Oklahoma.
Saline County was among several along the Missouri River settled primarily by migrants from the Upper Southern states of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. They quickly started cultivating crops similar to those in Middle Tennessee and Kentucky: hemp and tobacco, and brought slaves with them to central Missouri. The counties settled by southerners became known as "Little Dixie." By the time of the Civil War, one-third of the county population was African American, most of whom were enslaved laborers on major plantations, particularly for labor-intensive tobacco cultivation.
According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 764.59 square miles (1,980.3 km2), of which 755.55 square miles (1,956.9 km2) (or 98.82%) is land and 9.04 square miles (23.4 km2) (or 1.18%) is water.
- Carroll County (northwest)
- Chariton County (northeast)
- Howard County (east)
- Cooper County (southeast)
- Pettis County (south)
- Lafayette County (west)
National protected area
At the 2000 census, there were 23,756 people, 9,015 households and 6,013 families residing in the county. The population density was 31 per square mile (12/km²). There were 10,019 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.03% White, 5.39% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.21% Pacific Islander, 2.09% from other races, and 1.62% from two or more races. Approximately 4.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.7% were of German, 18.2% American, 9.8% English and 9.3% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 9,015 households of which 30.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.90% were married couples living together, 10.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.30% were non-families. 28.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.97.
In Age distribution was 24.30% under the age of 18, 12.00% from 18 to 24, 25.20% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 16.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.70 males.
The median household income was $32,743, and the median family income was $39,234. Males had a median income of $27,180 versus $19,431 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,132. About 10.50% of families and 13.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.90% of those under age 18 and 8.60% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
- Gilliam C-4 School District – Gilliam
- Gilliam Elementary School (K-08)
- Hardeman R-X School District – Marshall
- Hardeman Elementary School (PK-08)
- Malta Bend R-V School District – Malta Bend
- Malta Bend Elementary School (PK-05)
- Malta Bend High School (06-12)
- Marshall School District – Marshall
- Eastwood Elementary School (PK-03)
- Benton Elementary School (K-01)
- Northwest Elementary School (K-04)
- Southeast Elementary School (K-02)
- Bueker Middle School (05-08)
- Marshall High School (09-12)
- Orearville R-IV School District – Slater
- Orearville Elementary School (K-08)
- Slater Public Schools – Slater
- Slater Elementary School (PK-08)
- Slater High School (09-12)
- Sweet Springs R-VII School District – Sweet Springs
- Sweet Springs Elementary School (PK-06)
- Sweet Springs High School (07-12)
- Calvary Baptist School – Marshall (PK-10) – Baptist (Alternative School)
- St. Peter Catholic School – Marshall (K-09) – Roman Catholic
The Democratic Party predominantly controls politics at the local level in Saline County. Democrats hold all but four of the elected positions in the county.
|Saline County, Missouri|
|Elected countywide officials|
|Circuit Clerk||Sharon D. Crawford||Democratic|
|County Clerk||Debbie Russell||Democratic|
|Collector||Grace E. Miles||Democratic|
|Coroner||William “Willie” Harlow||Democratic|
|Prosecuting Attorney||Donald G. Stouffer||Democratic|
|Public Administrator||Paula J. Barr||Democratic|
|2008||32.80% 3,195||56.87% 5,540||10.34% 1,007|
|2004||47.46% 4,691||51.30% 5,071||1.24% 123|
|2000||42.23% 3,945||56.14% 5,245||1.63% 152|
|1996||26.11% 2,315||71.45% 6,334||2.44% 216|
Saline County is divided into two legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives with split representation.
- District 26 – Joe Aull (D-Marshall). Consists of most of the entire county and included the communities of Arrow Rock, Gilliam, Grand Pass, Malta Bend, Marshall, Miami, Mount Leonard, Nelson, and Slater.
|Missouri House of Representatives – District 26 – Saline County (2010)|
- District 118 – Stanley Cox (R-Sedalia). Consists of the communities of Blackburn, Emma, and Sweet Springs.
|Missouri House of Representatives – District 118 – Saline County (2010)|
|Democratic||Raymond F. Kinney||310||36.56|
|Missouri Senate - District 21 – Saline County (2008)|
|U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri’s 4th Congressional District – Saline County (2010)|
|Libertarian||Jason Michael Braun||168||2.42|
|2008||50.39% 4,962||47.85% 4,712||1.76% 174|
|2004||54.22% 5,389||45.06% 4,479||0.71% 71|
|2000||48.87% 4,572||49.01% 4,585||2.12% 198|
|1996||33.10% 2,931||53.82 4,765||13.08% 1,158|
Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)
- Former U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York) received more votes, a total of 1,787, than any candidate from either party in Saline County during the 2008 presidential primary. She also received more votes individually than the entire number of votes cast in the Republican Primary in Saline County.
|Saline County, Missouri|
|2008 Republican primary in Missouri|
|John McCain||617 (38.30%)|
|Mike Huckabee||518 (32.15%)|
|Mitt Romney||392 (24.33%)|
|Ron Paul||51 (3.17%)|
|Saline County, Missouri|
|2008 Democratic primary in Missouri|
|Hillary Rodham Clinton||1,787 (57.46%)|
|Barack Obama||1,177 (37.85%)|
|John Edwards (withdrawn)||111 (3.57%)|
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Eaton, David Wolfe (1918). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 361.
- "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Napton, William Barclay. Past and Present of Saline County Missouri. (1910) full text
- Digitized 1930 Plat Book of Saline County from University of Missouri Division of Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books
||Carroll County||Chariton County|
|Lafayette County||Howard County|
|Pettis County||Cooper County|