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

829 sq mi (2,147 km²)
827 sq mi (2,142 km²)
2 sq mi (5 km²), 0.22%
PopulationEst.
 - (2008)
 - Density

29,537
36/sq mi (14/km²)
Founded 1835
Named for Amos Stoddard, the first American Civil Commandant of Upper Louisiana
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.idasc.com/

Stoddard County is a county located in Southeast Missouri in the United States. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the population was 29,705. A 2008 estimate, however, showed the population to be 29,537. The county seat is Bloomfield[1] while the largest city in the county is Dexter. The county was officially organized on January 2, 1835, and is named for Amos Stoddard, the first American Civil Commandant of Upper Louisiana.

The Dexter Micropolitan Statistical Area consists of all of Stoddard County.

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Public schools

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 829 square miles (2,147 km²), of which, 827 square miles (2,142 km²) of it is land and 2 square miles (5 km²) of it (0.22%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

National protected area

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 29,705 people, 12,064 households, and 8,480 families residing in the county. The population density was 36 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 13,221 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.34% White, 0.91% Black or African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. 0.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 38.4% were of American, 15.4% German, 12.4% Irish and 8.5% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 12,064 households out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.40% were married couples living together, 9.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.70% were non-families. 26.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.90% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 26.30% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 17.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,120, and the median income for a family was $41,072. Males had a median income of $26,514 versus $17,778 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,003. About 12.80% of families and 16.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.20% of those under age 18 and 17.60% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

Politics

Local

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

Office Incumbent Party
Assessor Jody Lemmon Democratic
Circuit Clerk Sherry L. Disney Democratic
Clerk Don White Democratic
Commissioner – District 1 Frank Sifford Democratic
Commissioner – District 2 Carol Jarrell Republican
Coroner Morgan Sifford Democratic
Presiding Commissioner Greg Mathis Democratic
Prosecuting Attorney Briney Welborn Democratic
Public Administrator Pamela Lape Democratic
Recorder Kay Asbell Democratic
Sheriff Carl Hefner Democratic
Surveyor Dan Fisher Republican
Treasurer & Ex Officio Collector Carla Moore Democratic

State

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 52.85% 6,919 45.33% 5,934 1.82% 239
2004 61.63% 8,152 37.35% 4,940 1.03% 136
2000 52.83% 6,537 45.98% 5,689 1.19% 147
1996 39.80% 4,423 58.49% 6,501 1.71% 190

Stoddard County is divided among three legislative districts—159, 161, 163—in the Missouri House of Representatives.

  • District 159 – Rep. Billy Pat Wright (R-Dexter) Consists of most of the county. In 2008, Wright defeated former U.S. Representative Bill Burlison (D) by an almost two-to-one margin; the Stoddard County precincts backed Wright near this margin with 62.63 percent of the vote to Burlison’s 37.37 percent.
  • District 161 – Rep. Steve Hodges (D-East Prairie) Consists of some of the southeastern portions of the county along the New Madrid County border. Hodges ran unopposed in 2008 and was reelected with 100% of the total vote.
  • District 163 – Rep. Tom Todd (D-Campbell). Consists of the southwestern corner along the Dunklin and Butler county lines. In 2008, Todd defeated Pat (Wilson) Allen, an Independent, by a three-to-one margin (76.74-23.26 percent); the Stoddard County precincts backed Todd by close to the same amount (74.85-25.15 percent).

Stoddard 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%. Stoddard County backed Mayer with 75.51% of the vote while Stoelting received 24.49%. 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 with 58.40 percent of the total statewide vote. While Nixon performed extremely well and won many of the rural counties in the state that tend to have a Republican lean, Stoddard County was not one of them. Hulshof narrowly carried Stoddard County with 52.85 percent of the vote to Nixon’s 45.33 percent.

Federal

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Stoddard 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 69.16% 9,172 29.40% 3,899 1.44% 191
2004 69.74% 9,242 29.78% 3,946 0.48% 64
2000 62.04% 7,727 35.94% 4,476 2.02% 251
1996 44.92% 5,020 43.69% 4,883 11.39% 1,273

At the presidential level, Stoddard County generally tends to lean Republican. John McCain carried Stoddard County over Barack Obama by more than a two-to-one margin in 2008. George W. Bush also carried Stoddard County twice in 2000 over Al Gore and in 2004 over John Kerry when he received just under 70 percent of the vote. Bill Clinton did manage to carry Stoddard County in 1992 but narrowly lost it in his reelection bid in 1996 to Bob Dole.

Like most rural areas, voters in Stoddard County generally adhere to socially and culturally conservative principles which 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 Stoddard County with 88.29 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 Stoddard County with 60.65 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 Stoddard 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 Stoddard County with 72.02 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 Stoddard 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 Stoddard County with 50.56 percent of the vote. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) finished in second place in Stoddard County with 24.85 percent. Former Governor Mitt Romney (R-Massachusetts) came in third place, receiving 20.70 percent of the vote while libertarian-leaning U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) finished fourth with 2.93 percent in Stoddard 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

Voters in Stoddard County gave former Senator and now Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York) an impressive, almost three-to-one victory over former Senator and now President Barack Obama (D-Illinois). Clinton carried Stoddard County with 72.95 percent of the vote while Obama only received 22.43 percent of the vote. Although he withdrew from the race, former U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-North Carolina) still received 3.67 percent of the vote in Stoddard 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.

  • Stoddard County was Hillary Rodham Clinton’s seventh-strongest county in the Missouri Democratic Primary of 2008; counties in which she did better were Dunklin, Wayne, Carter, Washington, Ripley, and Bollinger. Also, she received more votes, a total of 2,225, than any candidate from either party in Stoddard County during the 2008 Missouri Presidential Primaries.

References

Coordinates: 36°52′N 89°57′W / 36.86°N 89.95°W / 36.86; -89.95

Stoddard County Sheriff's Office


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Stoddard County, Missouri
Map
File:Map of Missouri highlighting Stoddard County.png
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the USA highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1835
Seat Bloomfield
Largest City Dexter
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 0.22%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

29705
Time zone Central : UTC-6/-5
Named for: Amos Stoddard, the first territorial commandant of Upper Louisiana

Stoddard County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2000 census, the population was 29,705. Its county seat is Bloomfield6. The county was organized in 1835, and is named for Amos Stoddard, the first territorial commandant of Upper Louisiana.

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,147 km² (829 sq mi). 2,142 km² (827 sq mi) of it is land and 5 km² (2 sq mi) of it (0.22%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 29,705 people, 12,064 households, and 8,480 families residing in the county. The population density was 14/km² (36/sq mi). There were 13,221 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (16/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.34% White, 0.91% Black or African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.24% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. 0.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 38.4% were of American, 15.4% German, 12.4% Irish and 8.5% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 12,064 households out of which 30.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.40% were married couples living together, 9.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.70% were non-families. 26.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.90% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 26.30% from 25 to 44, 24.10% from 45 to 64, and 17.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 92.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,987, and the median income for a family was $33,330. Males had a median income of $26,514 versus $17,778 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,656. About 12.80% of families and 16.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.20% of those under age 18 and 17.60% of those age 65 or over.

History

First settled in 1723, early Stoddard was Apache territory. When 1,029 Europeans lost their lives in the massacre of Little Dixie in 1798 the colonization of Stoddard was postponed for 24 years [1].

Unlocking the Past by Madeline DeJournett and Elfreda Cox was published in May 2007. The authors are staff writers for the Dexter Daily Statesman newspaper, which published the book. The book includes the historical background of more than a dozen abandoned towns in north Stoddard County.

In the mid-late 1990s, Stoddard County was one of the worst areas in the entire country for clandestine methamphetamine laboratory busts, with hundreds of labs discovered annually. At the height of the drug problem (circa 1998), the county was #1 in the nation for the number of labs reported.

Cities and towns


Coordinates: 36°52′N 89°57′W / 36.86, -89.95

References

  1. ^ In: Forister, R. (ed.). History of Stoddard County pp. 82. ISBN 0-934426-70-8.
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