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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. 2012 cost of living index in Carter County: 78.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (31.1%), Manufacturing (17.4%), Arts,entertainment,recreation,accommodation and food services (11.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 66%
  • Government: 20%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 13%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Carter County, Missouri:


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 2009: $27,259 ($22,863 in 1999)
This county:

$27259
Missouri:

$45229

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $292 (lower quartile is $213, upper quartile is $366)
This county:

$292
State:

$520


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $81,847 (it was $50,200 in 2000)
Carter County:

$81,847
Missouri:

$139,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $46,217 - $130,420

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $130,978
Here:

$130,978
State:

$180,542

Townhouses or other attached units: $1,727,974
Here:

$1,727,974
State:

$174,118

Mobile homes: $72,181
Here:

$72,181
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: $841
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $218

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:

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


Presidential Elections Results

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1996 Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $501 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $343 (0.4%)


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 2009: 25.6%
(25.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 42.9% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 17.2% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 41 years old
(Males: 40 years old, Females: 41 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 41 years old, Black residents: 12 years old, American Indian residents: 35 years old, Asian residents: 38 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 19 years old, Other race residents: 29 years old)

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

25.2%
Whole state:

11.7%

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

7.2%
Whole state:

5.1%

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 .

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


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:

47.4% with mortgage
State:

67.6% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 36.76%
Here36.8%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 2,184
Total congregations: 21

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionAssemblies of GodCatholic ChurchBaptist Missionary Association of AmericaChurch of God of Prophecy
Adherents1,271 (58.2%)300 (13.7%)144 (6.6%)129 (5.9%)99 (4.5%)
Congregations5 (23.8%)2 (9.5%)2 (9.5%)2 (9.5%)3 (14.3%)
NameMennonite; Other GroupsUnited Methodist ChurchChurch of God (Anderson, Indiana)Churches of ChristOther
Adherents76 (3.5%)72 (3.3%)42 (1.9%)38 (1.7%)13 (0.6%)
Congregations1 (4.8%)2 (9.5%)1 (4.8%)1 (4.8%)2 (9.5%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Carter County - Van Buren, Ellsinore, Grandin, Hunter, Fremont

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
This county:

5.07 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

1.88 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 4
This county:

6.76 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

4.34 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 6
Carter County:

10.15 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

7.37 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.4%
Missouri:

8.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

29.5%
Missouri:

29.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Carter County:

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 above Missouri state average. It is 3.3 times above 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 significantly above Missouri state average. It is 49% 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 the 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 4/27/1989 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
On 3/25/1976 at 01:00:11, a magnitude 4.5 (4.1 MB, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 96.0 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB)

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 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (17%)
  • Wood products (13%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (9%)
  • Truck transportation (6%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Health care (18%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Public administration (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Fishing and hunting, and forest and logging workers (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Registered nurses (6%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (4%)

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




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





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:

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 2005 was $32,105.

7.50% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($25,131 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.50%
Missouri average:

7.87%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.95% relocated from other counties in Missouri ($15,902 average AGI)
2.55% relocated from other states ($9,229 average AGI)
Carter County:

2.55%
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 Butler County, MO  1.57% ($28,156 average AGI)


7.45% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($28,592 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.45%
Missouri average:

7.66%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.69% relocated to other counties in Missouri ($23,072 average AGI)
1.77% relocated to other states ($5,520 average AGI)
Carter County:

1.77%
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 Butler County, MO  1.77% ($23,306 average AGI)

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 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.

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

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 (Noninst.)


Expenditure

Carter County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Carter County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Carter County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
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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