St. Clair County, Missouri

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St. Clair County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting St. Clair County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded January 29, 1841
Named for Arthur St. Clair
Seat Osceola
Largest city Appleton City
Area
 • Total 701.90 sq mi (1,818 km2)
 • Land 676.66 sq mi (1,753 km2)
 • Water 25.25 sq mi (65 km2), 3.60%
Population
 • (2010) 9,805
 • Density 14/sq mi (6/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.stclaircountymissouri.com

St. Clair County is a county located in the western portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,805.[1] Its county seat is Osceola.[2] The county was organized in 1841 and named for General Arthur St. Clair, Governor of the Northwest Territory.[3] St. Clair was also the 9th President of the United States in Congress Assembled. Under his Presidency, the Northwest Ordinance and United States Constitution were passed.[4]

According to the April 1907 issue of The Century Magazine, for well over 30 years (dating from 1870) St. Clair County was in open rebellion against the U.S. Government- refusing to pay interest on bonds which it had issued to assist in the building of a railroad, which was never built.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 701.90 square miles (1,817.9 km2), of which 676.66 square miles (1,752.5 km2) (or 96.40%) is land and 25.25 square miles (65.4 km2) (or 3.60%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 3,556
1860 6,812 91.6%
1870 6,742 −1.0%
1880 14,125 109.5%
1890 16,747 18.6%
1900 17,907 6.9%
1910 16,412 −8.3%
1920 15,341 −6.5%
1930 13,289 −13.4%
1940 13,146 −1.1%
1950 10,482 −20.3%
1960 8,421 −19.7%
1970 7,667 −9.0%
1980 8,622 12.5%
1990 8,457 −1.9%
2000 9,652 14.1%
2010 9,805 1.6%
Est. 2012 9,474 −3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 9,652 people, 4,040 households, and 2,791 families residing in the county. The population density was 14 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 5,205 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.36% White, 0.23% Black or African American, 0.75% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races. Approximately 0.98% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,040 households out of which 26.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.60% were married couples living together, 7.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.90% were non-families. 27.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.00% under the age of 18, 5.60% from 18 to 24, 22.90% from 25 to 44, 27.20% from 45 to 64, and 21.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 98.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,321, and the median income for a family was $31,498. Males had a median income of $23,231 versus $18,351 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,025. About 16.20% of families and 19.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.30% of those under age 18 and 17.60% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Education[edit]

Public Schools[edit]

  • Roscoe C-1 School District – Roscoe
    • Roscoe Elementary School (PK-08)

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

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

St. Clair County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Gladys J. Smith Democratic
Circuit Clerk Karen Hubbard Democratic
County Clerk Debbie Peden Democratic
Collector Sharon K. Foster Democratic
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Robert Salmon Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Leroy D. Strope Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Gerald R. Williams Republican
Coroner C. Randy Shelton Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Joleene V. Wood Democratic
Public Administrator Laurie Stinnett Republican
Recorder Pat Speight Terry Democratic
Sheriff Scott A. Keeler Republican
Treasurer Rhonda Shelby Republican

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 41.90% 2,093 54.73% 2,734 3.36% 168
2004 58.21% 2,888 40.40% 2,004 1.39% 69
2000 50.73% 2,405 47.35% 2,245 1.92% 91
1996 42.91% 1,909 54.37% 2,419 2.72% 121

All of St. Clair County is a part of Missouri’s 119th District in the Missouri House of Representatives and is represented by Sandy Crawford (R-Buffalo).

Missouri House of Representatives – District 119 – St. Clair County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Sandy Crawford 2,316 60.09
Democratic John L. Wilson 1,353 35.11
Constitution Raymond Kish 185 4.80

All of St. Clair 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 – St. Clair County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mike Parson 2,842 79.61
Constitution Bennie B. Hatfield 728 20.39

Federal[edit]

All of St. Clair 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 – St. Clair County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Vicky Hartzler 1,933 48.79
Democratic Ike Skelton* 1,828 46.14
Libertarian Jason Michael Braun 116 2.93
Constitution Greg Cowan 85 2.15

Political Culture[edit]

Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 59.76% 2,981 37.81% 1,886 2.32% 121
2004 62.40% 3,098 37.08% 1,841 0.52% 26
2000 57.63% 2,731 39.38% 1,866 2.99% 142
1996 40.58% 1,815 44.15% 1,975 15.29% 684

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

St. Clair County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 437 (33.11%)
Mike Huckabee 572 (43.33%)
Mitt Romney 246 (18.64%)
Ron Paul 44 (3.33%)
St. Clair County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 923 (67.52%)
Barack Obama 357 (26.12%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 62 (4.54%)
Uncommitted 18 (1.32%)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1918). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 357. 
  4. ^ Klos, Stanley L. (2004). "Arthur St. Clair". President Who? Forgotten Founders. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Evisum, Inc. pp. 367–422. ISBN 0-9752627-5-0. 
  5. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°02′N 93°46′W / 38.04°N 93.77°W / 38.04; -93.77