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Marion County, Missouri
Map
Map of Missouri highlighting Marion County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the USA highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded December 23, 1826
Seat Palmyra
Largest City Hannibal
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

444 sq mi (1,150 km²)
437 sq mi (1,132 km²)
7.4 sq mi (19 km²), 1.7%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

28,880
66/sq mi (25/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: Francis Marion

Marion County is a county located in the northeastern portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 28,781. Its county seat is Palmyra. Unique from most third-class counties in the state, Marion has two county courthouses, the second located in Hannibal. The county was organized December 23, 1826 and named for General Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox," who was from South Carolina and served in the American Revolutionary War. The area was known as the "Two Rivers Country" before organization.

Marion County is part of the Hannibal, Missouri Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Quincy-Hannibal, IL-MO Combined Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 444 square miles (1,150 km2), of which 437 square miles (1,130 km2) is land and 7.4 square miles (19 km2) (1.7%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major Roadways

  • I-72.svg I-72
  • US 24.svg US-24
  • US 36.svg US-36
  • US 61.svg US-61
  • MO-6.svg Route 6
  • MO-168.svg Route 168

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 4,837
1840 9,623 98.9%
1850 12,230 27.1%
1860 18,838 54.0%
1870 23,780 26.2%
1880 24,837 4.4%
1890 26,233 5.6%
1900 26,331 0.4%
1910 30,572 16.1%
1920 30,226 −1.1%
1930 33,493 10.8%
1940 31,576 −5.7%
1950 29,765 −5.7%
1960 29,522 −0.8%
1970 28,121 −4.7%
1980 28,638 1.8%
1990 27,682 −3.3%
2000 28,289 2.2%
2010 28,781 1.7%
Est. 2015 28,880 0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2010, there were 28,781 people, 11,066 households, and 7,524 families residing in the county. The population density was 65 people per square mile (25/km²). There were 12,443 housing units at an average density of 28 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.26% White, 4.62% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. Approximately 0.89% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.5% were of German, 25.6% American, 11.0% Irish and 10.3% English ancestry.

There were 11,066 households out of which 33.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.50% were married couples living together, 11.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.00% were non-families. 28.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 16.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 89.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,774, and the median income for a family was $41,290. Males had a median income of $30,935 versus $20,591 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,964. About 9.30% of families and 12.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.30% of those under age 18 and 10.50% of those age 65 or over.

Communities


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