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Pettis County, Missouri
Map
Map of Missouri highlighting Pettis County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the USA highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded January 24, 1833
Seat Sedalia
Largest City Sedalia
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

686 sq mi (1,777 km²)
682 sq mi (1,766 km²)
4.0 sq mi (10 km²), 0.6%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

42,255
62/sq mi (24/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.pettiscomo.com
Named for: Spencer Darwin Pettis

Pettis County is a county located in the western county portion of the county U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 42,201. Its county seat is Sedalia. The county was organized January 24, 1833, and named after former U.S. Representative Spencer Darwin Pettis.

Pettis County comprises the Sedalia, MO Micropolitan Statistical Area.

The county is home to the site of the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 686 square miles (1,780 km2), of which 682 square miles (1,770 km2) is land and 4.0 square miles (10 km2) (0.6%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 50.svg U.S. Route 50
  • US 65.svg U.S. Route 65
  • MO-52.svg Route 52
  • MO-127.svg Route 127
  • MO-135.svg Route 135

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 2,930
1850 5,150 75.8%
1860 9,392 82.4%
1870 18,706 99.2%
1880 27,271 45.8%
1890 31,151 14.2%
1900 32,438 4.1%
1910 33,913 4.5%
1920 35,813 5.6%
1930 34,664 −3.2%
1940 33,336 −3.8%
1950 31,577 −5.3%
1960 35,120 11.2%
1970 34,137 −2.8%
1980 36,378 6.6%
1990 35,437 −2.6%
2000 39,403 11.2%
2010 42,201 7.1%
Est. 2015 42,255 0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2000, there were 39,403 people, 15,568 households, and 10,570 families residing in the county. The population density was 58 people per square mile (22/km²). There were 16,963 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.06% White, 3.04% Black or African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.46% from other races, and 1.62% from two or more races. Approximately 3.88% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 15,568 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.30% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.10% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 21.10% from 45 to 64, and 15.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,822, and the median income for a family was $38,073. Males had a median income of $29,221 versus $19,554 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,251. About 10.20% of families and 12.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.60% of those under age 18 and 10.50% of those age 65 or over.

Communities


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