Ray County, Missouri

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Ray County, Missouri
RAY COUNTY COURTHOUSE.jpg
Ray County Courthouse
Map of Missouri highlighting Ray County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
FoundedNovember 16, 1820
Named forJohn Ray, Missouri state legislator
SeatRichmond
Area
 • Total573.57 sq mi (1,486 km2)
 • Land569.47 sq mi (1,475 km2)
 • Water4.11 sq mi (11 km2), 0.72%
Population
 • (2010)23,494
 • Density41/sq mi (16/km²)
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5
 
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Ray County, Missouri
RAY COUNTY COURTHOUSE.jpg
Ray County Courthouse
Map of Missouri highlighting Ray County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
FoundedNovember 16, 1820
Named forJohn Ray, Missouri state legislator
SeatRichmond
Area
 • Total573.57 sq mi (1,486 km2)
 • Land569.47 sq mi (1,475 km2)
 • Water4.11 sq mi (11 km2), 0.72%
Population
 • (2010)23,494
 • Density41/sq mi (16/km²)
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5

Ray County is a county located in Northwest Missouri in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,494.[1] Its county seat is Richmond[2]. The county was organized November 16, 1820 and named for John Ray, a Missouri state legislator and member of the first state Constitutional Convention.

Ray County is part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 573.57 square miles (1,485.5 km2), of which 569.47 square miles (1,474.9 km2) (or 99.29%) is land and 4.11 square miles (10.6 km2) (or 0.72%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

National protected area[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
18302,657
18406,553146.6%
185010,37358.3%
186014,09235.9%
187018,70032.7%
188020,1908.0%
189024,21519.9%
190024,8052.4%
191021,451−13.5%
192020,508−4.4%
193019,846−3.2%
194018,584−6.4%
195015,932−14.3%
196016,0750.9%
197017,5999.5%
198021,37821.5%
199021,9712.8%
200023,3546.3%
201023,4940.6%
Est. 201223,064−1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 23,354 people, 8,743 households, and 6,539 families residing in the county. The population density was 16/km² (41/mi²). There were 9,371 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (16/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.50% White, 1.46% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.36% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Approximately 1.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 29.6% were of American, 23.3% German, 11.5% English and 10.3% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 8,743 households out of which 35.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.10% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.20% were non-families. 22.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county the population was spread out with 27.50% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 28.30% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 12.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 100.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,886, and the median income for a family was $49,192. Males had a median income of $36,815 versus $21,684 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,685. About 5.30% of families and 6.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.00% of those under age 18 and 7.80% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Notable residents[edit]

Education[edit]

Public Schools[edit]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

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

Ray County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
AssessorKent WollardDemocratic
Circuit ClerkCarolyne ConnerDemocratic
County ClerkGlenda PowellRepublican
CollectorMargie A. BowmanDemocratic
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Bob KingDemocratic
Commissioner
(District 1)
Allen DaleDemocratic
Commissioner
(District 2)
Michael TwymanDemocratic
CoronerJim GarrisonDemocratic
Prosecuting AttorneyDanielle RogersDemocratic
Public AdministratorKenneth A. NolkerDemocratic
RecorderShirley O’DellDemocratic
SheriffGary BushDemocratic
SurveyorThomas SiscoDemocratic
TreasurerJoann BurnineDemocratic

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
YearRepublicanDemocraticThird Parties
200835.73% 3,89961.13% 6,6703.14% 343
200447.08% 5,07351.33% 5,5311.59% 172
200041.75% 4,04555.81% 5,4072.44% 237
199628.31% 2,47569.26% 6,0552.43% 212

All of Ray County is a part of Missouri’s 36th District in the Missouri House of Representatives and is currently represented by Bob Nance (R-Chillicothe).

Missouri House of Representatives - District 36 – Ray County (2010)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
RepublicanBob Nance4,88864.50
DemocraticBarbara Lanning2,69035.50

All of Ray 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 – Ray County (2008)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
RepublicanBill Stouffer6,06358.38
DemocraticJoe Sadeghi4,32341.62

Federal[edit]

All of Ray 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 – Ray County (2010)
PartyCandidateVotes%±%
DemocraticIke Skelton4,02053.10
RepublicanVicky Hartzler3,17441.93
LibertarianJason Michael Braun2493.29
ConstitutionGreg Cowan1271.68
Past Presidential Elections Results
YearRepublicanDemocraticThird Parties
200850.60% 5,59347.42% 5,2411.98% 219
200452.59% 5,67346.66% 5,0340.75% 81
200046.34% 4,51750.99% 4,9702.67% 260
199632.82% 2,88453.65% 4,71413.53% 1,189

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

Ray County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain554 (28.90%)
Mike Huckabee709 (36.98%)
Mitt Romney495 (25.82%)
Ron Paul126 (6.57%)
Ray County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton2,150 (65.29%)
Barack Obama998 (30.31%)
John Edwards (withdrawn)102 (3.10%)

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: 39°21′N 93°59′W / 39.35°N 93.99°W / 39.35; -93.99