Worth County, Missouri

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Worth County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Worth County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded February 8, 1861
Named for William J. Worth
Seat Grant City
Largest city Grant City
Area
 • Total 266.75 sq mi (691 km2)
 • Land 266.52 sq mi (690 km2)
 • Water 0.23 sq mi (1 km2), 0.09%
Population
 • (2010) 2,171
 • Density 8/sq mi (3/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.worthcounty.us

Worth County is a county located in the northwester portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 2,171.[1] It is the smallest county in the state in population and total area. Its county seat is Grant City.[2] The county was organized February 8, 1861 and named for General William J. Worth who served in the Mexican-American War.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 266.75 square miles (690.9 km2), of which 266.52 square miles (690.3 km2) (or 99.91%) is land and 0.23 square miles (0.60 km2) (or 0.09%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 5,004
1880 8,203 63.9%
1890 8,738 6.5%
1900 9,832 12.5%
1910 8,007 −18.6%
1920 7,642 −4.6%
1930 6,535 −14.5%
1940 6,345 −2.9%
1950 5,120 −19.3%
1960 3,936 −23.1%
1970 3,359 −14.7%
1980 3,008 −10.4%
1990 2,440 −18.9%
2000 2,382 −2.4%
2010 2,171 −8.9%
Est. 2012 2,079 −4.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 2,382 people, 1,009 households, and 677 families residing in the county. The population density was 9 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 1,245 housing units at an average density of 5 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.99% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.08% Asian, and 0.42% from two or more races. Approximately 0.29% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 1,009 households out of which 28.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.40% were married couples living together, 7.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.90% were non-families. 30.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.30% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 23.50% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, and 22.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 96.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,471, and the median income for a family was $34,044. Males had a median income of $24,138 versus $17,300 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,367. About 10.90% of families and 14.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.80% of those under age 18 and 11.50% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Education[edit]

Public Schools[edit]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

The Republican Party controls politics at the local level in Worth County. Republicans hold all but six of the elected positions in the county.

Worth County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Carolyn J. Hardy Republican
Circuit Clerk Jana Findley Democratic
County Clerk Roberta Owens Republican
Collector Julie Tracy Republican
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Ted Findley Democratic
Commissioner
(District 1)
Regan Nonneman Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Chevy Davidson Republican
Coroner Sharon Supinger Democratic
Prosecuting Attorney David A. Baird Democratic
Public Administrator Patsy A. Worthington Republican
Recorder Barbara Foland Democratic
Sheriff Terry Sheddrick Democratic
Treasurer Linda L. Brown Republican

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 48.95% 559 47.99% 548 3.06% 35
2004 58.43% 662 40.69% 461 0.88% 10
2000 49.16% 557 48.72% 461 2.12% 24
1996 34.11% 425 64.37% 802 1.52% 19

Worth County is divided into two legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives, both of which are held by Republicans.

  • District 3 – Casey Guernsey (R-Bethany). Consists of the communities of Allendale, Denver, Irena, and Worth.
Missouri House of Representatives – District 3 – Worth County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Casey Guernsey 257 100.00
Missouri House of Representatives - District 4 – Worth County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mike Thomson 516 77.95
Democratic Robert L. Ritterbusch 146 22.05

Federal[edit]

All of Worth County is included in Missouri’s 6th Congressional District and is currently represented by Sam Graves (R-Tarkio) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri’s 6th Congressional District – Worth County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Sam Graves 694 71.77
Democratic Clint Hylton 269 27.82
Write-in Kyle Yarber 4 0.41
Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 60.22% 707 36.37% 427 3.41% 40
2004 61.04% 691 38.52% 436 0.44% 5
2000 56.22% 651 37.81% 469 3.28% 38
1996 42.42% 540 44.93% 572 12.65% 161

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

Worth County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 73 (28.63%)
Mike Huckabee 84 (32.94%)
Mitt Romney 77 (30.20%)
Ron Paul 10 (3.92%)
Worth County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 171 (57.97%)
Barack Obama 105 (35.59%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 17 (5.76%)

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. 372. 
  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. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 40°29′N 94°25′W / 40.48°N 94.42°W / 40.48; -94.42