Hickory County, Missouri

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Hickory County
Hickory County courthouse in Hermitage
Hickory County courthouse in Hermitage
Map of Missouri highlighting Hickory County
Location within the U.S. state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 37°56′N 93°19′W / 37.94°N 93.32°W / 37.94; -93.32
Country United States
State Missouri
FoundedFebruary 14, 1845
Named forAndrew Jackson, nicknamed "Old Hickory"
SeatHermitage
Largest cityHermitage
Area
 • Total412 sq mi (1,070 km2)
 • Land399 sq mi (1,030 km2)
 • Water13 sq mi (30 km2)  3.1%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total8,279
 • Estimate 
(2018)
9,509
 • Density20/sq mi (7.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district4th
WebsiteHickory County, Missouri

Hickory County is located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2020 census, the population was 8,279.[1] Its county seat is Hermitage.[2] The county was organized February 14, 1845, and named after President Andrew Jackson, whose nickname was "Old Hickory."[3][4] The Pomme de Terre Dam, a Corps of Engineers facility, is located three miles south of Hermitage and forms Lake Pomme de Terre by damming the Pomme de Terre River and Lindley Creek. Truman Reservoir, also a Corps of Engineers facility, floods the Pomme de Terre Reservoir from the northern border of the county southward to the city limits of Hermitage.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 412 square miles (1,070 km2), of which 399 square miles (1,030 km2) is land and 13 square miles (34 km2) (3.1%) is water.[5] It is the fifth-smallest county in Missouri by area.

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18502,329
18604,705102.0%
18706,45237.1%
18807,38714.5%
18909,45328.0%
19009,9855.6%
19108,741−12.5%
19207,033−19.5%
19306,430−8.6%
19406,5061.2%
19505,387−17.2%
19604,516−16.2%
19704,481−0.8%
19806,36742.1%
19907,33515.2%
20008,94021.9%
20109,6277.7%
20208,279−14.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2015[10]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 8,940 people, 3,911 households, and 2,737 families residing in the county. The population density was 22 people per square mile (9/km2). There were 6,184 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.51% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 1.44% from two or more races. Approximately 0.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,911 households, out of which 22.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.90% were married couples living together, 6.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.00% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.70.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 19.90% under the age of 18, 5.30% from 18 to 24, 19.10% from 25 to 44, 29.70% from 45 to 64, and 26.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females there were 96.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,346, and the median income for a family was $28,779. Males had a median income of $22,679 versus $17,610 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,536. About 13.00% of families and 19.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.90% of those under age 18 and 11.00% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Public libraries[edit]

  • Hickory County Library[12]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

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

Hickory County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Clint Baker Republican
Circuit Clerk Cee Cee Smith Republican
County Clerk Jeannie Lindsey Republican
Collector Karen Stokes Republican
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Robert Sawyer Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Chase Crawford Democratic
Commissioner
(District 2)
Rick Pearson Republican
Coroner Connie Boller Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Michael Brown Republican
Public Administrator Vanessa Prettyman Republican
Recorder Pamela Hutton Republican
Sheriff Greg Burke Republican
Surveyor T. Philip Nasalroad Democratic
Treasurer Kenny Ratliff Republican

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 62.30% 2,936 34.12% 1,608 3.58% 169
2012 46.65% 2,177 50.01% 2,334 3.34% 156
2008 35.62% 1,820 60.96% 3,115 3.42% 175
2004 56.54% 2,750 42.17% 2,051 1.30% 63
2000 47.74% 1,869 50.46% 2,132 1.80% 76
1996 47.36% 1,869 49.90% 1,969 2.74% 108

All of Hickory County is a part of Missouri's 125th District in the Missouri House of Representatives and is represented by Warren D. Love (R-Osceola).

Missouri House of Representatives — District 125 — Hickory County (2016)[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Warren D. Love 3,977 100.00%
Missouri House of Representatives — District 125 — Hickory County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Warren D. Love 2,006 100.00%
Missouri House of Representatives — District 125 — Hickory County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Warren D. Love 3,931 100.00%

All of Hickory County is a part of Missouri's 28th District in the Missouri Senate. The seat is held by Sandy Crawford who was elected after the previous incumbent, Mike Parson, was elected Lieutenant Governor in 2016.

Missouri Senate — District 28 — Hickory County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mike Parson 2,075 100.00%

Federal[edit]

U.S. Senate — Missouri — Hickory County (2016)[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Roy Blunt 2,959 62.93% +20.24
Democratic Jason Kander 1,490 31.69% -17.67
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 135 2.87% -5.08
Green Johnathan McFarland 69 1.47% +1.47
Constitution Fred Ryman 49 1.04% +1.04
U.S. Senate — Missouri — Hickory County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Todd Akin 1,982 42.69%
Democratic Claire McCaskill 2,292 49.36%
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 369 7.95%

All of Hickory 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 (2016)[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Vicky Hartzler 3,434 74.44% +1.87
Democratic Gordon Christensen 994 21.55% -1.76
Libertarian Mark Bliss 185 4.01% -0.11
U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri's 4th Congressional District — St. Clair County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Vicky Hartzler 1,778 72.57% +8.57
Democratic Nate Irvin 571 23.31% -9.02
Libertarian Herschel L. Young 101 4.12% +1.20
U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri’s 4th Congressional District — St. Clair County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Vicky Hartzler 2,963 64.00%
Democratic Teresa Hensley 1,497 32.33%
Libertarian Thomas Hollbrook 135 2.92%
Constitution Greg Cowan 35 0.75%

Political culture[edit]

United States presidential election results for Hickory County, Missouri[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 3,966 78.07% 1,056 20.79% 58 1.14%
2016 3,542 74.40% 1,016 21.34% 203 4.26%
2012 2,835 60.58% 1,733 37.03% 112 2.39%
2008 2,850 55.72% 2,171 42.44% 94 1.84%
2004 2,791 57.36% 2,043 41.99% 32 0.66%
2000 2,172 51.25% 1,961 46.27% 105 2.48%
1996 1,491 38.11% 1,858 47.49% 563 14.39%
1992 1,259 31.03% 1,929 47.54% 870 21.44%
1988 2,043 54.82% 1,677 45.00% 7 0.19%
1984 2,190 64.37% 1,212 35.63% 0 0.00%
1980 1,893 58.92% 1,248 38.84% 72 2.24%
1976 1,403 49.72% 1,398 49.54% 21 0.74%
1972 1,851 74.85% 622 25.15% 0 0.00%
1968 1,484 66.55% 537 24.08% 209 9.37%
1964 1,157 57.53% 854 42.47% 0 0.00%
1960 1,885 75.40% 615 24.60% 0 0.00%
1956 1,661 70.50% 695 29.50% 0 0.00%
1952 2,054 76.47% 622 23.16% 10 0.37%
1948 1,728 70.19% 733 29.77% 1 0.04%
1944 2,171 79.41% 560 20.48% 3 0.11%
1940 2,496 75.84% 787 23.91% 8 0.24%
1936 2,329 71.73% 910 28.03% 8 0.25%
1932 1,586 63.98% 878 35.42% 15 0.61%
1928 2,233 84.68% 399 15.13% 5 0.19%
1924 1,895 70.71% 722 26.94% 63 2.35%
1920 2,131 78.55% 532 19.61% 50 1.84%
1916 1,144 64.74% 552 31.24% 71 4.02%
1912 735 45.82% 421 26.25% 448 27.93%
1908 1,182 65.52% 561 31.10% 61 3.38%
1904 1,245 66.65% 531 28.43% 92 4.93%
1900 1,270 60.05% 777 36.74% 68 3.22%
1896 1,194 53.14% 1,045 46.51% 8 0.36%
1892 927 49.84% 423 22.74% 510 27.42%
1888 1,076 57.60% 628 33.62% 164 8.78%


Missouri presidential preference primary (2008)[edit]

Former U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-New York) received more votes, a total of 1,056, than any candidate from either party in Hickory County during the 2008 presidential primary.

Communities[edit]

Cities and Towns[edit]

Unincorporated Communities[edit]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 23, 2021.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. pp. 172.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 156.
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2014.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 16, 2014.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 16, 2014.
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 16, 2014.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 16, 2014.
  10. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 7, 2011. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  11. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  12. ^ Breeding, Marshall. "Hickory County Library". Libraries.org. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  13. ^ a b c "County Results - State of Missouri - 2016 General Election - November 8, 2016 - Official Results". Missouri Secretary of state. December 12, 2016. Retrieved April 28, 2017.
  14. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved March 25, 2018.

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Coordinates: 37°56′N 93°19′W / 37.94°N 93.32°W / 37.94; -93.32