Boone County, Missouri facts for kids
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The Boone County Courthouse at the Boone County Government Complex
Location within the U.S. state of Missouri
Missouri's location within the U.S.
|Founded||November 16, 1820|
|Named for||Daniel Boone|
|• Total||691 sq mi (1,790 km2)|
|• Land||685 sq mi (1,770 km2)|
|• Water||5.6 sq mi (15 km2) 0.8%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||237/sq mi (92/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
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.
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.
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
- Mark Twain National Forest (part)
- Audrain County (northeast)
- Callaway County (east)
- Cole County (south)
- Cooper County (west)
- Howard County (northwest)
- Moniteau County (southwest)
- Randolph County (north)
|U.S. Decennial Census
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.
- Rock Bridge
- Rocky Fork
- Three Creeks
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