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Newton County, Missouri
NewtonCoMoCourthouse
Newton County Courthouse
Map of Missouri highlighting Newton County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of USA MO
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded December 15, 1838
Seat Neosho
Largest city Neosho
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

624.77 sq mi (1,618 km²)
626.42 sq mi (1,622 km²)
0.24 sq mi (1 km²), 0.04%
PopulationEst.
 - (2012)
 - Density

59,069
84/sq mi (32.41/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.newtoncountymo.com/

Newton County is a county located in Southwest Missouri in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 58,114.[1] Its county seat is Neosho.[2] The county was organized in 1838 and is named in honor of John Newton, a hero who fought in the Revolutionary War.[3]

Newton County is part of the Joplin, MO Metropolitan Statistical Area.

GeographyEdit

NeoshoCourthouse

View of the Newton County Courthouse

According to the 2010 census, the county has a total area of 624.77 square miles (1,618.1 km2), of which 626.42 square miles (1,622.4 km2) (or 99.96%) is land and 0.24 square miles (0.62 km2) (or 0.04%) is water.[4]

Adjacent countiesEdit

Communities Edit

Cities Edit

Villages Edit

Other localities Edit

Townships Edit

  • Neosho (pop. 18,039)
  • Shoal Creek (pop. 12,829)
  • Granby (pop. 4,595)
  • Five Mile (pop. 4,073)
  • Marion (pop. 3,787)
  • Seneca (pop. 3,474)
  • West Benton (pop. 2,547)
  • Buffalo (pop. 2,149)
  • Franklin (pop. 1,795)
  • Dayton (pop. 1,605)
  • Van Buren (pop. 1,374)
  • Newtonia (pop. 788)
  • Benton (pop. 681)
  • Berwick (pop. 378)

WaterEdit

LakesEdit

Total lake area: 2,573 acres (10.4 km2)

  • Newtonia Lake
  • Thurman Lake

Rivers & creeksEdit

Total river area: 361 acres (1.5 km2); length: 70 miles (110 km)

  • Baynham Branch
  • Buffalo Creek
  • Center Creek
  • Clear Creek
  • Dry Valley Branch
  • Elm Spring Creek
  • Five Mile Creek
  • Harrison Creek
  • Hickory Creek
  • Clear Creek
  • Indian Creek
  • Shoal Creek
  • Jacobs Creek
  • Lost Creek
  • Mason Spring Creek
  • Middle Creek
  • Rock Creek
  • Silver Creek
  • Warren Creek
  • Willow Creek

Major highwaysEdit

National protected areaEdit

DemographicsEdit

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 8,790
1850 4,268 −51.4%
1860 9,319 118.3%
1870 12,821 37.6%
1880 18,947 47.8%
1890 22,108 16.7%
1900 27,001 22.1%
1910 27,136 0.5%
1920 24,886 −8.3%
1930 26,959 8.3%
1940 29,039 7.7%
1950 28,240 −2.8%
1960 30,093 6.6%
1970 32,901 9.3%
1980 40,555 23.3%
1990 44,445 9.6%
2000 52,636 18.4%
2010 58,114 10.4%
Est. 2013 58,845 11.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2013 Estimate[1]

As of the census of 2000, there were 52,636 people, 20,140 households, and 14,742 families residing in the county. The population density was 84 people per square mile (33.75/km²). There were 21,897 housing units at an average density of 35 per square mile (14/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.26% White, 0.59% Black or African American, 2.23% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.28% Pacific Islander, 1.12% from other races, and 2.20% from two or more races. 2.18% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 20,140 households out of which 33.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.50% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.80% were non-families. 22.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 27.10% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 14.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 95.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,041, and the median income for a family was $40,616. Males had a median income of $30,057 versus $21,380 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,502. About 8.10% of families and 11.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.20% of those under age 18 and 9.50% of those age 65 or over.

EducationEdit

Public schoolsEdit

  • Neosho R-V School DistrictNeosho
    • Field Early Childhood Center (PK)
    • Benton Elementary School (K–04)
    • Central Elementary School (K–04)
    • George Washington Carver Elementary School (K–04)
    • Goodman Elementary School (K–04)
    • South Elementary School (K–04)
    • Westview Elementary School (K–04)
    • Neosho Middle School (05–07)
    • Neosho Junior High School (08)
    • Neosho High School (09–12)

Private schoolsEdit

Post secondaryEdit

PoliticsEdit

LocalEdit

The Republican Party completely controls politics at the local level in Newton County. Republicans hold every elected position in the county.

Newton County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Gloria Gourley Republican
Circuit Clerk Patty Krueger Republican
County Clerk Kay Baum Republican
Collector James Otey Republican
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Marilyn Ruestman Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Jerry Black Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Jack Sanders Republican
Coroner Mark Bridges Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Jacob Skouby Republican
Public Administrator Diane Dodson Republican
Recorder Lenora Hyder Republican
Sheriff Ken Copeland Republican
Surveyor James Loncarich Republican
Treasurer Gina Rodriguez Republican

StateEdit

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 61.85% 15,570 36.29% 9,134 1.86% 468
2004 75.23% 17,935 23.75% 5,662 1.02% 242
2000 66.05% 13,917 32.18% 6,780 1.77% 373
1996 58.15% 10,445 39.60% 7,114 2.25% 404

Newton County is divided into three districts in the Missouri House of Representatives, all of which are held by Republicans.

  • District 129 – Bill White (R-Joplin) Consists of the villages of Cliff Village, Dennis Acres, Grand Falls Plaza, Leawood, and Shoal Creek Drive.
Missouri House of Representatives - District 129 - Newton County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bill White 1,925 78.28
Democratic Jim West 534 21.72
  • District 130 – Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho) Consists of the cities of Neosho and Seneca.
Missouri House of Representatives - District 130 - Newton County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bill Reiboldt 7,077 100.00
  • District 131 – Bill Lant (R-Joplin) Consists of the cities of Diamond, Fairview, and Granby, and the villages of Loma Linda, Newtonia, Redings Mill, Ritchey, Saginaw, Shoal Creek Estates, Silver Creek, Stark City, Stella, and Wentworth.
Missouri House of Representatives - District 131 - Newton County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bill Lant 6,441 100.00

All of Newton County is a part of Missouri’s 32nd District in the Missouri Senate and is represented by Ron Richard (R-Joplin).

Missouri Senate - District 32 - Newton County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Ron Richard 15,467 100.00

FederalEdit

All of Newton County is included in Missouri's 7th Congressional District and is represented by Billy Long (R-Springfield) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. House of Representatives - District 7 - Newton County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Billy Long 13,125 73.30
Democratic Scott Eckersley 4,177 23.33
Libertarian Kevin Craig 604 3.37
Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 69.42% 17,637 29.32% 7,450 1.25% 319
2004 71.95% 17,187 27.48% 6,564 0.58% 138
2000 67.25% 14,232 30.46% 6,447 2.29% 483
1996 55.56% 10,067 32.29% 5,840 12.04% 2,178


See alsoEdit

References Edit

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 36°55′N 94°20′W / 36.91, -94.33


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