Carter County, Missouri (MO)

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County population in 2012: 6,262 (all rural); it was 5,941 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 989
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 905
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,825
Renter-occupied apartments: 665 (it was 553 in 2000)
% of renters here:

23%
State:

31%

Land area: 508 sq. mi.

Water area: 1.4 sq. mi.

Population density: 13 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Carter County: 78.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Retail trade (22.8%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (13.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 50%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 50%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Carter County, Missouri:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (95.6%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (1.7%)
  • Two or more races (1.4%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (1.0%)
Median resident age:  41.0 years
Missouri median age:  37.0 years
Males: 3,055  (46.6%)
Females: 3,210  (53.4%)
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Carter County,MO real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Carter County:

2.0 people
Missouri:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $30,668 ($22,863 in 1999)

This county:

$30668
Missouri:

$46931

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $326 (lower quartile is $265, upper quartile is $434)
This county:

$326
State:

$566


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $95,573 (it was $50,200 in 2000)
Carter:

$95,573
Missouri:

$133,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $56,790 - $153,014
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $817
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $299

Institutionalized population: 31

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):

Carter County, MO map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 1 building, cost: $100,000
  • 2001: 4 buildings, average cost: $46,300
  • 2002: 1 building, cost: $25,000
  • 2003: 0 buildings
  • 2004: 0 buildings
  • 2007: 1 building, cost: $100,000
  • 2008: 0 buildings
  • 2009: 2 buildings, average cost: $80,000

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2004 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results


Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $687 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $427 (0.5%)

Carter County household income distribution in 2009 Carter County home values distribution Carter County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 21.9%
(20.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents, 56.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 86.6% for American Indian residents, 5.9% for other race residents, 10.1% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 22.5%
Carter County:

22.5%
Missouri:

15.9%
(21.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents, 54.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 103.0% for American Indian residents, 5.9% for other race residents, 9.3% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 40 years old
(Males: 41 years old, Females: 40 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 41 years old, Black residents: 2 years old, American Indian residents: 37 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 10 years old, Other race residents: 55 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Carter County is $386 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $464 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $645 a month.

Cities in this county include: Van Buren, Ellsinore, Grandin, Hunter, Fremont.

Carter 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 Carter County: Clear Spring (A), Wayside Carter (B), Pinewoods Lake (C), Hawes Recreation Area (D), Pinewoods Lake Campground (E), Ozark Trail Trialhead (F), Gooseneck River Campground (G), Gooseneck River Access (H), Site of Old Midco Iron Works (I), Orchard Switch (J), Hill Top (K), Brame (L), Mill Creek Campsite (M), Chilton Creek River Access (N), CCC Historic District (O), Cataract Landing (P), Hickory Landing (Q), Big Spring River Access (R), Little Black Rural Fire Department (S), Eastwood Fire Protection District (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Carter County include: Harmony General Baptist Church (A), Community Church (B), Dry Hill Church (C), Dry Valley Church (D), Evangelistic Center Church (E), Mount Carmel Church (F), New Hope Church (G), Saint Anne Church (H), Smith Chapel (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Hoskins Cemetery (1), Harris Cemetery (2), Maberry Cemetery (3), Aldrich Valley Cemetery (4), Boyer Cemetery (5), Bristol Cemetery (6), Eastwood Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Evans Pond (A), Cotham Pond (B), Twin Ponds (C), Pinewoods Lake (D), Long Bay (E), Rozark Incorporated Reservoir (F), Elm Springs Lake (G), Miller Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Elm Branch (A), Fools Catch Creek (B), House Creek (C), Middle Fork North Prong Little Black River (D), Oak Spring Branch (E), Long Branch (F), Pike Creek (G), Carter Creek (H), Rogers Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Carter County include: Peck Ranch State Wildlife Management Area (1), Miller Community Lake State Wildlife Area (2), Big Spring State Park (3), Ozark National Scenic Riverways (4), Chilton Creek Campsite (5), Big Spring Campgrounds (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Butler County , Oregon County , Reynolds County , Ripley County , Shannon County , Wayne County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

8.2%
Missouri:

6.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 186
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 66.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 10.8%

Number of foreign born residents: 15 (60% naturalized citizens)

Carter County:

0.3%
Whole state:

2.7%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 0
  • 1990 to 1994: 3
  • 1985 to 1989: 5
  • 1980 to 1984: 0
  • 1975 to 1979: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 3
  • 1965 to 1969: 4

Mean travel time to work (commute): 28.1 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 62.8%

Carter County marital status for males Carter County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Carter County with a mortgage: 380 (2 second mortgage, 22 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 421

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

67.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Carter County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant1,90516
Mainline Protestant2105
Catholic981
Other51
None4,047-
Carter County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
Carter County:

5.07 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.88 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
Carter County:

6.76 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

4.34 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 6
This county:

10.15 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.37 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Carter County:

9.4%
Missouri:

8.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Carter County:

29.5%
State:

29.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

9.9%
State:

13.5%

Agriculture in Carter County:

Average size of farms: 406 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $12,113
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $21.30
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.00%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 91.74%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $17,871
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 11.58%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $30,697
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 96.49%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 12.04
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.43%
Land in orchards: 20 acres

Tornado activity:

Carter County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Missouri state average. It is 1867114.2 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 8 fatalities and 126 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 5/21/1957, a category 4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado killed 7 people and injured 75 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Carter County-area historical earthquake activity is near Missouri state average. It is 73% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/4/1991 at 01:18:54, a magnitude 5.0 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 67.2 miles away from Carter County center
On 9/26/1990 at 13:18:51, a magnitude 5.0 (4.7 MB, 4.8 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 7.7 mi) earthquake occurred 78.8 miles away from the county center
On 3/25/1976 at 00:41:20, a magnitude 5.0 (4.9 MB, 5.0 LG) earthquake occurred 96.8 miles away from the county center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 196.7 miles away from the county center
On 4/27/1989 at 16:47:49, a magnitude 4.7 (4.6 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.3 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 92.0 miles away from Carter County center
On 9/29/1987 at 00:04:56, a magnitude 4.6 (4.6 MB, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 98.7 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Carter County (12) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 5, Winter Storms: 5, Tornadoes: 3, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

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

  • United Kingdom (47%)
  • Germany (20%)
  • Mexico (20%)
  • Japan (13%)

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

  • United States or American (28%)
  • Irish (15%)
  • German (15%)
  • English (13%)
  • Dutch (3%)
  • Scotch-Irish (3%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)

Carter County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,620 (74%)
  • Carpooled: 356 (16%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 3 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 2 (0%)
  • Walked: 65 (3%)
  • Other means: 52 (2%)
  • Worked at home: 97 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

  • 45 people in nursing homes
  • 28 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 6 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 6 people in homes for the mentally retarded
31 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
9 people in residential treatment centers for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $33,645.

6.49% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($27,742 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.49%
Missouri average:

6.69%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.67% relocated from other counties in Missouri ($18,773 average AGI)
1.82% relocated from other states ($8,970 average AGI)
Carter County:

1.82%
Missouri average:

2.54%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Butler County, MO  1.82% ($24,676 average AGI)
from Ripley County, MO  0.64% ($33,538)


6.54% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($23,744 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.54%
Missouri average:

6.91%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.96% relocated to other counties in Missouri ($17,083 average AGI)
1.57% relocated to other states ($6,662 average AGI)
Carter County:

1.57%
Missouri average:

2.76%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Butler County, MO  1.92% ($21,077 average AGI)
to Ripley County, MO  0.54% ($19,364)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.6

Births per 1000 population in Carter County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 12.4

Deaths per 1000 population in Carter County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 8.5
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 3.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Carter County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,355 (1,011 aged, 344 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 21%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 18%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1455.160
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1285.960
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 33.84

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 15.66
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 67.68

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 6,225

Size of family households: 803 2-persons, 388 3-persons, 285 4-persons, 152 5-persons, 51 6-persons, 35 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 734 1-person, 95 2-persons, 13 3-persons, 2 4-persons, 1 5-persons.

1,042 married couples with children.
325 single-parent households (90 men, 235 women).

97.4% of residents of Carter County speak English at home.
1.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (71% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 15% speak English not well).
1.1% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (84% speak English very well, 6% speak English well, 9% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $46,780,000 ($7845 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $942,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $21,538,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $9,070,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $50,000
Federal grants: $11,764,000
Federal procurement contracts: $699,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,659,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $115,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,458,000
Federal Government insurance: $5,227,000

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

Births: 385
Here:

65 per 1000 residents
State:

69 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 387
Here:

65 per 1000 residents
State:

49 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: 0
Here:

0 per 1000 residents
State:

+7 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -25
Here -4 per 1000 residents
State +5 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Carter County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.97 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.4
State:

6.0

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 23
  • 2000 to 2004: 581
  • 1990 to 1999: 469
  • 1980 to 1989: 595
  • 1970 to 1979: 681
  • 1960 to 1969: 361
  • 1950 to 1959: 173
  • 1940 to 1949: 134
  • 1939 or earlier: 218
Rooms in houses/apartments in Carter County, Missouri
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 20
  • 2 rooms: 22
  • 3 rooms: 60
  • 4 rooms: 303
  • 5 rooms: 557
  • 6 rooms: 449
  • 7 rooms: 200
  • 8 rooms: 135
  • 9+ rooms: 79
  • 1 room: 10
  • 2 rooms: 28
  • 3 rooms: 94
  • 4 rooms: 168
  • 5 rooms: 147
  • 6 rooms: 62
  • 7 rooms: 32
  • 8 rooms: 8
  • 9+ rooms: 4
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Carter County, Missouri
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 20
  • 1 bedroom: 100
  • 2 bedrooms: 526
  • 3 bedrooms: 937
  • 4 bedrooms: 209
  • 5+ bedrooms: 33
  • no bedroom: 10
  • 1 bedroom: 116
  • 2 bedrooms: 239
  • 3 bedrooms: 165
  • 4 bedrooms: 12
  • 5+ bedrooms: 11
Cars and other vehicles available in Carter County, Missouri in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 68
  • 1 vehicle: 619
  • 2 vehicles: 702
  • 3 vehicles: 277
  • 4 vehicles: 116
  • 5+ vehicles: 43
  • no vehicle: 86
  • 1 vehicle: 292
  • 2 vehicles: 123
  • 3 vehicles: 43
  • 4 vehicles: 3
  • 5+ vehicles: 6

59% of Carter County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 46% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 61% lived in Missouri.

Carter County:

59.4%
State average:

54.3%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $23,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 4%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 3%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Carter County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (47.7%)
  • Wood (26.7%)
  • Electricity (22.4%)
  • Utility gas (1.8%)
  • Other fuel (0.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (52.6%)
  • Electricity (29.8%)
  • Wood (14.8%)
  • Utility gas (2.7%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 15
Here:

2.1%
Missouri:

13.7%

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

3.4%
Missouri:

11.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 11
Here:

7.0%
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Carter County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $294,000
    Central Staff Services: $182,000
    Financial Administration: $152,000
    Police Protection: $128,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $121,000
    General Public Buildings: $50,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $347,000

Carter County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $15,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $315,000
  • Tax - Total General Sales: $326,000
    Property: $110,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Carter County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Carter County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Carter County, MO among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James6774.3 years
John5372.8 years
William5177.7 years
Mary4880.7 years
Charles3274.3 years
Robert2971.8 years
Joseph2273.7 years
George2173.8 years
Roy2071.3 years
Henry1878.1 years
Most common last names in Carter County, MO among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith3580.1 years
Clark2276.4 years
Boyer2177.6 years
Miller1674.8 years
Sanders1677.4 years
Joplin1573.1 years
Davis1570.7 years
Leach1477.0 years
Price1369.7 years
Reed1270.7 years

Businesses in Carter County, MO

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