Cooper County, Missouri

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Cooper County, Missouri
Cooper County MO Courthouse 20140920-pano1 crop.jpg
Cooper County Courthouse in Boonville
Map of Missouri highlighting Cooper County
Location in the U.S. 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 (est.)
 • (2015) 17,642
 • Density 31/sq mi (12/km2)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC−6/−5
Website www.coopercountymo.gov

Cooper County is a county located in the central portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,601.[1] Its county seat is Boonville.[2] The county was organized December 17, 1818 and named for Sarshell Cooper, a frontier settler who was killed by Native Americans near Arrow Rock in 1814.[3][4]

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

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 6,959
1830 6,904 −0.8%
1840 10,484 51.9%
1850 12,950 23.5%
1860 17,356 34.0%
1870 20,692 19.2%
1880 21,596 4.4%
1890 22,707 5.1%
1900 22,532 −0.8%
1910 20,311 −9.9%
1920 19,308 −4.9%
1930 19,522 1.1%
1940 18,075 −7.4%
1950 16,608 −8.1%
1960 15,448 −7.0%
1970 14,732 −4.6%
1980 14,643 −0.6%
1990 14,835 1.3%
2000 16,670 12.4%
2010 17,601 5.6%
Est. 2016 17,712 [6] 0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2015[1]

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.

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 DistrictBlackwater
    • Blackwater Elementary School (PK-08)
  • Boonville R-I School DistrictBoonville
    • 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 DistrictBunceton
    • Bunceton Elementary School (K-06)
    • Bunceton High School (07-12)
  • Otterville R-VI School DistrictOtterville
    • Otterville Elementary School (K-06)
    • Otterville High School (07-12)
  • Pilot Grove C-4 School DistrictPilot Grove
    • Pilot Grove Elementary School (PK-05)
    • Pilot Grove Middle School (06-08)
    • Pilot Grove High School (09-12)
  • Prairie Home R-V School DistrictPrairie Home
    • Prairie Home Elementary School (K-06)
    • Prairie Home High School (07-12)

Private schools

Public libraries

  • Boonville/Cooper Branch Library[12]

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
Surveyor Curtis Basinger Republican
Treasurer Stanley Serck Republican

State

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 61.89% 4,958 35.43% 2,838 2.68% 215
2012 51.29% 3,837 45.69% 3,418 3.02 226
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

Cooper County is divided into three legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives, all of which elected Republicans, but one is currently vacant.

  • District 47 — Chuck Basye (R-Rocheport). Consists of areas east of the city of Boonville.
Missouri House of Representatives — District 47 — Cooper County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Chuck Basye 228 69.30% +0.83
Democratic Susan McClintic 101 30.70% -0.83
Missouri House of Representatives — District 47 — Cooper County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Chuck Basye 139 68.47% +28.88
Democratic John Wright 64 31.53% -28.88
Missouri House of Representatives — District 47 — Cooper County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic John Wright 156 39.59%
Republican Mitch Richards 238 60.41%
  • District 48 — Dave Muntzel (R-Boonville). Consists of the communities of Blackwater, Boonville, Bunceton, Otterville, and Pilot Grove.
Missouri House of Representatives — District 48 — Cooper County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Dave Muntzel 5,433 82.34% -17.66
Independent Debra Dilks 1,165 17.66% +17.66
Missouri House of Representatives — District 48 — Cooper County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Dave Muntzel 2,980 100.00% +32.00
Missouri House of Representatives — District 48 — Cooper County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Dave Muntzel 4,278 68.00%
Democratic Ron Monnig 2,013 32.00%
  • District 50 — (Currently vacant). Consists of the community of Prairie Home and much of the rest of the eastern portion of the county.
Missouri House of Representatives — District 50 — Cooper County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Caleb Jones 687 100.00%
Missouri House of Representatives — District 50 — Cooper County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Caleb Jones 336 100.00%
Missouri House of Representatives — District 50 — Cooper County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Caleb Jones 514 100.00%

All of Cooper County is a part of Missouri’s 19th District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Caleb Rowden (R-Columbia).

Missouri Senate — District 19 — Cooper County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Caleb Rowden 5,540 70.47% -1.90
Democratic Stephen Webber 2,321 29.53% +1.90
Missouri Senate — District 19 — Cooper County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Kurt Schaefer 5,287 72.37%
Democratic Mary Wynne Still 2,019 27.63%

Federal

U.S. Senate — Missouri — Cooper County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Roy Blunt 4,668 58.55% +11.46
Democratic Jason Kander 2,920 36.63% -8.32
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 239 3.00% -4.96
Green Johnathan McFarland 67 0.84% +0.84
Constitution Fred Ryman 78 0.98% +0.98
U.S. Senate — Missouri — Cooper County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Todd Akin 3,494 47.09%
Democratic Claire McCaskill 3,335 44.95%
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 591 7.96%

All of Cooper County is included in Missouri’s 4th Congressional District and is currently represented by Vicky Hartzler (R-Harrisonville) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri's 4th Congressional District — Cooper County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Vicky Hartzler 5,721 72.93% +1.26
Democratic Gordon Christensen 1,778 22.67% +1.40
Libertarian Mark Bliss 345 4.40% -2.66
U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri’s 4th Congressional District — Cooper County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Vicky Hartzler 2,813 71.67% +7.68
Democratic Nate Irvin 835 21.27% -10.27
Libertarian Herschel Young 277 7.06% +3.40
U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri's 4th Congressional District — Cooper County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Vicky Hartzler 4,689 63.99%
Democratic Teresa Hensley 2,311 31.54%
Libertarian Thomas Holbrook 268 3.66%
Constitution Greg Cowan 60 0.82%

Political Culture

Presidential elections results
Presidential Elections Results[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 70.4% 5,624 24.2% 1,932 5.4% 430
2012 65.1% 4,887 32.9% 2,474 2.0% 150
2008 61.1% 4,902 37.3% 2,996 1.6% 128
2004 67.4% 5,058 32.0% 2,400 0.7% 50
2000 60.0% 4,072 37.8% 2,567 2.2% 151
1996 43.8% 2,900 41.5% 2,753 14.7% 976
1992 39.1% 2,867 36.9% 2,709 24.0% 1,763
1988 59.6% 3,737 40.1% 2,510 0.3% 19
1984 67.5% 4,603 32.5% 2,219
1980 58.3% 3,996 39.2% 2,687 2.4% 166
1976 54.3% 3,694 45.3% 3,087 0.4% 28
1972 68.9% 5,172 31.1% 2,332
1968 55.3% 4,115 37.6% 2,798 7.1% 530
1964 45.7% 3,530 54.3% 4,201
1960 54.8% 4,672 45.2% 3,858
1956 58.7% 4,995 41.3% 3,511
1952 59.9% 5,208 40.0% 3,475 0.1% 12
1948 51.4% 4,094 48.5% 3,865 0.1% 9
1944 56.8% 4,928 43.0% 3,729 0.2% 20
1940 55.3% 5,720 44.5% 4,606 0.2% 17
1936 48.8% 4,980 50.9% 5,188 0.3% 29
1932 40.1% 3,695 59.5% 5,493 0.4% 38
1928 52.0% 4,794 47.9% 4,413 0.1% 9
1924 52.8% 4,755 45.2% 4,070 2.1% 187
1920 58.2% 5,151 41.3% 3,657 0.5% 48
1916 52.3% 2,830 46.9% 2,537 0.9% 47
1912 44.8% 2,270 48.3% 2,444 6.9% 348
1908 50.7% 2,679 48.4% 2,555 0.9% 47
1904 52.0% 2,767 46.7% 2,485 1.3% 71
1900 49.0% 2,738 49.3% 2,756 1.8% 98
1896 47.1% 2,711 52.6% 3,028 0.4% 22
1892 45.3% 2,222 50.6% 2,484 4.2% 204
1888 47.0% 2,416 52.3% 2,685 0.7% 37

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%)
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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. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. 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. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. 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". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  12. ^ Breeding, Marshall. "Boonville/Cooper Branch Library". Libraries.org. Retrieved May 8, 2017. 
  13. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-03-25. 

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
  • Cooper County Sheriff's Office

Coordinates: 38°51′N 92°49′W / 38.85°N 92.81°W / 38.85; -92.81

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