Butler County, Missouri

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Butler County
Butler County Courthouse in Poplar Bluff
Butler County Courthouse in Poplar Bluff
Map of Missouri highlighting Butler County
Location within the U.S. state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 36°43′N 90°24′W / 36.72°N 90.4°W / 36.72; -90.4
Country United States
State Missouri
FoundedFebruary 27, 1849
Named forWilliam Orlando Butler
SeatPoplar Bluff
Largest cityPoplar Bluff
Area
 • Total699 sq mi (1,810 km2)
 • Land695 sq mi (1,800 km2)
 • Water4.3 sq mi (11 km2)  0.6%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total42,130
 • Density60/sq mi (23/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district8th
Websitebutlercountymo.com

Butler County is a county located in the southeast Ozark Foothills Region in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2020 Census, the county's population was 42,130.[1] The largest city and county seat is Poplar Bluff.[2] The county was officially organized from Wayne County on February 27, 1849, and is named after former U.S. Representative William O. Butler (D-Kentucky), who was also an unsuccessful candidate for Vice President of the United States.[3] The first meeting in the Butler County Courthouse was held on June 18, 1849.

Butler County comprises the Poplar Bluff, MO Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 699 square miles (1,810 km2), of which 695 square miles (1,800 km2) is land and 4.3 square miles (11 km2) (0.6%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18501,616
18602,89178.9%
18704,29848.7%
18806,01139.9%
189010,16469.1%
190016,76965.0%
191020,62423.0%
192024,10616.9%
193023,697−1.7%
194034,27644.6%
195037,70710.0%
196034,656−8.1%
197033,529−3.3%
198037,69312.4%
199038,7652.8%
200040,8675.4%
201042,7944.7%
202042,130−1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2020[1]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 40,867 people, 16,718 households, and 11,318 families residing in the county. The population density was 59 people per square mile (23/km2). There were 18,707 housing units at an average density of 27 per square mile (10/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.16% White, 5.22% Black or African American, 0.56% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. Approximately 1.01% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Among the major first ancestries reported in Butler County were 31.7% American, 13.8% German, 11.6% Irish and 10.5% English.

There were 16,718 households, out of which 29.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.50% were married couples living together, 11.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. 28.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.70% 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 2.91.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 24.20% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 26.60% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 16.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,422, and the median income for a family was $42,713. Males had a median income of $27,449 versus $19,374 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,282. About 14.00% of families and 18.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.90% of those under age 18 and 16.90% of those age 65 or over.

Religion[edit]

According to the Association of Religion Data Archives County Membership Report (2010), Butler County is part of the Bible Belt, with evangelical Protestantism being the most predominant religion. The most predominant denominations among residents in Butler County who adhere to a religion are Southern Baptists (36.39%), nondenominational evangelical groups (14.64%), and Roman Catholics (11.92%).

Education[edit]

Of adults 25 years of age and older in Butler County, 70.5% possesses a high school diploma or higher while 11.6% holds a bachelor's degree or higher as their highest educational attainment.

Public Schools[edit]

  • Neelyville R-IV School District[10] - Neelyville
    • Hillview Elementary School - Harviell - (PK-02)
    • Neelyville Elementary School - (03-06)
    • Neelyville High School - (07-12)
  • Poplar Bluff R-I School District[11] - Poplar Bluff
    • Eugene Field Elementary School - (01-03)
    • Mark Twain Early Childhood Center - (PK/Daycare)
    • Lake Road Elementary School - (01-04)
    • Poplar Bluff Kindergarten Center - (K)
    • O'Neal Elementary School - (01-03)
    • Oak Grove Elementary School - (01-03)
    • Poplar Bluff Middle School - (04-06)
    • Poplar Bluff Jr. High School (07-08)
    • Poplar Bluff High School (09-12)
  • Twin Rivers R-X School District[12] - Broseley
    • Fisk Elementary School - Fisk - (K-08)
    • Qulin Elementary School - Qulin - (K-08)
    • Twin Rivers High School - Broseley - (09-12)

Private schools[edit]

Special education/other schools[edit]

Post-secondary[edit]

Public libraries[edit]

  • Fisk Community Library[16]
  • Poplar Bluff Public Library[17]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

Butler County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Chris Rickman Republican
Circuit Clerk Cindi Bowman Republican
County Clerk Tonyi Deffendall Republican
Collector Emily Parks Republican
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Vince Lampe Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Don Anderson Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Dennis “Boots” LeGrand Republican
Coroner Jim Akers Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Kacey Proctor Republican
Public Administrator Sharron Payne Republican
Recorder Debby Lundstrom Republican
Sheriff Mark Dobbs Republican
Treasurer Tammy Marler Republican

The Republican Party completely controls all politics at the local level in Butler County.

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2020 79.63% 14,337 18.60% 3,349 1.77% 318
2016 73.78% 12,598 23.65% 4,039 2.57% 438
2012 55.46% 9,251 42.18% 7,036 2.36% 393
2008 54.12% 9,205 43.86% 7,459 2.02% 343
2004 66.12% 10,796 32.85% 5,364 1.03% 168
2000 58.40% 8,301 39.80% 5,657 1.80% 257
1996 47.71% 6,793 50.63% 7,208 1.66% 237
1992 49.18% 7,335 50.82% 7,581 0.00% 0
1988 66.86% 9,060 33.12% 4,488 0.02% 3
1984 59.67% 7,875 40.33% 5,323 0.00% 0
1980 53.17% 7,471 46.75% 6,569 0.07% 10
1976 52.91% 6,489 46.82% 5,742 0.27% 33
1972 54.67% 6,972 45.23% 5,768 0.09% 12
1968 41.44% 5,393 58.56% 7,621 0.00% 0
1964 38.67% 5,021 61.33% 7,964 0.00% 0
1960 49.56% 6,772 50.44% 6,891 0.00% 0

Butler County is split between two legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives, both of which are represented by Republicans.

  • District 152 is currently represented by Hardy Billington (R-Poplar Bluff). It consists of all of the cities of Neelyville, Qulin, and Poplar Bluff; all of the census-designated place of Harviell; and the unincorporated communities of Angus, Batesville, Belcher, Booser, Broseley, Fagus, Hubbel, Kremlin, Loma Linda, Nyssa, Oglesville, Platanus, Resnik, Roxie, Taft, and Vastus.
Missouri House of Representatives — District 152 — Butler County (2020)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Hardy Billington 9,595 100.00% +30.81
Missouri House of Representatives — District 152 — Butler County (2018)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Hardy Billington 5,890 69.19% -30.81
Democratic Robert L. Smith 2,623 30.81% +30.81
  • District 153 is currently represented by Darrell Atchison (R-Williamsville). It consists of all of the city of Fisk and the unincorporated communities of Ash Hill, Barron, Empire, Halloran, Hamtown, Hendrickson, Hilliard, Keener, Kinzer, Morocco, Rombauer, and Wilby.
Missouri House of Representatives — District 153 — Butler County (2020)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Darrell Atchison 6,147 100.00% +18.87
Missouri House of Representatives — District 153 — Butler County (2018)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jeff Shawan 4,249 81.13% +0.04
Democratic Matt Michel 988 18.87% -0.05

All of Butler County is included in Missouri's 25th Senatorial District and is represented by Republican Jason Bean (R-Holcomb) in the Missouri Senate.

Missouri Senate — District 25 — Butler County (2020)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jason Bean 16,168 100.00% +23.84
Missouri Senate — District 25 — Butler County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Doug Libla 12,741 76.16% +6.54
Democratic Bill Burlison 3,989 23.84% -6.54

Federal[edit]

All of Butler County is included in Missouri's 8th Congressional District and is currently represented by Jason Smith (R-Salem) in the U.S. House of Representatives. Smith was elected to a fifth term in 2020 over Democratic challenger Kathy Ellis.

U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri’s 8th Congressional District – Butler County (2020)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jason Smith 14,372 80.67% +1.02
Democratic Kathy Ellis 3,154 17.70% -1.14
Libertarian Tom Schmitz 289 1.62% +0.11
U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri's 8th Congressional District – Butler County (2018)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jason Smith 11,060 79.65% +0.24
Democratic Kathy Ellis 2,616 18.84% +0.79
Libertarian Jonathan L. Shell 210 1.51% -1.04

Butler County, along with the rest of the state of Missouri, is represented in the U.S. Senate by Josh Hawley (R-Columbia) and Roy Blunt (R-Strafford).

U.S. Senate – Class I – Butler County (2018)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Josh Hawley 10,727 76.47% +22.14
Democratic Claire McCaskill 2,961 21.11% -19.48
Independent Craig O'Dear 147 1.05%
Libertarian Japheth Campbell 115 0.82% -4.26
Green Jo Crain 77 0.55% +0.55
Write-Ins 1 0.01%

Blunt was elected to a second term in 2016 over then-Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander.

U.S. Senate - Class III - Butler County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Roy Blunt 11,764 69.22%
Democratic Jason Kander 4,543 26.73%
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 371 2.18%
Green Johnathan McFarland 185 1.09%
Constitution Fred Ryman 132 0.78%

Political culture[edit]

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[18]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2020 80.5% 14,602 18.2% 3,301 1.3% 238
2016 79.1% 13,650 17.6% 3,036 3.3% 573
2012 72.5% 12,248 25.8% 4,363 1.7% 278
2008 68.1% 11,805 30.7% 5,316 1.3% 217
2004 71.1% 11,696 28.4% 4,666 0.5% 79
2000 63.3% 9,111 34.7% 4,996 2.0% 290
1996 48.8% 6,996 40.3% 5,780 10.9% 1,567
1992 42.2% 6,450 43.2% 6,602 14.5% 2,220
1988 58.0% 7,968 41.9% 5,751 0.1% 19
1984 65.0% 8,712 35.0% 4,699
1980 58.8% 8,342 39.5% 5,605 1.7% 234
1976 45.4% 5,669 54.1% 6,759 0.5% 57
1972 72.6% 9,198 27.4% 3,466
1968 47.0% 6,326 32.5% 4,379 20.5% 2,759
1964 42.1% 5,616 57.9% 7,710
1960 61.8% 8,751 38.2% 5,406
1956 55.2% 7,216 44.9% 5,869
1952 54.9% 7,843 45.0% 6,426 0.1% 16
1948 44.4% 4,276 55.2% 5,319 0.4% 35
1944 60.0% 6,375 39.7% 4,219 0.3% 32
1940 56.2% 8,024 43.5% 6,213 0.3% 38
1936 50.3% 6,355 49.4% 6,234 0.3% 42
1932 40.3% 4,155 58.8% 6,058 0.9% 90
1928 62.5% 5,591 37.1% 3,320 0.4% 38
1924 56.0% 4,489 36.8% 2,953 7.2% 577
1920 61.8% 4,601 35.8% 2,662 2.4% 179
1916 53.8% 2,717 42.2% 2,135 4.0% 202
1912 39.7% 1,851 41.7% 1,946 18.6% 868
1908 51.2% 2,186 44.4% 1,893 4.4% 189
1904 54.9% 1,960 38.4% 1,369 6.7% 239
1900 51.8% 1,888 45.8% 1,670 2.4% 89
1896 48.2% 1,635 51.4% 1,743 0.4% 15
1892 42.3% 1,052 49.6% 1,233 8.1% 202
1888 41.0% 857 56.9% 1,189 2.1% 43

At the presidential level, Butler County is solidly Republican. Butler County strongly favored Donald Trump in both 2016 and 2020. Bill Clinton was the last Democratic presidential nominee to carry Butler County in 1992 with a plurality of the vote, and a Democrat hasn't won majority support from the county's voters in a presidential election since Jimmy Carter in 1976.

Like most rural areas throughout Missouri, voters in Butler County generally adhere to socially and culturally conservative principles which tend to influence their Republican leanings. Despite Butler County's longstanding tradition of supporting socially conservative platforms, voters in the county have a penchant for advancing populist causes. In 2018, Missourians voted on a proposition (Proposition A) concerning right to work, the outcome of which ultimately reversed the right to work legislation passed in the state the previous year. 54.47% of Butler County voters cast their ballots to overturn the law.

Missouri presidential preference primaries[edit]

2020[edit]

The 2020 presidential primaries for both the Democratic and Republican parties were held in Missouri on March 10. On the Democratic side, former Vice President Joe Biden (D-Delaware) both won statewide and carried Butler County by a wide margin. Biden went on to defeat President Donald Trump in the general election.

Missouri Democratic Presidential Primary – Butler County (2020)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Joe Biden 997 60.72
Democratic Bernie Sanders 564 34.35
Democratic Tulsi Gabbard 10 0.61
Democratic Others/Uncommitted 71 4.32

Incumbent President Donald Trump (R-Florida) faced a primary challenge from former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, but won both Butler County and statewide by overwhelming margins.

Missouri Republican Presidential Primary – Butler County (2020)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Donald Trump 2,999 98.65
Republican Bill Weld 7 0.23
Republican Others/Uncommitted 34 1.12

2016[edit]

The 2016 presidential primaries for both the Republican and Democratic parties were held in Missouri on March 15. Businessman Donald Trump (R-New York) narrowly won the state overall, but carried a majority of the vote in Butler County. He went on to win the presidency.

Missouri Republican Presidential Primary – Butler County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Donald Trump 3,652 50.47
Republican Ted Cruz 2,676 36.98
Republican John Kasich 427 5.90
Republican Marco Rubio 324 4.48
Republican Others/Uncommitted 157 2.17

On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D-New York) narrowly won statewide and carried a majority in Butler County.

Missouri Democratic Presidential Primary – Butler County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Hillary Clinton 889 52.76
Democratic Bernie Sanders 766 45.46
Democratic Others/Uncommitted 30 1.78

2012[edit]

The 2012 Missouri Republican Presidential Primary's results were nonbinding on the state's national convention delegates. Voters in Butler County supported former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania), who finished first in the state at large, but eventually lost the nomination to former Governor Mitt Romney (R-Massachusetts). Delegates to the congressional district and state conventions were chosen at a county caucus, which selected a delegation favoring Santorum. Incumbent President Barack Obama easily won the Missouri Democratic Primary and renomination. He defeated Romney in the general election.

2008[edit]

In 2008, the Missouri Republican Presidential Primary was closely contested, with Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) prevailing and eventually winning the nomination. However, former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-Arkansas) won a plurality in Butler County.

Missouri Republican Presidential Primary – Butler County (2008)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mike Huckabee 2,215 48.85
Republican John McCain 1,117 24.64
Republican Mitt Romney 1,007 22.21
Republican Ron Paul 134 2.96
Republican Others/Uncommitted 61 1.35

Then-Senator Hillary Clinton (D-New York) received more votes than any candidate from either party in Butler County during the 2008 presidential primary. Despite initial reports that Clinton had won Missouri, Barack Obama (D-Illinois), also a Senator at the time, narrowly defeated her statewide and later became that year's Democratic nominee, going on to win the presidency.

Missouri Democratic Presidential Primary – Butler County (2008)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Hillary Clinton 2,490 69.87
Democratic Barack Obama 960 26.94
Democratic Others/Uncommitted 114 3.20

Communities[edit]

The Art Deco-style Rodgers Theatre opened in Poplar Bluff on June 1, 1949.

Cities[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Other unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Butler County is divided into ten townships:

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Coordinates: 36°43′N 90°24′W / 36.72°N 90.40°W / 36.72; -90.40