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Morgan County, Missouri
Map

Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the USA highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded January 5, 1833
Seat Versailles
Largest City Versailles
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

614 sq mi (1,590 km²)
598 sq mi (1,549 km²)
16 sq mi (41 km²), 2.7%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

20,171
34/sq mi (13/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.morgan-county.org
Named for: Daniel Morgan

Morgan County is a county located in the central portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 20,565. Its county seat is Versailles. The county was organized January 5, 1833 and named for General Daniel Morgan of the American Revolutionary War.

History

Morgan County was organized in 1833 upon separation from Cooper County. It is named in honor of Revolutionary War General Daniel Morgan. Some parts of Morgan County touch the Lake of the Ozarks.

Its varied history includes the Mulhollen Station, through which mail traveled with the Butterfield Stage Line in 1858. Established in 1853, the Martin Hotel was visited by P. T. Barnum and Jesse James. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, the Martin Hotel operates as a museum. The Morgan County Courthouse, established in Versailles, burned in 1887; however, the majority of the records were rescued, and the courthouse was soon rebuilt.

Coal mining was historically an important economic activity in Morgan County.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 614 square miles (1,590 km2), of which 598 square miles (1,550 km2) is land and 16 square miles (41 km2) (2.7%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 50.svg U.S. Route 50
  • MO-5.svg Route 5
  • MO-52.svg Route 52
  • MO-135.svg Route 135

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 4,407
1850 4,650 5.5%
1860 8,202 76.4%
1870 8,434 2.8%
1880 10,132 20.1%
1890 12,311 21.5%
1900 12,175 −1.1%
1910 12,863 5.7%
1920 12,015 −6.6%
1930 10,968 −8.7%
1940 11,140 1.6%
1950 10,270 −7.8%
1960 9,476 −7.7%
1970 10,068 6.2%
1980 13,807 37.1%
1990 15,574 12.8%
2000 20,820 33.7%
2010 20,565 −1.2%
Est. 2015 20,171 −3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2007, there were 20,820 people, over 7,850 households, and over 5,549 families residing in the county. The population density was 32 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 13,898 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.34% White, 0.51% Black or African American, 0.63% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Approximately 0.83% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,850 households out of which 26.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.50% were married couples living together, 7.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.30% were non-families. 25.10% 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 2.42 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.80% under the age of 18, 6.20% from 18 to 24, 23.10% from 25 to 44, 27.30% from 45 to 64, and 19.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 97.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,659, and the median income for a family was $35,908. Males had a median income of $26,579 versus $19,072 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,950. About 12.10% of families and 16.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.60% of those under age 18 and 9.70% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Townships

  • Buffalo Township
  • Haw Creek Township
  • Mill Creek Township
  • Moreau Township
  • Osage Township
  • Richland Township

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