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Clark County, Missouri
Map
Map of Missouri highlighting Clark County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the USA highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded December 16, 1836
Seat Kahoka
Largest City Kahoka
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

512 sq mi (1,326 km²)
505 sq mi (1,308 km²)
7.1 sq mi (18 km²), 1.4%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

6,801
14/sq mi (5/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: William Clark
Clark County Mo Courthouse 2
The Clark County, Missouri courthouse as it appeared circa 1878.
CLARK COUNTY COURTHOUSE
Clark County Courthouse in 2007. It was demolished in 2010 despite being on the National Register of Historic Places.

Clark County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the county's population was 7,139. Its county seat is Kahoka. The county was organized December 16, 1836 and named for William Clark, leader of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and later Governor of Missouri Territory.

Clark County is part of the Fort MadisonKeokuk, IA-IL-MO Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Missouri folklorist Margot Ford McMillen wrote that early settlers were attracted by Clark County's good and inexpensive agricultural land. One section was called "Bit Nation" because land was sold there for just twelve and one-half cents ("one bit" of a Spanish dollar) an acre.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 512 square miles (1,330 km2), of which 505 square miles (1,310 km2) is land and 7.1 square miles (18 km2) (1.4%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 61.svg U.S. Route 61
  • US 136.svg U.S. Route 136
  • MO-27.svg Route 27
  • MO-81.svg Route 81

National protected area

  • Great River National Wildlife Refuge (part)

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 2,846
1850 5,527 94.2%
1860 11,684 111.4%
1870 13,667 17.0%
1880 15,031 10.0%
1890 15,126 0.6%
1900 15,383 1.7%
1910 12,811 −16.7%
1920 11,874 −7.3%
1930 10,254 −13.6%
1940 10,166 −0.9%
1950 9,003 −11.4%
1960 8,725 −3.1%
1970 8,260 −5.3%
1980 8,493 2.8%
1990 7,547 −11.1%
2000 7,416 −1.7%
2010 7,139 −3.7%
Est. 2015 6,801 −8.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,139 people, 2,966 households, and 2,079 families residing in the county. The population density was 15 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 3,483 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.83% White, 0.07% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Approximately 0.70% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,966 households out of which 30.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.70% were married couples living together, 7.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% were non-families. 26.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 25.50% from 25 to 44, 25.00% 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 97.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,457, and the median income for a family was $36,270. Males had a median income of $27,279 versus $19,917 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,988. About 10.80% of families and 14.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.70% of those under age 18 and 12.70% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Villages

Census-designated place

  • St. Francisville

Other unincorporated places


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