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

552 sq mi (1,430 km²)
551 sq mi (1,428 km²)
1 sq mi (2 km²), 0.13
 - (2008)
 - Density

7/sq mi (19/km²)
Founded February 17, 1857
Named for The abundant presence of iron ore
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Proffit to Taum Sauk.jpg
View from Proffit Mountain in Reynolds County, towards Iron County's Taum Sauk Mountain.

Iron County is a county located in the Lead Belt region in Southeast Missouri in the United States. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the county's population was 10,697. A 2008 estimate, however, showed the population to be 9,918. The largest city and county seat is Ironton[1]. Iron County was officially organized on February 17, 1857, and was named so because of the abundance of iron ore found in the county.

Iron County includes the 6-mile (9.7 km)-long, 2-mile (3.2 km)-wide Arcadia Valley, the site of Pilot Knob, Ironton, and Arcadia, communities established by immigrants in the 19th Century.[2] The valley is surrounded by the Saint Francois Mountains of the Ozarks Plateau. Iron County is also home to dozens of mountains,[3] including the 1,772-foot (540 m) Taum Sauk Mountain, the highest point in Missouri.

The county also includes Taum Sauk Mountain State Park and 96,047 acres (390 km2) of Mark Twain National Forest.[4]



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 552 square miles (1,430 km²), of which, 551 square miles (1,428 km²) of it is land and 1 square miles (2 km²) of it (0.13%) is water.

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Of adults 25 years of age and older in Iron County, 65.2% possesses a high school diploma or higher while 8.4% holds a bachelor's degree or higher as their highest educational attainment.


Public Schools

Vocational/Technical Schools

  • Arcadia Valley Career Technical Center - Ironton - (09-12)
  • Eden Lake Elementary School - Ironton


State highways



As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 10,697 people, 4,197 households, and 2,963 families residing in the county. The population density was 7/km² (19/mi²). There were 4,907 housing units at an average density of 3/km² (9/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.74% White, 1.56% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. Approximately 0.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,197 households out of which 32.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.80% were married couples living together, 9.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.40% were non-families. 25.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% 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 2.94.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.00% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 25.30% from 25 to 44, 24.80% from 45 to 64, and 17.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,276, and the median income for a family was $38,037. Males had a median income of $28,603 versus $16,615 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,717. About 13.80% of families and 19.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.60% of those under age 18 and 13.20% of those age 65 or over.



Local politics in Iron County are predominantly controlled by the Democratic Party. In fact, all but one of Iron County's elected officeholders are Democrats.

Office Incumbent Party
Assessor David L. Huff Democratic
Circuit Clerk T. June Miller Democratic
Clerk Virginia Queen Democratic
Collector Linda Kemp Democratic
Commissioner – Southern District Dustin N. Walker Democratic
Commissioner – Western District Bradford V.S. Johnson Democratic
Coroner Anthony N. Cole Democratic
Presiding Commissioner Terry W. Nichols Democratic
Prosecuting Attorney R. Scott Killen Republican
Public Administrator Sandra Trask Democratic
Recorder Karen K. Reagan Democratic
Sheriff Allen W. Mathes Democratic
Treasurer Jack Adams Democratic


Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 33.45% 1,483 64.14% 2,844 2.41% 107
2004 50.62% 2,359 47.53% 2,215 2.85% 86
2000 45.42% 2,002 51.23% 2,258 3.35% 148
1996 35.54% 1,470 62.60% 2,589 1.86% 77

Iron County is represented in the Missouri House of Representatives by Rep. J.C. Kuessner (D-Eminence). In 2008, Kuessner defeated Eric “Rick” Mansfield (R) and Thad Wheeler of the Constitution Party, taking in 70.32 percent of the vote in the entire district to Mansfield’s 26.38 percent and Wheeler’s 3.30 percent; Iron County backed Kuessner with 77.28%, Mansfield with 20.64%, and Wheeler with 2.09%.

Iron 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. Iron County backed Engler with 59.12 percent while Riche received 40.88 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 Iron County. The former attorney general Nixon carried Iron County by a wide margin with 64.14 percent of the vote to Hulshof’s 33.14 percent.


In the U.S. House of Representatives, Iron 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 47.35% 2,090 50.14% 2,213 2.51% 111
2004 52.94% 2,477 46.10% 2,157 0.96% 45
2000 50.68% 2,237 46.31% 2,044 3.01% 133
1996 31.92% 1,328 53.39% 2,221 14.69% 611

At the presidential level, Iron County is fairly independent-leaning but unlike many rural counties, it has a tendency to often lean Democratic. While George W. Bush carried Iron County in 2000 and 2004, the margins of victory were significantly smaller than in many of the other rural areas. Bill Clinton also carried Iron County both times in 1992 and 1996 by convincing double-digit margins, and unlike most of the other rural counties in Missouri, Iron County was one of only nine counties in Missouri that favored Barack Obama over John McCain in 2008.[7]

Like most rural areas throughout Southeast Missouri, voters in Iron 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 Iron County with 80.90 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 Iron County with 56.03 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 Iron 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 Iron County with 78.25 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 Iron County from both political parties supported candidates who finished in second place in the state at large and nationally.


Former Governor Mike Huckabee (R-Arkansas) won Iron County with 43.17 percent of the vote. U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) finished in second place in Iron County with 32.80 percent. Former Governor Mitt Romney (R-Massachusetts) came in third place, receiving 16.83 percent of the vote while libertarian-leaning U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) finished fourth with 5.24 percent in Iron 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.


Former U.S. Senator and now Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York) won Iron County by an almost three-to-one margin over now President Barack Obama (D-Illinois). Clinton carried Iron County with 70.53 percent of the vote while Obama received 24.27 percent of the vote. Although he withdrew from the race, former U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-North Carolina) still received 4.30 percent of the vote in Iron 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 1,180, than any candidate from either party in Iron 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 Iron County.


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Coordinates: 37°33′N 90°46′W / 37.55°N 90.76°W / 37.55; -90.76


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Iron County, Missouri
File:Map of Missouri highlighting Iron County.png
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the USA highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the USA
Founded February 17, 1857
Seat Ironton
Largest City Ironton
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.13
 - (2000)
 - Density

Time zone Central : UTC-6/-5
Named for: the presence of Iron ore

Iron County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of 2000, the population is 10,697. Its county seat is Ironton6. The county was organized in 1857 and named for the presence of Iron ore.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,430 km² (552 sq mi). 1,428 km² (551 sq mi) of it is land and 2 km² (1 sq mi) of it (0.13%) is water.

The highest point in Missouri, Taum Sauk Mountain, is located in the county, and is part of the Saint Francois Mountains of the Ozarks plateau. The summit of Taum Sauk is 1772 feet above sea level.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Cities and towns

Coordinates: 37°33′N 90°46′W / 37.55, -90.76

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