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Gentry County, Missouri
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Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the USA highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded February 14, 1841
Seat Albany
Largest City Albany
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

492 sq mi (1,274 km²)
491 sq mi (1,272 km²)
0.3 sq mi (1 km²), 0.06%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

6,692
14/sq mi (5/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: gentrycounty.net/
Named for: Richard Gentry

Gentry County is a county located in the northwestern portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,738. Its county seat is Albany. The county was organized February 14, 1841 and named for Colonel Richard Gentry of Boone County who fell in the Seminole War in 1837.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 492 square miles (1,270 km2), of which 491 square miles (1,270 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) (0.06%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 136.svg U.S. Route 136
  • US 169.svg U.S. Route 169
  • MO-85.svg Route 85

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 4,248
1860 11,862 179.2%
1870 11,607 −2.1%
1880 17,176 48.0%
1890 19,018 10.7%
1900 20,554 8.1%
1910 16,820 −18.2%
1920 15,634 −7.1%
1930 14,348 −8.2%
1940 13,359 −6.9%
1950 11,036 −17.4%
1960 8,793 −20.3%
1970 8,060 −8.3%
1980 7,887 −2.1%
1990 6,848 −13.2%
2000 6,861 0.2%
2010 6,738 −1.8%
Est. 2015 6,692 −0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2010, there were 6,738 people, 2,674 households, and 1,789 families residing in the county. The population density was 14 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 3,209 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.38% White, 0.31% Black or African American, 0.27% Asian, 0.19% Native American, 0.16% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. 0.53% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,674 households, of which 29.06% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.42% were married couples living together, 8.23% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.10% were non-families. 29.02% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.07% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.55% under the age of 18, 7.85% from 18 to 24, 20.67% from 25 to 44, 26.43% from 45 to 64, and 20.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.4 years. For every 100 females there were 93.62 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.43 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,556, and the median income for a family was $46,458. Males had a median income of $33,558 versus $25,815 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,021. About 9.30% of families and 14.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.40% of those under age 18 and 15.00% of those age 65 or over.

Religion

According to the Association of Religion Data Archives County Membership Report (2010), Gentry 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 Gentry County who adhere to a religion are Southern Baptists (46.29%), United Methodists (18.20%), and Disciples of Christ (13.12%).

Communities

Cities

Villages

Miscellaneous

On March 5, 2010, a jury awarded seven neighboring farmers $11 million in damages from Premium Standard Farms over odors emanating from an hog farm of 4,300 acres (17 km2) that processes 200,000 hogs near Berlin in Gentry County - the largest such award in history.


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