Cole County, Missouri

Cole County, Missouri
Cole County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Cole County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded 1820
Seat Jefferson City
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

399.08 sq mi (1,034 km²)
391.44 sq mi (1,014 km²)
7.64 sq mi (20 km²), 1.91%
 - (2010)
 - Density

74/sq mi (29/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Cole County is a county located in the central part of the U.S. state of Missouri, to the south of the Missouri River. As of 2010, the population was 75,990. Its county seat is Jefferson City[1]. The county was organized in 1820 and is named after pioneer Capt. Stephen Cole, who came from Virginia in 1807 and died in 1822.

Cole County is part of the Jefferson City, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.



According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 399.08 square miles (1,033.6 km2), of which 391.44 square miles (1,013.8 km2) (or 98.09%) is land and 7.64 square miles (19.8 km2) (or 1.91%) is water.[2]

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 50.svg U.S. Route 50
  • US 54.svg U.S. Route 54
  • US 63.svg U.S. Route 63
  • MO-179.svg Route 179


Cole County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Christopher Estes
Circuit Clerk Brenda A. Umstattd Republican
County Clerk Marvin Register Republican
Collector Larry Vincent Republican
Marc Ellinger Republican
(District 1)
Jeff Hoelscher
(eastern district)
(District 2)
Chris Wrigley
(western district)
Coroner Ed Schniers Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Mark Richardson Republican
Public Administrator Marilyn R. Schmutzler Democratic
Recorder Larry D. Rademan Democratic
Sheriff Greg White Republican
Treasurer Eric Peters Republican


Cole County Courthouse

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 71,397 people, 27,040 households, and 17,927 families residing in the county. The population density was 182 people per square mile (70/km²). There were 28,915 housing units at an average density of 74 per square mile (29/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 87.06% White, 9.92% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.88% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.54% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. 1.28% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 40.1% were of German, 13.6% American, 7.8% English and 6.9% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 27,040 households out of which 33.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.00% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.70% were non-families. 28.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.20% under the age of 18, 9.80% from 18 to 24, 32.30% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 11.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 105.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,924, and the median income for a family was $53,416. Males had a median income of $33,769 versus $25,189 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,739. About 5.80% of families and 8.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.50% of those under age 18 and 7.30% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns




Unincorporated towns

Government and infrastructure

The Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC) operates the Jefferson City Correctional Center in Jefferson City.[4][5] The current JCCC was opened on September 15, 2004, replacing the Missouri State Penitentiary in Jefferson City.[6]

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. 
  4. ^ "Jefferson City Correctional Center." Missouri Department of Corrections. May 7, 2006. Retrieved on September 18, 2010.
  5. ^ "MidMoGIS Mapping Website." City of Jefferson. Retrieved on September 18, 2010.
  6. ^ "Jefferson City Correctional Center." Missouri Department of Corrections. May 7, 2006. Retrieved on September 18, 2010.

External links

Coordinates: 38°31′N 92°17′W / 38.51°N 92.28°W / 38.51; -92.28

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