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Greene County, Missouri

Greene County, Missouri
Historic Greene County Courthouse
Map of Missouri highlighting Greene County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded January 2, 1833
Named for Nathanael Greene
Seat Springfield
Largest city Springfield
Area
 • Total 678 sq mi (1,756 km2)
 • Land 675 sq mi (1,748 km2)
 • Water 2.6 sq mi (7 km2), 0.4%
Population
 • (2010) 275,174
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .org.greenecountymowww

Greene County is a American Revolutionary War General Nathanael Greene.[3]

Greene County is included in the Springfield, MO Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Contents

  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
    • National protected area 1.2
  • Demographics 2
  • Emergency services 3
  • Politics 4
    • Local 4.1
    • State 4.2
    • Federal 4.3
      • Political culture 4.3.1
    • Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008) 4.4
  • Education 5
    • Public schools 5.1
    • Private schools 5.2
    • Alternative/other schools 5.3
    • Colleges and universities 5.4
  • Transportation 6
    • Major highways 6.1
    • Airports 6.2
  • Communities 7
  • Notable residents 8
  • See also 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 678 square miles (1,760 km2), of which 675 square miles (1,750 km2) is land and 2.6 square miles (6.7 km2) (0.4%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 240,391 people, 97,859 households, and 61,846 families residing in the county. The population density was 356 people per square mile (138/km²). There were 104,517 housing units at an average density of 155 per square mile (60/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.54% White, 2.26% Black or African American, 0.66% Native American, 1.13% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.67% from other races, and 1.68% from two or more races. Approximately 1.84% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 97,859 households out of which 28.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.00% were married couples living together, 9.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.80% were non-families. 29.10% 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 2.34 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.30% under the age of 18, 13.80% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 21.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $44,185, and the median income for a family was $56,047. Males had a median income of $30,672 versus $21,987 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,770. About 7.60% of families and 12.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.60% of those under age 18 and 7.50% of those age 65 or over.

There are 190,417 registered voters in Greene County.[11]

Emergency services

Republic and Springfield have city fire departments. Additionally, the county is served by the following fire districts:

  • Ash Grove
  • Battlefield
  • Billings
  • Brookline
  • Ebenezer
  • Fair Grove
  • Logan-Rogersville
  • Pleasant View[12]
  • Strafford
  • Walnut Grove
  • West Republic
  • Willard

Politics

Local

The Republican Party predominantly controls politics at the local level in Greene County. Republicans hold all but one of the elected positions in the county.

Greene County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Rick Kessinger Republican
Circuit Clerk Tom Barr Republican
County Clerk Shane Schoeller Republican
Collector Leah Betts Republican
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Bob Cirtin Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Harold Bengsch Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Roseann Bentley Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson Republican
Public Administrator David Yancey Republican
Recorder Cheryl Dawson Republican
Sheriff Jim Arnott Republican
Treasurer Justin Hill Republican

State

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 42.84% 57,565 54.45% 73,164 2.71% 3,641
2004 61.45% 76,645 37.25% 46,470 1.30% 1,621
2000 53.57% 54,770 44.61% 45,612 1.82% 1,861
1996 51.63% 49,991 45.08% 43,646 3.29% 3,189

Greene County is divided into eight legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives; seven of which are held by Republicans and one Democratic seat.

  • District 134 Mike Kelley (R-Battlefield). Consists of all of the communities of Ash Grove, Battlefield, Brookline, Republic, and a very small sliver of the city of Springfield.
Missouri House of Representatives - District 134 - Greene County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mike Kelley 13,928 100.00
  • District 135 Charlie Denison (R-Springfield). The district is based entirely in the city of Springfield.
Missouri House of Representatives - District 135 - Greene County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Charlie Denison 13,317 100.00
  • District 136 Eric Burlison (R-Springfield). The district is based entirely in the city of Springfield.
Missouri House of Representatives - District 136 - Greene County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Eric Burlison 8,381 71.31
Democratic Devon Cheek 3,372 29.69
  • District 137 Melissa Leach (R-Springfield). The district is based entirely in the city of Springfield.
Missouri House of Representatives - District 137 - Greene County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Melissa Leach 3,086 52.50
Democratic Charlie Norr* 2,792 47.50
  • District 138 Sara Lampe (D-Springfield). The district is based entirely in the city of Springfield.
Missouri House of Representatives - District 138 - Greene County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Sara Lampe 4,704 47.83
Republican John Sellars 4,604 46.82
Independent Steven L. Reed 526 5.35
  • District 139 Shane Schoeller (R-Willard). Consists of all of the communities of Fair Grove, Walnut Grove, and Willard, and approximately a tenth of the city of Springfield.
Missouri House of Representatives - District 139 - Greene County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Shane Schoeller 12,134 100.00
  • District 140 Lincoln Hough (R-Springfield). Consists of most of the community of Strafford and approximately a fifth of the city of Springfield.
Missouri House of Representatives - District 140 - Greene County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Lincoln Hough 9,030 70.68
Democratic Dan Boyts 3,313 25.93
Libertarian Teddy Fleck 433 3.39
  • District 145 Lyndall Fraker (R-Marshfield). Consists of all of the community of Rogersville and some of Strafford.
Missouri House of Representatives - District 145 - Greene County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Lyndall Fraker 1,084 100.00

Greene County is also divided into two districts in the Missouri Senate, both of which represented by Republicans.

Missouri Senate - District 20 - Greene County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jay Wasson 26,332 75.89
Democratic Terry Traw 8,365 24.21
Missouri Senate - District 30 - Greene County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bob Dixon 33,715 64.85
Democratic Michael Hoeman 18,272 35.15

Federal

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

U.S. House of Representatives - District 7 - Greene County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Billy Long 49,157 56.12
Democratic Scott Eckersley 32,336 36.91
Libertarian Kevin Craig 6,098 6.96
U.S. Senate - Missouri - Greene County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Roy Blunt 54,270 65,88
Democratic Robin Carnahan 28,107 34.12
[13]

Political culture

Past presidential elections results
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2012 60.83% 76,900 36.56% 46,219 1.87% 2,362
2008 57.06% 77,683 41.26% 56,181 1.68% 2,283
2004 62.18% 77,885 37.25% 46,657 0.58% 724
2000 57.50% 59,178 39.92% 41,091 2.58% 2,657
1996 49.60% 48,193 40.45% 39,300 9.95% 9,671

Like most counties situated in Southwest Missouri, Greene County is a Republican stronghold in presidential elections. Although the county contains the urban Springfield and Missouri State University, the county is located in the heart of the Bible Belt where voters tend to be very socially conservative and therefore more amenable to voting Republican. 2000 and 2004 by almost two-to-one margins, and like many other counties throughout the Bible Belt in Southwest Missouri, Greene County favored John McCain over Barack Obama in 2008. The last Democratic presidential nominee to win Greene County was Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964.

Like most areas throughout the Bible Belt in Southwest Missouri, voters in Greene County traditionally adhere to socially and culturally conservative principles which tend to strongly influence their Republican leanings. In 2004, Missourians voted on a constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman—it passed Greene County with 72.04 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 narrowly failed in Greene County with 51.62 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 Greene 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 Greene County with 74.41 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)

Voters in Greene County from both political parties supported candidates who finished in second place in the state at large and nationally.

  • Although a conservative/Republican stronghold, former U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-New York) still received more votes, a total of 18,322, than any candidate from either party in Greene County during the 2008 presidential primary.
Greene County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 9,979 (27.09%)
Mike Huckabee 15,645 (42.48%)
Mitt Romney 9,271 (25.17%)
Ron Paul 1,552 (4.21%)
Greene County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Clinton 18,322 (54.94%)
Barack Obama 14,263 (42.77%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 613 (1.84%)

Education

Public schools

  • Ash Grove R-IV School District - Ash Grove
    • Ash Grove Elementary School - (PK-06)
    • Bois D'Arc Elementary School - (K-06) - Bois D'Arc
    • Ash Grove High School - (07-12)
  • Fair Grove R-X School District - Fair Grove
    • Fair Grove Elementary School - (K-04)
    • Fair Grove Middle School - (05-08)
    • Fair Grove High School - (09-12)
  • Logan-Rogersville R-VIII School District - Rogersville
    • Logan-Rogersville Primary School - (K-01)
    • Logan-Rogersville Upper Elementary School - (02-05)
    • Logan-Rogersville Middle School - (06-08)
    • Logan-Rogersville High School (09-12)
  • Republic R-III School District - Republic
    • Republic Kindergarten School - (K)
    • Republic Elementary School I - (01-02)
    • Republic Elementary School II - (03-04)
    • Republic Elementary School III - (05-06)
    • Republic Middle School - (07-08)
    • Republic High School - (09-12)
  • Springfield R-XII School District - Springfield
    • Shady Dell Early Childhood Center - (PK) - Springfield
    • York Elementary School - (PK-05) - Springfield
    • Williams Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Wilder Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Westport Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Weller Elementary School - (PK-05) - Springfield
    • Weaver Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Watkins Elementary School - (PK-05) - Springfield
    • Truman Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Sunshine Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Sherwood Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Sequiota Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Rountree Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Robberson Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Portland Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Pleasant View Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Pittman Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Pershing Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • McGregor Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • McBride Elementary School - (K-04) - Springfield
    • Mark Twain Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Walt Disney Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Jeffries Elementary School - (PK-05) - Springfield
    • Horace Mann Elementary School - (PK-05) - Springfield
    • Holland Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Hickory Hills Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Gray Elementary School - (K-04) - Springfield
    • Fremont Elementary School - (PK-05) - Springfield
    • Field Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Delaware Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Cowden Elementary School - (PK-05) - Springfield
    • Campbell Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Boyd Elementary School - (PK-05) - Springfield
    • Bowerman Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Bissett Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Bingham Elementary School - (K-05) - Springfield
    • Wilson's Creek 5-6 Intermediate Center - (05-06) - Battlefield
    • Study Middle School - (06-08) - Springfield
    • Reed Middle School - (06-08) - Springfield
    • Pleasant View Middle School - (06-08) - Springfield
    • Pipkin Middle School - (06-08) - Springfield
    • Pershing Middle School - (06-08) - Springfield
    • Jarrett Middle School - (06-08) - Springfield
    • Hickory Hills Middle School - (06-08) - Springfield
    • Cherokee Middle School - (07-08) - Springfield
    • Carver Middle School - (06-08) - Springfield
    • Parkview High School - (09-12) - Springfield
    • Kickapoo High School - (09-12) - Springfield
    • Hillcrest High School - (09-12) - Springfield
    • Glendale High School - (09-12) - Springfield
    • Central High School - (09-12) - Springfield
  • Strafford R-VI School District - Strafford
    • Strafford Elementary School - (K-04)
    • Strafford Middle School - (05-08)
    • Strafford High School - (09-12)
  • Walnut Grove R-V School District - Walnut Grove
    • Walnut Grove Preschool (PK)
    • Walnut Grove Elementary School - (K-06)
    • Walnut Grove High School - (07-12)
  • Willard R-II School District - Willard
    • Willard North Elementary School - (PK-04) - Willard
    • Willard East Elementary School - (K-04) - Willard
    • Willard South Elementary School - (PK-04) - Springfield
    • Willard Central Elementary School - (K-04) - Springfield
    • Willard Intermediate School - (05-06) - Willard
    • Willard Middle School - (07-08) - Willard
    • Willard High School - (09-12) - Willard

Private schools

  • Christian Schools of Springfield - (PK-12) - Springfield - Baptist
  • Grace Classical Academy - (PK-12) - Springfield - Nondenominational Christianity
  • Greenwood Laboratory School - (K-12) - Springfield - Nonsectarian
  • Immaculate Conception School - (PK-8) - Springfield - Roman Catholic
  • New Covenant Academy - (PK-12) - Springfield - Nondenominatonal Christianity
  • Springfield Catholic High School - (09-12) - Springfield - Roman Catholic
  • Springfield Lutheran School - (PS-8) - Springfield - Lutheran MO Synod
  • St. Agnes Cathedral School - (PK-8) - Springfield - Roman Catholic
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School - (PK-5) - Springfield - Roman Catholic
  • The Summit Preparatory School of Southwest Missouri - (PK-12) - Springfield - Nonsectarian

Alternative/other schools

  • Bailey Educational Center - (09-12) - Springfield - Alternative/Other School
  • Community Learning Center - (06-12) - Springfield - Alternative/Other School
  • Datema House - (05-12) - Springfield - Alternative/Other School
  • Excel School - (06-12) - Springfield - Alternative/Other School
  • Graff Career Center - (09-12) - Springfield - Vocational/Technical School
  • Greene County Special Education Cooperative - (K-12) - Republic - Special Education
  • Greene Valley - Springfield - Special Education
  • Phelps Gifted Center - (01-12) - Springfield - Alternative/Other School/Gifted Education
  • Wilson Creek Group Home - (06-12) - Springfield - Alternative/Other School

Colleges and universities

  • Missouri State University - Springfield - Formerly known as Southwest Missouri State University - A public, four-year university.
  • Evangel University - Springfield - A private, four-year Pentecostal liberal arts university.
  • Drury University - Springfield - A private, four-year liberal arts university.
  • Bible Baptist College - Springfield - A private, conservative Bible college owned by the Baptist Bible Fellowship International.
  • Ozarks Technical Community College: Allied Health - Springfield - A public, two-year community college.
  • Everest College - Springfield - A public, four-year for-profit Corinthian college.

Transportation

Major highways

Airports

Communities

Notable residents

See also

References

  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. p. 170. 
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 15, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  11. ^ Registered Voters in Missouri 2008
  12. ^ http://www.pleasant-viewfire.org
  13. ^ "Missouri senate election 2010". MSNBC. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 

External links

  • Greene County government's website
  • Information about Springfield, MO
  • Greene County message board
  • Digitized 1930 Plat Book of Greene County from University of Missouri Division of Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books
  • Downtown Springfield

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