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Stoddard 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 2, 1835
Seat Bloomfield
Largest City Dexter
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

829 sq mi (2,147 km²)
823 sq mi (2,132 km²)
5.8 sq mi (15 km²), 0.7%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

29,862
36/sq mi (14/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Named for: Amos Stoddard

Stoddard County is a county located in the southeastern portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 29,968. The county seat is Bloomfield. The county was officially organized on January 2, 1835, and is named for Amos Stoddard, the first American Civil Commandant of Upper Louisiana.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 829 square miles (2,150 km2), of which 823 square miles (2,130 km2) is land and 5.8 square miles (15 km2) (0.7%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 60.svg U.S. Route 60
  • MO-25.svg Route 25
  • MO-51.svg Route 51
  • MO-153.svg Route 153

National protected area

  • Mingo National Wildlife Refuge (part)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 3,153
1850 4,277 35.6%
1860 7,877 84.2%
1870 8,535 8.4%
1880 13,431 57.4%
1890 17,327 29.0%
1900 24,669 42.4%
1910 27,807 12.7%
1920 29,755 7.0%
1930 27,452 −7.7%
1940 33,009 20.2%
1950 33,463 1.4%
1960 29,490 −11.9%
1970 25,771 −12.6%
1980 29,009 12.6%
1990 28,895 −0.4%
2000 29,705 2.8%
2010 29,968 0.9%
Est. 2015 29,862 −0.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2000, there 29,705 people, 12,064 households, and 8,480 families residing in the county. The population density was 36 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 13,221 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.34% White, 0.91% Black or African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. Approximately 0.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 38.4% were of American, 15.4% German, 12.4% Irish and 8.5% English ancestry.

There were 12,064 households out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.40% were married couples living together, 9.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.70% were non-families. 26.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.90% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 26.30% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 17.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,120, and the median income for a family was $41,072. Males had a median income of $26,514 versus $17,778 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,003. About 12.80% of families and 16.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.20% of those under age 18 and 17.60% of those age 65 or over.

Religion

According to the Association of Religion Data Archives County Membership Report (2000), Stoddard County is a part of the Bible Belt with evangelical Protestantism being the majority religion. The most predominant denominations among residents in Stoddard County who adhere to a religion are Southern Baptists (49.21%), Methodists (12.10%), and Churches of Christ (8.69%).

Communities

Cities

Villages

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated communities


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