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DeKalb County
DeKalb County Courthouse in Maysville
DeKalb County Courthouse in Maysville
Map of Missouri highlighting DeKalb 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 25, 1845
Named for Johann de Kalb
Seat Maysville
Largest city Cameron
Area
 • Total 426 sq mi (1,100 km2)
 • Land 421 sq mi (1,090 km2)
 • Water 4.5 sq mi (12 km2)  1.0%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2015)
12,687
 • Density 31/sq mi (12/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 6th

DeKalb County is a county located in the northwest portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,892. Its county seat is Maysville. The county was organized February 25, 1845 and named for General Johann de Kalb, Baron de Kalb, of the Revolutionary War.

DeKalb County is part of the St. Joseph, MO-KS Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Kansas City-Overland Park-Kansas City, MO-KS Combined Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 426 square miles (1,100 km2), of which 421 square miles (1,090 km2) is land and 4.5 square miles (12 km2) (1.0%) is water.

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Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 2,075
1860 5,224 151.8%
1870 9,858 88.7%
1880 13,334 35.3%
1890 14,539 9.0%
1900 14,418 −0.8%
1910 12,531 −13.1%
1920 11,694 −6.7%
1930 10,270 −12.2%
1940 9,751 −5.1%
1950 8,047 −17.5%
1960 7,226 −10.2%
1970 7,305 1.1%
1980 8,222 12.6%
1990 9,967 21.2%
2000 11,597 16.4%
2010 12,892 11.2%
Est. 2015 12,687 −1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2000, there were 11,597 people, 3,528 households, and 2,473 families residing in the county. The population density was 27 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 3,839 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.09% White, 8.86% Black or African American, 0.66% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.27% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. Approximately 1.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,528 households out of which 32.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 9.60% were married couples living together, 7.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county, the population was spread out with 20.70% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 36.30% from 25 to 44, 20.90% from 45 to 64, and 13.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 152.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 168.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,654, and the median income for a family was $37,329. Males had a median income of $28,434 versus $20,207 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,687. About 7.20% of families and 10.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.80% of those under age 18 and 75.20% of those age 65 or over.

Religion

According to the Association of Religion Data Archives County Membership Report (2010), DeKalb County is sometimes regarded as being on the northern edge of the Bible Belt, with evangelical Protestantism being the most predominant religion. The most predominant denominations among residents in DeKalb County who adhere to a religion are Southern Baptists (37.63%), United Methodists (19.88%), and Community of Christ (14.82%).

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