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Audrain County, Missouri
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Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the USA highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded December 17, 1836
Seat Mexico
Largest City Mexico
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

697 sq mi (1,805 km²)
692 sq mi (1,792 km²)
4.6 sq mi (12 km²), 0.7%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

26,096
37/sq mi (14/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.audraincounty.org
Named for: James Hunter Audrain

Audrain County is a county located in the central part of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 25,529. Its county seat is Mexico. The county was organized December 13, 1836, and named for Colonel James Hunter Audrain of the War of 1812 and who later was elected to the state legislature.

Audrain County comprises the Mexico, MO Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Columbia-Moberly-Mexico, MO Combined Statistical Area.

History

Audrain County was one of several along the Missouri River settled by migrants from the Upper South, especially Kentucky and Tennessee. They brought slaves and slaveholding traditions with them, and quickly started cultivating crops similar to those in Middle Tennessee and Kentucky: hemp and tobacco. They also brought characteristic antebellum architecture and culture. The county was considered at the heart of what was called Little Dixie.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 697 square miles (1,810 km2), of which 692 square miles (1,790 km2) is land and 4.6 square miles (12 km2) (0.7%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 54.svg U.S. Route 54
  • MO-15.svg Route 15
  • MO-19.svg Route 19
  • MO-22.svg Route 22
  • MO-151.svg Route 151

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 1,949
1850 3,506 79.9%
1860 8,075 130.3%
1870 12,307 52.4%
1880 19,732 60.3%
1890 22,074 11.9%
1900 21,160 −4.1%
1910 21,687 2.5%
1920 20,589 −5.1%
1930 22,077 7.2%
1940 22,673 2.7%
1950 23,829 5.1%
1960 26,079 9.4%
1970 25,362 −2.7%
1980 26,458 4.3%
1990 23,599 −10.8%
2000 25,853 9.6%
2010 25,529 −1.3%
Est. 2015 26,096 2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 25,529 people, 9,844 households, and 6,762 families residing in the county. The population density was 37 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 10,881 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). 89.8% of the population were White, 6.4% Black or African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.4% Native American, 1.2% of some other race and 1.7% of two or more races. 2.6% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race). 33.2% were of German, 16.0% American, 9.3% Irish and 8.4% English ancestry.

There were 9,844 households out of which 31.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.20% were married couples living together, 9.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.30% were non-families. 27.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.60% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 22.50% from 45 to 64, and 16.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 84.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,057, and the median income for a family was $40,448. Males had a median income of $28,550 versus $20,712 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,441. About 11.10% of families and 14.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.30% of those under age 18 and 9.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Villages

Unincorporated communities

Townships

Audrain County is divided into eight townships:

  • Cuivre
  • Linn
  • Loutre
  • Prairie
  • Saling
  • Salt River
  • South Fork
  • Wilson

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