Stoddard County, Missouri

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Stoddard County, Missouri
Stoddard County Courthouse, Missouri.JPG
Stoddard County Courthouse, February 2014
Map of Missouri highlighting Stoddard County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded January 2, 1835
Named for Amos Stoddard
Seat Bloomfield
Largest city Dexter
Area
 • Total 828.94 sq mi (2,147 km2)
 • Land 827.12 sq mi (2,142 km2)
 • Water 1.82 sq mi (5 km2), 0.22%
Population
 • (2010) 29,968
 • Density 36/sq mi (14/km²)
Congressional district 8th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.idasc.com

Stoddard County is a county located in the southeastern portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 29,968.[1] The county seat is Bloomfield.[2] The county was officially organized on January 2, 1835, and is named for Amos Stoddard, the first American Civil Commandant of Upper Louisiana.[3]

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Religion[edit]

According to the Association of Religion Data Archives County Membership Report (2000), Stoddard County is a part of the Bible Belt with evangelical Protestantism being the majority religion. The most predominant denominations among residents in Stoddard County who adhere to a religion are Southern Baptists (49.21%), Methodists (12.10%), and Churches of Christ (8.69%).[citation needed]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 828.94 square miles (2,146.9 km2), of which 827.12 square miles (2,142.2 km2) (or 99.78%) is land and 1.82 square miles (4.7 km2) (or 0.22%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 3,153
1850 4,277 35.6%
1860 7,877 84.2%
1870 8,535 8.4%
1880 13,431 57.4%
1890 17,327 29.0%
1900 24,669 42.4%
1910 27,807 12.7%
1920 29,755 7.0%
1930 27,452 −7.7%
1940 33,009 20.2%
1950 33,463 1.4%
1960 29,490 −11.9%
1970 25,771 −12.6%
1980 29,009 12.6%
1990 28,895 −0.4%
2000 29,705 2.8%
2010 29,968 0.9%
Est. 2012 29,795 −0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there 29,705 people, 12,064 households, and 8,480 families residing in the county. The population density was 36 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 13,221 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.34% White, 0.91% Black or African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. Approximately 0.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 38.4% were of American, 15.4% German, 12.4% Irish and 8.5% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 12,064 households out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.40% were married couples living together, 9.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.70% were non-families. 26.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.90% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 26.30% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 17.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,120, and the median income for a family was $41,072. Males had a median income of $26,514 versus $17,778 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,003. About 12.80% of families and 16.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.20% of those under age 18 and 17.60% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

The Democratic Party mostly controls politics at the local level in Stoddard County. Democrats hold all but four of the elected positions in the county.

Stoddard County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Jody Lemmon Democratic
Circuit Clerk Sherry L. Disney Democratic
County Clerk Joe Watson Republican
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Greg Mathis Democratic
Commissioner
(District 1)
Danny Talkington Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Carol Jarrell Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Russ Oliver Republican
Public Administrator Pamela Lape Democratic
Recorder Kay Asbell Democratic
Sheriff Carl Hefner Democratic
Surveyor Dan Fisher Republican
Treasurer Carla Moore Democratic

State[edit]

Stoddard County is divided among three legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives.

  • District 159 – Currently represented by Billy Pat Wright (R-Dexter) and consists of most of the county, including Advance, Bell City, Bloomfield, Dexter, Dudley, and Puxico.
Missouri House of Representatives - District 159 - Stoddard County (2008)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Billy Pat Wright* 5,999 71.33 +8.70
Democratic Bill Burlison 2,411 28.67 -8.70
  • District 161 – Currently represented by Steve Hodges (D-East Prairie) and consists of some of the southeastern portions of the county along the New Madrid County border including Baker, Essex, and Penermon.
Missouri House of Representatives - District 161 - Stoddard County (2008)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Ron McCormick 257 59.49 +59.49
Democratic Steve Hodges* 175 40.51 -59.49
  • District 163 – Currently represented by Kent Hampton (R-Malden) and consists of the southwestern corner along the Dunklin and Butler county lines, including Bernie. Democratic incumbent Tom Todd was defeated by Republican challenger Kent Hampton in 2010.
Missouri House of Representatives - District 163 - Stoddard County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Kent Hampton 654 63.01 +63.01
Democratic Tom Todd* 384 36.99 -37.86

All of Stoddard County is a part of Missouri's 25th District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by State Senator Rob Mayer (R-Dexter). In 2008, Mayer defeated Democrat M. Shane Stoelting 65.32%-34.68% in the district. The 25th Senatorial District consists of Butler, Dunklin, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Ripley, Stoddard, and Wayne counties.

Missouri Senate - District 25 - Stoddard County (2008)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Rob Mayer 9,894 75.51
Democratic M. Shane Stoelting 3,209 24.49
Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2012 50.99% 6,514 46.81% 5,980 2.19% 280
2008 52.85% 6,919 45.33% 5,934 1.82% 239
2004 61.63% 8,152 37.35% 4,940 1.03% 136
2000 52.83% 6,537 45.98% 5,689 1.19% 147
1996 39.80% 4,423 58.49% 6,501 1.71% 190
1992 46.69% 5,487 53.31% 6,265 0.00% 0
1988 63.64% 6,634 36.30% 3,784 0.06% 6
1984 59.47% 6,421 40.53% 4,376 0.00% 0
1980 53.42% 6,093 46.54% 5,308 0.04% 5
1976 46.48% 4,617 53.50% 5,315 0.02% 2

Federal[edit]

Stoddard County is included in Missouri’s 8th Congressional District and is currently represented by Jason T. Smith (R-Salem) in the U.S. House of Representatives. Smith won a special election on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, to finish out the remaining term of U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson (R-Cape Girardeau). Emerson announced her resignation a month after being reelected with over 70 percent of the vote in the district. She resigned to become CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative.

U.S. House of Representatives - District 8 – Stoddard County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jo Ann Emerson 10,043 78.49 +8.12
Democratic Jack Rushin 2,381 18.61 -7.42
Libertarian Rick Vandeven 372 2.91 +1.60
U.S. House of Representatives - District 8 - Special Election – Stoddard County (2013)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jason T. Smith 1,968 67.33
Democratic Steve Hodges 787 26.92
Constitution Doug Enyart 87 2.98
Libertarian Bill Slantz 41 1.40
Write-in Robert W. George 20 0.68
Write-in Thomas Brown 20 0.68

Political Culture[edit]

Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2012 73.81% 9,496 24.51% 3,153 1.68% 217
2008 69.16% 9,172 29.40% 3,899 1.44% 191
2004 69.74% 9,242 29.78% 3,946 0.48% 64
2000 62.04% 7,727 35.94% 4,476 2.02% 251
1996 44.92% 5,020 43.69% 4,883 11.39% 1,273
1992 37.44% 4,608 46.47% 5,720 16.06% 1,977
1988 55.25% 5,822 44.61% 4,701 0.14% 15
1984 60.95% 6,701 39.05% 4,294 0.00% 0
1980 53.85% 6,199 44.54% 5,128 1.61% 185
1976 39.45% 3,989 60.30% 6,097 0.25% 25

At the presidential level, Stoddard County generally tends to lean Republican. John McCain carried Stoddard County over Barack Obama by more than a two-to-one margin in 2008. George W. Bush also carried Stoddard County twice in 2000 over Al Gore and in 2004 over John Kerry when he received just under 70 percent of the vote. Bill Clinton did manage to carry Stoddard County in 1992 but narrowly lost it in his reelection bid in 1996 to Bob Dole.

Like most rural areas, voters in Stoddard County generally adhere to socially and culturally conservative principles which strongly influence their Republican leanings. In 2004, Missourians voted on a constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman—it overwhelmingly passed Stoddard County with 88.29 percent of the vote. The initiative passed the state with 71 percent of support from voters as Missouri became the first state to ban same-sex marriage. In 2006, Missourians voted on a constitutional amendment to fund and legalize embryonic stem cell research in the state—it failed in Stoddard County with 60.65 percent voting against the measure. The initiative narrowly passed the state with 51 percent of support from voters as Missouri became one of the first states in the nation to approve embryonic stem cell research. Despite Stoddard County’s longstanding tradition of supporting socially conservative platforms, voters in the county have a penchant for advancing populist causes like increasing the minimum wage. In 2006, Missourians voted on a proposition (Proposition B) to increase the minimum wage in the state to $6.50 an hour—it passed Stoddard County with 72.02 percent of the vote. The proposition strongly passed every single county in Missouri with 75.94 percent voting in favor as the minimum wage was increased to $6.50 an hour in the state. During the same election, voters in five other states also strongly approved increases in the minimum wage.

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

In the 2008 Missouri Presidential Preference Primary, voters in Stoddard County from both political parties supported candidates who finished in second place in the state at large and nationally.

Stoddard County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 772 (24.85%)
Mike Huckabee 1,571 (50.56%)
Mitt Romney 643 (20.70%)
Ron Paul 91 (2.93%)
Stoddard County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 2,225 (72.95%)
Barack Obama 684 (22.43%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 112 (3.67%)

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. 366. 
  4. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 36°52′N 89°57′W / 36.86°N 89.95°W / 36.86; -89.95