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Grundy County, Missouri


Grundy County, Missouri

Grundy County, Missouri
Grundy County Courthouse in Trenton
Map of Missouri highlighting Grundy County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded January 2, 1841
Named for Felix Grundy
Seat Trenton
Largest city Trenton
 • Total 438 sq mi (1,134 km2)
 • Land 435 sq mi (1,127 km2)
 • Water 2.8 sq mi (7 km2), 0.6%
Population (est.)
 • (2013) 10,355
 • Density 24/sq mi (9/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .com.grundycountymowww

Grundy County is a Livingston County, Missouri and named after U.S. Attorney General Felix Grundy.[3][4]


  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
    • Major highways 1.2
  • Demographics 2
    • Religion 2.1
  • 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 Primaries 4.4
      • 2012 4.4.1
      • 2008 4.4.2
  • Communities 5
    • Cities 5.1
    • Village 5.2
    • Census-designated place 5.3
    • Unincorporated communities 5.4
    • Townships 5.5
  • Notable residents 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 438 square miles (1,130 km2), of which 435 square miles (1,130 km2) is land and 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) (0.6%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties

Major highways


As of the 2010 U.S. Census, there were 10,261 people, 4,204 households, and 2,694 families residing in the county. The population density was 23.43 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 5,023 housing units at an average density of 11.47 per square mile (4.43/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.94% White, 0.57% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 6.53% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. Approximately 1.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,204 households out of which 28.28% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.05% were married couples living together, 8.68% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.92% were non-families. 31.14% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.37% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.04% under the age of 18, 9.27% from 18 to 24, 20.29% from 25 to 44, 25.93% from 45 to 64, and 20.47% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.6 years. For every 100 females there were 91.22 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.03 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,239, and the median income for a family was $45,959. Males had a median income of $31,843 versus $25,231 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,148. About 10.2% of families and 13.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.4% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over.


According to the Association of Religion Data Archives County Membership Report (2010), Grundy County is sometimes regarded as being on the northern edge of the Bible Belt, with evangelical Protestantism being the majority religion. The most predominant denominations among residents in Grundy County who adhere to a religion are Southern Baptists (49.86%), United Methodists (13.51%), and Disciples of Christ (6.95%).


Public schools

  • Grundy County R-V School District – Galt
    • Grundy County Elementary School (K-06)
    • Grundy County High School (07-12)
  • Laredo R-I School District – Laredo
    • Laredo Elementary School (K-08)
  • Pleasant View R-VI School District – Trenton
    • Pleasant View Elementary School (PK-08)
  • Spickard R-II School District – Spickard
    • Spickard Elementary School (PK-08)
  • Trenton R-IX School District – Trenton
    • Rissler Elementary School (PK-04)
    • Trenton Middle School (05-08)
    • Trenton High School (09-12)

Private schools



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

Grundy County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Don Stotts Republican
Circuit Clerk Charlene Arnold Democratic
County Clerk Betty Spickard Republican
Collector Colleen Williams Republican
Rick Hull Republican
(District 1)
Gene Wyant Republican
(District 2)
Joe Brinser Republican
Coroner Tom Eads Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Carol Wetherell Democratic
Public Administrator Joyce Tuttle Republican
Recorder Charlene Arnold Democratic
Sheriff Rodney Herring Republican
Treasurer Colleen Williams Republican


Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 53.65% 2,512 43.61% 2,042 2.73% 128
2004 58.87% 2,836 39.24% 1,890 1.89% 91
2000 64.50% 3,029 32.37% 1,520 3.14% 147
1996 32.82% 1,528 64.83% 3,018 2.34% 109

All of Grundy County is a part of Missouri's 3rd District in the Missouri House of Representatives and is represented by Casey Guernsey (R-Bethany). However, due to redistricting following the 2010 census, Grundy County will be in the 7th District beginning in the 2013 legislative sessions.

Missouri House of Representatives – District 3 – Grundy County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Casey Guernsey 2,768 100.00

All of Grundy County is a part of Missouri’s 12th District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Brad Lager (R-Savannah).

Missouri Senate - District 12 – Grundy County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Brad Lager 2,782 100.00


All of Grundy 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. Graves is seeking a seventh term in 2012.

U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri’s 6th Congressional District – Grundy County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Sam Graves 2,534 80.96
Democratic Clint Hylton 594 18.98

Grundy County, along with the rest of the entire state of Missouri, is represented in the U.S. Senate by Claire McCaskill (D-Kirkwood) and Roy Blunt (R-Strafford). McCaskill was elected in 2006 by a narrow margin statewide, but Grundy County supported her opponent, incumbent Jim Talent. She is seeking a second term in 2012.

U.S. Senate - Class I - Grundy County (2006)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jim Talent 2,045 51.72 -2.91
Democratic Claire McCaskill 1,574 39.81 -2.79
Libertarian Frank Gilmour 257 6.50 +4.17
Progressive Lydia Lewis 78 1.97 +1.97

Blunt was elected in 2010 over Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.

U.S. Senate - Class III - Grundy County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Roy Blunt 2,113 67.25 -2.70
Democratic Robin Carnahan 744 23.68 -4.38
Constitution Jerry Beck 157 5.00 +3.78
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 128 4.07 +3.30

Political culture

Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 63.42% 3,006 33.33% 1,580 3.25% 154
2004 65.97% 3,172 32.47% 1,561 1.56% 75
2000 63.21% 2,976 33.20% 1,563 3.58% 169
1996 40.08% 1,883 44.13% 2,073 15.79% 742

At the presidential level, Grundy County is reliably Republican. 2000 and 2004. Bill Clinton was the last Democratic presidential nominee to carry Grundy County in 1996, and like many of the rural counties throughout Missouri, Grundy County strongly favored John McCain over Barack Obama in 2008.

Like most rural areas throughout northern Missouri, voters in Grundy County generally adhere to socially and culturally conservative principles which tend to influence their Republican leanings. In 2004, Missourians voted on a constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman—it overwhelmingly won in Grundy County with 77% of the vote. The initiative passed the state with 71% support from voters. In 2006, Missourians voted on a constitutional amendment to fund and legalize embryonic stem cell research in the state—it failed in Grundy County with 55% voting against the measure. The initiative narrowly passed the state with 51% of support from voters as Missouri became one of the first states in the nation to approve embryonic stem cell research. Despite Grundy 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 Grundy County with 61% of the vote. The proposition strongly passed every single county in Missouri with 79% voting in favor. (During the same election, voters in five other states also strongly approved increases in the minimum wage.)

Missouri Presidential Preference Primaries


In the 2012 Missouri Republican Presidential Primary, voters in Grundy County supported former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania), who finished first in the state at large, but ultimately lost the nomination to former Governor Mitt Romney (R-Massachusetts).

Delegates to the state convention were chosen at a county caucus that selected a delegation favoring U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas).


  • Former U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-New York) received more votes, a total of 485, than any candidate from either party in Grundy County during the 2008 presidential primary.
Grundy County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 377 (34.46%)
Mike Huckabee 361 (33.00%)
Mitt Romney 122 (11.15%)
Ron Paul 210 (19.20%)
Grundy County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Clinton 485 (57.95%)
Barack Obama 323 (38.59%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 21 (2.51%)




Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities



Notable residents

See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 170. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 145. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 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 15, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  11. ^ TownshipGrundy County, Missouri (official site),

External links

  • - Grundy County Official Website
  • Digitized 1930 Plat Book of Grundy County from University of Missouri Division of Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books

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