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Greene County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Greene County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Seat Springfield
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

678 sq mi (1,756 km²)
675 sq mi (1,748 km²)
3 sq mi (8 km²), 0.42%
PopulationEst.
 - (2008)
 - Density

266,944
395/sq mi (152.5/km²)
Founded 1833
Named for American Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene
Website www.greenecountymo.org

Greene County is a county located in Southwest Missouri. As of 2000, the population was 240,391. A 2008 estimate, however, showed the county's population to be 266,944 making it the fifth most populated county in Missouri. Its county seat is Springfield[1]. The county was organized in 1833 and is named after American Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene.

Greene County is part of the Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 678 square miles (1,755 km²), of which, 675 square miles (1,748 km²) of it is land and 3 square miles (7 km²) of it (0.42%) is water.

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Adjacent counties

Education

Public schools

  • Ash Grove R-IV School District - Ash Grove
    • Ash Grove Elementary School - (PK-06)
    • Bois D'Arc Elementary School - (K-06) - Bois D'Arc
    • Ash Grove High School - (07-12)
  • Fair Grove R-X School District - Fair Grove
    • Fair Grove Elementary School - (K-04)
    • Fair Grove Middle School - (05-08)
    • Fair Grove High School - (09-12)
  • Logan-Rogersville R-VIII School District - Rogersville
    • Logan-Rogersville Primary School - (K-01)
    • Logan-Rogersville Upper Elementary School - (02-05)
    • Logan-Rogersville Middle School - (06-08)
    • Logan-Rogersville High School (09-12)
  • Republic R-III School District - Republic
    • Republic Kindergarten School - (K)
    • Republic Elementary School I - (01-02)
    • Republic Elementary School II - (03-04)
    • Republic Elementary School III - (05-06)
    • Republic Middle School - (07-08)
    • Republic High School - (09-12)
  • Springfield R-XII School District - Springfield
    • Shady Dell Early Childhood Center - (PK) - Springfield
    • York Elementary School - (PK-05) - Springfield
    • Williams Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Wilder Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Westport Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Weller Elementary School - (PK-05) - Springfield
    • Weaver Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Watkins Elementary School - (PK-05) - Springfield
    • Truman Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Sunshine Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Sherwood Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Sequiota Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Rountree Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Robberson Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Portland Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Pleasant View Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Pittman Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Pershing Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • McGregor Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • McBride Elementary School - (K-04) - Springfield
    • Mark Twain Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Walt Disney Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Jeffries Elementary School - (PK-05) - Springfield
    • Horace Mann Elementary School - (PK-05) - Springfield
    • Holland Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Hickory Hills Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Gray Elementary School - (K-04) - Springfield
    • Fremont Elementary School - (PK-05) - Springfield
    • Field Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Delaware Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Cowden Elementary School - (PK-05) - Springfield
    • Campbell Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Boyd Elementary School - (PK-05) - Springfield
    • Bowerman Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Bissett Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Bingham Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Wilson's Creek 5-6 Intermediate Center - (05-06) - Battlefield
    • Study Middle School - (06-08) - Springfield
    • Reed Middle School - (06-08) - Springfield
    • Pleasant View Middle School - (06-08) - Springfield
    • Pipkin Middle School - (06-08) - Springfield
    • Pershing Middle School - (06-08) - Springfield
    • Jarrett Middle School - (06-08) - Springfield
    • Hickory Hills Middle School - (06-08) - Springfield
    • Cherokee Middle School - (07-08) - Springfield
    • Carver Middle School - (06-08) - Springfield
    • Parkview High School - (09-12) - Springfield
    • Kickapoo High School - (09-12) - Springfield
    • Hillcrest High School - (09-12) - Springfield
    • Glendale High School - (09-12) - Springfield
    • Central High School - (09-12) - Springfield
  • Strafford R-VI School District - Strafford
    • Strafford Elementary School - (K-04)
    • Strafford Middle School - (05-08)
    • Strafford High School - (09-12)
  • Walnut Grove R-V School District - Walnut Grove
    • Walnut Grove Preschool (PK)
    • Walnut Grove Elementary School - (K-06)
    • Walnut Grove High School - (07-12)
  • Willard R-II School District - Willard
    • Willard North Elementary School - (PK-04) - Willard
    • Willard East Elementary School - (K-04) - Willard
    • Willard South Elementary School - (PK-04) - Springfield
    • Willard Central Elementary School - (K-04) - Springfield
    • Willard Intermediate School - (05-06) - Willard
    • Willard Middle School - (07-08) - Willard
    • Willard High School - (09-12) - Willard

Private schools

Alternative/Other Schools

  • Bailey Educational Center - (09-12) - Springfield - Alternative/Other School
  • Community Learning Center - (06-12) - Springfield - Alternative/Other School
  • Datema House - (05-12) - Springfield - Alternative/Other School
  • Excel School - (06-12) - Springfield - Alternative/Other School
  • Graff Career Center - (09-12) - Springfield - Vocational/Technical School
  • Greene County Special Education Cooperative - (K-12) - Republic - Special Education
  • Greene Valley - Springfield - Special Education
  • Phelps Gifted Center - (01-12) - Springfield - Alternative/Other School
  • Wilson Creek Group Home - (06-12) - Springfield - Alternative/Other School

Colleges & Universities

Transportation

Major highways

Airports

Recreation

National protected area

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 240,391 people, 97,859 households, and 61,846 families residing in the county. The population density was 356 people per square mile (138/km²). There were 104,517 housing units at an average density of 155 per square mile (60/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.54% White, 2.26% Black or African American, 0.66% Native American, 1.13% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.67% from other races, and 1.68% from two or more races. Approximately 1.84% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 97,859 households out of which 28.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.00% were married couples living together, 9.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.80% were non-families. 29.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.30% under the age of 18, 13.80% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 21.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $44,185, and the median income for a family was $56,047. Males had a median income of $30,672 versus $21,987 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,770. About 7.60% of families and 12.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.60% of those under age 18 and 7.50% of those age 65 or over.

There are 190,417 registered voters in Greene County.[3]

Cities and towns

Fire departments and districts

Republic and Springfield have city fire departments. Additionally, the county is served by the following fire districts:

  • Ash Grove
  • Battlefield
  • Billings
  • Brookline
  • Ebenezer
  • Fair Grove
  • Logan-Rogersville
  • Pleasant View
  • Strafford
  • Walnut Grove
  • West Republic
  • Willard

Famous people

See List of People from Springfield, Missouri

Politics

Local

Politics at the local level in Greene County is predominantly controlled by the Republican Party. In fact, all but one of Greene County's elected officeholders are Republicans.

Office Incumbent Party
Assessor Rick Kessinger Republican
Cindy S. Stein Susan G. Yarnell Republican
Circuit Clerk Steve Helms Republican
Clerk Richard T. Struckhoff Republican
Collector Scott Payne Republican
Commissioner – District 1 Harold Bengsch Republican
Commissioner – District 2 Roseann Bentley Republican
Presiding Commissioner David L. (Dave) Coonrod Democratic
Prosecuting Attorney Darrell L. Moore Republican
Public Administrator David Yancey Republican
Recorder Linda S. Montgomery Republican
Sheriff Jim Arnott Republican
Treasurer John R. Hoffman Republican

State

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 42.84% 57,565 54.45% 73,164 2.71% 3,641
2004 61.45% 76,645 37.25% 46,470 1.30% 1,621
2000 53.57% 54,770 44.61% 45,612 1.82% 1,861
1996 51.63% 49,991 45.08% 43,646 3.29% 3,189

Greene County is divided into eight legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives with six seats being held by Republicans and two being held by Democrats.

  • District 134 - Rep. Jim Viebrock (R-Republic). In 2008, Viebrock ran unopposed and was reelected with 100% of the vote.
  • District 135 – Rep. Charles W. Denison (R-Springfield). In 2008, Denison defeated Democratic challenger Nancy Hagan 56.22-43.78%.
  • District 136 – Rep. Eric Burlison (R-Springfield). In 2008, Burlison defeated Democratic challenger Nick Beatty 57.88-42.12%.
  • District 137 – Rep. Charlie Norr (D-Springfield). In 2008, Norr defeated Republican challenger Ronald D. Day 65.22-34.78%.
  • District 138 – Rep. Sara Lampe (D-Springfield). In 2008, Lampe defeated Republican challenger Michael S. Goodart, Jr. 61.75-38.25%.
  • District 139 – Rep. Shane Schoeller (R-Willard). In 2008, Schoeller defeated Democratic challenger Janet Adams 69.20-30.80%.
  • District 140 - Rep. Bob Dixon (R-Springfield). In 2008, Dixon ran unopposed and was reelected with 100% of the vote.
  • District 145 - Rep. Mike Cunningham (R-Rogersville). In 2008, Cunningham ran unopposed and was reelected with 100% of the vote.

Greene County is also divided into two districts in the Missouri Senate, both represented by Republicans.

  • District 20: 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 Greene County precincts backed Clemens with 63.93% and gave 36.07% to her. The 20th Senatorial District consists of Christian, Douglas, Webster and parts of Greene counties in Southwest Missouri.
  • District 30: State Senator Norma Champion (R-Springfield). In 2006, Champion defeated Democratic challenger Doug Harpool with 57.45% of the total vote while Harpool received 42.55%. The 30th Senatorial District is entirely within Greene County.

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. Nixon performed extremely well and won many of the counties in the state, including the conservative Republican stronghold Greene County. The former attorney general Nixon carried Greene County by a hefty 11-point margin, 54.45-42.84%.

Federal

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Greene 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 57.06% 77,683 41.26% 56,181 1.68% 2,283
2004 62.18% 77,885 37.25% 46,657 0.58% 724
2000 57.50% 59,178 39.92% 41,091 2.58% 2,657
1996 49.60% 48,193 40.45% 39,300 9.95% 9,671

Like most counties situated in Southwest Missouri, Greene County is a Republican stronghold in presidential elections. Although the county contains the urban Springfield and Missouri State University, the county is located in the heart of the Bible Belt where voters tend to be very socially conservative and therefore more amendable to voting Republican. George W. Bush carried Greene County in 2000 and 2004 by almost two-to-one margins, and like many other counties throughout the Bible Belt in Southwest Missouri, Greene County favored John McCain over Barack Obama in 2008. The last Democratic presidential nominee to win Greene County was Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.

Like most areas throughout the Bible Belt in Southwest Missouri, voters in Greene 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 Greene County with 72.04 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 narrowly failed in Greene County with 51.62 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 Greene 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 Greene County with 74.41 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

Republican

Former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-Arkansas) won Greene County with 42.48 percent of the vote. U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) finished in second place in Greene County with 27.09 percent. Former Governor Mitt Romney (R-Massachusetts) came in a not-so-distant third place, receiving 25.17 percent of the vote while libertarian-leaning U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) finished fourth with 4.21 percent in Greene 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 Greene County over now President Barack Obama (D-Illinois) with 54.94 percent of the vote while Obama received 42.77 percent of the vote. Although he withdrew from the race, former U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-North Carolina) still received 1.84 percent of the vote in Greene 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.

Clinton received more votes, a total of 18,322, than any candidate from either party in Greene County during the 2008 Missouri Presidential Primaries, in this conservative Republican (and urbanized) stronghold.

See also

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.  
  3. ^ Registered Voters in Missouri 2008

External links

Coordinates: 37°16′N 93°20′W / 37.26°N 93.34°W / 37.26; -93.34


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Greene County, Missouri
Map
File:Map of Missouri highlighting Greene County.png
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the USA highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1833
Seat Springfield
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.42%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

240391
Website: www.greenecountymo.org

Greene County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of 2000, the population was 240,391. Its county seat is Springfield6. The county was organized in 1833 and is named after the American Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene.

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,755 km² (678 sq mi). 1,748 km² (675 sq mi) of it is land and 7 km² (3 sq mi) of it (0.42%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 240,391 people, 97,859 households, and 61,846 families residing in the county. The population density was 138/km² (356/sq mi). There were 104,517 housing units at an average density of 60/km² (155/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 93.54% White, 2.26% Black or African American, 0.66% Native American, 1.13% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.67% from other races, and 1.68% from two or more races. 1.84% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 97,859 households out of which 28.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.00% were married couples living together, 9.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.80% were non-families. 29.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.30% under the age of 18, 13.80% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 21.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,157, and the median income for a family was $42,613. Males had a median income of $30,672 versus $21,987 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,185. About 7.60% of families and 12.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.60% of those under age 18 and 7.50% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Fire departments and districts

Republic and Springfield have city fire departments. Additionally, the county is served by the following fire districts:

  • Ash Grove
  • Battlefield
  • Billings
  • Brookline
  • Ebenezer
  • Fair Grove
  • Logan-Rogersville
  • Pleasant View
  • Strafford
  • Walnut Grove
  • West Republic
  • Willard

External links


Coordinates: 37°16′N 93°20′W / 37.26, -93.34

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