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Andrew County
Andrew County Courthouse
Andrew County Courthouse
Map of Missouri highlighting Andrew County
Location within the U.S. state of Missouri
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Missouri's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Missouri
Founded January 29, 1841
Named for Andrew Jackson Davis
Seat Savannah
Largest city Savannah
 • Total 436 sq mi (1,130 km2)
 • Land 433 sq mi (1,120 km2)
 • Water 3.7 sq mi (10 km2)  0.9%
 • Total 18,135
 • Density 41.59/sq mi (16.060/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 6th

Andrew County is a county located in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2020 census, the county had a population of 18,135. Its county seat is Savannah. The county was organized January 29, 1841, and named for Andrew Jackson Davis, a lawyer and prominent citizen of St. Louis.

Andrew County is part of the St. Joseph, MO–KS Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Kansas City-Overland Park-Kansas City Combined statistical area.


The following material is inscribed on a plaque erected by the State Historical Society of Missouri and State Highway Commission in 1960, now located by the Andrew County Courthouse.

Andrew County, organized 1841, is one of six counties in the Indian Platte Purchase Territory annexed to Missouri in 1837. Named for Andrew Jackson Davis, a St. Louis editor, the county was first settled in the middle 1830s. Pioneers were from Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and other parts of Missouri.

Savannah, the county seat, was laid out in 1841. First briefly called Union, it was renamed for Savannah, Georgia. The Platte County Railroad (CB&Q) reached there in 1860, and today's Chicago, Great Western in the late 1880s. The town grew as a shipping point and trading center in the post Civil War era.

Divided during the Civil War, Andrew County sent troops to both sides. In August 1861, 1,500 soldiers from Andrew County and other counties joined the pro-Southern Missouri State Guard at Camp Highly in eastern Andrew County while others joined a large Union cap in adjacent Gentry County. In 1861, Union troops seized "Northwest Democrat," a pro-Southern newspaper, in Savannah and troops from Camp Highly seized the "Plain Dealer," a Union newspaper. Raiding guerrilla bands overran the county through 1863.

Andrew County's glacial plains support fertile livestock, grain, and fruit farms. The One Hundred and Two River, along with the Platte River, are located in the county. Its western border is formed by the Nodaway and Missouri rivers. In 1804 the Lewis and Clark Expedition camped on an island at the mouth of the Nodaway River. Members of fur trader W. Price Hunt's 1811 Astorian expedition wintered near the river’s mouth as well.

Among the towns located in Andrew County are Amazonia, once on the Missouri River, now inland, laid out in 1857 near the site of Nodaway City, an early river port; Fillmore, established in 1845; Whitesville, established in 1848; Rochester, established in 1848; Bolckow, established in 1868; Rosendale, established in 1869; Rea, established in 1877; Helena, established in 1878; and Cosby, established in 1882.

The Andrew County Museum & Historical Society celebrates the history of Andrew County through exhibits, programs, publications, and special events. The museum and society collects, preserves, researches, and interprets documents and artifacts to promote the appreciation and preservation of the county's history and bring history to life in Andrew County.[1]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 436 square miles (1,130 km2), of which 433 square miles (1,120 km2) is land and 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2) (0.9%) is water.

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Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 9,433
1860 11,850 25.6%
1870 15,137 27.7%
1880 16,318 7.8%
1890 16,000 −1.9%
1900 17,332 8.3%
1910 15,282 −11.8%
1920 14,075 −7.9%
1930 13,469 −4.3%
1940 13,015 −3.4%
1950 11,727 −9.9%
1960 11,062 −5.7%
1970 11,913 7.7%
1980 13,908 16.7%
1990 14,632 5.2%
2000 16,492 12.7%
2010 17,291 4.8%
2020 18,135 4.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2000, there were 16,492 people, 6,273 households, and 4,635 families residing in the county. The population density was 38 people per square mile (15/km2). There were 6,662 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.38% White, 0.42% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. Approximately 0.84% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,273 households, out of which 34.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.70% were married couples living together, 7.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.10% were non-families. 22.30% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 26.40% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 14.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,688, and the median income for a family was $46,067. Males had a median income of $32,955 versus $22,586 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,375. About 6.40% of families and 8.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.50% of those under age 18 and 8.00% of those age 65 or over.


According to the Association of Religion Data Archives County Membership Report (2010), Andrew County is sometimes regarded as being on the northern edge of the Bible Belt, with evangelical Protestantism being the most predominant religion. The most predominant denominations among residents in Andrew County who adhere to a religion are Southern Baptists (38.62%), United Methodists (21.14%), and Disciples of Christ (9.86%).




Unincorporated communities


Andrew County is divided into 10 townships:

  • Benton
  • Clay
  • Empire
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Lincoln
  • Monroe
  • Nodaway
  • Platte
  • Rochester

Notable people

See also: Savannah, Missouri#Notable natives/residents


Public schools

    • Avenue City Elementary School (PK-08)
    • North Andrew County Elementary School (K-05)
    • North Andrew County Middle School (06-08)
    • North Andrew County High School (09-12)
    • Amazonia Elementary School (K-05)
    • Helena Elementary School (K-05)
    • John Glenn Elementary School (K-05)
    • Minnie Cline Elementary School (PK-05)
    • Savannah Middle School (06-08)
    • Savannah High School (09-12)

Public libraries

  • Rolling Hills Consolidated Library—Savannah Branch
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