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Butler County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Butler County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Seat Poplar Bluff
Largest city Poplar Bluff
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

699 sq mi (1,810 km²)
698 sq mi (1,808 km²)
1 sq mi (3 km²), 0.20
PopulationEst.
 - (2008)
 - Density

41,383
59/sq mi (23/km²)
Founded 1849
Named for William O. Butler (D-Kentucky), a former U.S. Representative and unsuccessful candidate for Vice President.
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Butler County is a county located in the southeast Ozark Foothills Region in Southeast Missouri in the United States. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the county's population was 40,867. A 2008 estimate, however, showed the population to be 41,383. The largest city and county seat is Poplar Bluff[1]. The county was officially organized from Wayne County on February 27, 1849, and is named after former U.S. Representative William O. Butler (D-Kentucky), who was also an unsuccessful candidate for Vice President of the United States. The first meeting in the Butler County Courthouse was held on June 18, 1849.

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Education

Of adults 25 years of age and older in Butler County, 70.5% possesses a high school diploma or higher while 11.6% holds a bachelor's degree or higher as their highest educational attainment.

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Public Schools

  • Neelyville R-IV School District - Neelyville
    • Hillview Elementary School - Harviell - (PK-02)
    • Neelyville Elementary School - (03-06)
    • Neelyville High School - (07-12)
  • Poplar Bluff R-I School District - Poplar Bluff
    • Eugene Field Elementary School - (01-04)
    • Kinyon Early Childhood Center - (PK/Daycare)
    • Lake Road Elementary School - (01-04)
    • Mark Twain Kindergarten Center - (K)
    • O'Neal Elementary School - (01-04)
    • Oak Grove Elementary School - (01-04)
    • Poplar Bluff 5th & 6th Grade Center - (05-06)
    • Poplar Bluff Jr. High School (07-08)
    • Poplar Bluff High School (09-12)
  • Twin Rivers R-X School District
    • Fisk Elementary School - Fisk - (K-08)
    • Qulin Elementary School - Qulin - (K-08)
    • Twin Rivers High School - Broseley - (09-12)

Private Schools

Special Education/Other Schools

Post-Secondary

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 699 square miles (1,810 km²), of which, 698 square miles (1,807 km²) of it is land and 1 square miles (4 km²) of it (0.20%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

National protected area

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 40,867 people, 16,718 households, and 11,318 families residing in the county. The population density was 59 people per square mile (23/km²). There were 18,707 housing units at an average density of 27 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.16% White, 5.22% Black or African American, 0.56% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. Approximately 1.01% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Among the major first ancestries reported in Butler County were 31.7% American, 13.8% German, 11.6% Irish and 10.5% English, according to Census 2000.

There were 16,718 households out of which 29.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.50% were married couples living together, 11.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. 28.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.70% 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 2.91.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.20% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 26.60% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 16.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,422, and the median income for a family was $42,713. Males had a median income of $27,449 versus $19,374 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,282. About 14.00% of families and 18.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.90% of those under age 18 and 16.90% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Cities

Unincorporated towns

Townships

Butler County is divided into ten townships:

Politics

Local

Politics at the local level in Butler County is completely controlled by the Republican Party. Following Election 2008, all local elected offices in Butler County are now held by Republicans.

Office Incumbent Party
Assessor Marion Tibbs Republican
Circuit Clerk Emily Clark-Parks Republican
Clerk Tonyi Deffendall Republican
Collector Brenda Fox Republican
Commissioner – Eastern District Don Anderson Republican
Commissioner – Western District Jeffrey Darnell Republican
Coroner Jim Akers Republican
Presiding Commissioner Ed Strenfel Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Barbour Republican
Public Administrator Sharron Payne Republican
Recorder Debby Lundstrom Republican
Sheriff Mark L. Dobbs Republican
Treasurer Joe Humphrey Republican

State

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 54.12% 9,205 43.86% 7,459 2.02% 343
2004 66.12% 10,796 32.85% 5,364 1.03% 168
2000 58.40% 8,301 39.80% 5,657 1.80% 257
1996 47.71% 6,793 50.63% 7,208 1.66% 237

Butler County is divided among three legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives.

  • District 153 – Rep. Mike Dethrow (R-Alton) Consists of some of the western parts of the county. Dethrow ran unopposed in 2008 and was reelected with 100% of the total vote.
  • District 154 – Rep. Gayle Kingery (R-Poplar Bluff) Consists of most of the entire county. In 2008, Kingery defeated Libertarian Larry S. Busby by a three-to-one margin, 73.84-26.16 percent.
  • District 163 – Rep. Tom Todd (D-Campbell) Consists of the southern and southeastern parts of the county. In 2008, Todd defeated Pat (Wilson) Allen, an Independent, by a three-to-one margin, 76.74-23.26 percent; the Butler County precincts backed Todd by a similar margin, 72.20-27.80 percent.

Butler County is also a part of Missouri's 25th Senatorial District and is currently represented by State Senator Rob Mayer (R-Dexter). In 2008, Mayer defeated Shane M. Stoelting (D) by an almost two-to-one margin, 65.32-34.68 percent. Butler County backed Mayer with 72.00 percent while Stoelting received 28.00 percent. The 25th Senatorial District consists of Butler, Dunklin, New Madrid, Pemiscot, Ripley, Stoddard, and Wayne counties.

In Missouri's gubernatorial election of 2008, Governor of Missouri Jay Nixon (D) defeated former U.S. Representative Kenny Hulshof with 58.40 percent of the total statewide vote. While Nixon performed extremely well and won many of the rural counties in the state, Butler County was not one of them. Hulshof carried Butler County with 54.12 percent of the vote to Nixon’s 43.86 percent.

Federal

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Butler County is represented by Jo Ann Emerson (R-Cape Girardeau) who represents all of Southeast Missouri as part of Missouri's 8th Congressional District.

Political Culture

Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 68.09% 11,805 30.66% 5,316 1.25% 217
2004 71.14% 11,696 28.38% 4,666 0.48% 79
2000 63.28% 9,111 34.70% 4,996 2.02% 290
1996 48.78% 6,996 40.30% 5,780 10.93% 1,567

At the presidential level, Butler County tends to be a reliably Republican stronghold. John McCain strongly carried the county over Barack Obama in 2008. George W. Bush carried Butler County by a two-to-one margin in 2000 and by an almost three-to-one margin in 2004. The last Democratic presidential nominee to win Butler County was Bill Clinton in Election of 1992. Since then, Butler County has trended increasingly Republican at the presidential level.

Like most rural areas throughout Southeast Missouri, voters in Butler County generally adhere to socially and culturally conservative principles which strongly influence their Republican leanings. In 2004, Missourians voted on a constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman—it overwhelmingly passed Butler County with 88.83 percent of the vote. The initiative passed the state with 71 percent of support from voters as Missouri became the first state to ban same-sex marriage. In 2006, Missourians voted on a constitutional amendment to fund and legalize embryonic stem cell research in the state—it failed in Butler County with 61.21 percent voting against the measure. The initiative narrowly passed the state with 51 percent of support from voters as Missouri became one of the first states in the nation to approve embryonic stem cell research. Despite Butler County’s longstanding tradition of supporting socially conservative platforms, voters in the county have a penchant for advancing populist causes like increasing the minimum wage. In 2006, Missourians voted on a proposition (Proposition B) to increase the minimum wage in the state to $6.50 an hour—it passed Butler County with 68.75 percent of the vote. The proposition strongly passed every single county in Missouri with 75.94 percent voting in favor as the minimum wage was increased to $6.50 an hour in the state. During the same election, voters in five other states also strongly approved increases in the minimum wage.

2008 Missouri Presidential Primary

In the 2008 Missouri Presidential Primary, voters in Butler County from both political parties supported candidates who finished in second place in the state at large and nationally.

Republican

Former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-Arkansas) won Butler County with 48.85 percent of the vote. U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) finished in second place in Butler County with 24.64 percent. Former Governor Mitt Romney (R-Massachusetts) came in third place, receiving 22.21 percent of the vote while libertarian-leaning U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) finished fourth with 2.96 percent in Butler County.

Huckabee slightly led Missouri throughout much of the evening until the precincts began reporting from St. Louis where McCain won and put him over the top of Huckabee. In the end, McCain received 32.95 percent of the vote to Huckabee’s 31.53 percent—a 1.42 percent difference. McCain received all of Missouri’s 58 delegates as the Republican Party utilizes the winner-take-all system.

Democratic

Former U.S. Senator and now Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York) won Butler County by more than a two-to-one margin over now President Barack Obama (D-Illinois). Clinton carried Butler County with 69.87 percent of the vote while Obama only received 26.94 percent of the vote. Although he withdrew from the race, former U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-North Carolina) still received 2.30 percent of the vote in Butler County.

Clinton had a large initial lead in Missouri at the beginning of the evening as the rural precincts began to report, leading several news organizations to call the state for her; however, Obama rallied from behind as the heavily African American precincts from St. Louis began to report and eventually put him over the top. In the end, Obama received 49.32 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 47.90 percent—a 1.42 percent difference. Both candidates split Missouri’s 72 delegates as the Democratic Party utilizes proportional representation.

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton received more votes, a total of 2,490, than any candidate from either party in Butler County during the 2008 Missouri Presidential Primaries.

References

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

Coordinates: 36°43′N 90°24′W / 36.72°N 90.40°W / 36.72; -90.40


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Butler County, Missouri
Map
File:Map of Missouri highlighting Butler County.png
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the USA highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1849
Seat Poplar Bluff
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.20%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

40867
Website: www.ofrpc.org/county/butler.html

Butler County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of 2000, the population was 40,867. Its county seat is Poplar Bluff6. The county was organized from Wayne County in 1849 and named for William O. Butler (D), congressman from Kentucky and unsuccessful candidate for Vice President of the United States. The first meeting of the county court was on June 18, 1849.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,810 km² (699 sq mi). 1,807 km² (698 sq mi) of it is land and 4 km² (1 sq mi) of it (0.20%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 40,867 people, 16,718 households, and 11,318 families residing in the county. The population density was 23/km² (59/sq mi). There were 18,707 housing units at an average density of 10/km² (27/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 92.16% White, 5.22% Black or African American, 0.56% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. 1.01% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 31.7% were of American, 13.8% German, 11.6% Irish and 10.5% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 16,718 households out of which 29.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.50% were married couples living together, 11.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. 28.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.70% 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 2.91.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.20% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 26.60% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 16.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,228, and the median income for a family was $33,371. Males had a median income of $27,449 versus $19,374 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,721. About 14.00% of families and 18.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.90% of those under age 18 and 16.90% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns


Coordinates: 36°43′N 90°24′W / 36.72, -90.40

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