Carter County, Missouri


Carter County, Missouri

Infobox U.S. County
county = Carter County
state = Missouri


founded year = 1859
founded date =
seat wl = Van Buren
largest city wl = Van Buren
area_total_sq_mi = 509
area_total_km2 = 1318
area_land_sq_mi = 508
area_land_km2 = 1315
area_water_sq_mi = 1
area_water_km2 = 4
area percentage = 0.28
census yr = 2000
pop = 5941
density_sq_mi = 12
density_km2 = 5
time zone = Central
UTC offset = -6
DST offset = -5
footnotes =
web =
named for = Zimri A. Carter, a settler who came to Missouri from South Carolina in 1812

Carter County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of 2000, the population was 5,941. Its county seat is Van BurenGR|6. The county was organized in 1859, and is named for Zimri A. Carter, a settler who came to Missouri from South Carolina in 1812.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 509 square miles (1,318 km²), of which, 508 square miles (1,315 km²) of it is land and 1 square miles (4 km²) of it (0.28%) is water.

Adjacent counties

*Reynolds County (north)
*Wayne County (northeast)
*Butler County (southeast)
*Ripley County (south)
*Oregon County (southwest)
*Shannon County (west)

Major highways

*U.S. Route 60
*Route 21

National protected areas

* Mark Twain National Forest (part)
* Ozark National Scenic Riverways (part)

Demographics

As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 5,941 people, 2,378 households, and 1,674 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 3,028 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.60% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 1.35% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.03% from other races, and 1.83% from two or more races. 1.21% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.1% were of American, 15.5% Irish, 15.0% German and 12.7% English ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 2,378 households out of which 30.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.40% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.60% were non-families. 26.70% 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.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.10% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 25.90% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 15.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $22,863, and the median income for a family was $28,506. Males had a median income of $25,568 versus $16,500 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,349. About 19.60% of families and 25.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.10% of those under age 18 and 20.20% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

References

Further reading

*Harrison, R.W. and R.C. McDowell. (2003). "Geologic map of the Wilderness and Handy quadrangles, Oregon, Carter, and Ripley counties, Missouri" [Scientific Investigations Map 2801] . Reston, VA: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.
*Harrison, R.W., R.C. Orndorff, and D.J. Weary. (2002). "Geology of the Stegall Mountain 7.5-minute quadrangle, Shannon and Carter counties, south-central Missouri" [Geologic Investigations Series Map I-2767] . Reston, VA: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.
*Weary, D.J. and R.C. McDowell. (2006). "Geologic map of the Big Spring quadrangle, Carter County, Missouri" [Scientific Investigations Map 2804] . Reston, VA: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.
*Weary, D.J. and J.S. Schindler. (2004). "Geologic map of the Van Buren South quadrangle, Carter County, Missouri" [Geologic Investigations Series Map I-2803] . Reston, VA: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.
*Weary, D.J. and R.E. Weems. (2004). "Geologic map of the Van Buren North quadrangle, Carter, Reynolds, and Shannon counties, Missouri" [Geologic Investigations Series Map I-2802] . Reston, VA: U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey.


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