Osage County, Missouri

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Osage County, Missouri
Osage County MO Courthouse 20140920-1.jpg
Osage County Courthouse in Linn
Map of Missouri highlighting Osage County
Location in the U.S. state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded January 29, 1841
Named for Osage River
Seat Linn
Largest city Linn
Area
 • Total 611 sq mi (1,582 km2)
 • Land 604 sq mi (1,564 km2)
 • Water 6.1 sq mi (16 km2), 1.0%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 13,628
 • Density 23/sq mi (9/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website osagecountygov.com

Osage County is a county in the central part of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,878.[1] Its county seat is Linn.[2] The county was organized January 29, 1841, and named from the Osage River.[3]

Osage County is part of the Jefferson City, MO Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its geography and the founding of Westphalia Vineyards links it to the Missouri Rhineland, extending along the Missouri River valley to the western edges of the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. Westphalia Vineyards, although started only in 2005, won the gold medal in the National Norton Festival Wine Competition in St. Louis in 2007 for the top-rated wine from the Norton grape.[4]

According to data from the 2010 census, Osage County is the whitest county in Missouri, with 98.85 percent of residents being white.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 610 square miles (1,600 km2), of which 604 square miles (1,560 km2) is land and 6.1 square miles (16 km2) (1.0%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 6,704
1860 7,879 17.5%
1870 10,793 37.0%
1880 11,824 9.6%
1890 13,080 10.6%
1900 14,096 7.8%
1910 14,283 1.3%
1920 13,559 −5.1%
1930 12,462 −8.1%
1940 12,375 −0.7%
1950 11,301 −8.7%
1960 10,867 −3.8%
1970 10,994 1.2%
1980 12,014 9.3%
1990 12,018 0.0%
2000 13,062 8.7%
2010 13,878 6.2%
Est. 2016 13,664 [6] −1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2015[1]

As of the census[11] of 2000, there were 13,062 people, 4,922 households, and 3,578 families residing in the county. The population density was 22 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 5,904 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.64% White, 0.16% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.07% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. Approximately 0.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,922 households out of which 34.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.70% were married couples living together, 6.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.30% were non-families. 23.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 14.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 103.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,565, and the median income for a family was $46,503. Males had a median income of $29,538 versus $22,353 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,245. About 5.90% of families and 8.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.00% of those under age 18 and 10.40% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Private schools[edit]

Post-secondary[edit]

Public libraries[edit]

  • Osage County Library[12]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

The Democratic Party mostly controls politics at the local level in Osage County. Democrats hold a little over half of the elected positions in the county.

Osage County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Ross Seals Republican
Circuit Clerk Charlene J. Eisterhold Democratic
County Clerk Patrick Steele Republican
Collector Doris J. Keilholz Democratic
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Dave Dudenhoeffer Democratic
Commissioner
(District 1)
Elmer Senevey Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Vincent A. Samson Republican
Coroner Lois Jaegers Independent
Prosecuting Attorney Amanda L. Grellner Democratic
Public Administrator Paul G. Stratman Republican
Recorder Cindy Hoffman Democratic
Sheriff Mike Dixon Republican
Surveyor Ralph P. Kliethermes Democratic
Treasurer Tim G. Neuner Republican

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 64.64% 4,579 32.76% 2,321 2.60% 184
2012 58.37% 4,016 39.42% 2,712 2.21% 152
2008 59.51% 4,212 39.45% 2,792 1.04% 74
2004 68.67% 4,586 30.61% 2,044 0.71% 48
2000 55.78% 3,450 42.78% 2,646 1.44% 89
1996 38.80% 2,151 59.33% 3,289 1.88% 104

Osage County is split between two of the districts that elect members of the Missouri House of Representatives, and both are represented by Republicans.

Missouri House of Representatives — District 61 — Osage County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Justin Alferman 2,149 78.32% +5.00
Democratic Tom Smith 595 21.68% -5.00
Missouri House of Representatives — District 61 — Osage County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Justin Alferman 1,198 73.32% -1.48
Democratic Tom Smith 436 26.68% +1.48
Missouri House of Representatives — District 61 — Osage County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Dave Schatz 1,965 74.80%
Democratic Michael Sage 662 25.20%
  • District 62 — Tom Hurst (R- Meta). Consists of Linn and the southern half of the county.
Missouri House of Representatives — District 62 — Osage County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Tom Hurst 3,906 100.00%
Missouri House of Representatives — District 62 — Osage County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Tom Hurst 2,195 100.00% +32.51
Missouri House of Representatives — District 62 — Osage County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Tom Hurst 2,755 67.49%
Democratic Greg Stratman 1,327 32.51%

All of Osage County is a part of Missouri’s 6th District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City).

Missouri Senate — District 6 — Osage County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Mike Kehoe 3,541 85.63%
Democratic Mollie Kristen Fairbairn 594 14.37%

Federal[edit]

U.S. Senate — Missouri — Osage County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Roy Blunt 4,789 67.79% +9.30
Democratic Jason Kander 2,039 28.86% -5.75
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 115 1.63% -5.27
Green Johnatan McFarland 50 0.71% +0.71
Constitution Fred Ryman 71 1.01% +1.01
U.S. Senate — Missouri — Osage County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Todd Akin 3,986 58.49%
Democratic Claire McCaskill 2,359 34.61%
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 470 6.90%

All of Osage County is included in Missouri’s 3rd Congressional District and is currently represented by Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-St. Elizabeth) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri’s 3rd Congressional District — Osage County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer 5,956 84.89% +2.02
Democratic Kevin Miller 889 12.67% -1.71
Libertarian Dan Hogan 122 1.74% -0.94
Constitution Doanita Simmons 49 0.70% +0.70
U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri's 3rd Congressional District — Osage County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer 3,435 82.87% -0.58
Democratic Courtney Denton 596 14.38% -0.13
Libertarian Steven Hedrick 111 2.68% +0.64
Write-in Harold Davis 3 0.07% +0.07
U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri's 3rd Congressional District — Osage County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer 5,694 83.45%
Democratic Eric C. Meyer 990 14.51%
Libertarian Steven Wilson 139 2.04%

Political Culture[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 82.6% 5,856 14.1% 998 3.3% 236
2012 77.0% 5,329 21.3% 1,473 1.7% 117
2008 71.5% 5,062 26.9% 1,907 1.6% 110
2004 74.6% 4,975 25.1% 1,673 0.3% 23
2000 67.2% 4,154 31.4% 1,938 1.4% 86
1996 51.9% 2,890 36.7% 2,045 11.4% 633
1992 45.8% 2,784 30.6% 1,860 23.5% 1,429
1988 68.6% 3,885 31.3% 1,771 0.2% 9
1984 76.5% 4,381 23.5% 1,343
1980 63.2% 3,679 35.1% 2,045 1.7% 98
1976 61.2% 3,224 38.2% 2,015 0.6% 30
1972 74.2% 4,266 25.8% 1,485
1968 61.6% 3,107 30.6% 1,540 7.8% 394
1964 51.0% 2,712 49.0% 2,608
1960 48.0% 2,678 52.0% 2,900
1956 55.7% 3,077 44.3% 2,445
1952 60.7% 3,404 39.1% 2,191 0.2% 10
1948 48.1% 2,488 51.7% 2,672 0.2% 10
1944 60.7% 3,284 39.2% 2,121 0.1% 7
1940 61.5% 3,743 38.3% 2,332 0.2% 11
1936 48.1% 2,836 50.8% 2,995 1.2% 68
1932 33.4% 1,798 66.2% 3,567 0.4% 22
1928 44.4% 2,474 55.5% 3,092 0.1% 6
1924 52.0% 2,496 41.4% 1,986 6.7% 320
1920 76.2% 3,699 23.0% 1,118 0.8% 39
1916 55.6% 1,769 43.4% 1,383 1.0% 32
1912 33.6% 981 47.7% 1,394 18.8% 548
1908 55.2% 1,820 43.7% 1,439 1.1% 36
1904 52.7% 1,699 45.0% 1,451 2.3% 74
1900 54.3% 1,731 43.8% 1,396 1.9% 62
1896 53.3% 1,700 45.6% 1,456 1.1% 36
1892 51.2% 1,378 47.1% 1,266 1.7% 46
1888 54.0% 1,446 44.5% 1,190 1.5% 40

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

  • Former U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-New York) received more votes, a total of 874, than any candidate from either party in Osage County during the 2008 presidential primary.
Osage County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 665 (33.47%)
Mike Huckabee 628 (31.61%)
Mitt Romney 610 (30.70%)
Ron Paul 42 (2.11%)
Osage County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Clinton 874 (56.4%)
Barack Obama 609 (39.47%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 42 (2.72%)

Communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1917). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 337. 
  4. ^ [1], Westphalia Vineyards, accessed 20 June 2008
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 17, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  12. ^ Breeding, Marshall. "Osage County Library". Libraries.org. Retrieved May 8, 2017. 
  13. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

Further reading[edit]

  • History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage counties, Missouri : from the earliest time to the present, including a department devoted to the preservation of sundry personal, business,professional and the private records; besides a valuable fund of notes, original observations, etc. etc. (1889) online

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°28′N 91°52′W / 38.46°N 91.86°W / 38.46; -91.86