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Harrison County
Harrison County Courthouse in Bethany
Harrison County Courthouse in Bethany
Map of Missouri highlighting Harrison 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 14, 1845
Named for Albert G. Harrison
Seat Bethany
Largest city Bethany
Area
 • Total 726 sq mi (1,880 km2)
 • Land 723 sq mi (1,870 km2)
 • Water 3.9 sq mi (10 km2)  0.5%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 8,157
 • Density 11.236/sq mi (4.338/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 6th

Harrison County is a county located in the northwest portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2020 census, the population was 8,157. It's county seat is Bethany. The county was organized February 14, 1845 and named for U.S. Representative Albert G. Harrison of Missouri.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 726 square miles (1,880 km2), of which 723 square miles (1,870 km2) is land and 3.9 square miles (10 km2) (0.5%) is water.

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Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 2,447
1860 10,601 333.2%
1870 14,635 38.1%
1880 20,304 38.7%
1890 21,033 3.6%
1900 24,398 16.0%
1910 20,466 −16.1%
1920 19,719 −3.6%
1930 17,233 −12.6%
1940 16,525 −4.1%
1950 14,107 −14.6%
1960 11,603 −17.8%
1970 10,257 −11.6%
1980 9,890 −3.6%
1990 8,469 −14.4%
2000 8,850 4.5%
2010 8,957 1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the 2010 census, there were 8,957 people, 3,669 households and 2,461 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (5/km2). There were 4,407 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.55% White, 0.36% Native American, 0.33% Black or African American, 0.20% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 0.52% from other races and 0.93% from two or more races. Approximately 1.57% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,669 households, out of which 29.79% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.51% were married couples living together, 8.29% had a female householder with no husband present and 32.92% were non-families. 28.26% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.31% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 24.80% under the age of 18, 7.18% from 18 to 24, 20.88% from 25 to 44, 26.44% from 45 to 64 and 20.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42.6 years. For every 100 females there were 98.47 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.79 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,000 and the median income for a family was $47,788. Males had a median income of $33,105 versus $25,388 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,967. About 10.3% of families and 15.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.9% of those under age 18 and 13.8% of those age 65 or over.

Religion

According to the Association of Religion Data Archives County Membership Report (2010), evangelical Protestantism is the most common religion among adherents in Harrison County, although 37.69% of the population does not claim any religion. The most predominant denominations among residents in Harrison County who adhere to a religion are Southern Baptists (44.11%), United Methodists (10.77%) and Disciples of Christ (10.76%).

Communities

Cities

Villages

Unincorporated communities

Townships

Source

  • Adams
  • Bethany
  • Butler
  • Clay
  • Colfax
  • Cypress
  • Dallas
  • Fox Creek
  • Grant
  • Hamilton
  • Jefferson
  • Lincoln
  • Madison
  • Marion
  • Sherman
  • Sugar Creek
  • Trail Creek
  • Union
  • Washington
  • White Oak

Education

Public schools

    • Cainsville Elementary School (PK-06)
    • Cainsville High School (07-12)
    • Gilman City Elementary School (PK-06)
    • Gilman City High School (07-12)
    • North Harrison County Elementary School (PK-05)
    • North Harrison County High School (06-12)
  • Ridgeway R-V School District - Ridgeway
    • Ridgeway Elementary School (PK-06)
    • Ridgeway High School (07-12)
    • South Harrison County Early Childhood Educational Center (PK)
    • South Harrison County Elementary School (K-06)
    • South Harrison County High School (07-12)

Private schools

Public libraries

  • Bethany Public Library

Notable people

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