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Boone County, Missouri
Seal of Boone County, Missouri
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Map of Missouri highlighting Boone County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the USA highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded November 16, 1820
Seat Columbia
Largest City Columbia
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

691 sq mi (1,790 km²)
685 sq mi (1,774 km²)
5.6 sq mi (15 km²), 0.8%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

174,974
237/sq mi (92/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.showmeboone.com
Named for: Daniel Boone

Boone County is a county in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 162,642; a 2015 estimate put the population at 174,974, making it the state's seventh-most populous county. Its county seat is Columbia, Missouri's fourth-largest city. The county was organized November 16, 1820 and named for Daniel Boone.

Boone County comprises the Columbia, MO Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The University of Missouri is in Columbia.

History

Boone County was organized November 16, 1820, from a portion of the territorial Howard County. The area was then known as Boone's Lick Country, because of a salt lick which Daniel Boone's sons used for their stock.

Boone County was settled primarily from the Upper South states of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. The settlers brought slaves and slave-holding with them, and quickly started cultivating crops similar to those in Middle Tennessee and Kentucky: hemp and tobacco. Boone was one of several counties settled by Southerners to the north and south of the Missouri River. Because of its culture and traditions, the area became known as Little Dixie, and Boone County was at its heart. In 1860 slaves made up 25 percent or more of the county's population, and Little Dixie was strongly pro-Confederate during the American Civil War.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 496 square miles (1,280 km2), of which 685 square miles (1,770 km2) is land and 5.6 square miles (15 km2) (0.8%) is water. The Missouri River makes up the southern border of the county.

National protected area

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • I-70.svg Interstate 70
  • US 40.svg U.S. Route 40
  • US 63.svg U.S. Route 63
  • MO-22.svg Route 22
  • MO-124.svg Route 124
  • MO-163.svg Route 163
  • MO-740.svg Route 740

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 8,859
1840 13,561 53.1%
1850 14,979 10.5%
1860 19,486 30.1%
1870 20,765 6.6%
1880 25,422 22.4%
1890 26,043 2.4%
1900 28,642 10.0%
1910 30,533 6.6%
1920 29,672 −2.8%
1930 30,995 4.5%
1940 34,991 12.9%
1950 48,432 38.4%
1960 55,202 14.0%
1970 80,911 46.6%
1980 100,376 24.1%
1990 112,379 12.0%
2000 135,454 20.5%
2010 162,642 20.1%
Est. 2015 174,974 7.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2000, there were 135,454 people, 53,094 households, and 31,378 families residing in the county. The population density was 198 people per square mile (76/km²). There were 56,678 housing units at an average density of 83 per square mile (32/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 85.43% White, 8.54% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 2.96% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.69% from other races, and 1.93% from two or more races. Approximately 1.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.6% claimed German, 12.3% American, 11.2% English and 9.8% Irish ancestry.

There were 53,094 households out of which 30.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.50% were married couples living together, 10.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.90% were non-families. 28.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.80% under the age of 18, 19.90% from 18 to 24, 29.90% from 25 to 44, 18.80% from 45 to 64, and 8.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 93.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,485, and the median income for a family was $51,210. Males had a median income of $33,304 versus $25,990 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,844. About 7.60% of families and 14.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.10% of those under age 18 and 5.90% of those age 65 or over.

There are 121,319 registered voters.

Communities

Cities

Villages

Unincorporated communities

Townships

  • Bourbon
  • Cedar
  • Centralia
  • Columbia
  • Katy
  • Missouri
  • Perche
  • Rock Bridge
  • Rocky Fork
  • Three Creeks

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