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Lewis County, Missouri
Map
Map of Missouri highlighting Lewis County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the USA highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded January 2, 1833
Seat Monticello
Largest City Canton
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

511 sq mi (1,323 km²)
505 sq mi (1,308 km²)
5.8 sq mi (15 km²), 1.1%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

10,207
20/sq mi (8/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: lewiscountymo.org
Named for: Meriwether Lewis
Lewis County Mo Courthouse
The Lewis County, Missouri courthouse in Monticello as it appeared in the mid-1870s.

Lewis County is a county located in the northeastern portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,211. Its county seat is Monticello. The county was organized January 2, 1833 and named for Meriwether Lewis, the explorer and Governor of the Louisiana Territory.

Lewis County is part of the Quincy, IL–MO Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 511 square miles (1,320 km2), of which 505 square miles (1,310 km2) is land and 5.8 square miles (15 km2) (1.1%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 61.svg U.S. Route 61
  • MO-6.svg Route 6
  • MO-81.svg Route 81
  • MO-156.svg Route 156

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 6,040
1850 6,578 8.9%
1860 12,286 86.8%
1870 15,114 23.0%
1880 15,925 5.4%
1890 15,935 0.1%
1900 16,724 5.0%
1910 15,514 −7.2%
1920 13,465 −13.2%
1930 12,093 −10.2%
1940 11,490 −5.0%
1950 10,733 −6.6%
1960 10,984 2.3%
1970 10,993 0.1%
1980 10,901 −0.8%
1990 10,233 −6.1%
2000 10,494 2.6%
2010 10,211 −2.7%
Est. 2015 10,207 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2010, there were 10,211 people, 3,956 households, and 2,709 families residing in the county. The population density was 21 people per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 95.92% White, 2.53% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Approximately 0.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 34.9% were of German, 18.3% American, 11.2% English and 10.8% Irish ancestry.

The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.00. In the county, the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 12.90% from 18 to 24, 24.60% from 25 to 44, 21.40% from 45 to 64, and 16.10% who are 65 years of age or older and 51% of female population. The median age is 36 years.

Median income for a household in the county is $30,651, and the median income for a family was $35,740. Males had a median income of $27,778 versus $19,679 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,746. 16.10% of the population and 10.70% of families were below the poverty line.

Communities


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