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Osage County, Missouri
Map
Map of Missouri highlighting Osage County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the USA highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded January 29, 1841
Seat Linn
Largest City Linn
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

611 sq mi (1,582 km²)
604 sq mi (1,564 km²)
6.1 sq mi (16 km²), 1.0%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

13,628
23/sq mi (9/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: osagecountygov.com
Named for: Osage River

Osage County is a county in the central part of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,878. Its county seat is Linn. The county was organized January 29, 1841, and named from the Osage River.

Osage County is part of the Jefferson City, MO Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its geography and the founding of Westphalia Vineyards links it to the Missouri Rhineland, extending along the Missouri River valley to the western edges of the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. Westphalia Vineyards, although started only in 2005, won the gold medal in the National Norton Festival Wine Competition in St. Louis in 2007 for the top-rated wine from the Norton grape.

According to data from the 2010 census, Osage County is the whitest county in Missouri, with 98.85 percent of residents being white.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 610 square miles (1,600 km2), of which 604 square miles (1,560 km2) is land and 6.1 square miles (16 km2) (1.0%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 50.svg U.S. Route 50
  • US 63.svg U.S. Route 63
  • MO-89.svg Route 89
  • MO-100.svg Route 100

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 6,704
1860 7,879 17.5%
1870 10,793 37.0%
1880 11,824 9.6%
1890 13,080 10.6%
1900 14,096 7.8%
1910 14,283 1.3%
1920 13,559 −5.1%
1930 12,462 −8.1%
1940 12,375 −0.7%
1950 11,301 −8.7%
1960 10,867 −3.8%
1970 10,994 1.2%
1980 12,014 9.3%
1990 12,018 0.0%
2000 13,062 8.7%
2010 13,878 6.2%
Est. 2015 13,628 −1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2000, there were 13,062 people, 4,922 households, and 3,578 families residing in the county. The population density was 22 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 5,904 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.64% White, 0.16% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.07% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. Approximately 0.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,922 households out of which 34.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.70% were married couples living together, 6.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.30% were non-families. 23.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 21.70% from 45 to 64, and 14.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 103.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,565, and the median income for a family was $46,503. Males had a median income of $29,538 versus $22,353 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,245. About 5.90% of families and 8.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.00% of those under age 18 and 10.40% of those age 65 or over.

Communities


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