Cooper County, Missouri

Cooper County, Missouri
Cooper County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Cooper County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded December 17, 1818
Named for Sarshall Cooper, frontier settler, who was killed by Indians near Arrow Rock in 1814
Seat Boonville
Largest city Boonville
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

570.22 sq mi (1,477 km²)
565.03 sq mi (1,463 km²)
5.19 sq mi (13 km²), 0.91
 - (2010)
 - Density

31/sq mi (12.03/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Cooper County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. In 2010, the population was 17,601. Its county seat is Boonville[1]. The county was organized in 1818 and is named for Sarshall Cooper, a frontier settler who was killed by Indians near Arrow Rock in 1814.



According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 570.22 square miles (1,476.9 km2), of which 565.03 square miles (1,463.4 km2) (or 99.09%) is land and 5.19 square miles (13.4 km2) (or 0.91%) is water.[2]

Adjacent counties

Major highways

National protected area

  • Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge


As of the 2000 census[3], there were 16,670 people, 5,932 households and 4,140 families residing in the county. The population density was 30 per square mile (11/km²). There were 6,676 housing units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.05% White, 8.96% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. 0.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 38.1% were of German, 18.7% American, 8.1% English and 8.0% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 5,932 households, of which 31.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.40% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.20% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% 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 2.97.

Age distribution was 22.80% under the age of 18, 14.00% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 20.60% from 45 to 64, and 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 117.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 120.00 males.

The median household income was $35,313, and the median family income was $41,526. Males had a median income of $28,513 versus $20,965 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,648. About 8.30% of families and 10.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.80% of those under age 18 and 8.30% of those age 65 or over.




Unincorporated communities


Cooper County is divided into fourteen townships:

  • Pilot Grove
  • Prairie Home
  • Saline
  • South Moniteau

See also


  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 38°51′N 92°49′W / 38.85°N 92.81°W / 38.85; -92.81

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