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

755 sq mi (1,956 km²)
742 sq mi (1,922 km²)
13 sq mi (33 km²), 1.71%
PopulationEst.
 - (2008)
 - Density

9,227
13/sq mi (5/km²)
Founded January 29, 1841
Named for Ozark Mountains
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.mogenweb.org/ozark/index.htm

Ozark County is a county located in South Central Missouri in the United States. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the county's population was 9,542. A 2008 estimate, however, showed the population to be 9,227. The largest city and county seat is Gainesville[1]. From 1843 to 1845 the county was called Decatur County, after Commodore Stephen Decatur. The county was eventually renamed to Ozark County after the Ozark Mountains and was officially organized on January 29, 1841.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 755 square miles (1,956 km²), of which, 742 square miles (1,922 km²) of it is land and 13 square miles (33 km²) of it (1.71%) is water.

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Adjacent counties

Major highways

National protected area

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 9,542 people, 3,950 households, and 2,855 families residing in the county. The population density was 13 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 5,114 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.57% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.65% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. Approximately 0.94% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Among the major first ancestries reported in Ozark County were 28.6% American, 15.9% German, 12.1% English, and 11.4% Irish, according to Census 2000.

There were 3,950 households out of which 26.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.20% were married couples living together, 6.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.70% were non-families. 24.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.10% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 22.80% from 25 to 44, 28.70% from 45 to 64, and 19.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 98.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,508, and the median income for a family was $36,622. Males had a median income of $21,685 versus $17,312 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,302. About 16.10% of families and 21.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.80% of those under age 18 and 17.20% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Education

Of adults 25 years of age and older in Ozark County, 73.0% possesses a high school diploma or higher while 8.3% holds a bachelor's degree or higher as their highest educational attainment.

Public Schools

Politics

Local

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

Office Incumbent Party
Assessor Katherine Loftis Republican
Circuit Clerk & Ex Officio Recorder Becki Strong Republican
Clerk Kelly Maddox Republican
Collector Billy D. Hambelton, Jr. Republican
Commissioner – Eastern District T.J. Lewis Republican
Commissioner – Western District Greg Donley Democratic
Coroner Ron Mahan Republican
Presiding Commissioner David Morrison Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Thomas W. Cline Republican
Public Administrator Melinda Abraham Republican
Sheriff Raymond Pace Republican
Surveyor Tim Morgan Republican
Treasurer David Ford Republican

State

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 42.47% 1,967 53.63% 2,484 3.90% 181
2004 63.04% 2,949 34.80% 1,628 2.16% 101
2000 58.65% 2,502 38.54% 1,644 2.81% 120
1996 59.15% 2,376 38.16% 1,533 2.69% 108

Ozark County is a part of Missouri’s 143rd Legislative District and is currently represented in the Missouri House of Representatives by Rep. Maynard Wallace (R-Thornfield). In 2008, Maynard defeated Cathy Hilliard (D) 67.66-32.34 percent; Ozark County backed Maynard with 72.44 percent while Hilliard received 27.56 percent.

Ozark County is also a part of Missouri's 29th Senatorial District and is currently represented by State Senator Jack Goodman (R-Mt. Vernon). Goodman ran unopposed in 2008 and was reelected with 100 percent of the vote. The 29th Senatorial District consists of Barry, Lawrence, McDonald, Ozark, Stone, and Taney 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 Ozark County. The former attorney general Nixon carried Ozark County with 53.63 percent of the vote to Hulshof’s 42.47 percent.

Federal

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Ozark 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 62.27% 2,918 35.45% 1,661 2.28% 107
2004 65.50% 3,083 33.16% 1,561 1.34% 63
2000 62.05% 2,663 33.36% 1,432 4.59% 197
1996 47.18% 1,882 36.22% 1,445 16.60% 662

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

Like most rural areas throughout the Bible Belt in Southwest Missouri, voters in Ozark County traditionally 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 Ozark County with 82.18 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 Ozark County with 51.07 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 Ozark 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 Ozark County with 76.94 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 Ozark County from both political parties supported candidates who finished in second place in the state at large and nationally.

Democratic

Former U.S. Senator and now Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York) won Ozark County over now President Barack Obama (D-Illinois) with 65.62 percent of the vote while Obama received 31.62 percent of the vote. Although he withdrew from the race, former U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-North Carolina) still received 1.71 percent of the vote in Ozark 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 Ozark County with 48.09 percent of the vote. U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) finished in second place in Ozark County with 26.87 percent. Former Governor Mitt Romney (R-Massachusetts) came in third place, receiving 14.75 percent of the vote while libertarian-leaning U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) finished fourth with 9.35 percent in Ozark 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 766, than any candidate from either party in Ozark County during the 2008 Missouri Presidential Primaries

Coordinates: 36°39′N 92°26′W / 36.65°N 92.44°W / 36.65; -92.44

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.  

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Ozark County, Missouri
Map
File:Map of Missouri highlighting Ozark County.png
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the USA highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1841
Seat Gainesville
Largest City Gainesville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 1.71%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

9542
Time zone Central : UTC-6/-5
Named for: Ozark Mountains

Ozark County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. The county was organized in 1841 and is named for the Ozark Mountains. As of 2000, the population is 9,542. Its county seat is Gainesville6. From 1843 to 1845 the county was called Decatur County, after Commodore Stephen Decatur.

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,956 km² (755 sq mi). 1,922 km² (742 sq mi) of it is land and 33 km² (13 sq mi) of it (1.71%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 9,542 people, 3,950 households, and 2,855 families residing in the county. The population density was 5/km² (13/sq mi). There were 5,114 housing units at an average density of 3/km² (7/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.57% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.65% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. 0.94% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.6% were of American, 15.9% German, 12.1% English and 11.4% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 3,950 households out of which 26.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.20% were married couples living together, 6.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.70% were non-families. 24.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.10% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 22.80% from 25 to 44, 28.70% from 45 to 64, and 19.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 98.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,861, and the median income for a family was $30,100. Males had a median income of $21,685 versus $17,312 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,133. About 16.10% of families and 21.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.80% of those under age 18 and 17.20% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns


Coordinates: 36°39′N 92°26′W / 36.65, -92.44

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