- Gasconade County, Missouri
Infobox U.S. County
county = Gasconade County
state = Missouri
founded year = 1820
founded date = November 25
seat wl = Hermann
largest city wl = Hermann
area_total_sq_mi = 526
area_total_km2 = 1363
area_land_sq_mi = 521
area_land_km2 = 1349
area_water_sq_mi = 5
area_water_km2 = 14
area percentage = 1.03
census yr = 2000
pop = 15342
density_sq_mi = 30
density_km2 = 11
time zone = Central
UTC offset = -6
DST offset = -5
named for = the boastful character of the inhabitants, said to be similar to those of Gascony in France. Hence the name Gasconade, meaning 'Gascony-like'.
Gasconade County is a
countyin the U.S. stateof Missouri. Located in the Missouri Rhinelandthe population was 15,342 as of the 2000 census. Its county seatis HermannGR|6. Because of its distinctive conditions, the Hermann area was designated an American Viticultural Area(AVA) in 1983. The southern part of the county is within the Ozark Highlands AVA, established in 1987.
Origin of name
The Gasconade County (and
Gasconade River) received its name from French-speaking settlers.
They came from the
Gasconyregion in southwest France during French colonial rule of New France(Louisiana Territory.)
According to Ramsay, the French colonial inhabitants of this region had the same boastful character as the inhabitants of
Gasconyin France. Hence the name "Gasconade", meaning 'Gascony-like'.Fact|date=April 2008
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 526
square miles (1,363 km²), of which, 521 square miles (1,349 km²) of it is land and 5 square miles (14 km²) of it (1.03%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 15,342 people, 6,171 households, and 4,288 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 30 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 7,813 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.69% White, 0.12% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 0.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 6,171 households out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.00% were married couples living together, 7.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.50% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.80% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 25.90% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 18.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $35,047, and the median income for a family was $41,518. Males had a median income of $29,659 versus $20,728 for females. The
per capita incomefor the county was $17,319. About 7.00% of families and 9.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.20% of those under age 18 and 10.00% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
* [http://www.gscnd.com/ Gasconade County government website]
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