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Butler County
Butler County Courthouse in Poplar Bluff
Butler County Courthouse in Poplar Bluff
Map of Missouri highlighting Butler County
Location within the U.S. state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Missouri
Founded February 27, 1849
Named for William Orlando Butler
Seat Poplar Bluff
Largest city Poplar Bluff
Area
 • Total 699 sq mi (1,810 km2)
 • Land 695 sq mi (1,800 km2)
 • Water 4.3 sq mi (11 km2)  0.6%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 42,130
 • Density 60.27/sq mi (23.271/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 8th

Butler County is a county located in the southeast Ozark Foothills Region in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2020 Census, the county's population was 42,130. The largest city and county seat is Poplar Bluff. The county was officially organized from Wayne County on February 27, 1849, and is named after former U.S. Representative William O. Butler (D-Kentucky), who was also an unsuccessful candidate for Vice President of the United States. The first meeting in the Butler County Courthouse was held on June 18, 1849.

Butler County comprises the Poplar Bluff, MO Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 699 square miles (1,810 km2), of which 695 square miles (1,800 km2) is land and 4.3 square miles (11 km2) (0.6%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 60.svg U.S. Route 60
  • US 67.svg U.S. Route 67
  • US 160.svg U.S. Route 160
  • MO-51.svg Route 51
  • MO-53.svg Route 53
  • MO-142.svg Route 142

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,616
1860 2,891 78.9%
1870 4,298 48.7%
1880 6,011 39.9%
1890 10,164 69.1%
1900 16,769 65.0%
1910 20,624 23.0%
1920 24,106 16.9%
1930 23,697 −1.7%
1940 34,276 44.6%
1950 37,707 10.0%
1960 34,656 −8.1%
1970 33,529 −3.3%
1980 37,693 12.4%
1990 38,765 2.8%
2000 40,867 5.4%
2010 42,794 4.7%
2020 42,130 −1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

As of the census of 2000, there were 40,867 people, 16,718 households, and 11,318 families residing in the county. The population density was 59 people per square mile (23/km2). There were 18,707 housing units at an average density of 27 per square mile (10/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.16% White, 5.22% Black or African American, 0.56% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. Approximately 1.01% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Among the major first ancestries reported in Butler County were 31.7% American, 13.8% German, 11.6% Irish and 10.5% English.

There were 16,718 households, out of which 29.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.50% were married couples living together, 11.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. 28.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 24.20% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 26.60% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 16.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,422, and the median income for a family was $42,713. Males had a median income of $27,449 versus $19,374 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,282. About 14.00% of families and 18.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.90% of those under age 18 and 16.90% of those age 65 or over.

Religion

According to the Association of Religion Data Archives County Membership Report (2010), Butler County is part of the Bible Belt, with evangelical Protestantism being the most predominant religion. The most predominant denominations among residents in Butler County who adhere to a religion are Southern Baptists (36.39%), nondenominational evangelical groups (14.64%), and Roman Catholics (11.92%).

Communities

Rodgers Theatre, 204-224 N. Broadway Street, Poplar Bluff, Mo, USA
The Art Deco-style Rodgers Theatre opened in Poplar Bluff on June 1, 1949.

Cities

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

Townships

Butler County is divided into ten townships:

  • Ash Hill
  • Beaver Dam
  • Black River
  • Cane Creek
  • Coon Island
  • Epps
  • Gillis Bluff
  • Neely
  • Poplar Bluff
  • St. Francois

Education

Of adults 25 years of age and older in Butler County, 70.5% possesses a high school diploma or higher while 11.6% holds a bachelor's degree or higher as their highest educational attainment.

Public Schools

  • Neelyville R-IV School District - Neelyville
    • Hillview Elementary School - Harviell - (PK-02)
    • Neelyville Elementary School - (03-06)
    • Neelyville High School - (07-12)
  • Poplar Bluff R-I School District - Poplar Bluff
    • Eugene Field Elementary School - (01-03)
    • Mark Twain Early Childhood Center - (PK/Daycare)
    • Lake Road Elementary School - (01-04)
    • Poplar Bluff Kindergarten Center - (K)
    • O'Neal Elementary School - (01-03)
    • Oak Grove Elementary School - (01-03)
    • Poplar Bluff Middle School - (04-06)
    • Poplar Bluff Jr. High School (07-08)
    • Poplar Bluff High School (09-12)
  • Twin Rivers R-X School District - Broseley
    • Fisk Elementary School - Fisk - (K-08)
    • Qulin Elementary School - Qulin - (K-08)
    • Twin Rivers High School - Broseley - (09-12)

Private schools

Special education/other schools

Post-secondary

  • Three Rivers College - Poplar Bluff - A public, two-year community college.

Public libraries

  • Fisk Community Library
  • Poplar Bluff Public Library

Notable people

  • Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, television producer (Designing Women)
  • Christian Boeving, fitness model, bodybuilder and actor
  • Sean Fister, 1995, 2001 and 2005 World Long Drive Champion, inducted to 3 Hall of Fames
  • Leroy Griffith, burlesque theater owner and film producer
  • Tyler Hansbrough, NBA basketball player for the Toronto Raptors, Indiana Pacers and the Charlotte Hornets
  • Scott Innes, radio broadcaster and voice actor for Scooby-Doo
  • Charles Jaco, CNN reporter
  • Billie G. Kanell, Medal of Honor recipient, United States Army
  • Tim Lollar, professional baseball pitcher
  • Matt Lucas, singer, drummer and songwriter
  • Derland Moore, professional football player
  • Mikel Rouse, composer
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