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Cooper County, Missouri
Map
Map of Missouri highlighting Cooper County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the USA highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded December 17, 1818
Seat Boonville
Largest City Boonville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

569 sq mi (1,474 km²)
565 sq mi (1,463 km²)
4.4 sq mi (11 km²), 0.8%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

17,642
31/sq mi (12/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: http://www.coopercountymo.gov/
Named for: Sarshell Cooper, frontier settler who was killed by Native Americans near Arrow Rock in 1814

Cooper County is a county located in the central portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 17,601. Its county seat is Boonville. The county was organized December 17, 1818 and named for Sarshell Cooper, a frontier settler who was killed by Native Americans near Arrow Rock in 1814.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 569 square miles (1,470 km2), of which 565 square miles (1,460 km2) is land and 4.4 square miles (11 km2) (0.8%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

National protected area

  • Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1820 6,959
1830 6,904 −0.8%
1840 10,484 51.9%
1850 12,950 23.5%
1860 17,356 34.0%
1870 20,692 19.2%
1880 21,596 4.4%
1890 22,707 5.1%
1900 22,532 −0.8%
1910 20,311 −9.9%
1920 19,308 −4.9%
1930 19,522 1.1%
1940 18,075 −7.4%
1950 16,608 −8.1%
1960 15,448 −7.0%
1970 14,732 −4.6%
1980 14,643 −0.6%
1990 14,835 1.3%
2000 16,670 12.4%
2010 17,601 5.6%
Est. 2015 17,642 5.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the 2000 census, there were 16,670 people, 5,932 households and 4,140 families residing in the county. The population density was 30 per square mile (11/km²). There were 6,676 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.05% White, 8.96% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. Approximately 0.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 38.1% were of German, 18.7% American, 8.1% English and 8.0% Irish ancestry.

There were 5,932 households, of which 31.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.40% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.20% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% 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 2.97.

Age distribution was 22.80% under the age of 18, 14.00% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 20.60% from 45 to 64, and 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 117.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 120.00 males.

The median household income was $35,313, and the median family income was $41,526. Males had a median income of $28,513 versus $20,965 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,648. About 8.30% of families and 10.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.80% of those under age 18 and 8.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Villages

Unincorporated communities

Townships

Cooper County is divided into 14 townships:

  • Lamine
  • Lebanon
  • North Moniteau
  • Otterville
  • Palestine
  • Pilot Grove
  • Prairie Home
  • Saline
  • South Moniteau

Notable natives


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