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

512 sq mi (1,327 km²)
493 sq mi (1,277 km²)
19 sq mi (50 km²), 3.77%
PopulationEst.
 - (2008)
 - Density

18,515
41/sq mi (16/km²)
Founded February 19, 1851
Named for A Native American word meaning "liquid mud"
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Pemiscot County is a county located in the Bootheel in Southeast Missouri in the United States. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the county's population was 20,047. A 2008 estimate, however, showed the population to be 18,515. The largest city and county seat is Caruthersville[1]. The county was officially organized on February 19, 1851, and is named for the local bayou, taken from the Fox dialect pem-eskaw, meaning "liquid mud."

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 512 square miles (1,327 km²), of which, 493 square miles (1,277 km²) of it is land and 19 square miles (50 km²) of it (3.77%) is water. Fishing is a popular activity among residents in the area.

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Adjacent counties

Major highways

Education

Of adults 25 years of age and older in Pemiscot County, 58.2% possess a high school diploma or higher, while 8.4% hold a bachelor's degree or higher as their greatest educational attainment.

Public Schools

Alternative/Vocational Schools

  • Diagnostic Center - Hayti - (K-12) - Special education
  • External Locations - Hayti - (K-12) - Special education
  • Oak View Learning Center - Hayti - (K-12) - Special education
  • Pemiscot County Vocational School - Hayti - (11-12) - Vocational/technical

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 20,047 people, 7,855 households, and 5,317 families residing in the county. The population density was 41 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 8,793 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 71.76% White, 26.23% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.62% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. Approximately 1.57% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Among the major first ancestries reported in Pemiscot County were 31.9% American, 7.8% Irish, 5.6% English, and 5.5% German, according to Census 2000.

There were 7,855 households out of which 33.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.00% were married couples living together, 18.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. 28.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county the population was spread out with 30.00% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 25.00% from 25 to 44, 21.10% from 45 to 64, and 14.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 88.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,992, and the median income for a family was $33,945. Males had a median income of $27,476 versus $17,358 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,599. About 24.80% of families and 30.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.20% of those under age 18 and 23.20% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns


Politics

Local

Politics at the local level in Pemiscot County are dominated by the Democratic Party, with all of Pemiscot County's currently elected officeholders Democrats.

Office Incumbent Party
Assessor Donna Champion Snider Democratic
Circuit Clerk Kelly Cagle Maners Democratic
Clerk Pam Treece Democratic
Collector Keith Jean Democratic
Commissioner – District 1 Lee Watkins Democratic
Commissioner – District 2 Wendell Hoskins Democratic
Coroner James Brimhall Democratic
Emergency Management Director Danny Dodson Democratic
Presiding Commissioner Jim Atchison Democratic
Prosecuting Attorney Michael B. Hazel Democratic
Public Administrator Carol DeRousse Miller Democratic
Recorder Pam Strawbridge Democratic
Sheriff Tommy Greenwell Democratic
Treasurer Pat Hoskins Democratic

State

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 37.26% 2,491 60.50% 4,045 2.24% 150
2004 44.93% 2,965 53.46% 3,528 1.61% 106
2000 34.61% 2,053 63.80% 3,784 1.59% 94
1996 26.24% 1,461 72.31% 4,026 1.45% 81

Pemiscot County is a part of Missouri’s 162nd Legislative District and is currently represented in the Missouri House of Representatives by Rep. Terry Swinger (D-Caruthersville). In 2008, Swinger ran unopposed and was reelected with 100% of the vote.

Pemiscot 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. Pemiscot County backed Mayer with 55.61 percent while Stoelting received 44.39 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 won many of the rural counties in the state, including Pemiscot County. The former attorney general Nixon carried Pemiscot County with 60.50 percent of the vote to Hulshof’s 37.26 percent.

Federal

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Pemiscot 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 56.11% 3,954 42.98% 3,029 0.91% 64
2004 49.93% 3,398 49.68% 3,381 0.39% 27
2000 45.38% 2,750 53.55% 3,245 1.07% 65
1996 32.06% 1,820 59.38% 3,371 8.56% 486

At the presidential level, Pemiscot County is a fairly independent-leaning or battleground county although, like many counties in the impoverished Bootheel with a significant African American population, it has a slight tendency to vote Democratic. While George W. Bush carried Pemiscot County by just 17 votes in 2004, Al Gore won the county in 2000, although both times the margin of victory was significantly closer than in many other rural areas. Bill Clinton also carried Pemiscot County in both 1992 and 1996 by double-digit margins. As was the case in many of the other rural counties in Missouri, Pemiscot County favored John McCain over Barack Obama in 2008, although the margin of victory was smaller than in many of the other rural areas.

In 1968, Pemiscot County was the only county in Missouri to be won by George Wallace, the former Governor of Alabama who ran as a pro-segregationist presidential candidate.

As in most rural areas throughout Missouri, voters in Pemiscot 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 passed Pemiscot County with 84.73 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 Pemiscot County, with 52.41 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 Pemiscot County’s longstanding tradition of supporting socially conservative platforms, voters in the county have a penchant for advancing populist causes, such as 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 Pemiscot County with 78.01 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 strongly approved increases in the minimum wage.

2008 Missouri Presidential Primary

In the 2008 Missouri Presidential Primary, voters in Pemiscot 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 Pemiscot County with 57.59 percent of the vote. U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) finished in second place in Pemiscot County with 23.75 percent. Former Governor Mitt Romney (R-Massachusetts) came in third place, receiving 15.19 percent of the vote while libertarian-leaning U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) finished fourth with 2.04 percent in Pemiscot 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 ahead 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 Pemiscot County by an almost three-to-one margin over now President Barack Obama (D-Illinois). Clinton carried Pemiscot County with 70.83 percent of the vote while Obama received 25.99 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 Pemiscot County while 1.06 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 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. The candidates split Missouri’s 72 delegates, as the Democratic Party utilizes proportional representation.

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton received more votes, a total of 1,270, than any candidate from either party in Pemiscot 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 New Madrid County.

References

Coordinates: 36°13′N 89°47′W / 36.21°N 89.78°W / 36.21; -89.78


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Pemiscot County, Missouri
Map
File:Map of Missouri highlighting Pemiscot County.png
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the USA highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1851
Seat Caruthersville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 3.77%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

20047

Pemiscot County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. The county was organized in 1851 and is named for the local bayou, taken from the Fox dialect pem-eskaw, meaning side-channel. As of 2000, the population was 20,047. Its county seat is Caruthersville6.

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,327 km² (512 sq mi). 1,277 km² (493 sq mi) of it is land and 50 km² (19 sq mi) of it (3.77%) is water. Catfishing remains a popular activity among residents in the area.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 20,047 people, 7,855 households, and 5,317 families residing in the county. The population density was 16/km² (41/sq mi). There were 8,793 housing units at an average density of 7/km² (18/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 71.76% White, 26.23% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.62% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. 1.57% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 31.9% were of American, 7.8% Irish, 5.6% English and 5.5% German ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 7,855 households out of which 33.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.00% were married couples living together, 18.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.30% were non-families. 28.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county the population was spread out with 30.00% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 25.00% from 25 to 44, 21.10% from 45 to 64, and 14.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 88.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $21,911, and the median income for a family was $27,553. Males had a median income of $27,476 versus $17,358 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,968. About 24.80% of families and 30.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.20% of those under age 18 and 23.20% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns


References

Coordinates: 36°13′N 89°47′W / 36.21, -89.78

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