Crawford County, Missouri

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Crawford County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Crawford County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
FoundedJanuary 23, 1829
Named forWilliam H. Crawford, U.S. Senator from Georgia
SeatSteelville
Largest cityCuba
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

743.79 sq mi (1,926 km²)
742.52 sq mi (1,923 km²)
1.27 sq mi (3 km²), 0.17
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

24,696
31/sq mi (12/km²)
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
Websitecrawfordcountymo.net
 
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Crawford County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Crawford County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
FoundedJanuary 23, 1829
Named forWilliam H. Crawford, U.S. Senator from Georgia
SeatSteelville
Largest cityCuba
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

743.79 sq mi (1,926 km²)
742.52 sq mi (1,923 km²)
1.27 sq mi (3 km²), 0.17
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

24,696
31/sq mi (12/km²)
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
Websitecrawfordcountymo.net
Crawford County Courthouse

Crawford County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri and determined by the U.S. Census Bureau to include the mean center of U.S. population in 1990. As of the 2010 U.S. Census, the county's population was 24,696. Its county seat is Steelville. The county was organized in 1829 and is named after U.S. Senator William H. Crawford of Georgia.

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Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 743.79 square miles (1,926.4 km2), of which 742.52 square miles (1,923.1 km2) (or 99.83%) is land and 1.27 square miles (3.3 km2) (or 0.17%) is water.[1]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Education[edit]

Public Schools[edit]

Private Schools[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
CensusPop.
18301,712
18403,561108.0%
18506,39779.6%
18605,823−9.0%
18707,98237.1%
188010,75634.8%
189011,96111.2%
190012,9598.3%
191013,5764.8%
192012,355−9.0%
193011,287−8.6%
194012,69312.5%
195011,615−8.5%
196012,6478.9%
197014,82817.2%
198018,30023.4%
199019,1734.8%
200022,80418.9%
201024,6968.3%
Est. 201224,8320.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
2012 Estimate

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 22,804 people, 8,858 households, and 6,351 families residing in the county. The population density was 31 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 10,850 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.26% White, 0.14% Black or African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Approximately 0.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,858 households out of which 32.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.70% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.30% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 23.10% from 45 to 64, and 15.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,554, and the median income for a family was $45,059. Males had a median income of $28,005 versus $18,736 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,203. About 12.70% of families and 16.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.30% of those under age 18 and 14.10% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

The Republican Party predominantly controls politics at the local level in Crawford County. Republicans hold all but three of the elected positions in the county.

Crawford County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
AssessorKerry Summers, Sr.Republican
Circuit ClerkKaren HarlanRepublican
County ClerkMardy LeathersRepublican
CollectorPat SchwentRepublican
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Ed WorleyDemocratic
Commissioner
(District 1)
Richard MartinDemocratic
Commissioner
(District 2)
John HewkinRepublican
CoronerPaul HutsonRepublican
Prosecuting AttorneyWilliam Camm SeayDemocratic
Public AdministratorFranky ToddRepublican
RecorderKimberly A. CookRepublican
SheriffRandy MartinRepublican
SurveyorMark MuellerRepublican
TreasurerJessica EaslerRepublican

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
YearRepublicanDemocraticThird Parties
200846.18% 4,62751.94% 5,2041.88% 188
200457.70% 5,42240.92% 3,8451.38% 130
200052.53% 4,35243.74% 3,6243.73% 309
199644.72% 3,42552.87% 4,0492.42% 185

Most of Crawford County is included within the 150th District and is currently represented by Jason T. Smith (R-Salem) in the Missouri House of Representatives. Some of the county is also included within the 111th District and is currently represented by Charles Schlottach (R-Owensville).

Crawford County is also a part of Missouri’s 16th Senatorial District and is currently represented by State Senator Frank A. Barnitz (D-Lake Spring). The 16th District includes Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Montgomery, Osage, Phelps, and Pulaski counties.

Federal[edit]

All of Crawford County is currently included in Missouri's 9th Congressional District and is represented by Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-St. Elizabeth) in the U.S. House of Representatives. However, Missouri will lose one of its nine congressional seats following the results from the 2010 U.S. Census. The newly drawn map moved all of Crawford County into the neighboring 8th Congressional District, which is currently represented by Jo Ann Emerson (R-Cape Girardeau).

Political Culture[edit]

Past Presidential Elections Results
YearRepublicanDemocraticThird Parties
200859.56% 6,00738.78% 3,9111.66% 167
200460.61% 5,68638.72% 3,6320.67% 63
200057.26% 4,75440.35% 3,3502.39% 198
199639.05% 2,99043.75% 3,34917.20% 1,317

At the presidential level, Crawford County is fairly independent-leaning but like many rural counties does have a conservative/Republican lean to it. While Bill Clinton did manage to narrowly carry the county both times in 1992 and 1996, George W. Bush strongly carried Crawford County in 2000 and 2004 and like many of the rural counties in Missouri, Crawford County solidly favored John McCain over Barack Obama in 2008.

Like most rural areas, voters in Crawford County generally strongly support socially and culturally conservative principles and therefore tend to vote Republican. In 2004, Missourians voted on a constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman—it overwhelmingly passed Crawford County with 79.48 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 Crawford County with 56.13 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 Crawford 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 Crawford County with 76.78 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[edit]

In the 2008 Missouri Presidential Primary, voters in Crawford 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) slightly won Crawford County by just one vote with 32.71 percent of the vote. U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) finished in second place in Crawford County with 32.66 percent. Former Governor Mitt Romney (R-Massachusetts) came in third place, receiving 27.76 percent of the vote while libertarian-leaning U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas) finished fourth with 5.15 percent in Bollinger County.

Democratic

Then-U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York) won a decisive victory in Crawford County with 66.36 percent of the vote. Then-U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-Illinois) received 30.07 percent of the vote from Crawford County Democrats. Although he withdrew from the race, former U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-North Carolina) still received 2.61 percent of the vote in Crawford County.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°59′N 91°18′W / 37.98°N 91.30°W / 37.98; -91.30