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Dunklin County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Dunklin County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of USA MO
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded February 14, 1845
Named for Daniel Dunklin
Seat Kennett
Largest city Kennett
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

547.11 sq mi (1,417 km²)
545.62 sq mi (1,413 km²)
1.49 sq mi (4 km²), 0.27
 - (2010)
 - Density

26/sq mi (10/km²)
Congressional district 8th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Dunklin County is a county located in the Bootheel of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 31,953.[1] The largest city and county seat is Kennett.[2] The county was officially organized on February 14, 1845,[3] and is named in honor of Daniel Dunklin,[4] a Governor of Missouri who died the year before the county was organized.

Dunklin County comprises the Kennett, MO Micropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 547.11 square miles (1,417.0 km2), of which 545.62 square miles (1,413.1 km2) (or 99.73%) is land and 1.49 square miles (3.9 km2) (or 0.27%) is water.[5] The lowest point in the state of Missouri is located on the St. Francis River in Buffalo Township in Dunklin County, where it flows out of Missouri and into Arkansas.

Adjacent countiesEdit


Major highwaysEdit


Kennett Memorial Airport is a public-use airport in Dunklin County. It is located one nautical mile (1.85 km) southeast of the central business district of Kennett, which owns the airport.[6]


Of adults 25 years of age and older in Dunklin County, 63.7% possesses a high school diploma or higher while 9.1% hold a bachelor's degree or higher as their highest educational attainment.

Public schoolsEdit

Private schoolsEdit

Alternative and vocational schoolsEdit

  • Bootheel State School - Clarkton - (K-12) - A school for handicapped students and/or those with special needs.
  • Diagnostic Center - Kennett - (PK-12) - Special Education
  • Dreamers High School - Kennett - (08-12)
  • Kennett Area Vocational School - Kennett - (09-12) - Vocational/technical


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 1,229
1860 5,026 309.0%
1870 5,982 19.0%
1880 9,604 60.5%
1890 15,085 57.1%
1900 21,706 43.9%
1910 30,328 39.7%
1920 32,773 8.1%
1930 35,799 9.2%
1940 44,957 25.6%
1950 45,329 0.8%
1960 39,139 −13.7%
1970 33,742 −13.8%
1980 36,324 7.7%
1990 33,112 −8.8%
2000 33,155 0.1%
2010 31,953 −3.6%
Est. 2012 31,826 −4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 33,155 people, 13,411 households, and 9,159 families residing in the county. The population density was 61 people per square mile (23/km²). There were 14,682 housing units at an average density of 27 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.64% White, 8.68% Black or African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.03% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. Approximately 2.49% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Among the major first ancestries reported in Dunklin County were 38.8% American, 10.6% Irish, 8.2% German, and 7.5% English, according to Census 2000.

There were 13,411 households, of which 31.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.60% were married couples living together, 13.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.70% were "non-families." Of all households, 28.10% consisted of individuals and 14.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.94.

Of the county's population, 26.00% were under the age of 18, 8.10% were from 18 to 24, 26.00% were from 25 to 44, 23.50% were from 45 to 64, and 16.50% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 89.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,927, and the median income for a family was $38,439. Males had a median income of $27,288 versus $18,142 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,737. About 19.40% of families and 24.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.90% of those under age 18 and 21.30% of those age 65 or over.


According to the Association of Religion Data Archives County Membership Report (2000), Dunklin County is a part of the Bible Belt with evangelical Protestantism being the majority religion. The most predominant denominations among residents in Dunklin County who adhere to a religion are Southern Baptists (64.11%), Methodists (8.66%), and Churches of Christ (6.74%).

Media & Print PublicationsEdit

AM1470 KMAL Malden, MO

AM1540 KBOA Kennett, MO

FM 89.9 KAUF Kennett, MO

FM 92.9 KLSC Malden, MO

LPFM 102.5 KCJS Kennett, MO

FM 104.3 KXOQ Kennett, MO

FM 105.5 KBOA-FM Piggott, AR-Kennett, MO

FM106.5 KTMO New Madrid, MO-Kennett, MO

FM 107.5 KFEB Campbell, MO

Campbell Courier, Newspaper, Campbell, Missouri

Daily Dunklin Democrat, Newspaper, Kennett Missouri

Delta News Citizen, Newspaper, Malden Missouri

There are no television stations in Dunklin County, Missouri. Dunklin County, Missouri is placed in the Paducah, KY, Cape Girardeau, MO, & Harrisburg, Illinois Television Market. Those stations include: ABC- WSIL 3 NBC- WPSD 6 CBS- KFVS 12 FOX- KBSI 23 PBS- WSIU 8 & WKPD 29 MYTV- WDKA 49

However some residents in the south end of the county watch stations from the Memphis, TN and Jonesboro, AR Television Markets.

Cities and towns Edit

Notable peopleEdit

Politics Edit


The Democratic Party completely controls politics at the local level in Dunklin County. Democrats hold all of the elected positions in the county.

Dunklin County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Karen Vandiver Democratic
Circuit Clerk Paula Gargus Democratic
County Clerk Carol Hinesly Democratic
Collector Kathy Rasberry Democratic
Don Collins Democratic
(District 1)
Jeanie Herbst Democratic
(District 2)
Patrick McHaney Democratic
Coroner Jack Adkins Democratic
Prosecuting Attorney Stephen P. Sokoloff Democratic
Public Administrator Shawnee L. Trowbridge Democratic
Recorder Susan Luce Democratic
Sheriff Bob Holder Democratic
Treasurer Kathy Rasberry Democratic


Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2012 43.55% 4,560 54.03% 5,657 2.43% 254
2008 41.65% 4,792 56.13% 6,458 2.22% 255
2004 52.46% 6,015 46.25% 5,302 1.29% 148
2000 42.70% 4,471 56.11% 5,875 1.19% 125
1996 31.51% 3,232 66.86% 6,858 1.63% 167
1992 39.36% 4,309 60.64% 6,640 0.00% 0
1988 58.16% 5,822 41.74% 4,178 0.10% 10
1984 51.01% 5,407 48.99% 5,193 0.00% 0
1980 46.29% 5,203 53.62% 6,026 0.09% 10
1976 40.86% 4,131 59.08% 5,974 0.06% 6
1972 49.07% 4,239 50.85% 4,393 0.09% 7
1968 25.16% 2,879 74.84% 8,566 0.00% 0
1964 24.32% 2,804 75.68% 8,724 0.00% 0
1960 30.71% 3,938 69.29% 8,884 0.00% 0

In the Missouri House of Representatives, Dunklin County is divided into two legislative districts, both of which are represented by Republicans.

  • District 152 – Consists of the northern portion of the county and takes in the entire city of Malden. Todd Richardson, a Republican from Poplar Bluff, was reelected in 2012 to his second term in the Missouri House in the newly redrawn district.

In the Missouri Senate, all of Dunklin County is a part of Missouri’s 25th District and is currently represented by Republican Doug Libla of Dexter. Libla defeated former Democratic State Representative Terry Swinger of Caruthersville in 2012 to be elected to his first term in the Missouri Senate to succeed fellow Republican Rob Mayer of Dexter. Mayer successfully served two terms/eight years in the Missouri Senate and was ineligible to seek a third term due to term limits.


Missouri's two U.S. Senators are Democrat Claire McCaskill of Kirkwood and Republican Roy Blunt of Strafford.

McCaskill was reelected to her second term in 2012 with 54.81 percent of the statewide vote over former Republican U.S. Representative W. Todd Akin of Town & Country and Libertarian Jonathan Dine of Riverside; Dunklin County gave McCaskill just over 50 and a half percent of the vote.

U.S. Senate - Class I – Dunklin County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Claire McCaskill 5,347 50.69
Republican W. Todd Akin 4,806 45.56
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 395 3.74

Blunt was elected to his first term in 2010 with 54.23 percent of the statewide vote over former Democratic Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, Libertarian Jonathan Dine of Riverside, and Constitutionalist Jerry Beck of Novelty; Dunklin County voters backed Blunt with just under 62 and a half percent of the vote.

U.S. Senate - Class III – Dunklin County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Roy Blunt 4,306 62.48
Democratic Robin Carnahan 2,363 34.29
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 121 1.76
Constitution Jerry Beck 102 1.48

All of Dunklin County is included in Missouri's 8th Congressional District and is currently represented by Republican Jason T. Smith of Salem in the U.S. House of Representatives. Smith won a special election on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, to complete the remaining term of former Republican U.S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson of Cape Girardeau. Emerson announced her resignation a month after being reelected with over 70 percent of the vote in the district. She resigned to become CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative.

U.S. House of Representatives - District 8 – Dunklin County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jo Ann Emerson 7,416 70.66 +4.06
Democratic Jack Rushin 2,884 27.48 -3.34
Libertarian Rick Vandeven 196 1.87 +0.87
U.S. House of Representatives - District 8 - Special Election – Dunklin County (2013)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jason T. Smith 1,407 67.22
Democratic Steve Hodges 618 29.53
Constitution Doug Enyart 37 1.77
Libertarian Bill Slantz 30 1.43
Write-in Thomas Brown 1 0.05

Political cultureEdit

Past presidential elections results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2012 64.31% 6,850 34.14% 3,636 1.55% 165
2008 59.88% 7,044 38.59% 4,540 1.53% 180
2004 57.55% 6,720 41.97% 4,901 0.48% 56
2000 51.55% 5,426 47.00% 4,947 1.45% 152
1996 37.02% 3,766 53.36% 5,428 9.62% 979
1992 35.06% 4,024 54.68% 6,277 10.16% 1,166
1988 48.70% 5,026 51.17% 5,281 0.13% 13
1984 55.09% 6,092 44.91% 4,967 0.00% 0
1980 45.56% 5,253 53.08% 6,120 1.36% 157
1976 31.73% 3,314 68.06% 7,107 0.21% 22
1972 68.10% 5,926 31.90% 2,776 0.00% 0
1968 35.40% 4,366 41.06% 5,063 23.54% 2,903
1964 29.04% 3,465 70.96% 8,467 0.00% 0
1960 50.53% 6,708 49.47% 6,568 0.00% 0

Historically, Dunklin County has tended to support Democrats at the presidential level. A predominantly rural county in the heavily impoverished Bootheel with a fairly substantial African American population, Democrats at all levels have historically performed quite well in Dunklin County. Bill Clinton of neighboring Arkansas was the last Democratic presidential nominee to carry the county in 1996; since then, Dunklin County has, like virtually all counties throughout the state, experienced a rapid trend rightward, as Republicans have been surging at the presidential level. Voters in Dunklin County still maintain their historically Democratic roots as Democrats hold all the local elected offices in the county, and statewide elections are much more competitive and still have a tendency to lean Democratic. Case in point: Incumbent U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, carried Dunklin County by approximately five percentage points in her reelection bid for U.S. Senate in 2012 at the same time as former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney, a Republican, trounced incumbent President Barack Obama by 30 points in the county.

Like most rural areas throughout Missouri, voters in Dunklin County generally adhere to socially and culturally conservative principles but are more moderate or populist on economic issues, typical of the Dixiecrat philosophy. In 2004, Missourians voted on a constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman—it overwhelmingly passed Dunklin County with 87.57 percent of the vote. The initiative passed the state with 71 percent of support from voters as Missouri became the first state to ban same-sex marriage. In 2006, Missourians voted on a constitutional amendment to fund and legalize embryonic stem cell research in the state—it failed in Dunklin County with 53.70 percent voting against the measure. The initiative narrowly passed the state with 51 percent of support from voters as Missouri became one of the first states in the nation to approve embryonic stem cell research. Despite Dunklin County’s longstanding tradition of supporting socially conservative platforms, voters in the county have a penchant for advancing populist causes like increasing the minimum wage. In 2006, Missourians voted on a proposition (Proposition B) to increase the minimum wage in the state to $6.50 an hour—it passed Dunklin County with 79.42 percent of the vote. The proposition strongly passed every single county in Missouri with 78.99 percent voting in favor as the minimum wage was increased to $6.50 an hour in the state. During the same election, voters in five other states also strongly approved increases in the minimum wage.

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)Edit

In the 2008 Missouri Presidential Preference Primary, voters in Dunklin County from both political parties supported candidates who finished in second place in the state at large and nationally.

  • Former U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-New York) received more votes, a total of 2,587, than any candidate from either party in Dunklin County during the 2008 Missouri Presidential Preference Primary. She also received more votes altogether than the total number of votes cast in the entire Republican Primary in Dunklin County. Dunklin County provided Clinton with her largest margin of victory of any county in Missouri.

Template:Missouri Republican primary, 2008 Template:Missouri Democratic primary, 2008

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. pp. 165. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off.. pp. 110. 
  5. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  6. ^ FAA Airport Master Record for TKX (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective 11 February 2010.
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 36°16′N 90°05′W / 36.27, -90.09

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