Warren County, Missouri

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Warren County
The Warren County Courthouse in Warrenton
The Warren County Courthouse in Warrenton
Map of Missouri highlighting Warren County
Location within the U.S. state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 38°46′N 91°10′W / 38.77°N 91.16°W / 38.77; -91.16
Country United States
State Missouri
FoundedJanuary 5, 1833
Named forGeneral Joseph Warren
SeatWarrenton
Largest cityWarrenton
Area
 • Total438 sq mi (1,130 km2)
 • Land429 sq mi (1,110 km2)
 • Water9.2 sq mi (24 km2)  2.1%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total32,513
 • Estimate 
(2018)
34,711
 • Density74/sq mi (29/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.warrencountymo.org

Warren County is a county located in the eastern portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 32,513.[1] The county is located on the north side of the Missouri River. Its county seat is Warrenton.[2] The county was organized on January 5, 1833; it was named for General Joseph Warren, who died in the Battle of Bunker Hill during the American Revolutionary War.[3]

Warren County is part of the St. Louis, MO-IL Metropolitan Statistical Area. The county is traversed by Route 94, called the "Missouri Weinstrasse" because of the many vineyards from Marthasville east into St. Charles County. Warren County is also part of the Missouri Rhineland, with award-winning wineries located on both sides of the Missouri River.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 438 square miles (1,130 km2), of which 429 square miles (1,110 km2) is land and 9.2 square miles (24 km2) (2.1%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18404,253
18505,86037.8%
18608,83950.8%
18709,6739.4%
188010,80611.7%
18909,913−8.3%
19009,9190.1%
19109,123−8.0%
19208,490−6.9%
19308,082−4.8%
19407,734−4.3%
19507,666−0.9%
19608,75014.1%
19709,69910.8%
198014,90053.6%
199019,53431.1%
200024,52525.6%
201032,51332.6%
202035,5329.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2015[1]

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 24,525 people, 9,185 households, and 6,888 families residing in the county. The population density was 57 people per square mile (22/km2). There were 11,046 housing units at an average density of 26 per square mile (10/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.89% White, 1.94% Black or African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. Approximately 1.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Among the major ancestries reported in Warren County were 41.4% German, 13.8% American, 10.2% Irish and 7.0% English ancestry.

There were 9,185 households, out of which 34.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.20% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.00% were non-families. 20.80% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 26.90% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 28.80% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 13.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 98.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,016, and the median income for a family was $46,863. Males had a median income of $36,315 versus $23,443 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,690. About 6.40% of families and 8.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.50% of those under age 18 and 10.40% of those age 65 or over.

2020 Census[edit]

Warren County Racial Composition[10]
Race Num. Perc.
White (NH) 31,103 87.53%
Black or African American (NH) 718 2%
Native American (NH) 116 0.33%
Asian (NH) 143 0.4%
Pacific Islander (NH) 0 0%
Other/Mixed (NH) 2,052 5.8%
Hispanic or Latino 1,400 4%

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

All of the elected positions in the county are held by Republicans.

Warren County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Wendy Nordwald Republican
Circuit Clerk Tim Beard Republican
County Clerk Denise Stotler Republican
Collector Julie Schaumberg Republican
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Joe Gildehaus Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Daniel Hampson Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Hubert Kluesner Republican
Coroner Glenn Craig Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Kelly King Republican
Public Administrator Melissa Dempsey Republican
Recorder Deborah Engemann Republican
Sheriff Kevin Harrison Republican
Surveyor Robert L. Lewis Republican
Treasurer Jeff Hoelscher Republican

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2020 70.52% 12,892 26.91% 4,920 2.57% 469
2016 57.58% 9,056 38.50% 6,055 3.93% 618
2012 50.34% 7,338 46.78% 6,819 2.88% 419
2008 49.26% 7,617 49.07% 7,587 1.68% 259
2004 56.08% 7,488 42.61% 5,689 1.31% 175
2000 56.76% 6,060 40.45% 4,318 2.79% 298
1996 49.93% 4,298 47.67% 4,103 2.40% 207

Warren County is divided into two legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives, both of which are held by Republicans.

  • District 42 — Bart Korman (R-High Hill). Consists of most of the entire county, including the communities of Marthasville, Pendeleton, Truesdale, and Warrenton.
Missouri House of Representatives — District 42 — Warren County (2018)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jeff Porter 10765 69.6
Democratic Joseph Widner 4698 30.4
Missouri House of Representatives — District 42 — Warren County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bart Korman 9,880 100.00% +25.74
Missouri House of Representatives — District 42 — Warren County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bart Korman 4,210 74.26% -25.74
Democratic Rod Sturgeon 1,459 25.74% +25.74
Missouri House of Representatives — District 42 — Warren County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bart Korman 8,812 100.00%
  • District 63 — Bryan Spencer (R-Wentzville). Consists of the communities of Foristell, Innsbrook, and Wright City.
Missouri House of Representatives — District 63 — Warren County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bryan Spencer 3,039 70.67% +0.88
Democratic Liz Gattra 1,261 29.33% -0.88
Missouri House of Representatives — District 63 — Warren County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bryan Spencer 1,423 69.79% +11.67
Democratic Bryan Pinette 616 30.21% -11.67
Missouri House of Representatives — District 63 — Warren County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bryan Spencer 2,233 58.12%
Democratic Bill Stinson 1,609 41.88%

Warren County is a part of Missouri's 10th District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Jeanie Riddle (R-Fulton). The 10th Senatorial District consists of all of Audrain, Callaway, Lincoln, Monroe, Montgomery, and Warren counties.

Missouri Senate — District 10 — Warren County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jeanie Riddle 5,475 70.78%
Democratic Ed Schieffer 2,260 29.22%

Federal[edit]

U.S. Senate — Missouri — (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Roy Blunt 8,918 56.69% +8.24
Democratic Jason Kander 5,928 37.68% -7.68
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 445 2.83% -3.36
Green Johnathan McFarland 183 1.16% +1.16
Constitution Fred Ryman 257 1.63% +1.63
U.S. Senate — Missouri — (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Todd Akin 7,040 48.45%
Democratic Claire McCaskill 6,591 45.36%
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 899 6.19%

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

U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri's 3rd Congressional District — Warren County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer 10,884 70.55% -1.61
Democratic Kevin Miller 3,847 24.94% +0.96
Libertarian Dan Hogan 480 3.11% -0.75
Constitution Doanita Simmons 216 1.40% +1.40
U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri's 3rd Congressional District — Warren County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer 5,587 72.16% +6.07
Democratic Courtney Denton 1,857 23.98% -6.53
Libertarian Steven Hedrick 299 3.86% +0.46
U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri's 3rd Congressional District — Warren County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer 9,429 66.09%
Democratic Eric Mayer 4,352 30.51%
Libertarian Steven Wilson 485 3.40%

Political culture[edit]

United States presidential election results for Warren County, Missouri[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 13,222 71.80% 4,769 25.90% 425 2.31%
2016 11,111 70.39% 3,915 24.80% 758 4.80%
2012 9,150 62.35% 5,219 35.56% 307 2.09%
2008 8,675 55.69% 6,705 43.05% 196 1.26%
2004 7,883 58.69% 5,461 40.66% 88 0.66%
2000 5,979 55.67% 4,524 42.12% 237 2.21%
1996 3,768 43.78% 3,443 40.00% 1,396 16.22%
1992 2,953 34.10% 3,213 37.11% 2,493 28.79%
1988 4,452 60.07% 2,935 39.60% 24 0.32%
1984 5,150 72.39% 1,964 27.61% 0 0.00%
1980 4,366 64.75% 2,132 31.62% 245 3.63%
1976 3,214 59.19% 2,164 39.85% 52 0.96%
1972 3,530 74.24% 1,225 25.76% 0 0.00%
1968 2,669 62.55% 1,033 24.21% 565 13.24%
1964 2,323 54.97% 1,903 45.03% 0 0.00%
1960 2,946 67.68% 1,407 32.32% 0 0.00%
1956 2,852 70.19% 1,211 29.81% 0 0.00%
1952 2,977 72.66% 1,112 27.14% 8 0.20%
1948 2,380 68.63% 1,071 30.88% 17 0.49%
1944 3,017 78.42% 815 21.19% 15 0.39%
1940 3,403 78.34% 914 21.04% 27 0.62%
1936 2,639 66.96% 1,277 32.40% 25 0.63%
1932 1,974 56.14% 1,513 43.03% 29 0.82%
1928 2,610 72.10% 999 27.60% 11 0.30%
1924 2,667 76.03% 644 18.36% 197 5.62%
1920 3,512 84.97% 545 13.19% 76 1.84%
1916 1,752 76.67% 487 21.31% 46 2.01%
1912 1,067 52.20% 431 21.09% 546 26.71%
1908 1,714 76.14% 484 21.50% 53 2.35%
1904 1,537 75.31% 435 21.31% 69 3.38%
1900 1,599 71.45% 579 25.87% 60 2.68%
1896 1,680 70.65% 691 29.06% 7 0.29%
1892 1,360 64.85% 685 32.67% 52 2.48%
1888 1,498 69.80% 589 27.45% 59 2.75%


At the presidential level, like many exurban counties, Warren County tends to lean Republican. Bill Clinton in 1992 is the solitary Democratic presidential nominee to carry Warren County since Stephen Douglas in 1860,[12] and Clinton only won with 37.1 percent of the vote.[13]

Like most rural and exurban areas throughout Northeast Missouri, voters in Warren County generally adhere to socially and culturally conservative principles which tend to influence their Republican leanings. The initiative narrowly passed the state with 51 percent of support from voters as Missouri became one of the first states in the nation to approve embryonic stem cell research. Despite Warren County's longstanding tradition of supporting socially conservative platforms, voters in the county have a penchant for advancing populist causes like increasing the minimum wage. In 2006, Missourians voted on a proposition (Proposition B) to increase the minimum wage in the state to $6.50 an hour—it passed Warren County with 77.48 percent of the vote. The proposition strongly passed every single county in Missouri with 78.99 percent voting in favor. (During the same election, voters in five other states also strongly approved increases in the minimum wage.)

Missouri presidential preference primary (2008)[edit]

Former U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York) received more votes, a total of 1,971, than any candidate from either party in Warren County during the 2008 presidential primary.

Education[edit]

Public schools[edit]

Private schools[edit]

Public libraries[edit]

  • Warrenton Branch Library[14]

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Villages[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Media[edit]

  • KFAV, 99.9 mHz FM station featuring country music, sister station to KWRE
  • KWRE, 730 kHz AM station featuring country music, sister station to KFAV

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1918). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 369.
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 22, 2014.
  9. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  10. ^ "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE – 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) – Warren County, Missouri".
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  12. ^ The Political Graveyard; Warren County, Missouri
  13. ^ Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections; 1992 Presidential General Election Data Graphs – Missouri
  14. ^ Breeding, Marshall. "Warrenton Branch Library". Libraries.org. Retrieved May 8, 2017.

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Coordinates: 38°46′N 91°10′W / 38.77°N 91.16°W / 38.77; -91.16