|Ray County, Missouri|
Ray County Courthouse
Location in the state of Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
|Founded||November 16, 1820|
|Named for||John Ray, Missouri state legislator|
574 sq mi (1,487 km²)
569 sq mi (1,474 km²)
5.1 sq mi (13 km²), 0.9%
41/sq mi (16/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Ray County is a county located in the northwestern portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,494. Its county seat is Richmond. The county was organized November 16, 1820 and named for John Ray, a Missouri state legislator and member of the first state Constitutional Convention.
- 1 Geography
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Education
- 4 Politics
- 5 Communities
- 6 Notable residents
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
- Caldwell County (north)
- Carroll County (east)
- Lafayette County (south)
- Jackson County (southwest)
- Clay County (west)
- Clinton County (northwest)
National protected area
- Big Muddy National Fish and Wildlife Refuge (part)
As of the census of 2000, there were 23,354 people, 8,743 households, and 6,539 families residing in the county. The population density was 16/km² (41/mi²). There were 9,371 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (16/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.50% White, 1.46% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.36% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Approximately 1.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 29.6% were of American, 23.3% German, 11.5% English and 10.3% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 8,743 households out of which 35.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.10% were married couples living together, 8.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.20% were non-families. 22.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.07.
In the county the population was spread out with 27.50% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 28.30% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 12.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 100.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $41,886, and the median income for a family was $49,192. Males had a median income of $36,815 versus $21,684 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,685. About 5.30% of families and 6.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.00% of those under age 18 and 7.80% of those age 65 or over.
- Hardin-Central C-2 School District – Hardin
- Hardin-Central Elementary School (PK-06)
- Hardin-Central High School (07-12)
- Lawson R-XIV School District – Lawson
- Southwest Elementary School (PK-04)
- Lawson Middle School (05-08)
- Lawson High School (09-12)
- Orrick R-XI School District – Orrick
- Orrick Elementary School (PK-06)
- Orrick High School (07-12)
- Richmond R-XVI School District – Richmond
- Dear Elementary School (PK-01)
- Sunrise Elementary School (02-05)
- Richmond Middle School (06-08)
- Richmond High School (09-12)
The Democratic Party predominantly controls politics at the local level in Ray County. Democrats hold all but one of the elected positions in the county.
|Ray County, Missouri|
|Elected countywide officials|
|Circuit Clerk||Carolyne Conner||Democratic|
|County Clerk||Glenda Powell||Republican|
|Collector||Margie A. Bowman||Democratic|
|Prosecuting Attorney||Danielle Rogers||Democratic|
|Public Administrator||Kenneth A. Nolker||Democratic|
|2008||35.73% 3,899||61.13% 6,670||3.14% 343|
|2004||47.08% 5,073||51.33% 5,531||1.59% 172|
|2000||41.75% 4,045||55.81% 5,407||2.44% 237|
|1996||28.31% 2,475||69.26% 6,055||2.43% 212|
All of Ray County is a part of Missouri’s 36th District in the Missouri House of Representatives and is currently represented by Bob Nance (R-Chillicothe).
|Missouri House of Representatives - District 36 – Ray County (2010)|
All of Ray County is a part of Missouri’s 21st District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Bill Stouffer (R-Napton).
|Missouri Senate - District 21 – Ray County (2008)|
All of Ray County is included in Missouri’s 4th Congressional District and is currently represented by Vicky Hartzler (R-Harrisonville) in the U.S. House of Representatives.
|U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri’s 4th Congressional District – Ray County (2010)|
|Libertarian||Jason Michael Braun||249||3.29|
|2008||50.60% 5,593||47.42% 5,241||1.98% 219|
|2004||52.59% 5,673||46.66% 5,034||0.75% 81|
|2000||46.34% 4,517||50.99% 4,970||2.67% 260|
|1996||32.82% 2,884||53.65% 4,714||13.53% 1,189|
Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)
- Former U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York) received more votes, a total of 2,150, than any candidate from either party in Ray County during the 2008 presidential primary. She also received more votes individually than the entire number of votes cast in the Republican primary in Ray County.
Template:Missouri Republican primary, 2008 Template:Missouri Democratic primary, 2008
- Crystal Lakes
- Excelsior Springs
- Woods Heights
- Excelsior Estates
- Crooked River
- Fishing River
- Grape Grove
- Forrest Smith, Missouri's 42nd Governor.
- Robert Ford
- Chad Kilgore, football player
- Battle of Crooked River
- Mormon War (1838)
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Ray County, Missouri
- ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/29/29177.html. Retrieved September 12, 2013.
- ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1917). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. pp. 344. http://books.google.com/books?id=RfAuAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA344#v=onepage&q&f=false.
- ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. http://www.census.gov/geo/maps-data/data/docs/gazetteer/counties_list_29.txt. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
- ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/prod/www/decennial.html. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
- ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. http://mapserver.lib.virginia.edu. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
- ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/population/cencounts/mo190090.txt. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
- ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/population/www/cen2000/briefs/phc-t4/tables/tab02.pdf. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
- ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Digitized 1930 Plat Book of Ray County from University of Missouri Division of Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books
|Clinton County||Caldwell County|
|Clay County||Carroll County|
Ray County, Missouri
|Jackson County||Lafayette County|
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