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Stone County
The Stone County Courthouse in Galena
The Stone County Courthouse in Galena
Map of Missouri highlighting Stone County
Location within the U.S. state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Missouri
Founded February 10, 1851
Named for William Stone, English pioneer and an early settler in Maryland
Seat Galena
Largest city Kimberling City
Area
 • Total 511 sq mi (1,320 km2)
 • Land 464 sq mi (1,200 km2)
 • Water 47 sq mi (120 km2)  9.2%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 32,202
 • Estimate 
(2018)
31,749
 • Density 63.02/sq mi (24.331/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 7th

Stone County is located in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 32,202. Its county seat is Galena.

Stone County is part of the Branson, MO Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 511 square miles (1,320 km2), of which 464 square miles (1,200 km2) is land and 47 square miles (120 km2) (9.2%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 2,400
1870 3,253 35.5%
1880 4,404 35.4%
1890 7,090 61.0%
1900 9,892 39.5%
1910 11,559 16.9%
1920 11,941 3.3%
1930 11,614 −2.7%
1940 11,298 −2.7%
1950 9,748 −13.7%
1960 8,176 −16.1%
1970 9,921 21.3%
1980 15,587 57.1%
1990 19,078 22.4%
2000 28,658 50.2%
2010 32,202 12.4%
2018 (est.) 31,749 −1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the census of 2000, there were 28,658 people, 11,822 households, and 8,842 families residing in the county. The population density was 62 people per square mile (24/km2). There were 16,241 housing units at an average density of 35 per square mile (14/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 97.64% White, 0.07% Black or African American, 0.61% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. Approximately 1.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Among the major first ancestries reported in Stone County were 24.3% American, 20.4% German, 11.3% English, and 10.8% Irish ancestry.

There were 11,822 households, out of which 25.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.70% were married couples living together, 7.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.20% were non-families. 21.40% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.76.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 21.40% under the age of 18, 6.20% from 18 to 24, 23.80% from 25 to 44, 29.70% from 45 to 64, and 18.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,487, and the median income for a family was $46,675. Males had a median income of $26,224 versus $19,190 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,813. About 8.50% of families and 12.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.00% of those under age 18 and 8.10% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Major highways

  • MO-13.svg Route 13
  • MO-76.svg Route 76
  • MO-86.svg Route 86
  • MO-173.svg Route 173
  • MO-176.svg Route 176
  • MO-248.svg Route 248
  • MO-265.svg Route 265
  • MO-413.svg Route 413

Airports

Branson West Airport, also known as Branson West Municipal Airport, is a public-use general aviation airport in Stone County. It is located two nautical miles (3.7 km) west of the central business district of the Branson West, which owns the airport.

Communities

Education

Of adults 25 years of age and older in Stone County, 80.4% possesses a high school diploma or higher while 14.2% holds a bachelor's degree or higher as their highest educational attainment.

Public schools

    • Blue Eye Elementary School (PK-04)
    • Blue Eye Middle School (05-08)
    • Blue Eye High School (09-12)
    • Crane Elementary School (K-06)
    • Crane High School (07-12)
    • Galena-Abesville Elementary School (PK-06)
    • Galena High School (07-12)
    • Hurley Elementary School (K-05)
    • Hurley High School (06-12)
    • Reeds Spring Primary School (PK-01)
    • Reeds Spring Elementary School (02-04)
    • Reeds Spring Intermediate School (05-06)
    • Reeds Spring Middle School (07-08)
    • Reeds Spring High School (09-12)

Private schools

  • Apostolic Christian School - Reeds Spring - (05-12) - Non-denominational Christian

Alternative and vocational schools

  • Tri-Lakes Special Education Cooperative - Blue Eye - (K-12) - Special Education
  • Gibson Technical Center - Reeds Spring - (09-12) - Vocational/Technical
  • New Horizons Alternative School - Reeds Spring - (06-12) - Alternative/Other

Public libraries

  • Blue Eye Public Library
  • Crane Public Library
  • Galena Public Library
  • Kimberling Area Library
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