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Miller County
The Miller County Courthouse in Tuscumbia
The Miller County Courthouse in Tuscumbia
Map of Missouri highlighting Miller County
Location within the U.S. state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location within the U.S.
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Country  United States
State  Missouri
Founded February 6, 1837
Named for John Miller
Seat Tuscumbia
Largest city Eldon
Area
 • Total 600 sq mi (2,000 km2)
 • Land 593 sq mi (1,540 km2)
 • Water 7.4 sq mi (19 km2)  1.2%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 24,748
 • Estimate 
(2018)
25,336
 • Density 41/sq mi (15.9/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 3rd
Missouri Governor John Miller
John Miller, the county's namesake

Miller County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,748. Its county seat is Tuscumbia. The county was organized February 6, 1837 and named for John Miller, former U.S. Representative and Governor of Missouri.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 600 square miles (1,600 km2), of which 593 square miles (1,540 km2) is land and 7.4 square miles (19 km2) (1.2%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 54.svg U.S. Route 54
  • MO-17.svg Route 17
  • MO-42.svg Route 42
  • MO-52.svg Route 52
  • MO-87.svg Route 87
  • MO-134.svg Route 134
  • MO-242.svg Route 242

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 2,282
1850 3,834 68.0%
1860 6,812 77.7%
1870 6,616 −2.9%
1880 9,805 48.2%
1890 14,162 44.4%
1900 15,187 7.2%
1910 16,717 10.1%
1920 15,567 −6.9%
1930 16,728 7.5%
1940 14,798 −11.5%
1950 13,734 −7.2%
1960 13,800 0.5%
1970 15,026 8.9%
1980 18,532 23.3%
1990 20,700 11.7%
2000 23,564 13.8%
2010 24,748 5.0%
2018 (est.) 25,336 2.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2000, there were 23,564 people, 9,284 households, and 6,443 families residing in the county. The population density was 40 people per square mile (15/km2). There were 11,263 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.99% White, 0.28% Black or African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. Approximately 0.98% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,284 households, out of which 32.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.00% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.60% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 26.30% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 15.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,977, and the median income for a family was $36,770. Males had a median income of $26,225 versus $18,903 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,144. About 10.80% of families and 14.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.30% of those under age 18 and 14.70% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Education

Public schools

    • South Elementary School (PK-03)
    • Eldon Upper Elementary School (04-06)
    • Eldon Middle School (07-08)
    • Eldon High School (09-12)
    • Iberia Elementary School (PK-06)
    • Iberia High School (07-12)
    • Miller County Elementary School (K-08)
    • Tuscumbia High School (09-12)
    • Leland O. Mills Elementary School (PK-02)
    • Osage Upper Elementary School (03-05)
    • Osage Middle School (06-08)
    • Osage High School (09-12)
    • St. Elizabeth Elementary School (K-06)
    • St. Elizabeth High School (07-12)

Private schools

  • Lakeview Christian Academy – Lake Ozark (K-10) – Nondenominational Christian
  • Eldon Montessori Children's House – Eldon (PK-K) – Nonsectarian
  • Powerhouse Christian Academy – Iberia (PK-12) – Nondenominational Christian

Public libraries

  • Heartland Regional Library System
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