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

509 sq mi (1,318 km²)
508 sq mi (1,315 km²)
1 sq mi (4 km²), 0.28%
PopulationEst.
 - (2008)
 - Density

5,890
12/sq mi (5/km²)
Founded 1859
Named for Zimri A. Carter, a pioneer settler who came to Missouri from South Carolina in 1812
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Carter County is a county located in the central western portion of the Ozark Foothills Region in Southeast Missouri in the United States. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the county's population was 5,941. A 2008 estimate, however, showed the population to be 5,890. The largest city and county seat is Van Buren[1]. The county was officially organized on March 10, 1859, and is named after Zimri A. Carter, a pioneer settler who came to Missouri from South Carolina in 1812.

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Education

Of adults 25 years of age and older in Carter County, 66.6% possesses a high school diploma or higher while 10.8% holds a bachelor's degree or higher as their highest educational attainment.

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Public Schools

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 509 square miles (1,318 km²), of which, 508 square miles (1,315 km²) of it is land and 1 square miles (4 km²) of it (0.28%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

National protected areas

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,941 people, 2,378 households, and 1,674 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 3,028 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.60% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 1.35% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.03% from other races, and 1.83% from two or more races. Approximately 1.21% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Among the major first ancestries reported in Carter County were 28.1% American, 15.5% Irish, 15.0% German, and 12.7% English, according to Census 2000.

There were 2,378 households out of which 30.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.40% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.60% were non-families. 26.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.10% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 25.90% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 15.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,608, and the median income for a family was $33,349. Males had a median income of $25,568 versus $16,500 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,178. About 19.60% of families and 25.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.10% of those under age 18 and 20.20% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Politics

Local

Politics at the local level in Carter County is predominantly controlled by the Democratic Party. In fact, all but two of Carter County's elected officeholders are Democrats.

Office Incumbent Party
Assessor George Meyers Democratic
Circuit Clerk Cathy Duncan Terry Republican
Clerk Rebecca Simpson-Gibbs Democratic
Collector Jennifer Clark-Williams Democratic
Commissioner – Eastern District Eddie Ballard Democratic
Commissioner – Western District Lynn Murdick Democratic
Coroner Dennis McSpadden Democratic
Presiding Commissioner Gene Oakley Democratic
Prosecuting Attorney Ernie Richardson Democratic
Public Administrator Mary Jo Sanders Democratic
Recorder Pauline Peterman Democratic
Sheriff Tommy Adams Republican
Treasurer Margie Duncan Democratic

State

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 43.30% 1,232 53.29% 1,516 3.41% 97
2004 59.82% 1,563 39.11% 1,022 1.07% 28
2000 52.69% 1,441 42.16% 1,153 5.15% 141
1996 42.35% 1,112 56.09% 1,473 1.56% 41

Carter County is a part of Missouri’s 153rd Legislative District and is currently represented in the Missouri House of Representatives by Rep. Mike Dethrow (R-Alton). Dethrow ran unopposed in 2008 and was reelected with 100% of the total vote.

Carter County is also a part of Missouri's 3rd Senatorial District and is currently represented by State Senator Kevin Engler (R-Farmington). In 2008, Engler defeated Dennis Riche (D) 58.72-41.28 percent. Carter County backed Engler with 64.46 percent while Riche received 35.54 percent. The 3rd Senatorial District consists of Carter, Iron, Reynolds, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve and Washington counties as well as parts of Jefferson County.

In Missouri's gubernatorial election of 2008, Governor of Missouri Jay Nixon (D) defeated former U.S. Representative Kenny Hulshof (R) with 58.40 percent of the total statewide vote. Nixon performed extremely well and won many of the rural counties in the state, including Carter County. The former attorney general Nixon carried Carter County with 53.29 percent of the vote to Hulshof’s 43.30 percent.

Federal

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Carter 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 63.49% 1,840 33.95% 984 2.56% 74
2004 64.66% 1,797 34.69% 964 0.65% 18
2000 61.61% 1,730 35.51% 997 2.88% 81
1996 44.08% 1,180 43.78% 1,172 12.14% 325

At the presidential level, Carter County is fairly independent-leaning; however, like many rural counties, it does have a slight Republican lean. While George W. Bush carried Carter County by two-to-one margins in 2000 and 2004, Bill Clinton won the county in 1992 but narrowly lost it by just eight votes to Bob Dole in 1996. Like most of the rural counties in Missouri, Carter County favored John McCain over Barack Obama in 2008.

Like most rural areas throughout Southeast Missouri, voters in Carter County generally adhere to socially and culturally conservative principles which tend to 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 Carter County with 86.59 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 Carter County with 56.45 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 Carter 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 Carter County with 73.01 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 Carter 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 Carter County with 52.39 percent of the vote. U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) finished in second place in Carter County with 28.37 percent. Former Governor Mitt Romney (R-Massachusetts) came in third place, receiving 15.03 percent of the vote while libertarian-leaning U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) finished fourth with 3.37 percent in Carter 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

Carter County gave former U.S. Senator and now Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York) her third strongest showing in Missouri over now President Barack Obama (D-Illinois). Clinton carried Carter County with 75.24 percent of the vote while Obama only received 19.05 percent of the vote. Although he withdrew from the race, former U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-North Carolina) still received 4.45 percent of the vote in Carter 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.

  • Carter County gave Hillary Rodham Clinton her third strongest showing in the Missouri Democratic Primary of 2008; she only did better in Dunklin and Wayne counties. Also, she received more votes, a total of 541, than any candidate from either party in Carter County during the 2008 Missouri Presidential Primaries.

Tourism & Attractions

A variety of recreational activities, including Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Peck Ranch Wildlife Refuge, Watercress Park, Big Spring National Park, and the beautiful Current River are also available in Carter County.

Accommodations

  • Big Spring National Park Cabins - (573) 323-4423
  • Big Spring Road Motel - (573) 323-8128
  • Garden of Eden Resort - (573) 323-4641
  • Hawthorne Motel - (573) 323-4274
  • The Landing and Rosecliff Lodge - (573) 323-8433
  • Misty Mountain Lodge - (573) 323-8388
  • River Cabins of Van Buren - (573) 323-9204
  • Smalley's Motel - (573) 323-4263
  • Starlight Motel - (573) 323-4673

Canoe & Tube Rentals

  • Deer Run Campground Canoe and Tube Rental - (573) 323-4447
  • Big Spring Canoe and Tube Rental - (573) 323-4550
  • Hawthorne Landing Canoe & Tube Rental - (573) 323-4562
  • The Landing & Rosecliff Lodge-Canoe & Tube Rental - (573) 323-8433

Dining & Restaurants

  • Big Springs Dining Lodge - (573) 323-4332
  • Big Springs Restaurant - (573) 323-4339
  • Blue Heron Restaurant - 323-8433
  • The Float Stream Restaurant - (573) 323-9606
  • The Hungry Owl - (573) 323-8289
  • Jolly Cone Drive-In - (573) 323-4318
  • The Log Cabin Restaurant (Ellsinore) - (573) 322-9300
  • Mercantile Coffeehouse Antiques - (573) 323-8518 or (573) 323-4059
  • Sixty's Diner (Ellsinore) - 322-1500

Also, for entertainment, make sure to visit the 21-Drive-In Theatre (573) 945-2121 and experience a movie under the stars, or enjoy the tunes of local bands while dining along The Current River at The Landing.

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.  

Further reading

  • Harrison, R.W. and R.C. McDowell. (2003). Geologic map of the Wilderness and Handy quadrangles, Oregon, Carter, and Ripley counties, Missouri [Scientific Investigations Map 2801]. Reston, VA: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.
  • Harrison, R.W., R.C. Orndorff, and D.J. Weary. (2002). Geology of the Stegall Mountain 7.5-minute quadrangle, Shannon and Carter counties, south-central Missouri [Geologic Investigations Series Map I-2767]. Reston, VA: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.
  • Weary, D.J. and R.C. McDowell. (2006). Geologic map of the Big Spring quadrangle, Carter County, Missouri [Scientific Investigations Map 2804]. Reston, VA: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.
  • Weary, D.J. and J.S. Schindler. (2004). Geologic map of the Van Buren South quadrangle, Carter County, Missouri [Geologic Investigations Series Map I-2803]. Reston, VA: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.
  • Weary, D.J. and R.E. Weems. (2004). Geologic map of the Van Buren North quadrangle, Carter, Reynolds, and Shannon counties, Missouri [Geologic Investigations Series Map I-2802]. Reston, VA: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.

Coordinates: 36°56′N 90°58′W / 36.94°N 90.97°W / 36.94; -90.97


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Carter County, Missouri
Map
File:Map of Missouri highlighting Carter County.png
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the USA highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1859
Seat Van Buren
Largest City Van Buren
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.28
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

5941
Time zone Central : UTC-6/-5
Named for: Zimri A. Carter, a settler who came to Missouri from South Carolina in 1812

Carter County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of 2000, the population is 5,941. Its county seat is Van Buren6. The county was organized in 1859, and is named for Zimri A. Carter, a settler who came to Missouri from South Carolina in 1812.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,318 km² (509 sq mi). 1,315 km² (508 sq mi) of it is land and 4 km² (1 sq mi) of it (0.28%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 5,941 people, 2,378 households, and 1,674 families residing in the county. The population density was 5/km² (12/sq mi). There were 3,028 housing units at an average density of 2/km² (6/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 96.60% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 1.35% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.03% from other races, and 1.83% from two or more races. 1.21% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.1% were of American, 15.5% Irish, 15.0% German and 12.7% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 2,378 households out of which 30.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.40% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.60% were non-families. 26.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.10% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 25.90% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 15.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $22,863, and the median income for a family was $28,506. Males had a median income of $25,568 versus $16,500 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,349. About 19.60% of families and 25.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.10% of those under age 18 and 20.20% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns


Coordinates: 36°56′N 90°58′W / 36.94, -90.97

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