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

547 sq mi (1,417 km²)
546 sq mi (1,414 km²)
1 sq mi (3 km²), 0.27
PopulationEst.
 - (2008)
 - Density

31,454
26/sq mi (10/km²)
Founded February 14, 1845
Named for Former Governor of Missouri Daniel Dunklin
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Dunklin County is a county located in the Bootheel of Southeast Missouri in the United States. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the county's population was 33,155. A 2008 estimate, however, showed the population to be 31,454. The largest city and county seat is Kennett[1]. The county was officially organized on February 14, 1845, and is named in honor of Daniel Dunklin, a former Governor of Missouri who died the year before the county was organized.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 547 square miles (1,417 km²), of which 546 square miles (1,413 km²) is land and 1 square mile (4 km²) (0.27%) is water. The lowest point in the state of Missouri is located on the St. Francis River in Buffalo Township in Dunklin County, where it flows out of Missouri and into Arkansas.

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Adjacent counties

Transportation

Major highways

Airports

Kennett Memorial Airport is a public-use airport in Dunklin County. It is located one nautical mile (1.85 km) southeast of the central business district of Kennett, which owns the airport.[2]

Education

Of adults 25 years of age and older in Dunklin County, 63.7% possesses a high school diploma or higher while 9.1% holds a bachelor's degree or higher as their highest educational attainment.

Public Schools

Private Schools

Alternative & Vocational Schools

  • Bootheel State School - Clarkton - (K-12) - A school for handicapped students and/or those with special needs.
  • Diagnostic Center - Kennett - (PK-12) - Special Education
  • Dreamers High School - Kennett - (08-12)
  • Kennett Area Vocational School - Kennett - (09-12) - Vocational/technical

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2006, there were 43,154 people, 13,411 households, and 9,159 families residing in the county. The population density was 61 people per square mile (23/km²). There were 14,682 housing units at an average density of 27 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.64% White, 8.68% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.03% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Approximately 2.49% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Among the major first ancestries reported in Dunklin County were 38.8% American, 10.6% Irish, 8.2% German, and 7.5% English, according to Census 2000.

There were 13,411 households, of which 31.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.60% were married couples living together, 13.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.70% were "non-families." Of all households, 28.10% consisted of individuals and 14.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.94.

Of the county's population, 26.00% were under the age of 18, 8.10% were from 18 to 24, 26.00% were from 25 to 44, 23.50% were from 45 to 64, and 16.50% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 89.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,927, and the median income for a family was $38,439. Males had a median income of $27,288 versus $18,142 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,737. About 19.40% of families and 24.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.90% of those under age 18 and 21.30% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Notable people

Politics

Local

Politics at the local level in Dunklin County is predominantly controlled by the Democratic Party. In fact, all but one of Dunklin County’s elected officeholders is Democrats.

Office Incumbent Party
Assessor Brenda C. Discus Democratic
Circuit Clerk Paula Gargus Democratic
Clerk Carol Hinesly Democratic
Commissioner – District 1 Jeanie Moore Herbst Democratic
Commissioner – District 2 Patrick McHaney Democratic
Coroner Jack Adkins Democratic
Presiding Commissioner Don Collins Democratic
Prosecuting Attorney Stephen P. Sokoloff Democratic
Public Administrator Shawnee L. Trowbridge Republican
Recorder Susan Luce Democratic
Sheriff Bob Holder Democratic
Treasurer & Ex Officio Collector Kathy Rasberry Democratic

State

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 41.65% 4,792 56.13% 6,458 2.22% 255
2004 52.46% 6,015 46.25% 5,302 1.29% 148
2000 42.70% 4,471 56.11% 5,875 1.19% 125
1996 31.51% 3,232 66.86% 6,858 1.63% 167

Dunklin County is divided into two legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives.

  • District 162 - Rep. Terry Swinger (D-Caruthersville). Consists of the southern and eastern parts of the county. In 2008, Swinger ran unopposed and was reelected with 100% of the vote.
  • District 163 – Rep. Tom Todd (D-Campbell). Consists of the northern and western parts of the county. In 2008, Todd defeated Pat (Wilson) Allen, an Independent, 76.74-23.26; Dunklin County backed Todd with 77.61 percent and gave Allen 22.39 percent.

Dunklin 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) 65.32-34.68 percent. Dunklin County backed Mayer with 56.51 percent while Stoelting received 43.49 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 (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 Dunklin County. The former attorney general Nixon carried Dunklin County by a wide margin with 56.13 percent of the vote to Hulshof’s 41.65 percent.

Federal

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Dunklin 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 59.88% 7,044 38.59% 4,540 1.53% 180
2004 57.55% 6,720 41.97% 4,901 0.48% 56
2000 51.55% 5,426 47.00% 4,947 1.45% 152
1996 37.02% 3,766 53.36% 5,428 9.62% 979

At the presidential level, Dunklin County is a fairly independent-leaning or battleground county although, like many counties in the impoverished Bootheel with a significant African American population, it does has a slight tendency to lean Democratic. While George W. Bush carried Dunklin County in 2000 and 2004, Bill Clinton also carried the county both times in 1992 and 1996 by convincing double-digit margins. And like many of the other rural counties in Missouri, Dunklin County favored John McCain over Barack Obama in 2008.

Like most rural areas throughout Missouri, voters in Dunklin County generally adhere to socially and culturally conservative principles but are more moderate or populist on economic issues, typical of the Dixiecrat philosophy. In 2004, Missourians voted on a constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman—it overwhelmingly passed Dunklin County with 87.57 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 Dunklin County with 53.70 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 Dunklin 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 Dunklin County with 79.42 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

In the 2008 Missouri Presidential Primary, voters in Dunklin 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 Dunklin County with 58.52 percent of the vote. U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) finished in second place in Dunklin County with 21.46 percent. Former Governor Mitt Romney (R-Massachusetts) came in third place, receiving 17.03 percent of the vote while libertarian-leaning U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) finished fourth with 1.61 percent in Dunklin 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 Dunklin County by more than a three-to-one margin over now President Barack Obama (D-Illinois). Clinton carried Dunklin County with 78.44 percent of the vote while Obama received 18.31 percent of the vote. Although he withdrew from the race, former U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-North Carolina) still received 1.90 percent of the vote in Dunklin County while 2.09 percent voted uncommitted.

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 2,587, than any candidate from either party in Dunklin County during the 2008 Missouri Presidential Primaries. She also received more votes than the total number of votes cast in the entire Republican Primary in Dunklin County. Dunklin County was also her strongest county in Missouri.

Coordinates: 36°16′N 90°05′W / 36.27°N 90.09°W / 36.27; -90.09

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. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for TKX (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 11 February 2010.
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Dunklin County, Missouri
Map
File:Map of Missouri highlighting Dunklin County.png
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the USA highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1845
Seat Kennett
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.27%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2006)
 - Density

43155

Dunklin County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. Its county seat is Kennett6. The county was organized in 1845 and is named for Daniel Dunklin, a former Governor of Missouri who had died the year before.

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,417 km² (547 sq mi). 1,413 km² (546 sq mi) of it is land and 4 km² (1 sq mi) of it (0.27%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Demographics

As of the census² of 2006, there were 43,154 people, 13,411 households, and 9,159 families residing in the county. The population density was 23/km² (61/sq mi). There were 14,682 housing units at an average density of 10/km² (27/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 88.64% White, 8.68% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.03% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. 2.49% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 38.8% were of American, 10.6% Irish, 8.2% German and 7.5% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 13,411 households out of which 31.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.60% were married couples living together, 13.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.70% were non-families. 28.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.00% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 26.00% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 16.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 89.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $24,878, and the median income for a family was $30,779. Males had a median income of $27,288 versus $18,142 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,561. About 19.40% of families and 24.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.90% of those under age 18 and 21.30% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns


Coordinates: 36°16′N 90°05′W / 36.27, -90.09

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