Barton County, Missouri

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Barton County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Barton County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded December 12, 1855
Named for David Barton
Seat Lamar
Largest city Lamar
Area
 • Total 596.72 sq mi (1,545 km2)
 • Land 594.25 sq mi (1,539 km2)
 • Water 2.47 sq mi (6 km2), 0.41
Population
 • (2010) 12,402
 • Density 21/sq mi (8/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.bartoncounty.com

Barton County is a county located in Southwest Missouri. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 12,402.1 Its county seat is Lamar.2 The county was organized in 1855 and named after U.S. Senator David Barton from Missouri.3

President Harry S. Truman was born in Barton County in 1884.

The female bandit, Little Britches, the companion in crime of Cattle Annie, was born in Barton County in 1879.4

Geography

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 596.72 square miles (1,545.5 km2), of which 594.25 square miles (1,539.1 km2) (or 99.59%) is land and 2.47 square miles (6.4 km2) (or 0.41%) is water.5

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 1,817
1870 4,285 135.8%
1880 10,332 141.1%
1890 18,504 79.1%
1900 18,253 −1.4%
1910 16,747 −8.3%
1920 16,879 0.8%
1930 14,560 −13.7%
1940 14,148 −2.8%
1950 12,678 −10.4%
1960 11,113 −12.3%
1970 10,431 −6.1%
1980 11,292 8.3%
1990 11,312 0.2%
2000 12,541 10.9%
2010 12,402 −1.1%
Est. 2012 12,337 −0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census6
2012 Estimate1

As of the census7 of 2000, there were 12,541 people, 4,895 households, and 3,441 families residing in the county. The population density was 21 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 5,409 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.93% White, 0.29% Black or African American, 0.83% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 1.44% from two or more races. 0.95% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,895 households out of which 34.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.70% were non-families. 26.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.50% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 26.10% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 16.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,275, and the median income for a family was $35,638. Males had a median income of $25,254 versus $19,663 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,987. About 11.00% of families and 13.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.90% of those under age 18 and 16.80% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Cities

Villages

Unincorporated towns

Townships

Barton County is divided into fifteen townships:

Education

Public Schools

  • Golden City R-III School District - Golden City
    • Golden City Elementary School (PK-06)
    • Golden City High School (07-12)

Politics

Local

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

Barton County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Ivan Friden Republican
Circuit Clerk Janet B. Maupin Republican
County Clerk Kristina Crockett Republican
Collector Frances Cato Republican
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Mike Davis Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Dennis Wilson Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Bonda Rowlings Democratic
Coroner C. Tucker Joustra Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Stephen H. Kaderly Democratic
Public Administrator Teresa E. Moore Republican
Recorder Kathleen Diamond Republican
Sheriff Mitch Shaw Republican
Treasurer Frances Cato Republican

State

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 62.17% 3,661 35.47% 2,089 2.36% 139
2004 79.43% 4,743 19.49% 1,164 1.07% 64
2000 70.15% 3,764 28.61% 1,535 1.25% 67
1996 57.60% 2,911 39.77% 2,010 2.63% 133

All of Barton County is a part of Missouri’s 126th District in the Missouri House of Representatives and is represented by Mike Kelley (R-Lamar).

Missouri House of Representatives - District 126 - Barton County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mike Kelley 4,053 100.00

All of Barton County is a part of Missouri’s 28th District in the Missouri Senate and is represented by Mike Parson (R-Bolivar).

Missouri Senate - District 28 - Barton County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mike Parson 3,795 89.48
Constitution Bennie B. Hatfield 446 10.52

Federal

All of Barton County is included in Missouri's 4th Congressional District and is represented by Vicky Hartzler (R-Harrisonville) in the U.S. House of Representatives. Following redistricting, all of Barton County will be moved into the neighboring 7th Congressional District.

U.S. House of Representatives - District 4 - Barton County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Vicky Hartzler 2,905 64.16
Democratic Ike Skelton* 1,445 31.91
Libertarian Jason Michael Braun 101 2.23
Constitution Greg Cowan 77 1.70
Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 74.21% 4,414 24.46% 1,455 1.32% 79
2004 76.31% 4,572 22.92% 1,373 0.77% 46
2000 71.49% 3,836 26.54% 1,424 1.98% 106
1996 55.74% 2,812 32.21% 1,625 12.05% 608

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. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 207. 
  4. ^ "Cattle Annie & Little Britches, taken from Lee Paul [http://www.theoutlaws.com]". ranchdivaoutfitters.com. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

External links

Coordinates: 37°30′N 94°20′W / 37.50°N 94.34°W / 37.50; -94.34








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