Dallas County, Missouri

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Dallas County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Dallas County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded December 10, 1844
Named for George M. Dallas
Seat Buffalo
Largest city Buffalo
Area
 • Total 542.83 sq mi (1,406 km2)
 • Land 541.54 sq mi (1,403 km2)
 • Water 1.29 sq mi (3 km2), 0.24
Population
 • (2010) 16,777
 • Density 29/sq mi (11/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Dallas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,777.1 Its county seat is Buffalo.2 The county was organized in 1844 and named for George M. Dallas, who served as Vice President under James K. Polk.3

Dallas County is part of the Springfield, MO Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 542.83 square miles (1,405.9 km2), of which 541.54 square miles (1,402.6 km2) (or 99.76%) is land and 1.29 square miles (3.3 km2) (or 0.24%) is water.4

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 3,648
1860 5,892 61.5%
1870 8,383 42.3%
1880 9,263 10.5%
1890 12,647 36.5%
1900 13,903 9.9%
1910 13,181 −5.2%
1920 12,033 −8.7%
1930 10,541 −12.4%
1940 11,523 9.3%
1950 10,392 −9.8%
1960 9,314 −10.4%
1970 10,054 7.9%
1980 12,096 20.3%
1990 12,646 4.5%
2000 15,661 23.8%
2010 16,777 7.1%
Est. 2012 16,799 0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census5
2012 Estimate1

As of the census6 of 2000, there were 15,661 people, 6,030 households, and 4,383 families residing in the county. The population density was 29 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 6,914 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.45% White, 0.12% Black or African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. Approximately 0.94% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 3.57% percent reported speaking Pennsylvania German or German at home.[1]

There were 6,030 households out of which 32.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.80% were married couples living together, 8.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.30% were non-families. 23.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.50% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,346, and the median income for a family was $33,500. Males had a median income of $26,438 versus $17,569 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,106. About 14.20% of families and 17.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.40% of those under age 18 and 18.50% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

foose, missouri

Education

Public Schools

Politics

Local

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

Dallas County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Sue Doty Republican
Circuit Clerk Susan Potter Republican
County Clerk Pam Louderbaugh Republican
Collector Sheryl Ferrell Republican
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Kevin D. Sharpe Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Pete Barclay Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Owen Kjar Democratic
Coroner Lamont Swanson Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Barbara J. Viets Republican
Public Administrator Carol Johnson Republican
Recorder Stacy Satterfield Republican
Sheriff Mike Rackley Republican
Surveyor Greg Maynard Republican
Treasurer Becky Schofield Republican

State

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 41.92% 3,212 54.46% 4,173 3.61% 277
2004 65.01% 4,708 33.43% 2,421 1.56% 113
2000 55.16% 3,429 42.99% 2,672 1.85% 115
1996 54.60% 3,083 41.80% 2,360 3.60% 203

All of Dallas County is a part of Missouri’s 119th District in the Missouri House of Representatives and is represented by Sandy Crawford (R-Buffalo).

Missouri House of Representatives – District 119 - Dallas County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Sandy Crawford 4,219 71.33
Democratic John L. Wilson 1,289 21.79
Constitution Raymond Kish 407 6.88

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

Missouri Senate - District 28 - Dallas County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mike Parson 4,453 80.57
Constitution Bennie B. Hatfield 1,074 19.43

Federal

All of Dallas 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 - Dallas County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Vicky Hartzler 3,285 55.12
Democratic Ike Skelton* 2,200 36.91
Constitution Greg Cowan 240 4.03
Libertarian Jason Michael Braun 235 3.94

Political Culture

Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 63.71% 4,895 34.57% 2,656 1.72% 132
2004 65.96% 4,788 33.16% 2,407 0.88% 64
2000 59.86% 3,723 37.16% 2,311 2.97% 185
1996 45.01 2,554 40.13% 2,277 14.86% 843

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)

Dallas County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 751 (30.39%)
Mike Huckabee 1,153 (46.66%)
Mitt Romney 428 (17.32%)
Ron Paul 105 (4.25%)
Dallas County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 1,157 (63.75%)
Barack Obama 581 (32.01%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 55 (3.03%)

Notable natives

See also

References

  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. 283. 
  4. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

Further reading

  • History of Laclede, Camden, Dallas, Webster, Wright, Texas, Pulaski, Phelps, and Dent counties, Missouri (1889) full text

External links

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