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Saline County, Missouri
Marshall-mo-ch.jpg
Saline County Courthouse in Marshall
Map of Missouri highlighting Saline County
Location in the U.S. state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
FoundedNovember 25, 1820
Named forThe salt springs in the region
Seat Marshall
Largest cityMarshall
Area
 • Total767 sq mi (1,987 km2)
 • Land756 sq mi (1,958 km2)
 • Water11 sq mi (28 km2), 1.5%
Population (est.)
 • ( 2015)23,258
 • Density31/sq mi (12/km2)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Central: UTC−6/ −5
Website www.salinecountymo.org

Saline County is a county located along the Missouri River in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,370. [1] Its county seat is Marshall. [2] The county was established November 25, 1820, and named for the region's salt springs.

Settled primarily by migrants from the Upper South during the nineteenth century, this county was in the region bordering the Missouri River known as " Little Dixie". In the antebellum years it had plantations supported by enslaved workers. One-third of the county population was African American at the start of the American Civil War, but their proportion of the residents has declined dramatically to little more than five percent.

Saline County comprises the Marshall, MO Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Historically Saline County was occupied for thousands of years by succeeding cultures of Missouri Native Americans. Saline County was organized by European-American settlers on November 25, 1820, and was named from the salinity of the springs found in the region. [3] After periods of conflict as settlers competed for resources and encroached on their territory, the local Native Americans, including the Osage nation, were forced by the US to relocate to reservations in Indian Territory, first in Kansas and then in Oklahoma.

Saline County was among several along the Missouri River that were settled primarily by migrants from the Upper South states of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. The settlers quickly started cultivating crops similar to those in Middle Tennessee and Kentucky: hemp and tobacco; they had brought slave workers with them to central Missouri, or purchased them from slave traders. These counties settled by southerners became known as " Little Dixie." By the time of the Civil War, one-third of the county population was African American; most of them were enslaved laborers on major plantations, particularly for labor-intensive tobacco cultivation. In 1847 the state legislature had prohibited any African Americans from being educated.

After the war, freedmen and other residents had a hunger for education. The state's new constitution established public education for all citizens for the first time. [4] It was segregated, in keeping with local custom. Each township with 20 or more African-American students were supposed to establish a school for them, but rural areas lagged in the number of schools and jurisdictions underfunded those for blacks. By the early 20th century, Saline County had eighteen schools for black students. [5] The remaining black schools from the Jim Crow era have been studied by the State Historic Preservation Office and many are being nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 767 square miles (1,990 km2), of which 756 square miles (1,960 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28 km2) (1.5%) is water. [6] It is located along the Missouri River.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

National protected area

Demographics

The largely rural county reached its peak of population in 1930, and has mostly declined since then. Mechanization of farms meant that fewer workers were needed. African Americans moved to cities for work and better social conditions.

Historical population
Census Pop.
18302,873
18405,25883.0%
18508,84368.2%
186014,69966.2%
187021,67247.4%
188029,91138.0%
189033,76212.9%
190033,703−0.2%
191029,448−12.6%
192028,817−2.1%
193030,5986.2%
194029,416−3.9%
195026,694−9.3%
196025,148−5.8%
197024,633−2.0%
198024,9191.2%
199023,523−5.6%
200023,7561.0%
201023,370−1.6%
Est. 201622,980 [7]−1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census [8]
1790-1960 [9] 1900-1990 [10]
1990-2000 [11] 2010-2015 [1]

At the 2000 census, [12] there were 23,756 people, 9,015 households and 6,013 families residing in the county. The population density was 31 per square mile (12/km²). There were 10,019 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.03% White, 5.39% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.21% Pacific Islander, 2.09% from other races, and 1.62% from two or more races. Approximately 4.42% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.7% were of German, 18.2% American, 9.8% English and 9.3% Irish ancestry.

There were 9,015 households of which 30.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.90% were married couples living together, 10.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.30% were non-families. 28.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.97.

In Age distribution was 24.30% under the age of 18, 12.00% from 18 to 24, 25.20% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 16.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.70 males.

The median household income was $32,743, and the median family income was $39,234. Males had a median income of $27,180 versus $19,431 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,132. About 10.50% of families and 13.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.90% of those under age 18 and 8.60% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Public schools

Private schools

Post-secondary

Public libraries

  • Marshall Public Library [13]
  • Slater Public Library [14]
  • Sweet Springs Public Library [15]

Politics

Local

The Democratic Party predominantly controls politics at the local level in Saline County. Democrats hold all but four of the elected positions in the county.

Saline County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Margaret Pond Democratic
Circuit Clerk Sharon D. Crawford Democratic
County Clerk Debbie Russell Democratic
Collector Cindi A. Sims Republican
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Kile Guthrey Democratic
Commissioner
(District 1)
Charles Guthrie Democratic
Commissioner
(District 2)
Monte Fenner Democratic
Coroner William “Willie” Harlow Democratic
Prosecuting Attorney Donald G. Stouffer Democratic
Public Administrator Paula J. Barr Democratic
Recorder Jamie Nichols Democratic
Sheriff Cindy Mullins Democratic
Surveyor Robert Robinson Independent
Treasurer Marty Smith Republican

State

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 53.01% 4,901 43.30% 4,004 3.69% 341
2012 38.46% 3,489 58.15% 5,275 3.38% 307
2008 32.80% 3,195 56.87% 5,540 10.34% 1,007
2004 47.46% 4,691 51.30% 5,071 1.24% 123
2000 42.23% 3,945 56.14% 5,245 1.63% 152
1996 26.11% 2,315 71.45% 6,334 2.44% 216

Saline County is divided into two legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives, both represented by Republicans.

  • District 48 — Dave Muntzel (R- Boonville). Consists of the communities of Arrow Rock, Gilliam, Miami, Nelson, and Slater.
Missouri House of Representatives — District 48 — Saline County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Dave Muntzel 1,588 76.02% -23.98
Independent Debra Dilks 501 23.98% +23.98
Missouri House of Representatives — District 48 — Saline County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Dave Muntzel 1,021 100.00% +52.21
Missouri House of Representatives — District 48 — Saline County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Dave Muntzel 1,036 47.79%
Democratic Ron Monnig 1,132 52.21%
  • District 51 — Dean Dohrman (R- La Monte). Consists of the communities of Blackburn, Emma, Grand Pass, Malta Bend, Marshall, Mt. Leonard, and Sweet Springs.
Missouri House of Representatives — District 51 — Saline County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Dean Dohrman 4,590 67.64% +12.69
Democratic John Cozort 2,196 32.36% -7.87
Missouri House of Representatives — District 51 — Saline County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Dean Dohrman 2,154 54.95% +10.44
Democratic Gary L. Grigsby 1,577 40.23% -12.07
Libertarian Bill Wayne 189 4.82% +1.63
Missouri House of Representatives — District 51 — Saline County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Dean Dohrman 2,913 44.51%
Democratic Gary L. Grigsby 3,423 52.30%
Libertarian Bill Wayne 209 3.19%

All of Saline County is a part of Missouri’s 21st District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Denny Hoskins (R- Warrensburg).

Missouri Senate — District 21 — Saline County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Denny Hoskins 5,564 62.57% +6.35
Democratic ElGene Ver Dught 2,758 31.02% -7.91
Libertarian Bill Wayne 570 6.41% +1.56
Missouri Senate — District 21 — Saline County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican David Pearce 4,911 56.22%
Democratic ElGene Ver Dught 3,401 38.93%
Libertarian Steven Hedrick 424 4.85%

Federal

U.S. Senate — Missouri — Saline County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Roy Blunt 4,613 49.92% +15.29
Democratic Jason Kander 4,061 43.94% -13.13
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 295 3.19% -5.11
Green Johnathan McFarland 142 1.54% +1.54
Constitution Fred Ryman 130 1.41% +1.41
U.S. Senate — Missouri — Saline County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Todd Akin 3,121 34.63%
Democratic Claire McCaskill 5,143 57.07%
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 748 8.30%

All of Saline County is included in Missouri’s 5th Congressional District, which is represented by Emanuel Cleaver (D- Kansas City) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri’s 5th Congressional District — Saline County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Emanuel Cleaver II 3,824 41.83% +4.69
Republican Jacob Turk 4,967 54.34% -4.85
Libertarian Roy Welborn 350 3.83% +0.16
U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri's 5th Congressional District — Saline County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Emanuel Cleaver II 1,942 37.14% -12.50
Republican Jacob Turk 3,095 59.19% +12.42
Libertarian Roy Welborn 192 3.67% +0.08
U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri's 5th Congressional District — Saline County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Emanuel Cleaver II 4,439 49.64%
Republican Jacob Turk 4,183 46.77%
Libertarian Randy Langkraehr 321 3.59%

Political culture

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results [16]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 64.5% 5,977 30.1% 2,789 5.5% 508
2012 56.0% 5,104 41.6% 3,790 2.4% 214
2008 50.4% 4,962 47.9% 4,712 1.8% 174
2004 54.2% 5,389 45.1% 4,479 0.7% 71
2000 48.9% 4,572 49.0% 4,585 2.1% 198
1996 33.1% 2,931 53.8% 4,765 13.1% 1,158
1992 26.4% 2,688 45.7% 4,643 27.9% 2,835
1988 47.7% 4,625 52.0% 5,039 0.3% 32
1984 58.5% 6,042 41.5% 4,281
1980 49.3% 5,218 46.7% 4,943 3.9% 415
1976 45.0% 4,883 54.3% 5,890 0.7% 72
1972 65.8% 6,641 34.3% 3,460
1968 46.8% 4,698 46.2% 4,646 7.0% 704
1964 33.2% 3,635 66.8% 7,308
1960 50.5% 6,085 49.5% 5,969
1956 50.6% 5,970 49.5% 5,841
1952 52.2% 6,926 47.6% 6,318 0.2% 27
1948 40.1% 4,822 59.7% 7,185 0.2% 22
1944 47.2% 6,022 52.7% 6,715 0.1% 16
1940 47.8% 7,336 52.0% 7,988 0.2% 28
1936 41.3% 6,108 58.4% 8,622 0.3% 46
1932 30.9% 3,783 68.5% 8,389 0.6% 73
1928 52.0% 6,780 47.9% 6,251 0.1% 13
1924 41.2% 4,990 54.1% 6,564 4.7% 571
1920 43.8% 5,613 55.5% 7,114 0.7% 85
1916 39.2% 2,966 59.5% 4,503 1.3% 95
1912 20.9% 1,443 57.0% 3,929 22.1% 1,520
1908 40.7% 2,926 58.3% 4,189 1.0% 69
1904 42.1% 2,805 55.7% 3,710 2.3% 151
1900 35.9% 2,814 62.5% 4,901 1.5% 121
1896 34.9% 3,050 64.2% 5,615 1.0% 87
1892 33.3% 2,622 58.0% 4,565 8.7% 685
1888 36.7% 2,684 59.9% 4,386 3.5% 253

Missouri presidential preference primary (2008)

Saline County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain617 (38.30%)
Mike Huckabee518 (32.15%)
Mitt Romney392 (24.33%)
Ron Paul51 (3.17%)
Saline County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Clinton1,787 (57.46%)
Barack Obama1,177 (37.85%)
John Edwards (withdrawn)111 (3.57%)

Former U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D- New York) received more votes, a total of 1,787, than any candidate from either party in Saline County during the 2008 presidential primary. She also received more votes individually than the entire number of votes cast in the Republican Primary in Saline County.

Communities

Cities

Villages

Unincorporated communities

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1918). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 361.
  4. ^ Robert Brigham, The Education of the Negro in Missouri, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Missouri- Columbia, 1946, p. 83
  5. ^ Rural and Small Town Schools in Missouri, Dept. of Natural Resources, State Historic Preservation Officer, 2002, p. 10, accessed 15 March 2015
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  13. ^ Breeding, Marshall. "Marshall Public Library". Libraries.org. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  14. ^ Breeding, Marshall. "Slater Public Library". Libraries.org. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  15. ^ Breeding, Marshall. "Sweet Springs Public Library". Libraries.org. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  16. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-03-26.

Further reading

  • Napton, William Barclay. Past and Present of Saline County Missouri. (1910) full text

External links


SALINE COUNTY MISSOURI Latitude and Longitude:

39°08′N 93°12′W / 39.14°N 93.20°W / 39.14; -93.20