Johnson County, Missouri

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Johnson County, Missouri
Johnson County Mo Courthouse-retouched.jpg
Johnson County Courthouse in Warrensburg
Map of Missouri highlighting Johnson County
Location in the U.S. state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded December 13, 1834
Named for Richard M. Johnson
Seat Warrensburg
Largest city Warrensburg
Area
 • Total 833 sq mi (2,157 km2)
 • Land 829 sq mi (2,147 km2)
 • Water 3.9 sq mi (10 km2), 0.5%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 53,951
 • Density 63/sq mi (24/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.jococourthouse.com

Johnson County is a county located in western portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 52,595.[1] Its county seat is Warrensburg.[2] The county was formed December 13, 1834 from Lafayette County and named for Vice President Richard M. Johnson.[3]

Johnson County comprises the Warrensburg, MO Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Kansas City-Overland Park-Kansas City, MO-KS Combined Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 833 square miles (2,160 km2), of which 829 square miles (2,150 km2) is land and 3.9 square miles (10 km2) (0.5%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 4,471
1850 7,464 66.9%
1860 14,614 95.8%
1870 24,648 68.7%
1880 28,172 14.3%
1890 28,132 −0.1%
1900 27,843 −1.0%
1910 26,297 −5.6%
1920 24,899 −5.3%
1930 22,413 −10.0%
1940 21,617 −3.6%
1950 20,716 −4.2%
1960 28,981 39.9%
1970 34,172 17.9%
1980 39,059 14.3%
1990 42,514 8.8%
2000 48,258 13.5%
2010 52,595 9.0%
Est. 2016 53,942 [5] 2.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2015[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 48,258 people, 17,410 households, and 11,821 families residing in the county. The population density was 58 people per square mile (22/km²). There were 18,886 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.12% White, 4.33% Black or African American, 0.65% Native American, 1.43% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 1.29% from other races, and 2.05% from two or more races. Approximately 2.92% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 17,410 households out of which 35.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.90% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.10% were non-families. 22.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.10% under the age of 18, 20.20% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 17.80% from 45 to 64, and 9.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 101.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,391, and the median income for a family was $43,050. Males had a median income of $28,901 versus $21,376 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,037. About 9.50% of families and 14.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.20% of those under age 18 and 10.80% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

  • Chilhowee R-IV School District – Chilhowee
  • Holden R-III School District – Holden
    • Holden Elementary School (P–5)
    • Holden Intermediate School (3–5)
    • Holden Middle School (6–8)
    • Holden High School (9–12)
  • Johnson County R-VII School District – Centerview
  • Kingsville R-I School District – Kingsville
  • Knob Noster R-VIII School District – Knob Noster
    • Knob Noster Elementary School (P–5)
    • Whiteman Air Force Base Elementary School (P–5) – Whiteman
    • Knob Noster Middle School (6–8)
    • Knob Noster High School (9–12)
  • Leeton R-X School District – Leeton
    • Leeton Elementary School (P–5)
    • Leeton Middle School (6–8)
    • Leeton High School (9–12)
  • Warrensburg R-VI School District – Warrensburg
    • Reese Early Childhood Education Center
    • Maple Grove Elementary School (P–2)
    • Ridge View Elementary School (P–2)
    • Martin Warren Elementary School (3–5)
    • Sterling Elementary School (3–5)
    • Warrensburg Middle School (6–8)
    • Warrensburg High School (9–12)
    • Warrensburg Area Career Center

Private schools[edit]

Post-secondary[edit]

Public libraries[edit]

  • Holden Public Library[11]
  • Trails Regional Library[12]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

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

Johnson County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Mark Reynolds Republican
Circuit Clerk Stephanie Elkins Democratic
County Clerk Diane Thompson Republican
Collector Ruthane Small Democratic
Commissioner
(Presiding)
William H. Gabel Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Scott Sader Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Destry Hough Democratic
Coroner C.L. Holdren Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Lynn Stoppy Republican
Public Administrator Nancy Jo Jennings Republican
Recorder Janet K. Jones Republican
Sheriff Charles M. Heiss Republican
Surveyor Sam King Republican
Treasurer Nancy Davis Republican

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 56.88% 12,040 39.38% 8,335 3.74% 793
2012 45.67% 9,484 50.22% 10,428 4.11% 853
2008 43.29% 9,367 53.88% 11,658 2.82% 613
2004 53.54% 10,767 44.55% 8,958 1.91% 384
2000 49.27% 8,219 47.75% 7,964 2.98% 497
1996 34.65% 5,024 62.63% 9,082 2.72% 394

Johnson County is divided into four legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives, all of which are held by Republicans.

  • District 51 — Dean Dohrman (R-La Monte). Consists of the eastern half of the city of Warrensburg.
Missouri House of Representatives — District 51 — Johnson County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Dean Dohrman 3,713 67.39% +13.82
Democratic John Cozort 1,797 32.61% -7.99
Missouri House of Representatives — District 51 — Johnson County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Dean Dohrman 1,792 53.57% +4.43
Democratic Gary L. Grigsby 1,358 40.60% -5.70
Libertarian Bill Wayne 195 5.83% +1.27
Missouri House of Representatives — District 51 — Johnson County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Dean Dohrman 2,611 49.14%
Democratic Gary L. Grigsby 2,460 46.30%
Libertarian Bill Wayne 242 4.56%
  • District 52 — Nathan Beard (R-Sedalia). Consists of the community of Knob Noster, and Whiteman Air Force Base.
Missouri House of Representatives — District 52 — Johnson County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Nathan Beard 1,189 69.74% -30.26
Democratic Kyle Garner 516 30.26% +30.26
Missouri House of Representatives — District 52 — Johnson County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Nathan Beard 711 100.00% +34.18
Missouri House of Representatives — District 52 — Johnson County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Stanley Cox 986 65.82%
Democratic Phyllis Sue Domann 512 34.18%
Missouri House of Representatives – District 122 – Johnson County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Glen Kolkmeyer 582 100.00% +34.36
Missouri House of Representatives — District 53 — Johnson County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Glen Kolkmeyer 235 65.64% +5.33
Democratic Henry Grubb 123 34.36% -5.33
Missouri House of Representatives — District 53 — Johnson County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Glen Kolkmeyer 383 60.31%
Democratic Holmes Osborne 252 39.69%
  • District 54 — Dan Houx (R- Warrensburg). Consists of western half of the city of Warrensburg and the communities of Centerview, Chilhowee, Holden, Kingsville, La Tour, and Leeton.
Missouri House of Representatives — District 54 — Johnson County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Dan Houx 8,316 65.41% -12.70
Democratic Bob Gregory 3,549 27.92% +27.92
Libertarian Steve Daugherty 848 6.67% +6.67
Missouri House of Representatives — District 54 — Johnson County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Denny Hoskins 5,279 78.11% +17.44
Constitution Daniel Plemons 1,479 21.89% +21.89
Missouri House of Representatives — District 54 — Johnson County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Denny Hoskins 7,753 60.67%
Democratic Nancy Maxwell 3,885 30.40%
Independent Eddie Osborne 1,140 8.92%

All of Johnson County is a part of Missouri’s 21st District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Denny Hoskins (R-Warrensburg).

Missouri Senate — District 21 — Johnson County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Denny Hoskins 14,641 70.46% -2.70
Democratic ElGene Ver Dught 5,028 24.20% +1.64
Libertarian Bill Wayne 1,110 5.34% +1.07
Missouri Senate — District 21 — Johnson County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican David Pearce 14,983 73.16%
Democratic ElGene Ver Dught 4,621 22.56%
Libertarian Steven Hedrick 875 4.27%

Federal[edit]

U.S. Senate — Missouri — Johnson County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Roy Blunt 11,611 54.88% +13.41
Democratic Jason Kander 8,315 39.30% -9.80
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 714 3.37% -6.06
Green Johnathan McFarland 268 1.27% +1.27
Constitution Fred Ryman 248 1.17% +1.17
U.S. Senate — Missouri — Johnson County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Todd Akin 8,613 41.47%
Democratic Claire McCaskill 10,197 49.10%
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 1,959 9.43%

All of Johnson 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 — Johnson County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Vicky Hartzler 14,102 67.63% -0.14
Democratic Gordon Christensen 5,584 26.78% +1.05
Libertarian Mark Bliss 1,167 5.59% -0.91
U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri's 4th Congressional District — Johnson County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Vicky Hartzler 7,770 67.77% +7.59
Democratic Nate Irvin 2,950 25.73% -9.05
Libertarian Herschel L. Young 745 6.50% +2.48
U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri’s 4th Congressional District — Johnson County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Vicky Hartzler 12,356 60.18%
Democratic Teresa Hensley 7,140 34.78%
Libertarian Thomas Holbrook 825 4.02%
Constitution Greg Cowan 209 1.02%

Political culture[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 64.2% 13,719 27.8% 5,930 8.0% 1,713
2012 60.7% 12,763 36.5% 7,667 2.8% 591
2008 55.2% 12,183 42.9% 9,480 1.9% 417
2004 60.6% 12,257 38.5% 7,790 0.9% 189
2000 55.6% 9,339 41.3% 6,926 3.1% 522
1996 43.1% 6,276 42.7% 6,220 14.3% 2,078
1992 33.1% 5,032 36.5% 5,546 30.4% 4,625
1988 58.1% 7,512 41.6% 5,373 0.3% 36
1984 66.5% 8,413 33.5% 4,238
1980 51.2% 6,449 43.2% 5,441 5.5% 695
1976 49.1% 5,513 49.5% 5,551 1.4% 156
1972 70.4% 7,228 29.6% 3,044
1968 51.8% 4,834 37.3% 3,484 10.9% 1,018
1964 40.4% 4,348 59.6% 6,412
1960 59.7% 6,970 40.3% 4,712
1956 59.3% 6,599 40.7% 4,530
1952 61.8% 6,990 38.0% 4,294 0.2% 23
1948 50.0% 4,903 49.9% 4,888 0.1% 14
1944 57.3% 5,949 42.6% 4,419 0.1% 10
1940 54.2% 6,468 45.6% 5,441 0.2% 19
1936 47.9% 5,797 52.0% 6,294 0.2% 22
1932 38.4% 4,088 60.9% 6,481 0.7% 76
1928 61.9% 7,032 38.0% 4,316 0.2% 19
1924 47.7% 5,248 50.2% 5,526 2.1% 232
1920 50.7% 5,700 48.4% 5,444 1.0% 108
1916 43.8% 2,966 54.7% 3,701 1.5% 100
1912 27.0% 1,772 52.9% 3,468 20.1% 1,319
1908 45.4% 2,997 52.8% 3,483 1.7% 115
1904 46.6% 2,989 51.1% 3,277 2.4% 153
1900 44.8% 3,051 53.0% 3,612 2.2% 153
1896 42.9% 3,219 56.5% 4,240 0.6% 48
1892 41.3% 2,667 48.1% 3,109 10.6% 685
1888 46.3% 2,895 50.9% 3,183 2.7% 171

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

  • Former U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-New York) received more votes, a total of 2,548, than any candidate from either party in Johnson County during the 2008 presidential primary.
Johnson County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 1,558 (36.22%)
Mike Huckabee 1,303 (30.30%)
Mitt Romney 1,149 (26.71%)
Ron Paul 204 (4.74%)
Johnson County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Clinton 2,548 (53.22%)
Barack Obama 2,062 (43.07%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 147 (3.07%)

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Other unincorporated places[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 169. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. 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. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ Breeding, Marshall. "Holden Public Library". Libraries.org. Retrieved May 8, 2017. 
  12. ^ Breeding, Marshall. "Trails Regional Library". Libraries.org. Retrieved May 8, 2017. 
  13. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

Further reading[edit]

  • Cockrell, Ewing. History of Johnson County, Missouri (1918) online

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°45′N 93°49′W / 38.75°N 93.81°W / 38.75; -93.81