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Cooper County, Missouri

Cooper County, Missouri
Cooper County Courthouse in Boonville
Map of Missouri highlighting Cooper County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded December 17, 1818
Named for Sarshell Cooper, frontier settler who was killed by Native Americans near Arrow Rock in 1814
Seat Boonville
Largest city Boonville
Area
 • Total 569 sq mi (1,474 km2)
 • Land 565 sq mi (1,463 km2)
 • Water 4.4 sq mi (11 km2), 0.8%
Population
 • (2010) 17,601
 • Density 31/sq mi (12/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .org.coopercountymowww

Cooper County is a Native Americans near Arrow Rock in 1814.[3][4]

Contents

  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
    • Major highways 1.2
    • National protected area 1.3
  • Demographics 2
  • Education 3
    • Public schools 3.1
    • Private schools 3.2
  • Politics 4
    • Local 4.1
    • State 4.2
    • Federal 4.3
      • Political Culture 4.3.1
    • Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008) 4.4
  • Communities 5
    • Cities 5.1
    • Villages 5.2
    • Unincorporated communities 5.3
    • Townships 5.4
  • Notable natives 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 569 square miles (1,470 km2), of which 565 square miles (1,460 km2) is land and 4.4 square miles (11 km2) (0.8%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties

Major highways

National protected area

Demographics

As of the 2000 census,[11] there were 16,670 people, 5,932 households and 4,140 families residing in the county. The population density was 30 per square mile (11/km²). There were 6,676 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.05% White, 8.96% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. Approximately 0.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 38.1% were of German, 18.7% American, 8.1% English and 8.0% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 5,932 households, of which 31.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.40% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.20% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.97.

Age distribution was 22.80% under the age of 18, 14.00% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 20.60% from 45 to 64, and 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 117.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 120.00 males.

The median household income was $35,313, and the median family income was $41,526. Males had a median income of $28,513 versus $20,965 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,648. About 8.30% of families and 10.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.80% of those under age 18 and 8.30% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Public schools

  • Blackwater R-II School District – Blackwater
    • Blackwater Elementary School (PK-08)
  • Boonville R-I School District – Boonville
    • Hannah Cole Primary School (PK-02)
    • David Barton Elementary School (03-05)
    • Laura Speed Elliott Middle School (06-08)
    • Boonville High School (09-12)
  • Cooper County R-IV School District – Bunceton
    • Bunceton Elementary School (K-06)
    • Bunceton High School (07-12)
  • Otterville R-VI School District – Otterville
    • Otterville Elementary School (K-06)
    • Otterville High School (07-12)
  • Pilot Grove C-4 School District – Pilot Grove
    • Pilot Grove Elementary School (PK-05)
    • Pilot Grove Middle School (06-08)
    • Pilot Grove High School (09-12)
  • Prairie Home R-V School District – Prairie Home
    • Prairie Home Elementary School (K-06)
    • Prairie Home High School (07-12)

Private schools

Politics

Local

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

Cooper County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor James R. Lachner Republican
Circuit Clerk Nancy Fisher Republican
County Clerk Darryl Kempf Democratic
Collector Carol Nauman Republican
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Eddie Brickner Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Paul Davis Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Ernie Walther Republican
Coroner James Hurt Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Douglas Abele Republican
Public Administrator Stephanie Young Republican
Recorder Nancy Fisher Republican
Sheriff Jerry Wolfe Republican
Treasurer Stanley Serck Republican

State

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 52.28% 4,170 45.99% 3,669 1.73% 138
2004 61.24% 4,593 37.68% 2,826 1.08% 81
2000 53.39% 3,641 44.18% 3,013 2.44% 166
1996 39.00% 2,576 57.70% 3,811 3.30% 218

All of Cooper County is included in Missouri’s 117th District in the Missouri House of Representatives and is represented by Caleb Jones (R-California).

Missouri House of Representatives – District 117 – Cooper County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Caleb Jones 3,825 74.45
Libertarian Jacob Luetkemeyer 1,313 25.55

All of Cooper County is a part of Missouri’s 21st District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Bill Stouffer (R-Napton).

Missouri Senate - District 21 – Cooper County (2008)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bill Stouffer 5,412 70.71
Democratic Joe Sadeghi 2,242 29.29

Federal

All of Cooper 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 – Cooper County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Sam Graves 4,148 76.84
Democratic Clint Hylton 1,250 23.16

Political Culture

Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 61.08% 4,902 37.33% 2,996 1.59% 128
2004 67.37% 5,058 31.97% 2,400 0.66% 50
2000 59.97% 4,072 37.81% 2,567 2.22% 151
1996 43.75% 2,900 41.53% 2,753 14.72% 976

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)

  • Former U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-New York) received more votes, a total of 1,019, than any candidate from either party in Cooper County during the 2008 presidential primary.
Cooper County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 639 (35.80%)
Mike Huckabee 503 (28.18%)
Mitt Romney 545 (30.53%)
Ron Paul 70 (3.92%)
Cooper County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Clinton 1,019 (54.96%)
Barack Obama 782 (42.18%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 42 (2.27%)

Communities

Cities

Villages

Unincorporated communities

Townships

Cooper County is divided into 14 townships:

Notable natives

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 90. 
  4. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 280. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  11. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • Cooper County Information from MO-River.Net
  • Digitized 1930 Plat Book of Cooper County from University of Missouri Division of Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books

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