Ray County, Missouri

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Ray County, Missouri
RAY COUNTY COURTHOUSE.jpg
Ray County Courthouse
Map of Missouri highlighting Ray County
Location in the U.S. state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded November 16, 1820
Named for John Ray, Missouri state legislator
Seat Richmond
Largest city Richmond
Area
 • Total 574 sq mi (1,487 km2)
 • Land 569 sq mi (1,474 km2)
 • Water 5.1 sq mi (13 km2), 0.9%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 22,810
 • Density 41/sq mi (16/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.raycountymo.com/index.php/index.html

Ray County is a county located in the northwestern portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,494.[1] Its county seat is Richmond.[2] The county was organized November 16, 1820 and named for John Ray, a Missouri state legislator and member of the first state Constitutional Convention.[3]

Ray County is part of the Kansas City, MO-KS Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 574 square miles (1,490 km2), of which 569 square miles (1,470 km2) is land and 5.4 square miles (14 km2) (0.9%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 2,657
1840 6,553 146.6%
1850 10,373 58.3%
1860 14,092 35.9%
1870 18,700 32.7%
1880 20,190 8.0%
1890 24,215 19.9%
1900 24,805 2.4%
1910 21,451 −13.5%
1920 20,508 −4.4%
1930 19,846 −3.2%
1940 18,584 −6.4%
1950 15,932 −14.3%
1960 16,075 0.9%
1970 17,599 9.5%
1980 21,378 21.5%
1990 21,971 2.8%
2000 23,354 6.3%
2010 23,494 0.6%
Est. 2016 22,754 [5] −3.1%
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 23,354 people, 8,743 households, and 6,539 families residing in the county. The population density was 16/km² (41/mi²). There were 9,371 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (16/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.50% White, 1.46% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.36% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Approximately 1.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 29.6% were of American, 23.3% German, 11.5% English and 10.3% Irish ancestry.

There were 8,743 households out of which 35.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.10% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.20% were non-families. 22.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.50% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 28.30% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 12.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 100.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,886, and the median income for a family was $49,192. Males had a median income of $36,815 versus $21,684 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,685. About 5.30% of families and 6.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.00% of those under age 18 and 7.80% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Public libraries[edit]

  • Ray County Library[11]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

Politics at the local level in Ray County are now evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats. Republicans making major gains in the past 4 election cycles, going from no representation before 2011 to now holding half of the county offices.

Ray County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Kent Wollard Democratic
Circuit Clerk Carolyne Conner Democratic
County Clerk Glenda Powell Republican
Collector Julie Chowning Democratic
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Gary Wilhite Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Allen Dale Democratic
Commissioner
(District 2)
Jerry Bishop Republican
Coroner Bart Willem Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Camille Johnston Republican
Public Administrator Shannon Wollard Rebublican
Recorder Shirley O’Dell Democratic
Sheriff Garry Bush Democratic
Surveyor Thomas Sisco Democratic
Treasurer Melissa Holloway Independent

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 52.51% 5,686 43.58% 4,719 3.91% 423
2012 41.26% 4,252 55.53% 5,722 3.21% 331
2008 35.73% 3,899 61.13% 6,670 3.14% 343
2004 47.08% 5,073 51.33% 5,531 1.59% 172
2000 41.75% 4,045 55.81% 5,407 2.44% 237
1996 28.31% 2,475 69.26% 6,055 2.43% 212
1992 37.6% 3,578 62.4% 5,937 N/A
1988 56.26% 4,859 43.01% 3,714 0.73% 63

The northwest corner of Ray County is a part of Missouri's 8th District in the Missouri House of Representatives and is currently represented by Jim Neely (R-Cameron).

Missouri House of Representatives — District 8 — Ray County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican James W. (Jim) Neely 1,294 100.00% +32.60
Missouri House of Representatives — District 8 — Ray County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican James W. (Jim) Neely 548 67.40% +12.22
Democratic Ted Rights 265 32.60% -12.22
Missouri House of Representatives — District 8 — Ray County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican James W. (Jim) Neely 788 55.18%
Democratic James T. (Jim) Crenshaw 640 44.82%

Most of Ray County is a part of Missouri’s 39th District in the Missouri House of Representatives and is currently represented by Joe Don McGaugh (R-Carrollton).

Missouri House of Representatives — District 39 — Ray County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Joe Don McGaugh 7,741 100.00%
Missouri House of Representatives — District 39 — Ray County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Joe Don McGaugh 4,583 100.00% +50.64
Missouri House of Representatives — District 39 — Ray County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Joe Don McGaugh 4,176 49.36%
Democratic Will Talbert 4,285 50.64%

All of Ray 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 — Ray County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Denny Hoskins 6,408 61.80% +4.37
Democratic ElGene Ver Dught 3,346 32.27% -4.99
Libertarian Bill Wayne 615 5.93% +0.62
Missouri Senate — District 21 — Ray County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican David Pearce 5,679 57.43%
Democratic ElGene Ver Dught 3,684 37.26%
Libertarian Steven Hedrick 525 5.31%

Federal[edit]

U.S. Senate — Missouri — Ray County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Roy Blunt 5,415 50.10% +11.60
Democratic Jason Kander 4,725 43.71% -9.16
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 390 3.61% -5.02
Green Johnathan McFarland 119 1.10% +1.10
Constitution Fred Ryman 159 1.47% +1.47
U.S. Senate — Missouri — Ray County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Todd Akin 3,960 38.50%
Democratic Claire McCaskill 5,439 52.87%
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 888 8.63%

All of Ray County is included in Missouri’s 5th Congressional District, which is currently represented by Emanuel Cleaver (D-Kansas City) in the United States House of Representatives.

U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri's 5th Congressional District — Ray County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Emanuel Cleaver 4,394 41.10% +1.71
Republican Jacob Turk 5,895 55.14% -0.42
Libertarian Roy Welborn 402 3.76% -1.29
U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri's 5th Congressional District — Ray County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Emanuel Cleaver 2,506 39.39% -7.66
Republican Jacob Turk 3,535 55.56% +6.16
Libertarian Roy Welborn 321 5.05% +1.50
U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri’s 5th Congressional District — Ray County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Emanuel Cleaver 4,778 47.05%
Republican Jacob Turk 5,017 49.40%
Libertarian Randy Langkraehr 361 3.55
Presidential Elections Results[12]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 64.9% 7,104 28.2% 3,090 6.9% 751
2012 56.1% 5,815 41.2% 4,275 2.7% 277
2008 50.6% 5,593 47.4% 5,241 2.0% 219
2004 52.6% 5,673 46.7% 5,034 0.8% 81
2000 46.3% 4,517 51.0% 4,970 2.7% 260
1996 32.8% 2,884 53.7% 4,714 13.5% 1,189
1992 26.6% 2,563 46.3% 4,457 27.0% 2,600
1988 43.4% 3,763 56.3% 4,879 0.2% 20
1984 55.1% 4,875 44.9% 3,979
1980 45.8% 4,064 50.9% 4,518 3.3% 289
1976 33.7% 2,853 65.4% 5,535 0.9% 73
1972 59.7% 4,205 40.4% 2,844
1968 35.9% 2,587 49.1% 3,541 15.0% 1,078
1964 25.1% 1,734 75.0% 5,189
1960 43.7% 3,542 56.3% 4,565
1956 39.6% 3,041 60.4% 4,636
1952 40.6% 3,349 59.1% 4,869 0.3% 22
1948 30.3% 2,102 69.6% 4,826 0.1% 9
1944 40.6% 3,094 59.3% 4,521 0.2% 12
1940 36.9% 3,399 62.9% 5,786 0.2% 16
1936 30.7% 2,805 69.1% 6,300 0.2% 19
1932 21.7% 1,706 77.6% 6,088 0.7% 52
1928 41.7% 3,280 58.1% 4,570 0.2% 16
1924 34.2% 2,753 62.0% 4,989 3.7% 299
1920 39.5% 3,228 59.6% 4,865 0.9% 72
1916 33.3% 1,718 65.5% 3,380 1.3% 65
1912 24.2% 1,192 61.7% 3,042 14.1% 696
1908 37.7% 1,914 60.0% 3,043 2.3% 115
1904 38.9% 1,792 59.5% 2,744 1.6% 75
1900 35.0% 2,004 63.5% 3,631 1.5% 87
1896 33.3% 2,003 65.6% 3,945 1.1% 66
1892 32.3% 1,643 63.9% 3,250 3.9% 196
1888 35.2% 1,796 62.3% 3,181 2.6% 130

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2016)[edit]

  • Donald Trump (R-New York) received more votes, a total of 1,565, than any candidate from either party in Ray County during the 2016 presidential primary.

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Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

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Other unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Notable residents[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. 344. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  11. ^ Breeding, Marshall. "Ray County Library". Libraries.org. Retrieved May 8, 2017. 
  12. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

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Coordinates: 39°21′N 93°59′W / 39.35°N 93.99°W / 39.35; -93.99