Grundy County, Missouri

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Grundy County, Missouri
Trenton-ch cropped.jpg
Grundy County Courthouse in Trenton
Map of Missouri highlighting Grundy County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
FoundedJanuary 2, 1841
Named forFelix Grundy
Largest cityTrenton
 • Total437.98 sq mi (1,134 km2)
 • Land435.82 sq mi (1,129 km2)
 • Water2.16 sq mi (6 km2), 0.49
Population (Est.)
 • (2012)10,338
 • Density23.43/sq mi (9/km²)
Congressional district6th
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
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Grundy County, Missouri
Trenton-ch cropped.jpg
Grundy County Courthouse in Trenton
Map of Missouri highlighting Grundy County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
FoundedJanuary 2, 1841
Named forFelix Grundy
Largest cityTrenton
 • Total437.98 sq mi (1,134 km2)
 • Land435.82 sq mi (1,129 km2)
 • Water2.16 sq mi (6 km2), 0.49
Population (Est.)
 • (2012)10,338
 • Density23.43/sq mi (9/km²)
Congressional district6th
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5

Grundy County is a county located in Northwest Missouri in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,261.[1] Its county seat is Trenton.[2] The county was organized January 2, 1841, from part of Livingston County, Missouri and named after U.S. Attorney General Felix Grundy.[3][4]


According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 437.98 square miles (1,134.4 km2), of which 435.82 square miles (1,128.8 km2) (or 99.51%) is land and 2.16 square miles (5.6 km2) (or 0.49%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

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Other communities[edit]




Historical population
Est. 201210,3380.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the 2010 U.S. Census, there were 10,261 people, 4,204 households, and 2,694 families residing in the county. The population density was 23.43 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 5,023 housing units at an average density of 11.47 per square mile (4.43/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.94% White, 0.57% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 6.53% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. Approximately 1.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,204 households out of which 28.28% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.05% were married couples living together, 8.68% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.92% were non-families. 31.14% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.37% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.04% under the age of 18, 9.27% from 18 to 24, 20.29% from 25 to 44, 25.93% from 45 to 64, and 20.47% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.6 years. For every 100 females there were 91.22 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.03 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,239, and the median income for a family was $45,959. Males had a median income of $31,843 versus $25,231 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,148. About 10.2% of families and 13.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.4% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over.


According to the Association of Religion Data Archives County Membership Report (2010), Grundy County is sometimes regarded as being on the northern edge of the Bible Belt, with evangelical Protestantism being the majority religion. The most predominant denominations among residents in Grundy County who adhere to a religion are Southern Baptists (49.86%), United Methodists (13.51%), and Disciples of Christ (6.95%).


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

Grundy County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
AssessorDon StottsRepublican
Circuit ClerkCharlene ArnoldDemocratic
County ClerkBetty SpickardRepublican
CollectorColleen WilliamsRepublican
Rick HullRepublican
(District 1)
Gene WyantRepublican
(District 2)
Joe BrinserRepublican
CoronerTom EadsRepublican
Prosecuting AttorneyCarol WetherellDemocratic
Public AdministratorJoyce TuttleRepublican
RecorderCharlene ArnoldDemocratic
SheriffRodney HerringRepublican
TreasurerColleen WilliamsRepublican


Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
YearRepublicanDemocraticThird Parties
200853.65% 2,51243.61% 2,0422.73% 128
200458.87% 2,83639.24% 1,8901.89% 91
200064.50% 3,02932.37% 1,5203.14% 147
199632.82% 1,52864.83% 3,0182.34% 109

All of Grundy County is a part of Missouri's 3rd District in the Missouri House of Representatives and is represented by Casey Guernsey (R-Bethany). However, due to redistricting following the 2010 census, Grundy County will be in the 7th District beginning in the 2013 legislative sessions.

Missouri House of Representatives – District 3 – Grundy County (2010)
RepublicanCasey Guernsey2,768100.00

All of Grundy County is a part of Missouri’s 12th District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Brad Lager (R-Savannah).

Missouri Senate - District 12 – Grundy County (2010)
RepublicanBrad Lager2,782100.00


All of Grundy County is included in Missouri’s 6th Congressional District and is currently represented by Sam Graves (R-Tarkio) in the U.S. House of Representatives. Graves is seeking a seventh term in 2012.

U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri’s 6th Congressional District – Grundy County (2010)
RepublicanSam Graves2,53480.96
DemocraticClint Hylton59418.98

Grundy County, along with the rest of the entire state of Missouri, is represented in the U.S. Senate by Claire McCaskill (D-Kirkwood) and Roy Blunt (R-Strafford). McCaskill was elected in 2006 by a narrow margin statewide, but Grundy County supported her opponent, incumbent Jim Talent. She is seeking a second term in 2012.

U.S. Senate - Class I - Grundy County (2006)
RepublicanJim Talent2,04551.72-2.91
DemocraticClaire McCaskill1,57439.81-2.79
LibertarianFrank Gilmour2576.50+4.17
ProgressiveLydia Lewis781.97+1.97

Blunt was elected in 2010 over Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.

U.S. Senate - Class III - Grundy County (2010)
RepublicanRoy Blunt2,11367.25-2.70
DemocraticRobin Carnahan74423.68-4.38
ConstitutionJerry Beck1575.00+3.78
LibertarianJonathan Dine1284.07+3.30

Political culture[edit]

Past Presidential Elections Results
YearRepublicanDemocraticThird Parties
200863.42% 3,00633.33% 1,5803.25% 154
200465.97% 3,17232.47% 1,5611.56% 75
200063.21% 2,97633.20% 1,5633.58% 169
199640.08% 1,88344.13% 2,07315.79% 742

At the presidential level, Grundy County is reliably Republican. George W. Bush carried the county easily in 2000 and 2004. Bill Clinton was the last Democratic presidential nominee to carry Grundy County in 1996, and like many of the rural counties throughout Missouri, Grundy County strongly favored John McCain over Barack Obama in 2008.

Like most rural areas throughout northern Missouri, voters in Grundy County generally 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 won in Grundy County with 77% of the vote. The initiative passed the state with 71% support from voters. In 2006, Missourians voted on a constitutional amendment to fund and legalize embryonic stem cell research in the state—it failed in Grundy County with 55% voting against the measure. The initiative narrowly passed the state with 51% of support from voters as Missouri became one of the first states in the nation to approve embryonic stem cell research. Despite Grundy 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 Grundy County with 61% of the vote. The proposition strongly passed every single county in Missouri with 79% voting in favor. (During the same election, voters in five other states also strongly approved increases in the minimum wage.)

Missouri Presidential Preference Primaries[edit]


In the 2012 Missouri Republican Presidential Primary, voters in Grundy County supported former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-Pennsylvania), who finished first in the state at large, but ultimately lost the nomination to former Governor Mitt Romney (R-Massachusetts).

Delegates to the state convention were chosen at a county caucus that selected a delegation favoring U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-Texas).


Grundy County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain377 (34.46%)
Mike Huckabee361 (33.00%)
Mitt Romney122 (11.15%)
Ron Paul210 (19.20%)
Grundy County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton485 (57.95%)
Barack Obama323 (38.59%)
John Edwards (withdrawn)21 (2.51%)

Notable natives and residents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 170. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 145. 
  5. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ Grundy County, Missouri (official site), Township
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved September 8, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 40°07′N 93°34′W / 40.11°N 93.57°W / 40.11; -93.57