- Ralls County, Missouri
Infobox U.S. County
county = Ralls County
state = Missouri
founded year = 1820
founded date =
seat wl = New London
largest city wl = Monroe City
area_total_sq_mi = 484
area_total_km2 = 1253
area_land_sq_mi = 471
area_land_km2 = 1220
area_water_sq_mi = 13
area_water_km2 = 33
area percentage = 2.65%
census yr = 2000
pop = 9626
density_sq_mi = 20
density_km2 = 8
time zone = Central
UTC offset = -6
DST offset = -5
named for =
Ralls County is a
countylocated in the U.S. stateof Missouri. As of 2000, the population is 9,626. Its county seatis New LondonGR|6. The county was organized in 1820 and named for Daniel Ralls, Missouri state legislator.
Ralls County was one of several along the
Missouri Riversettled by migrants from the Upper South, especially Kentuckyand Tennessee. They brought slavesand slaveholding traditions with them, and quickly started cultivating crops similar to those in Middle Tennesseeand Kentucky: hemp and tobacco. They also brought characteristic antebellum architecture and culture. Ralls was considered at the heart of what was called Little Dixie. [ [http://www.missouridivision-scv.org/littledixie.htm The Story of Little Dixie, Missouri, Missouri Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans] , accessed 3 Jun 2008]
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 484
square miles (1,253 km²), of which, 471 square miles (1,220 km²) of it is land and 13 square miles (33 km²) of it (2.65%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 9,626 people, 3,736 households, and 2,783 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 20 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 4,564 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.93% White, 1.11% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.04% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. 0.44% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 30.1% were of American, 27.3% German, 10.5% English and 10.4% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 3,736 households out of which 34.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.20% were married couples living together, 6.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.50% were non-families. 21.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the county the population was spread out with 25.20% under the age of 18, 7.10% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 26.50% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 100.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $37,094, and the median income for a family was $41,955. Males had a median income of $28,139 versus $20,238 for females. The
per capita incomefor the county was $16,456. About 6.60% of families and 8.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.70% of those under age 18 and 10.70% of those age 65 or over.
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