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

1,004 sq mi (2,600 km²)
1,004 sq mi (2,600 km²)
0 sq mi (0 km²), 0.01
PopulationEst.
 - (2008)
 - Density

8,423
8/sq mi (3/km²)
Founded January 29, 1841
Named for George Shannon of the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Shannon County is a county located in South Central Missouri in the United States, and the second-largest by area in Missouri. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the county's population was 8,324. A 2008 estimate, however, showed the population to be 8,423. Its county seat is Eminence[1]. The county was officially organized on January 29, 1841, and was named in honor of George F. "Peg-Leg" Shannon, a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Missouri's first copper mine was opened here in 1846 and Missouri's only manganese mine was opened here during World War II.

As of 2000, Shannon County ranked 78th on the list of counties with the lowest per capita income and 46th on the list of counties with the lowest median household incomes in the United States, making it the poorest county in Missouri.

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Education

Of adults 25 years of age and older, 67.6% possesses a high school diploma or higher while 7.6% holds a bachelor's degree or higher as their highest educational attainment.

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Public Schools

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,600 km² (1,004 mi²). 2,600 km² (1,004 mi²) of it is land and 0 km² (0 mi²) of it (0.01%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

National protected areas

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 8,324 people, 3,319 households, and 2,356 families residing in the county. The population density was 3/km² (8/mi²). There were 3,862 housing units at an average density of 1/km² (4/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.05% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 1.83% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 2.69% from two or more races. Approximately 0.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Among the major first ancestries reported in Shannon County were 38.3% American, 13.4% Irish, 11.8% German, and 9.7% English, according to Census 2000.

There were 3,319 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.80% were married couples living together, 8.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.00% were non-families. 25.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.40% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 26.10% from 25 to 44, 25.30% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $24,835, and the median income for a family was $30,102. Males had a median income of $21,917 versus $16,024 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,127. About 21.00% of families and 26.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.10% of those under age 18 and 20.20% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Events

  • Timber, Missouri is home to Schwagstock, an regular music and drug festival in the style of Woodstock.

Politics

Local

Politics at the local level in Shannon County is predominantly controlled by the Democratic Party. In fact, all but two of Shannon County's elected officeholders are Democrats.

Office Incumbent Party
Assessor Summer J. Crider Democratic
Circuit Clerk & Ex Officio Recorder Melany Williams Democratic
Clerk Shelly McAfee Democratic
Collector Susie Needels Republican
Commissioner – Northern District Dale Counts Democratic
Commissioner – Southern District Herman Kelly Republican
Coroner Tim Denton Democratic
Presiding Commissioner Tony Orchard Democratic
Prosecuting Attorney Jodie R. Barnes Democratic
Public Administrator James Orchard Democratic
Sheriff Steve Blunkall Democratic
Treasurer Allen L. Akers Democratic

State

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 33.67% 1,292 60.65% 2,327 5.68% 218
2004 57.99% 2,391 40.07% 1,652 1.94% 80
2000 43.56% 1,623 54.510% 2,031 1.93% 72
1996 39.63% 1,465 58.05% 2,146 2.33% 86

Most of Shannon County is included in the 162nd Legislative District and is currently 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; Shannon County backed Kuessner with 64.16%, Mansfield with 29.46%, and Wheeler with 6.37%. A small portion of the county is also included in the 147th Legislative District and is represented by Rep. Don Wells (R-Cabool). In 2008, Wells ran unopposed and was reelected with 100% of the vote.

Shannon County is also a part of Missouri's 33rd Senatorial District and is currently represented by State Senator Chuck Purgason (R-Caulfield). In 2008, Purgason defeated Eric Reeve (D) 67.31-32.69 percent. Shannon County backed Purgason with 56.61 percent while Reeve received 43.39 percent. The 33rd Senatorial District consists of Camden, Howell, Laclede, Oregon, Shannon, Texas, and Wright 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 Shannon County. The former attorney general Nixon carried Shannon County by a wide margin with 60.65 percent of the vote to Hulshof’s 33.67 percent.

Federal

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Shannon 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 54.06% 2,075 42.65% 1,637 3.29% 126
2004 60.26% 2,511 38.83% 1,618 0.92% 38
2000 59.38% 2,245 37.82% 1,430 2.80% 106
1996 35.27% 1,339 49.58% 1,882 15.15% 575

At the presidential level, Shannon County is a fairly independent-leaning or battleground county. While George W. Bush carried Shannon County in 2000 and 2004, the margins of victory were smaller than in many of the other rural areas. Bill Clinton also carried Shannon County both times in 1992 and 1996. Like most of the other rural counties in Missouri, Shannon County favored John McCain over Barack Obama in 2008, although not as strongly as many of the other rural counties.

Like most rural areas throughout Southeast Missouri, voters in Shannon County generally adhere to socially and culturally conservative principles. In 2004, Missourians voted on a constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman—it overwhelmingly passed Shannon County with 85.64 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 Shannon County with 55.87 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 Shannon 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 Shannon County with 74.62 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 Oregon 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 Shannon County with 54.44 percent of the vote. U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) finished in second place in Shannon County with 23.57 percent. Former Governor Mitt Romney (R-Massachusetts) came in fourth place, receiving 8.77 percent of the vote while libertarian-leaning U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) finished third with 11.52 percent in Shannon 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 Shannon County by more than a two-to-one margin over now President Barack Obama (D-Illinois). Clinton carried Shannon County with 69.72 percent of the vote while Obama received 24.64 percent of the vote. Although he withdrew from the race, former U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-North Carolina) still received 3.81 percent of the vote in Shannon County while another 1.22 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 914, than any candidate from either party in Shannon County during the 2008 Missouri Presidential Primaries.

Coordinates: 37°10′N 91°24′W / 37.16°N 91.40°W / 37.16; -91.40

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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Shannon County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of 2000, the population is 8,324. Its county seat is Eminence6. The county was organized in 1841 and named for George F. "Peg-Leg" Shannon, a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

Image:Map of Missouri highlighting Shannon County.png

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,600 km² (1,004 mi²). 2,600 km² (1,004 mi²) of it is land and 0 km² (0 mi²) of it (0.01%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 8,324 people, 3,319 households, and 2,356 families residing in the county. The population density was 3/km² (8/mi²). There were 3,862 housing units at an average density of 1/km² (4/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.05% White, 0.17% Black or African American, 1.83% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 2.69% from two or more races. 0.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 38.3% were of American, 13.4% Irish, 11.8% German and 9.7% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 3,319 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.80% were married couples living together, 8.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.00% were non-families. 25.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.40% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 26.10% from 25 to 44, 25.30% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $20,878, and the median income for a family was $25,379. Males had a median income of $21,917 versus $16,024 for females. The per capita income for the county was $11,492. About 21.00% of families and 26.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.10% of those under age 18 and 20.20% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns


Coordinates: 37°10′N 91°24′W / 37.16, -91.40

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