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Macon County
The Macon County Courthouse in Macon
The Macon County Courthouse in Macon
Map of Missouri highlighting Macon 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 January 6, 1837
Named for Nathaniel Macon
Seat Macon
Largest city Macon
Area
 • Total 812 sq mi (2,100 km2)
 • Land 801 sq mi (2,070 km2)
 • Water 11 sq mi (30 km2)  1.4%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 15,209
 • Estimate 
(2018)
15,153
 • Density 18.730/sq mi (7.232/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 6th

Macon County is a county located in the northern portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2020 census, the population was 15,209. Its county seat is Macon. The county was organized January 6, 1837, and named for Nathaniel Macon, a Revolutionary War hero and North Carolina politician.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 812 square miles (2,100 km2), of which 801 square miles (2,070 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (1.4%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 36.svg U.S. Route 36
  • US 63.svg U.S. Route 63
  • MO-3.svg Route 3
  • MO-149.svg Route 149
  • MO-156.svg Route 156

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 1,634
1850 6,565 301.8%
1860 14,346 118.5%
1870 23,230 61.9%
1880 26,222 12.9%
1890 30,575 16.6%
1900 33,018 8.0%
1910 30,868 −6.5%
1920 27,518 −10.9%
1930 23,070 −16.2%
1940 21,396 −7.3%
1950 18,332 −14.3%
1960 16,473 −10.1%
1970 15,432 −6.3%
1980 16,313 5.7%
1990 15,345 −5.9%
2000 15,762 2.7%
2010 15,566 −1.2%
2020 15,209 −2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2010, there were 15,556 people, 6,501 households, and 4,381 families residing in the county. The population density was 20 people per square mile (8/km2). There were 7,502 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (4/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.18% White, 2.21% Black or African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Approximately 0.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 22.8% were of German, 21.8% American, 13.9% English and 10.8% Irish ancestry.

There were 6,501 households, out of which 29.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.70% were married couples living together, 8.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.60% were non-families. 29.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 24.20% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 25.30% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 19.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,195, and the median income for a family was $36,370. Males had a median income of $26,408 versus $18,275 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,189. About 8.30% of families and 12.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.00% of those under age 18 and 13.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cities

Village

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated places

Education

Public schools

    • Atlanta Elementary School (K-06)
    • Atlanta High School (07-12)
    • Bevier Elementary School (K-08)
    • Bevier High School (09-12)
  • Callao C-8 School District – Callao
    • Callao Elementary School (K-08)
    • La Plata Elementary School (PK-06)
    • La Plata High School (07-12)
    • Macon Elementary School (PK-05)
    • Macon Middle School (06-08)
    • Macon High School (09-12)
    • Macon County Elementary School (K-06)
    • Macon County High School (07-12)

Private schools

  • Tri County Christian School – Macon (PK-06) – Nondenominational Christian
  • Immaculate Conception School – Macon (K-08) – Roman Catholic

Public libraries

  • Laplata Public Library
  • Macon Public Library
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