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Dallas County, Missouri
Map

Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the USA highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded December 10, 1844
Seat Buffalo
Largest City Buffalo
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

543 sq mi (1,406 km²)
541 sq mi (1,401 km²)
2.1 sq mi (5 km²), 0.4%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

16,393
31/sq mi (12/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: George M. Dallas

Dallas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,777. Its county seat is Buffalo. The county was organized in 1842 as Niangua County and then renamed in 1844 for George M. Dallas, who served as Vice President under James K. Polk.

Dallas County is part of the Springfield, MO Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 543 square miles (1,410 km2), of which 541 square miles (1,400 km2) is land and 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2) (0.4%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 65.svg U.S. Route 65
  • MO-32.svg Route 32
  • MO-64.svg Route 64
  • MO-73.svg Route 73

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 3,648
1860 5,892 61.5%
1870 8,383 42.3%
1880 9,263 10.5%
1890 12,647 36.5%
1900 13,903 9.9%
1910 13,181 −5.2%
1920 12,033 −8.7%
1930 10,541 −12.4%
1940 11,523 9.3%
1950 10,392 −9.8%
1960 9,314 −10.4%
1970 10,054 7.9%
1980 12,096 20.3%
1990 12,646 4.5%
2000 15,661 23.8%
2010 16,777 7.1%
Est. 2016 16,448 −2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2000, there were 15,661 people, 6,030 households, and 4,383 families residing in the county. The population density was 29 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 6,914 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.45% White, 0.12% Black or African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. Approximately 0.94% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 3.57% percent reported speaking Pennsylvania German or German at home.[1]

There were 6,030 households out of which 32.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.80% were married couples living together, 8.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.30% were non-families. 23.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.50% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,346, and the median income for a family was $33,500. Males had a median income of $26,438 versus $17,569 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,106. About 14.20% of families and 17.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.40% of those under age 18 and 18.50% of those age 65 or over.

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Other unincorporated places


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