Bates County, Missouri

Bates County, Missouri

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

founded year = 1833
founded date =
seat wl = Butler
largest city wl = Butler
area_total_sq_mi = 851
area_total_km2 = 2205
area_land_sq_mi = 848
area_land_km2 = 2198
area_water_sq_mi = 3
area_water_km2 = 8
area percentage = 0.34
census yr = 2000
pop = 16653
density_sq_mi = 20
density_km2 = 8
time zone = Central
UTC offset = -6
DST offset = -5
footnotes =
web =
named for = Frederick Bates, the second governor of Missouri

Bates County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of 2000, the population is 16,653. Its county seat is ButlerGR|6. The county was organized in 1833 and named after Frederick Bates, the second governor of Missouri.

Bates is part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 851 square miles (2,205 km²), of which, 848 square miles (2,198 km²) of it is land and 3 square miles (8 km²) of it (0.34%) is water.

Adjacent counties

*Cass County (north)
*Henry County (northeast)
*St. Clair County (southeast)
*Vernon County (south)
*Linn County, Kansas (west)
*Miami County, Kansas (northwest)

Major highways

*U.S. Route 71
*Route 18
*Route 52


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 16,653 people, 6,511 households, and 4,557 families residing in the county. The population density was 20 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 7,247 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.33% White, 0.61% Black or African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. 1.07% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,511 households out of which 32.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.80% were married couples living together, 7.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.00% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.50% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 26.00% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 17.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,731, and the median income for a family was $36,470. Males had a median income of $30,298 versus $19,772 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,477. About 11.50% of families and 14.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.30% of those under age 18 and 14.10% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns


*Rich Hill




Bates County is divided into twenty-four townships:


External links

* [ Bates County website]

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