Pettis County, Missouri

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Pettis County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Pettis County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
FoundedJanuary 24, 1833
Named forSpencer Darwin Pettis
SeatSedalia
Largest citySedalia
Area
 • Total686.34 sq mi (1,778 km2)
 • Land684.82 sq mi (1,774 km2)
 • Water1.52 sq mi (4 km2), 0.22%
Population
 • (2010)42,201
 • Density61.6/sq mi (23.7/km²)
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
Websitewww.pettiscomo.com
 
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Pettis County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Pettis County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
FoundedJanuary 24, 1833
Named forSpencer Darwin Pettis
SeatSedalia
Largest citySedalia
Area
 • Total686.34 sq mi (1,778 km2)
 • Land684.82 sq mi (1,774 km2)
 • Water1.52 sq mi (4 km2), 0.22%
Population
 • (2010)42,201
 • Density61.6/sq mi (23.7/km²)
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
Websitewww.pettiscomo.com

Pettis County is a county located in west central Missouri in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 42,201.[1] Its county seat is Sedalia[2]. The county was organized January 24, 1833, and named after former U.S. Representative Spencer Darwin Pettis.

The county is home to the site of the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 686.34 square miles (1,777.6 km2), of which 684.82 square miles (1,773.7 km2) (or 99.78%) is land and 1.52 square miles (3.9 km2) (or 0.22%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
CensusPop.
18402,930
18505,15075.8%
18609,39282.4%
187018,70699.2%
188027,27145.8%
189031,15114.2%
190032,4384.1%
191033,9134.5%
192035,8135.6%
193034,664−3.2%
194033,336−3.8%
195031,577−5.3%
196035,12011.2%
197034,137−2.8%
198036,3786.6%
199035,437−2.6%
200039,40311.2%
201042,2017.1%
Est. 201242,3190.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 39,403 people, 15,568 households, and 10,570 families residing in the county. The population density was 58 people per square mile (22/km²). There were 16,963 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.06% White, 3.04% Black or African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.46% from other races, and 1.62% from two or more races. Approximately 3.88% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 15,568 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.30% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.10% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.70% 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 3.01.

Pettis County Courthouse

In the county the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 9.30% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 21.10% from 45 to 64, and 15.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,822, and the median income for a family was $38,073. Males had a median income of $29,221 versus $19,554 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,251. About 10.20% of families and 12.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.60% of those under age 18 and 10.50% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Education[edit]

Public Schools[edit]

Private Schools[edit]

Post Secondary Education[edit]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

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

Pettis County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
AssessorKarissa A. LoganRepublican
Circuit ClerkSusan SadlerRepublican
County ClerkNick LastradaRepublican
CollectorMarsha L. BoeschenRepublican
Commissioner
(Presiding)
John C. MeehanRepublican
Commissioner
(District 1)
K.R. LindemannRepublican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Larry WilsonRepublican
CoronerRobert “Skip” Smith, Jr.Republican
Prosecuting AttorneyJeff MittelhauserRepublican
Public AdministratorCharli AckermanDemocratic
RecorderBarbara ClevengerRepublican
SheriffKevin BondRepublican
SurveyorKerry TurpinDemocratic
TreasurerKim LyneRepublican

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
YearRepublicanDemocraticThird Parties
200842.55% 7,66054.63% 9,8342.82% 507
200457.30% 10,03841.63% 7,2931.06% 186
200054.65% 8,53642.85% 6,6922.50% 390
199644.63% 6,80451.51% 7,8533.86% 589

Pettis County is divided into four legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives, all of which are held by Republicans.

Missouri House of Representatives – District 116 – Pettis County (2010)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
RepublicanWanda Brown1,66667.94
DemocraticMike Stevenson71729.24
ConstitutionRay Herron692.81
Missouri House of Representatives – District 117 –Pettis County (2010)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
RepublicanCaleb Jones25279.75
ConstitutionJacob Luetkemeyer6420.25
Missouri House of Representatives – District 118 – Pettis County (2010)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
RepublicanStanley Cox6,50666.80
DemocraticRaymond F. Kinney2,76928.43
ConstitutionCurtis Shipman4644.76
Missouri House of Representatives – District 120 – Pettis County (2010)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
RepublicanScott N. Largent1058.82
DemocraticZac A. Maggi635.29
ConstitutionRichard Hoxsey15.88

All of Pettis County is a part of Missouri’s 28th District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Mike Parson (R-Bolivar).

Missouri Senate - District 28 – Pettis County (2010)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
RepublicanMike Parson9,75385.34
ConstitutionBennie B. Hatfield1,67514.66

Federal[edit]

All of Pettis County is included in Missouri’s 4th Congressional District and is currently represented by Vicky Hartzler (R-Harrisonville) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri’s 4th Congressional District - Pettis County (2010)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
RepublicanVicky Hartzler6,30549.70
DemocraticIke Skelton*5,92046.67
LibertarianJason Michael Braun2752.17
ConstitutionGreg Cowan1851.46

Political Culture[edit]

Past Presidential Elections Results
YearRepublicanDemocraticThird Parties
200860.32% 11,01837.95% 6,9321.73% 315
200466.32% 11,60333.16% 5,8010.53% 92
200060.51% 9,53337.16% 5,8552.33% 367
199648.06 7,33639.68% 6,05712.25% 1,870

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

Pettis County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain1,372 (36.42%)
Mike Huckabee994 (26.39%)
Mitt Romney1,226 (32.55%)
Ron Paul110 (2.92%)
Pettis County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton2,242 (54.76%)
Barack Obama1,694 (41.38%)
John Edwards (withdrawn)123 (3.00%)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 38°44′N 93°17′W / 38.73°N 93.28°W / 38.73; -93.28