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Camden County
The Camden County Courthouse in Camdenton
The Camden County Courthouse in Camdenton
Map of Missouri highlighting Camden 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 January 29, 1841
Named for Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden
Seat Camdenton
Largest city Osage Beach
Area
 • Total 709 sq mi (1,840 km2)
 • Land 656 sq mi (1,700 km2)
 • Water 53 sq mi (140 km2)  7.4%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 42,745
 • Density 60.29/sq mi (23.278/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional districts 3rd, 4th

Camden County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2020 Census, the population was 42,745. Its county seat is Camdenton. The county was organized on January 29, 1841, as Kinderhook County and renamed Camden County in 1843 after Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom and leader of the British Whig Party. Camden County is also the primary setting of the Netflix show Ozark.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 709 square miles (1,840 km2), of which 656 square miles (1,700 km2) is land and 53 square miles (140 km2) (7.4%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 54.svg U.S. Route 54
  • MO-5.svg Route 5
  • MO-7.svg Route 7

Fire Towers

Fire Towers Include:

  • Branch Fire Tower
  • Climax Springs Fire Tower
  • Hurricane Deck Fire Tower

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 2,338
1860 4,975 112.8%
1870 6,108 22.8%
1880 7,266 19.0%
1890 10,040 38.2%
1900 13,113 30.6%
1910 11,582 −11.7%
1920 10,474 −9.6%
1930 9,142 −12.7%
1940 8,971 −1.9%
1950 7,861 −12.4%
1960 9,116 16.0%
1970 13,315 46.1%
1980 20,017 50.3%
1990 27,495 37.4%
2000 37,051 34.8%
2010 44,002 18.8%
2020 42,745 −2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2000, there were 37,051 people, 15,779 households, and 11,297 families residing in the county. The population density was 57 people per square mile (22/km2). There were 33,470 housing units at an average density of 51 per square mile (20/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.68% White, 0.26% Black or African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Approximately 0.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 15,779 households, out of which 23.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.80% were married couples living together, 6.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.40% were non-families. 23.30% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.68.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 20.30% under the age of 18, 6.10% from 18 to 24, 23.30% from 25 to 44, 31.40% from 45 to 64, and 19.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 100.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,840, and the median income for a family was $40,695. Males had a median income of $28,020 versus $20,825 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,197. About 8.00% of families and 11.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.00% of those under age 18 and 7.70% of those age 65 or over.

Religion

According to the Association of Religion Data Archives County Membership Report (2010), Camden County is part of the Bible Belt, with evangelical Protestantism being the most predominant religion. The most predominant denominations among residents in Camden County who adhere to a religion are Southern Baptists (33.09%), nondenominational evangelical groups (13.92%), and Roman Catholics (11.44%).

Communities

Cities

Villages

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated places

Education

Public schools

    • Dogwood Elementary School (PK-02)
    • Hawthorn Elementary School (03-04)
    • Osage Beach Elementary School (PK-04)
    • Hurricane Deck Elementary School (PK-04)
    • Oak Ridge Intermediate School (05-06)
    • Camdenton Middle School (07-08)
    • Camdenton High School (09-12)
    • Climax Springs Elementary School (K-06)
    • Climax Springs High School (07-12)
    • Macks Creek Elementary School (PK-06)
    • Macks Creek High School (07-12)
    • Stoutland Elementary School (PK-06)
    • Stoutland High School (07-12)

Private schools

Public libraries

Notable people

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