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Atchison County, Missouri

Atchison County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Atchison County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded February 14, 1845
Named for David Rice Atchison
Seat Rock Port
Largest city Tarkio
Area
 • Total 550 sq mi (1,424 km2)
 • Land 547 sq mi (1,417 km2)
 • Water 2.8 sq mi (7 km2), 0.5
Population
 • (2010) 5,685
 • Density 10/sq mi (4/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .org.atchisoncountywww

Atchison County is the northwestern-most U.S. Senator David Rice Atchison from Missouri.[4]

Contents

  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
    • Major highways 1.2
  • Demographics 2
  • Education 3
    • Public Schools 3.1
    • Private Schools 3.2
  • Politics 4
    • Local 4.1
    • State 4.2
    • Federal 4.3
    • Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008) 4.4
  • Communities 5
    • Cities 5.1
    • Village 5.2
    • Census-designated places 5.3
    • Unincorporated community 5.4
    • Townships 5.5
  • Notable residents 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 550 square miles (1,400 km2), of which 547 square miles (1,420 km2) is land and 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2) (0.5%) is water.[5]

Atchison's western boundary for the most part is the Missouri River and Nebraska. An 1867 flood straightened a bend in the river north of Watson. Both Nebraska and Missouri claimed the 5,000 acre McKissick Island that extends almost two miles into Atchison County. The Supreme Court in 1904 decided that the land belongs to Nebraska. The only way Nebraskans can reach it by road is to cross the Missouri River and then travel through Missouri.[6]

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Demographics

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 6,430 people, 2,722 households, and 1,777 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 3,103 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.00% White, 2.05% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 0.31% from two or more races. Approximately 0.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,722 households out of which 26.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.80% were married couples living together, 6.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.70% were non-families. 31.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.10% under the age of 18, 6.50% from 18 to 24, 24.20% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 21.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 99.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,959, and the median income for a family was $38,279. Males had a median income of $27,468 versus $18,855 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,956. About 9.30% of families and 11.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.70% of those under age 18 and 12.40% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Public Schools

  • Fairfax R-III School District – Fairfax
    • Fairfax Elementary School (PK-06)
    • Fairfax High School (07-12)
  • Rock Port R-II School District – Rock Port
    • Rock Port Elementary School (K-06)
    • Rock Port High School (07-12)
  • Tarkio R-I School District – Tarkio
    • Tarkio Elementary School (PK-06)
    • Tarkio High School (07-12)

Private Schools

  • Tarkso Academy – Tarkio (07-12) – Nonsectarian (All Boys)

Politics

Local

Atchison County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Lori Brown Jones Democratic
Circuit Clerk Lorie Hall Republican
County Clerk Susette M. Taylor Republican
Collector Diane Livengood Republican
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Curtis Livengood Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
David P. Chapin Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Richard C. Burke Democratic
Coroner Shawn Minter, Jr. Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Dan Smith Independent
Public Administrator Teresa Jayne Scott Republican
Recorder Lorie Hall Republican
Sheriff Dennis D. Martin Democratic
Treasurer Debbie True Republican

State

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2012 49.83% 1,319 46.85% 1,240 3.32% 88
2008 45.93% 1,336 50.22% 1,461 3.85% 112
2004 63.65% 1,973 34.90% 1,082 1.45% 45
2000 57.05% 1,610 41.42% 1,169 1.53% 43
1996 37.36% 1,111 61.13% 1,818 1.51% 45
1992 50.70% 1,604 49.30% 1,560 0.00% 0

All of Atchison County is a part of Missouri’s 1st District in the Missouri House of Representatives and is represented by Allen Andrews (R-Grant City).

All of Atchison County is a part of Missouri’s 12th District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Dan Hegeman (R-Cosby).

Federal

All of Atchison County is included in Missouri’s 6th Congressional District and is currently represented by Sam Graves (R-Tarkio) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri’s 6th Congressional District – Atchison County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Sam B. Graves 1,313 73.03
Democratic Bill Hedge 407 22.64
Libertarian Russ Monchil 78 4.34
Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2012 70.21% 1,902 27.91% 756 1.88% 51
2008 65.05% 1,936 33.60% 1,000 1.35% 40
2004 67.71% 2,137 31.84% 1,005 0.44% 14
2000 62.63% 1,798 35.28% 1,013 2.09% 60
1996 44.56% 1,327 42.51% 1,266 12.93% 385
1992 35.64% 1,140 37.76% 1,208 26.60% 851

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)

Atchison County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 281 (37.92%)
Mike Huckabee 189 (25.51%)
Mitt Romney 230 (31.04%)
Ron Paul 25 (3.37%)
Atchison County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Clinton 347 (54.73%)
Barack Obama 262 (41.32%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 15 (2.37%)
Uncommitted 7 (1.10%)

Communities

Cities

Village

Census-designated places

Unincorporated community

Townships

Atchison County is divided into 11 townships:

Notable residents

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Disappearing Missouri Names". The Kansas City Star. March 19, 1911. p. 15. Retrieved August 15, 2014 – via  
  4. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 202. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  6. ^ https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:jxQJS0nNWG4J:www.midlandsurvey.com/Downloads/MS_McKissickIsland_NationalArchive_2010.pdf+&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEEShfS9h3cA9u0GilN1vitrrU5l6JQgYcuzzJeAkLdhNiw1QKXX0mvbusIW0f0GslfY314UOK1NUsWPNzXiw3ASZ2Qp142OVqyy1BaE9SvFdnSnS6KM2M8mgXkeOyyji2sXbfs_l2&sig=AHIEtbRGueCR6Zt2VK4-7Gv4dZA4sN4Glg
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • Digitized 1930 Plat Book of Atchison County from University of Missouri Division of Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books

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