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Cedar County
County courthouse in Stockton
County courthouse in Stockton
Map of Missouri highlighting Cedar 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 14, 1845
Named for Cedar Creek, a tributary of the Sac River
Seat Stockton
Largest city El Dorado Springs
Area
 • Total 499 sq mi (1,290 km2)
 • Land 474 sq mi (1,230 km2)
 • Water 24 sq mi (60 km2)  4.8%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 14,188
 • Density 28.433/sq mi (10.978/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 4th

Cedar County is a county located in the southwest portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2020 census, the population was 14,188. Its county seat is Stockton. The county was founded February 14, 1845, and named after Cedar Creek, a tributary of the Sac River, which in turn is named from the Eastern red cedar, a common tree of the area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 499 square miles (1,290 km2), of which 474 square miles (1,230 km2) is land and 24 square miles (62 km2) (4.8%) is water. The water area includes various rivers and Stockton Lake.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 54.svg U.S. Route 54
  • MO-32.svg Route 32
  • MO-39.svg Route 39
  • MO-97.svg Route 97
  • MO-215.svg Route 215

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 3,361
1860 6,637 97.5%
1870 9,474 42.7%
1880 10,741 13.4%
1890 15,620 45.4%
1900 16,923 8.3%
1910 16,080 −5.0%
1920 13,933 −13.4%
1930 11,136 −20.1%
1940 11,697 5.0%
1950 10,663 −8.8%
1960 9,185 −13.9%
1970 9,424 2.6%
1980 11,894 26.2%
1990 12,093 1.7%
2000 13,733 13.6%
2010 13,982 1.8%
2020 14,188 1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

As of the census of 2000, there were 13,733 people, 5,685 households, and 3,894 families residing in the county. The population density was 29 people per square mile (11/km2). There were 6,813 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.58% White, 0.32% Black or African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.50% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Approximately 1.11% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,685 households, out of which 27.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.50% were non-families. 28.10% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 24.60% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 22.80% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from 45 to 64, and 20.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 95.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,694, and the median income for a family was $32,710. Males had a median income of $25,017 versus $17,594 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,356. 17.40% of the population and 11.60% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 24.80% of those under the age of 18 and 14.20% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Religion

According to the Association of Religion Data Archives County Membership Report (2010), Cedar County is regarded as being part of the Bible Belt, with evangelical Protestantism being the most predominant religion. The most predominant denominations among residents in Cedar County who adhere to a religion are Southern Baptists (35.02%), Christian churches and churches of Christ (11.49%), and Assemblies of God (9.56%).

Communities

Education

Public schools

    • El Dorado Springs Elementary School (PK-05)
    • El Dorado Springs Middle School (06-08)
    • El Dorado Springs High School (09-12)
    • Stockton Elementary School (PK-04)
    • Stockton Middle School (05-08)
    • Stockton High School (09-12)

Private schools

Public libraries

  • Cedar County Library District

Notable people

  • Kate Austin, radical writer and anarchist
  • Emil Liston, basketball coach and administrator, member of the Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Eugene McCown, jazz pianist and painter
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