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Barton County, Missouri (MO)


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County population in 2012: 12,337 (36% urban, 64% rural); it was 12,541 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,004
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,528
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,593
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,397 (it was 1,302 in 2000)
% of renters here:

27%
State:

31%

Land area: 594 sq. mi.
Water area: 2.5 sq. mi.
Population density: 21 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Barton County: 78.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (23.5%), Manufacturing (18.5%), Retail trade (10.6%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 72%
  • Government: 15%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 13%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Barton County, Missouri:


Median resident age:  40.0 years
Missouri median age:  37.0 years

Males: 6,113  (49.5%)
Females: 6,289  (50.5%)

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Barton County,MO real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Barton County:

2.0 people
Missouri:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $34,904 ($29,275 in 1999)
This county:

$34904
Missouri:

$45229

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $357 (lower quartile is $267, upper quartile is $432)
This county:

$357
State:

$520


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $87,871 (it was $58,600 in 2000)
Barton County:

$87,871
Missouri:

$139,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $49,983 - $147,523

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $125,750
Here:

$125,750
State:

$180,542

Townhouses or other attached units: $143,980
Here:

$143,980
State:

$174,118

Mobile homes: $50,881
Here:

$50,881
State:

$37,932

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $5,008
Here:

$5,008
State:

$46,345
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $970
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $246

Institutionalized population: 74

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Barton County, MO map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $642 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $570 (0.7%)


Barton County household income distribution in 2009 Barton County home values distribution


Barton County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 14.7%
(13.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents, 52.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 13.7% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 38.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 40 years old
(Males: 38 years old, Females: 42 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 41 years old, Black residents: 14 years old, American Indian residents: 36 years old, Asian residents: 42 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 18 years old, Other race residents: 21 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

13.0%
Whole state:

11.7%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

4.6%
Whole state:

5.1%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Barton County is $380 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $464 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $562 a month.

Cities in this county include: Lamar, Golden City, Liberal, Mindenmines, Lamar Heights, Burgess, Irwin, Milford.

Barton County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Barton County: Barco Drive-In (A), Blue Community Hall (B), Lamar Country Club (C), Esrom (D), Duval (E), Fairbanks (F), Le Roy (G), Last Chance (H), Wise (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Barton County include: Forest Grove Church (A), Harmony Church (B), Hopewell Church (C), Saint James Church (D), Apostolic Christian Church (E), Verdella Church (F), Bethany Church (G), Bethel Church (H), Bluff Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Doylesport Cemetery (1), Leroy Cemetery (2), Harlow-Wright Cemetery (3), Howell Cemetery (4), Fair View Cemetery (5), Nigh Cemetery (6), Oak Grove Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Finley Lake (A), Roses Lake (B), Number 180 Reservoir (C), Beans Lake (D), Logues Lake (E), Suiters Lake (F), Emberry Lake (G), Logue Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Elm Branch (A), East Fork Dry Wood Creek (B), Dorris Creek (C), Dicks Fork (D), Coon Creek (E), Cold Branch (F), Chaney Branch (G), Bucks Run Creek (H), Bitter Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Barton County: Hunkah Prairie State Wildlife Area (1). Display/hide its location on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Crawford County, Kansas , Cedar County , Dade County , Jasper County , Vernon County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 289
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 77.3%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 10.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 89 (36% naturalized citizens)

Barton County:

0.7%
Whole state:

2.7%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.1 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 76.3%

Barton County marital status for males
Barton County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Barton County with a mortgage: 1,205 (55 second mortgage, 48 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,019

Here:

54.2% with mortgage
State:

67.6% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 51.08%
Here51.1%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 6,406
Total congregations: 38

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionChristian Churches and Churches of ChristUnited Methodist ChurchNational Association of Free Will BaptistsCatholic Church
Adherents2,140 (33.4%)1,406 (21.9%)1,405 (21.9%)323 (5.0%)207 (3.2%)
Congregations10 (26.3%)3 (7.9%)6 (15.8%)3 (7.9%)1 (2.6%)
NameAssemblies of God Inc. Apostolic Christian Church of AmericaChurches of ChristMennonite; Other GroupsOther
Adherents205 (3.2%)128 (2.0%)108 (1.7%)95 (1.5%)389 (6.1%)
Congregations2 (5.3%)1 (2.6%)1 (2.6%)1 (2.6%)10 (26.3%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Barton County - Lamar, Golden City, Liberal, Mindenmines, Lamar Heights

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
This county:

1.57 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

1.88 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 8
This county:

6.29 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

4.34 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 6
Barton County:

4.72 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

7.37 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.0%
Missouri:

8.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

29.2%
Missouri:

29.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Barton County:

20.0%
State:

13.5%


Agriculture in Barton County:

Average size of farms: 351 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $69,142
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $138.71
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.20%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 59.00%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $66,447
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 58.24%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 6.59%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $67,018
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 91.88%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 13.54
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 1.00%
Corn for grain: 23967 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 46684 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 79006 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 63 acres

Tornado activity:

Barton County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is slightly above Missouri state average. It is 2.0 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 6 fatalities and 60 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 5/4/2003, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado killed 5 people and injured 47 people and caused $53 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Barton County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Missouri state average. It is 99% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/18/2005 at 19:59:42, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 69.4 miles away from the county center
On 3/30/2001 at 17:13:55, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 62.4 miles away from the county center
On 1/21/1992 at 11:36:21, a magnitude 3.1 (2.3 LG, 3.1 MD, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 97.0 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), duration magnitude (MD)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Barton County (15) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 8, Floods: 7, Tornadoes: 4, Winter Storms: 4, Winter Storm: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Furniture and related product manufacturing (19%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (12%)
  • Construction (12%)
  • Metal and metal products (4%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Educational services (3%)
  • Truck transportation (3%)
  • Health care (15%)
  • Furniture and related product manufacturing (15%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (3%)
  • Public administration (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (11%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (9%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (9%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (4%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (4%)
  • Cashiers (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Barton County (%):





Barton County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 4,364 (75%)
  • Carpooled: 876 (15%)
  • Bicycle: 6 (0%)
  • Walked: 118 (2%)
  • Other means: 45 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 408 (7%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Barton County, Missouri in 2000:

People in group quarters in Barton County, Missouri in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $36,278.

6.43% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($26,614 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.43%
Missouri average:

7.87%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.95% relocated from other counties in Missouri ($17,121 average AGI)
2.48% relocated from other states ($9,490 average AGI)
Barton County:

2.48%
Missouri average:

2.98%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Jasper County, MO  1.24% ($31,375 average AGI)
from Vernon County, MO  0.64% ($25,552)
from Crawford County, KS  0.58% ($24,115)
from Dade County, MO  0.35% ($24,188)
from Greene County, MO  0.29% ($15,385)


7.27% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($26,429 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.27%
Missouri average:

7.66%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.44% relocated to other counties in Missouri ($15,172 average AGI)
2.83% relocated to other states ($11,257 average AGI)
Barton County:

2.83%
Missouri average:

2.81%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Jasper County, MO  1.56% ($23,465 average AGI)
to Crawford County, KS  0.75% ($23,706)
to Greene County, MO  0.53% ($22,500)
to Dade County, MO  0.46% ($20,286)
to Vernon County, MO  0.42% ($22,368)
to Cedar County, MO  0.24% ($19,000)
to Newton County, MO  0.22% ($23,400)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.3

Births per 1000 population in Barton County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.6

Deaths per 1000 population in Barton County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 5.2
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 5.0

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Barton County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,187 (1,915 aged, 272 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 7.65
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 9380.260
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 306.040
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 68913.54

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1240.710
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1049.250
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 15.32

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 24.84
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 99.56

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 7.66

Household type by relationship:

Households: 12,312

Size of family households: 1,645 2-persons, 679 3-persons, 598 4-persons, 307 5-persons, 121 6-persons, 72 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,313 1-person, 156 2-persons, 23 3-persons, 10 4-persons, 4 5-persons, 1 6-persons.

97.2% of residents of Barton County speak English at home.
1.2% of residents speak Spanish at home (66% speak English very well, 4% speak English well, 27% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
1.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (74% speak English very well, 5% speak English well, 16% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (14% speak English very well, 62% speak English well, 24% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (26% speak English very well, 74% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $66,122,000 ($5059 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,551,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $28,994,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $16,471,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $6,356,000
Federal grants: $11,113,000
Federal procurement contracts: $513,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,674,000 ($348,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $324,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $3,972,000
Federal Government insurance: $21,566,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 869
Here:

67 per 1000 residents
State:

69 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 667
Here:

51 per 1000 residents
State:

49 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +14
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+7 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +320
Here:

+25 per 1000 residents
State:

+5 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Barton County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.78 millions of gallons per day (87% from ground, 13% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.8
State:

6.0

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.5
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Barton County, Missouri
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 4
  • 2 rooms: 25
  • 3 rooms: 88
  • 4 rooms: 422
  • 5 rooms: 981
  • 6 rooms: 930
  • 7 rooms: 586
  • 8 rooms: 288
  • 9+ rooms: 269
  • 1 room: 11
  • 2 rooms: 54
  • 3 rooms: 193
  • 4 rooms: 388
  • 5 rooms: 338
  • 6 rooms: 175
  • 7 rooms: 69
  • 8 rooms: 32
  • 9+ rooms: 42
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Barton County, Missouri
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 7
  • 1 bedroom: 144
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,006
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,939
  • 4 bedrooms: 397
  • 5+ bedrooms: 100
  • no bedroom: 13
  • 1 bedroom: 280
  • 2 bedrooms: 587
  • 3 bedrooms: 340
  • 4 bedrooms: 74
  • 5+ bedrooms: 8
Cars and other vehicles available in Barton County, Missouri in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 127
  • 1 vehicle: 872
  • 2 vehicles: 1,504
  • 3 vehicles: 745
  • 4 vehicles: 238
  • 5+ vehicles: 107
  • no vehicle: 202
  • 1 vehicle: 628
  • 2 vehicles: 352
  • 3 vehicles: 80
  • 4 vehicles: 36
  • 5+ vehicles: 4

58% of Barton County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 52% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 56% lived in Missouri.

Barton County:

57.8%
State average:

54.3%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $43,500


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Barton County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (45.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (33.3%)
  • Electricity (12.5%)
  • Wood (7.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.9%)
  • Utility gas (55.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (21.2%)
  • Electricity (18.6%)
  • Wood (2.4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.8%)
  • Other fuel (0.8%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 89
Here:

5.9%
Missouri:

13.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 23
Here:

3.1%
Missouri:

11.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 14
Here:

5.5%
Missouri:

24.9%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Barton County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Barton County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Barton County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Barton County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Barton County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Barton County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Barton County, MO among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William9976.9 years
Mary9581.5 years
John8775.6 years
James8673.0 years
Charles8176.3 years
Robert6070.8 years
George5078.8 years
Hazel4281.9 years
Frank4178.2 years
Walter3878.0 years
Most common last names in Barton County, MO among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith5280.7 years
Davis4680.6 years
Miller4180.5 years
Williams3776.1 years
Moore3376.9 years
Jones2876.2 years
White2677.5 years
Wilson2478.2 years
Cox2278.5 years
Thomas2279.6 years
Businesses in Barton County, MO
NameCountNameCount
Dairy Queen1Nike1
Dennys1Pizza Hut1
FedEx2SONIC Drive-In1
H&R Block1Subway1
KFC1Super 82
La-Z-Boy1Taco Bell1
Lane Furniture1U-Haul1
McDonald's1Walmart1
Browse common businesses in Barton County, MO

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