Howard County, Missouri

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Howard County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Howard County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
FoundedJanuary 23, 1816
Largest cityFayette
 • Total470.55 sq mi (1,219 km2)
 • Land465.74 sq mi (1,206 km2)
 • Water4.82 sq mi (12 km2), 1.02%
 • (2010)10,144
 • Density22/sq mi (8.4/km²)
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Howard County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Howard County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
FoundedJanuary 23, 1816
Largest cityFayette
 • Total470.55 sq mi (1,219 km2)
 • Land465.74 sq mi (1,206 km2)
 • Water4.82 sq mi (12 km2), 1.02%
 • (2010)10,144
 • Density22/sq mi (8.4/km²)

Howard County is a county located in Central Missouri in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,144.[1] Its county seat is Fayette[2]. The county was organized January 23, 1816 and named for Benjamin Howard, the first Governor of the Missouri Territory.

Howard County is part of the Columbia Metropolitan Area.


On the north bank of the Missouri River, Howard County was settled primarily by migrants from the Upper Southern states of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. They brought slaves and slaveholding traditions with them, and quickly started cultivating crops similar to those in Middle Tennessee and Kentucky: hemp and tobacco. Howard was one of several counties settled mostly by Southerners along the Missouri River in the central part of the state. Given their culture and traditions, this area became known as Little Dixie and Howard County was at its heart.[3] In 1860 slaves made up 25 percent or more of the county's population.[4] Residents generally supported the Confederacy during the Civil War. After the Civil War, Howard County was a dangerous place for African Americans. The county witnessed five lynchings between 1891 and 1914. The victims—Olli Truxton, Frank Embree, Thomas Hayden, Arthur McNeal, and Dallas Shields—were all African American men.[5]


According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 470.55 square miles (1,218.7 km2), of which 465.74 square miles (1,206.3 km2) (or 98.98%) is land and 4.82 square miles (12.5 km2) (or 1.02%) is water.[6]

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Historical population
Est. 201210,1690.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 10,212 people, 3,836 households, and 2,631 families residing in the county. The population density was 22 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 4,346 housing units at an average density of 9 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.13% White, 6.84% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. Approximately 0.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 32.4% were of German, 16.1% American, 8.9% English and 8.3% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 3,836 households out of which 31.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.30% were married couples living together, 9.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.40% were non-families. 27.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 13.30% from 18 to 24, 25.20% from 25 to 44, 21.30% from 45 to 64, and 16.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 94.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,614, and the median income for a family was $40,167. Males had a median income of $26,369 versus $19,950 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,198. About 7.50% of families and 11.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.70% of those under age 18 and 14.40% of those age 65 or over.

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The Democratic Party predominantly controls politics at the local level in Howard County. Democrats hold all but two of the elected positions in the county.

Howard County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
AssessorJohn (Woody) McCutcheonDemocratic
Circuit ClerkCharles J. FlaspohlerDemocratic
County ClerkKathyrne HarperRepublican
CollectorLisa AsburyDemocratic
William Lowell EatonDemocratic
(District 1)
Richard ConrowDemocratic
(District 2)
Howard McMillanDemocratic
CoronerFrank FlaspohlerDemocratic
Prosecuting AttorneyDeborah RiekhofRepublican
Public AdministratorMarsha DavisDemocratic
RecorderCharles J. FlaspohlerDemocratic
SheriffCharlie PolsonDemocratic
SurveyorGene BowenDemocratic
TreasurerSusan KeytonDemocratic


Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
YearRepublicanDemocraticThird Parties
200848.69% 2,35849.08% 2,3772.33% 108
200452.46% 2,57846.34% 2,2771.20% 59
200044.96% 2,02952.12% 2,3522.92% 132
199633.90% 1,43663.53% 2,6912.57% 109

All of Howard County is a part of Missouri’s 9th District and is represented by Paul Quinn (D-Monroe City) in the Missouri House of Representatives.

Missouri House of Representatives – District 9 – Howard County (2010)
DemocraticPaul Quinn3,020100.00

All of Howard County is a part of Missouri’s 21st District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Bill Stouffer (R-Napton).

Missouri Senate - District 21 – Howard County (2008)
RepublicanBill Stouffer3,00464.49
DemocraticJoe Sadeghi1,65435.51


All of Howard 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.

U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri’s 6th Congressional District – Howard County (2010)
RepublicanSam Graves2,56770.74
DemocraticClint Hylton1,06129.26
Past Presidential Elections Results
YearRepublicanDemocraticThird Parties
200855.78% 2,70841.94% 2,0362.28% 111
200459.24% 2,91540.07% 1,9720.69% 34
200053.50% 2,41443.09% 1,9443.41% 154
199636.76% 1,54547.92% 2,01415.32% 644

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

Howard County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain283 (28.44%)
Mike Huckabee328 (32.96%)
Mitt Romney319 (32.06%)
Ron Paul52 (5.23%)
Howard County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton685 (48.38%)
Barack Obama660 (46.61%)
John Edwards (withdrawn)50 (3.53%)
Uncommitted14 (0.99%)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ The Story of Little Dixie, Missouri, Missouri Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, accessed 3 June 2008
  4. ^ T. J. Stiles, Jesse James: The Last Rebel of the Civil War, New York: Vintage Books, 2003, pp.10-11
  5. ^ NAACP (1919). Thirty Years of Lynching in the United States, 1889—1918. NAACP. pp. 80–81. 
  6. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 39°08′N 92°42′W / 39.14°N 92.70°W / 39.14; -92.70