Lewis County, Missouri (MO)

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County population in 2012: 10,174 (all rural); it was 10,494 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,633
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,256
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,027
Renter-occupied apartments: 985 (it was 929 in 2000)
% of renters here:

23%
State:

31%

Land area: 505 sq. mi.

Water area: 5.8 sq. mi.

Population density: 20 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Lewis County: 77.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (21.6%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (20.3%), Construction (11.5%), Manufacturing (10.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 42%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 56%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Lewis County, Missouri:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (93.5%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (3.1%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (1.6%)
  • Two or more races (1.3%)
Median resident age:  38.0 years
Missouri median age:  37.0 years
Males: 5,118  (50.3%)
Females: 5,093  (49.7%)
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Average household size:
Lewis County:

2.0 people
Missouri:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $41,672 ($30,651 in 1999)

This county:

$41672
Missouri:

$46931

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $358 (lower quartile is $257, upper quartile is $447)
This county:

$358
State:

$566


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $80,017 (it was $52,700 in 2000)
Lewis:

$80,017
Missouri:

$133,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $41,601 - $133,505
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $830
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $342

Institutionalized population: 181

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):

Lewis County, MO map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 2 buildings, average cost: $90,000
  • 2001: 8 buildings, average cost: $36,100
  • 2002: 1 building, cost: $10,000
  • 2003: 15 buildings, average cost: $158,900
  • 2004: 13 buildings, average cost: $20,600
  • 2007: 3 buildings, average cost: $86,700
  • 2008: 5 buildings, average cost: $94,000
  • 2009: 2 buildings, average cost: $55,000

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: $752 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $628 (0.9%)

Lewis County household income distribution in 2009 Lewis County home values distribution Lewis County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 15.0%
(13.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 39.6% for Black residents, 42.9% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 47.9% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 15.4%
Lewis County:

15.4%
Missouri:

15.9%
(14.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 39.2% for Black residents, 50.0% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 44.8% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 38 years old
(Males: 37 years old, Females: 40 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 40 years old, Black residents: 30 years old, American Indian residents: 46 years old, Asian residents: 41 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 29 years old, Other race residents: 31 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Lewis County is $352 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $464 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $574 a month.

Cities in this county include: Canton, La Grange, La Belle, Lewistown, Ewing, Monticello.

Lewis 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 Lewis County: Deer Ridge School (A), Augusta (B), Durgans' Landing (C), Jerusalem (D), Union School (E), Pleasant Hill School (F), Durham Fire Department (G), La Belle Fire Protection District Steffenville (H), Williamstown Volunteer Fire Department (I), R - 4 Fire Protection District Station 2 Maywood (J). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Lewis County include: Prairie View Church (A), Shiloh Church (B), Mount Moriah Church (C), Gilead Church (D), Ten Mile Church (E), Providence Baptist Church (F), Antioch Church (G), Asbury Chapel (H), Wyaconda Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Jarvis Cemetery (1), Gregory Cemetery (2), Hardin Cemetery (3), Salter Cemetery (4), Finley Cemetery (5), Maywood Cemetery (6), Midway Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Long Pond (A), Rainbow Slough (B), Maple Lake (C), Round Pond (D), Luttrell Farms Lake (E), O'Farre Lake (F), Baxter Ponds (G), Loscher Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Crooked Creek (A), Cooper Branch (B), Buck Branch (C), Brushy Creek (D), Durgens Creek (E), Wyaconda River (F), Spees Branch (G), Seebers Branch (H), Little Troublesome Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Lewis County: Wakonda State Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Neighboring counties: Adams County, Illinois , Clark County , Hancock County, Illinois , Knox County , Marion County , Shelby County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

5.9%
Missouri:

6.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 776
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 79.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 13.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 64 (50% naturalized citizens)

Lewis County:

0.6%
Whole state:

2.7%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 23
  • 1990 to 1994: 0
  • 1985 to 1989: 0
  • 1980 to 1984: 0
  • 1975 to 1979: 7
  • 1970 to 1974: 9
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 25

Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.9 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 56.8%

Lewis County marital status for males Lewis County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Lewis County with a mortgage: 894 (28 second mortgage, 25 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 778

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

67.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Lewis County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant4,21325
Mainline Protestant1,2539
Catholic4403
None4,305-
Lewis 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: 2
Lewis County:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.88 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

1.00 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

0.60 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 9
Lewis County:

8.97 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

4.34 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 7
This county:

6.98 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.37 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Lewis County:

8.7%
Missouri:

8.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Lewis County:

29.7%
State:

29.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

12.3%
State:

13.5%

Agriculture in Lewis County:

Average size of farms: 339 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $58,647
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $157.47
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.01%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 52.90%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $52,308
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 51.67%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.46%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $81,928
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 88.90%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 10.31
Corn for grain: 53593 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 6332 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 66931 harvested acres
Vegetables: 15 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 50 acres

Tornado activity:

Lewis County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Missouri state average. It is 5059333.7 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 5 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 5/21/1957, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured 2 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Lewis County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Missouri state average. It is 82% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 232.2 miles away from Lewis County center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 220.5 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 232.6 miles away from the county center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 254.7 miles away from the county center
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) earthquake occurred 263.5 miles away from Lewis County center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 233.2 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 Lewis County (18) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 14
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 11, Storms: 10, Tornadoes: 7, Winter Storms: 4, Heavy Rain: 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 in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

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

  • Japan (31%)
  • Germany (13%)
  • Australia (11%)
  • Yugoslavia (9%)
  • Mexico (8%)
  • Colombia (8%)
  • Other Southern Europe (6%)

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

  • German (35%)
  • United States or American (18%)
  • English (11%)
  • Irish (11%)
  • Scotch-Irish (3%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)
  • Scottish (2%)

Lewis County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 3,716 (74%)
  • Carpooled: 560 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 2 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 4 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 4 (0%)
  • Walked: 330 (7%)
  • Other means: 37 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 343 (7%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

  • 541 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 181 people in nursing homes
  • 17 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 9 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)

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

  • 499 people in college/university student housing
  • 173 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 75 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 27 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 8 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $42,988.

6.24% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($28,279 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.24%
Missouri average:

6.69%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.68% relocated from other counties in Missouri ($11,571 average AGI)
3.56% relocated from other states ($16,712 average AGI)
Lewis County:

3.56%
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 Adams County, IL  1.45% ($27,275 average AGI)
from Marion County, MO  0.54% ($23,421)
from Clark County, MO  0.37% ($32,692)


6.99% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($26,352 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.99%
Missouri average:

6.91%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.05% relocated to other counties in Missouri ($11,611 average AGI)
3.93% relocated to other states ($14,741 average AGI)
Lewis County:

3.93%
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 Adams County, IL  1.33% ($25,447 average AGI)
to Marion County, MO  0.71% ($29,520)
to Knox County, MO  0.65% ($26,522)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.1
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.2

Births per 1000 population in Lewis County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 11.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Lewis County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 3.9
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 3.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Lewis County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,930 (1,695 aged, 235 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1187.900
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1158.450

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 19.61
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 19.63

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 9.82

Household type by relationship:

Households: 9,429

Size of family households: 1,274 2-persons, 530 3-persons, 453 4-persons, 205 5-persons, 75 6-persons, 56 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,098 1-person, 154 2-persons, 15 3-persons, 7 4-persons, 6 5-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

1,861 married couples with children.
560 single-parent households (151 men, 409 women).

95.9% of residents of Lewis County speak English at home.
0.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (81% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 7% speak English not well).
3.0% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (54% speak English very well, 38% speak English well, 8% speak English not well).
0.3% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (42% speak English very well, 35% speak English well, 23% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $71,089,000 ($6928 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,046,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $25,545,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $14,731,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $6,494,000
Federal grants: $19,996,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,055,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,268,000 ($325,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $7,333,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,897,000
Federal Government insurance: $35,055,000

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

Births: 563
Here:

55 per 1000 residents
State:

69 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 547
Here:

54 per 1000 residents
State:

49 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +19
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+7 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -325
Here -32 per 1000 residents
State +5 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Lewis County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.72 millions of gallons per day (69% from ground, 31% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.9
State:

6.0

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.2
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 85
  • 2000 to 2004: 469
  • 1990 to 1999: 576
  • 1980 to 1989: 450
  • 1970 to 1979: 946
  • 1960 to 1969: 576
  • 1950 to 1959: 340
  • 1940 to 1949: 192
  • 1939 or earlier: 904
Rooms in houses/apartments in Lewis County, Missouri
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 21
  • 3 rooms: 36
  • 4 rooms: 373
  • 5 rooms: 805
  • 6 rooms: 788
  • 7 rooms: 460
  • 8 rooms: 309
  • 9+ rooms: 235
  • 1 room: 3
  • 2 rooms: 69
  • 3 rooms: 242
  • 4 rooms: 227
  • 5 rooms: 185
  • 6 rooms: 100
  • 7 rooms: 50
  • 8 rooms: 24
  • 9+ rooms: 29
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Lewis County, Missouri
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 14
  • 1 bedroom: 92
  • 2 bedrooms: 933
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,476
  • 4 bedrooms: 417
  • 5+ bedrooms: 95
  • no bedroom: 17
  • 1 bedroom: 351
  • 2 bedrooms: 328
  • 3 bedrooms: 146
  • 4 bedrooms: 72
  • 5+ bedrooms: 15
Cars and other vehicles available in Lewis County, Missouri in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 155
  • 1 vehicle: 694
  • 2 vehicles: 1,321
  • 3 vehicles: 544
  • 4 vehicles: 267
  • 5+ vehicles: 46
  • no vehicle: 129
  • 1 vehicle: 507
  • 2 vehicles: 207
  • 3 vehicles: 69
  • 4 vehicles: 7
  • 5+ vehicles: 10

57% of Lewis County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 48% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 39% lived in Missouri.

Lewis County:

57.1%
State average:

54.3%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $28,300


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 4%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 4%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Lewis County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (45.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (37.0%)
  • Electricity (9.6%)
  • Wood (7.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.5%)
  • Utility gas (43.7%)
  • Electricity (37.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (17.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1.1%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 124
Here:

10.4%
Missouri:

13.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 50
Here:

8.6%
Missouri:

11.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 595
Here:

81.0%
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)

Lewis County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Construction - General: $500,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $528,000
    Financial Administration: $168,000
    General - Other: $165,000
    Police Protection: $160,000
    Central Staff Services: $132,000
    Corrections - Other: $91,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $78,000
    Welfare - Other: $34,000
    General Public Buildings: $28,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $150,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $509,000

Lewis County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $109,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Support: $15,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $76,000
    Special Assessments: $29,000
    Interest Earnings: $25,000
    Rents: $22,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $616,000
    General Support: $13,000
  • Tax - Total General Sales: $999,000
    Property: $442,000

Lewis County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $500,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Lewis County, MO among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary11980.6 years
John11378.6 years
Robert8574.5 years
James7973.2 years
William7478.2 years
Charles6874.6 years
George5478.4 years
Helen3878.6 years
Harold3674.7 years
Dorothy3578.9 years
Most common last names in Lewis County, MO among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith5573.6 years
Brown4778.6 years
Johnson3875.5 years
Lewis2779.9 years
White2473.7 years
Miller2275.5 years
Wilson2181.1 years
Lillard2177.9 years
Jones1974.4 years
Logsdon1874.2 years
Businesses in Lewis County, MO
NameCountNameCount
Comfort Inn1Subway1
FedEx1U-Haul1
H&R Block1U.S. Cellular2
Pizza Hut1