Marion County, Missouri

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Marion County, Missouri
Marion County MO courthouse Palmyra-001.jpg
Marion County courthouse in Palmyra
Map of Missouri highlighting Marion 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 23, 1826
Named for Francis Marion
Seat Palmyra
Largest city Hannibal
Area
 • Total 444 sq mi (1,150 km2)
 • Land 437 sq mi (1,132 km2)
 • Water 7.4 sq mi (19 km2), 1.7%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 28,880
 • Density 66/sq mi (25/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website http://marioncountymo.com/

Marion County is a county located in the northeastern portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,781.[1] Its county seat is Palmyra.[2] Unique from most third class counties in the state Marion has two courthouses, the second located in Hannibal.[3] The county was organized December 23, 1826[4][5] and named for General Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox," who was from South Carolina and served in the American Revolutionary War.[6] The area was known as the "Two Rivers Country" before organization.

Marion County is part of the Hannibal, MO Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Quincy-Hannibal, IL-MO Combined Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 444 square miles (1,150 km2), of which 437 square miles (1,130 km2) is land and 7.4 square miles (19 km2) (1.7%) is water.[7]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major Roadways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 4,837
1840 9,623 98.9%
1850 12,230 27.1%
1860 18,838 54.0%
1870 23,780 26.2%
1880 24,837 4.4%
1890 26,233 5.6%
1900 26,331 0.4%
1910 30,572 16.1%
1920 30,226 −1.1%
1930 33,493 10.8%
1940 31,576 −5.7%
1950 29,765 −5.7%
1960 29,522 −0.8%
1970 28,121 −4.7%
1980 28,638 1.8%
1990 27,682 −3.3%
2000 28,289 2.2%
2010 28,781 1.7%
Est. 2015 28,880 [8] 0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
1790-1960[10] 1900-1990[11]
1990-2000[12] 2010-2015[1]

As of the census[13] of 2010, there were 28,781 people, 11,066 households, and 7,524 families residing in the county. The population density was 65 people per square mile (25/km²). There were 12,443 housing units at an average density of 28 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.26% White, 4.62% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. Approximately 0.89% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.5% were of German, 25.6% American, 11.0% Irish and 10.3% English ancestry.

There were 11,066 households out of which 33.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.50% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.00% were non-families. 28.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 16.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 89.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,774, and the median income for a family was $41,290. Males had a median income of $30,935 versus $20,591 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,964. About 9.30% of families and 12.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.30% of those under age 18 and 10.50% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Private schools[edit]

Post-secondary[edit]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

The Democratic Party predominantly controls politics at the local level in Marion County. Democrats hold all but two of the elected positions in the county.

Marion County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Mark Novak Democratic
Circuit Clerk Valerie Munzlinger (Division I) / Carolyn Conners (Division II) Democratic
County Clerk Valerie Dornberger Democratic
Collector Mary Ann Viorel Democratic
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Lyndon Bode Democratic
Commissioner
(District 1)
Robert Heiser Democratic
Commissioner
(District 2)
Randy Spratt Republican
Coroner Darrell McCoy Democratic
Prosecuting Attorney Thomas P. Redington Democratic
Public Administrator Wendy Howe Democratic
Recorder Janet Dearing Democratic
Sheriff Jimmy Shinn Democratic
Surveyor John D. Janes Independent
Treasurer Joelle Fohey Democratic

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2012 54.90% 1,429 42.41% 1,104 2.69% 70
2008 58.82% 7,341 39.77% 4,964 1.41% 176
2004 67.03% 8,292 31.77% 3,930 1.20% 148
2000 50.05% 5,832 48.88% 5,696 1.07% 125
1996 31.55% 3,388 66.68% 7,161 1.78% 191

Marion County is in Missouri's 5th district in the Missouri House of Representatives, currently held by Lindell F. Shumake (R-Hannibal).

Missouri House of Representatives — District 5 — Marion County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Lindell F. Shumake 5,089 74.64 +12.30
Democratic C. Leroy Deichman 1,729 25.36 -12.30
Missouri House of Representatives — District 5 — Marion County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Lindell F. Shumake 7,445 62.34
Democratic Tom Shively 4,497 37.66

All of Marion County is a part of Missouri’s 18th District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown).

Missouri Senate — District 18 — Marion County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Brian Munzlinger 5,630 100.00 +39.44
Missouri Senate — District 18 — Marion County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Brian Munzlinger 5,310 60.56
Democratic Wes Shoemyer 3,458 39.44

Federal[edit]

U.S. Senate — Missouri — Marion County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Todd Akin 6,350 52.65
Democratic Claire McCaskill 5,281 43.79
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 429 3.56

Marion 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 – Marion County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Sam Graves 5,008 74.16 +9.76
Democratic Bill Hedge 1,610 23.84 -9.88
Libertarian Russ Lee Monchil 135 2.00 +0.12
U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri's 6th Congressional District — Marion County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Sam Graves 7,462 64.40
Democratic Kyle Yarber 3,907 33.72
Libertarian Russ Lee Monchil 218 1.88
Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2012 65.17% 7,923 33.15% 4,031 1.68% 204
2008 61.38% 7,705 37.47% 4,703 1.15% 145
2004 62.76% 7,815 36.68% 4,568 0.56% 70
2000 55.93% 6,550 42.63% 4,993 1.44% 169
1996 43.40% 4,653 45.93% 4,924 10.67% 1,144

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

  • Former U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-New York) received more votes, a total of 1,587, than any candidate from either party in Marion County during the 2008 presidential primary.
Marion County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 714 (26.71%)
Mike Huckabee 904 (33.82%)
Mitt Romney 891 (33.33%)
Ron Paul 114 (4.26%)
Marion County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Clinton 1,587 (54.44%)
Barack Obama 1,188 (40.75%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 105 (3.60%)
Uncommitted 18 (0.62%)

Communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Marion County, Missouri". 2013. Retrieved 2014-10-23. 
  4. ^ "Marion County Collection Descriptions". The State Historical Society of Missouri. Retrieved November 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ "A Short History of Marion County". MOGenWeb. Retrieved November 24, 2014. 
  6. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 193. 
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  13. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Further reading[edit]

  • History of Marion County, Missouri: written and compiled from the most authentic official and private sources (1884) full text

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°49′N 91°37′W / 39.81°N 91.62°W / 39.81; -91.62