Stoddard County, Missouri
|Stoddard County, Missouri|
Location in the state of Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
|Founded||January 2, 1835|
|Named for||Amos Stoddard, the first American Civil Commandant of Upper Louisiana|
828.94 sq mi (2,147 km²)
827.12 sq mi (2,142 km²)
1.82 sq mi (5 km²), 0.22%
36/sq mi (14/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Stoddard County is a county located in Southeast Missouri in the United States. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 29,968. The county seat is Bloomfield. The county was officially organized on January 2, 1835, and is named for Amos Stoddard, the first American Civil Commandant of Upper Louisiana.
Public schools 
- Advance R-IV School District - Advance
- Advance Elementary School (K-06)
- Advance High School (07-12)
- Bell City R-II School District - Bell City
- Bell City Elementary School (K-06)
- Bell City High School (07-12)
- Bernie R-XIII School District - Bernie
- Bernie Elementary School (PK-06)
- Bernie High School (07-12)
- Bloomfield R-XIV School District - Bloomfield
- Bloomfield Elementary School (PK-05)
- Bloomfield Middle School (06-08)
- Bloomfield High School (09-12)
- Bloomfield Juvenile Center (03-12)
- Dexter R-XI School District - Dexter
- Southwest Elementary School (PK-02)
- Central Elementary School (03-05)
- T.S. Hill Middle School (06-08)
- Dexter High School (09-12)
- Puxico R-VIII School District - Puxico
- Puxico Elementary School (PK-05)
- Puxico Jr. High School (06-08)
- Puxico High School (09-12)
- Mingo Technical High School (12)
- Richland R-I School District - Essex
- Richland Elementary School (K-06)
- Richland High School (07-12)
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%).
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.
Adjacent counties 
- Bollinger County (north)
- Cape Girardeau County & Scott County (northeast)
- New Madrid County (southeast)
- Dunklin County (south)
- Butler County (southwest)
- Wayne County (northwest)
Major highways 
National protected area 
As of the census of 2000, there were 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 
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|
|Circuit Clerk||Sherry L. Disney||Democratic|
|County Clerk||Joe Watson||Republican|
|Prosecuting Attorney||Russ Oliver||Republican|
|Public Administrator||Pamela Lape||Democratic|
|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|
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)|
|Republican||Billy Pat Wright*||5,999||71.33||+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)|
- 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)|
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)|
|Democratic||M. Shane Stoelting||3,209||24.49|
|U.S. House of Representatives - District 8 - Stoddard County (2010)|
|Republican||Jo Ann Emerson||7,023||70.37||-5.78|
Political Culture 
|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|
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) 
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.
- Former U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York) received more votes, a total of 2,225, than any candidate from either party in Stoddard County during the 2008 Missouri Presidential Primaries.
|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 
- Digitized 1930 Plat Book of Stoddard County from University of Missouri Division of Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books
||Wayne County||Bollinger County||Cape Girardeau County and Scott County|
|Butler County||Dunklin County||New Madrid County|