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

564 sq mi (1,461 km²)
563 sq mi (1,459 km²)
1 sq mi (2 km²), 0.16
PopulationEst.
 - (2008)
 - Density

75,479
96/sq mi (37/km²)
Founded March 8, 1859
Named for William Christian, a Kentucky soldier of the American Revolutionary War
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website http://www.christiancountymo.gov/

Christian County is a county located in Southwest Missouri. As of 2000, the population was 54,285. A 2008 estimate, however, showed the population to be 75,479, making it one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. Its county seat is Ozark[1]. The county was organized in 1859 and is named after William Christian, a Kentucky soldier of the American Revolutionary War.

Christian County is part of the Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 564 square miles (1,461 km²), of which, 563 square miles (1,459 km²) of it is land and 1 square miles (2 km²) of it (0.16%) is water.

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Adjacent counties

Major highways

National protected area

Education

Public schools

Private schools

  • Faith Christian School - Spokane - (PK-12) - Baptist

Colleges & Universities

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 54,285 people, 20,425 households, and 15,645 families residing in the county. The population density was 96 people per square mile (37/km²). There were 21,827 housing units at an average density of 39 per square mile (15/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.31% White, 0.27% Black or African American, 0.56% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.42% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Approximately 1.32% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.7% were of American, 21.1% German, 12.3% English and 11.3% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 20,425 households out of which 38.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.00% were married couples living together, 9.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.40% were non-families. 19.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.80% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 31.70% from 25 to 44, 21.80% from 45 to 64, and 10.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 94.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $50,200, and the median income for a family was $58,806. Males had a median income of $31,929 versus $21,852 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,873. About 7.10% of families and 9.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.20% of those under age 18 and 7.80% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Politics

Local

Politics at the local level in Christian County is completely controlled by the Republican Party. All of Christian County’s elected officeholders are Republicans.

Office Incumbent Party
Assessor Sandra Bryant-Littles Republican
Auditor Susan G. Yarnell Republican
Circuit Clerk Rick Lamb Republican
Clerk Kay Brown Republican
Collector Ted Nichols Republican
Commissioner – Eastern District Tom Huff Republican
Commissioner – Western District Bill Barnett Republican
Coroner Arthur Dean Adams, Jr. Republican
Presiding Commissioner John Grubaugh Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Ron Cleek Republican
Public Administrator Ken Davis Republican
Recorder Roy Meadows Republican
Sheriff Joey Kyle Republican
Surveyor Loyd E. Todd Republican
Treasurer Karen Matthews Republican

State

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 49.65% 18,556 47.73% 17,840 2.61% 977
2004 68.61% 21,400 30.27% 9,443 1.12% 348
2000 58.90% 13,646 39.49% 9,148 1.61% 373
1996 56.69% 10,559 40.22% 7,491 3.10% 577

Christian County is divided into two legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives, both represented by Republicans.

  • District 141 - Rep. Jay Wasson (R-Nixa). In 2008, Wasson defeated Democratic challenger Ron Shawgo with 72.77% of the vote in the district to Shawgo's 27.23%; the Christian County precincts backed Wasson with 71.77% and gave 28.23% to Shawgo.
  • District 142 – Rep. Raymond Weter (R-Nixa). In 2008, Weter ran unopposed and was reelected with 99.78% of the total vote in the district, with the remainder of the vote going to Richard Green, a write-in candidate.

Christian County is also a part of Missouri's 20th Senatorial District and is currently represented by State Senator Dan Clemens (R-Marshfield). In 2006, Clemens defeated Democratic challenger Barbie Kreider-Adams with 64.49% of the total vote in the district while she received 35.51% in the district; the Christian County precincts backed Clemens with 63.50% and gave 36.50% to her. The 20th Senatorial District consists of Christian, Douglas, Webster and parts of Greene counties in Southwest Missouri.

In Missouri's gubernatorial election of 2008, Governor Jay Nixon (D) defeated former U.S. Representative Kenny Hulshof (R) with 58.40 percent of the total statewide vote. While Nixon performed extremely well and won many of the rural counties in the state, Christian County was not one of them. The former attorney general Nixon narrowly lost Christian County with 47.73 percent of the vote to Hulshof’s 49.65 percent.

Federal

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Christian County is a part of Missouri's 7th Congressional District and is currently represented by Roy Blunt (R-Springfield).

Political Culture

Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 67.08% 25,382 31.41% 11,883 1.51% 572
2004 70.51% 22,102 28.90% 9,059 0.60% 187
2000 63.82% 14,824 33.99% 7,896 2.19% 508
1996 50.97% 9,477 35.64% 6,627 13.40% 2,491

Like most counties situated in Southwest Missouri, Christian County is a Republican stronghold in presidential elections. George W. Bush carried Christian County in 2000 and 2004 by more than two-to-one margins, and like many other rural and exurban counties throughout Missouri, Christian County strongly favored John McCain over Barack Obama in 2008. No Democratic presidential nominee has won Christian County in over 50 years.

Like most areas throughout the Bible Belt in Southwest Missouri, voters in Christian County traditionally adhere to socially and culturally conservative principles which tend to 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 Christian County with 80.46 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 Christian County with 58.98 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 Christian 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 Christian County with 73.01 percent of the vote. The proposition strongly passed every single county in Missouri with 78.99 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

Democratic

Former U.S. Senator and now Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York) won Christian County over now President Barack Obama (D-Illinois) with 57.68 percent of the vote while Obama received 39.93 percent of the vote. Although he withdrew from the race, former U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-North Carolina) still received 1.94 percent of the vote in Christian 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.

Republican

Former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-Arkansas) won Christian County with 48.46 percent of the vote. U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) finished in second place in Christian County with 24.37 percent. Former Governor Mitt Romney (R-Massachusetts) came in a not-so-distant third place, receiving 22.75 percent of the vote while libertarian-leaning U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) finished fourth with 3.44 percent in Christian 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.

  • Mike Huckabee received more votes, a total of 5,852, than any candidate from either party in Christian County during the 2008 Missouri Presidential Primaries.

References

Coordinates: 36°58′N 93°11′W / 36.97°N 93.19°W / 36.97; -93.19


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Christian County, Missouri
Map
File:Map of Missouri highlighting Christian County.png
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the USA highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded March 8, 1859
Seat Ozark
Largest City Nixa
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.16
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

54285
Time zone Central : UTC-6/-5
Website: http://www.christiancountymo.gov/
Named for: William Christian, a Kentucky soldier of the American Revolutionary War

Christian County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of 2000, the population was 54,285. Its county seat is Ozark6. The county was organized in 1859 and is named after William Christian, a Kentucky soldier of the American Revolutionary War.

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,461 km² (564 sq mi). 1,459 km² (563 sq mi) of it is land and 2 km² (1 sq mi) of it (0.16%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 54,285 people, 20,425 households, and 15,645 families residing in the county. The population density was 37/km² (96/sq mi). There were 21,827 housing units at an average density of 15/km² (39/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.31% White, 0.27% Black or African American, 0.56% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.42% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. 1.32% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 23.7% were of American, 21.1% German, 12.3% English and 11.3% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 20,425 households out of which 38.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.00% were married couples living together, 9.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.40% were non-families. 19.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.80% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 31.70% from 25 to 44, 21.80% from 45 to 64, and 10.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 94.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,085, and the median income for a family was $44,428. Males had a median income of $31,929 versus $21,852 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,422. About 7.10% of families and 9.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.20% of those under age 18 and 7.80% of those age 65 or over.

Christian County is on the list of 100 fastest growing counties in the United States.

Cities and towns



Coordinates: 36°58′N 93°11′W / 36.97, -93.19

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