McDonald County, Missouri (MO)

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County population in 2012: 22,876 (0% urban, 100% rural); it was 21,681 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 3,544
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,475
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 5,802
Renter-occupied apartments: 2,385 (it was 2,311 in 2000)
% of renters here:

28%
State:

31%

Land area: 540 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.2 sq. mi.

Population density: 43 people per square mile   (average).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in McDonald County: 78.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (40.7%), Construction (23.7%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 54%
  • Government: 7%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 28%
  • Unpaid family work: 11%
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Races in McDonald County, Missouri:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (81.0%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (11.2%)
  • Two or more races (2.7%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (2.6%)
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone (1.1%)
  • Asian alone (0.8%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (0.6%)
Median resident age:  36.0 years
Missouri median age:  37.0 years
Males: 11,661  (47.6%)
Females: 11,422  (52.4%)
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McDonald County,MO real estate house value trend

Average household size:
McDonald County:

2.0 people
Missouri:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $38,135 ($27,010 in 1999)

This county:

$38135
Missouri:

$46931

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $443 (lower quartile is $344, upper quartile is $544)
This county:

$443
State:

$566


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $83,906 (it was $58,100 in 2000)
McDonald:

$83,906
Missouri:

$133,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $47,696 - $138,333
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $986
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $291

Institutionalized population: 133

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):

McDonald County, MO map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 9 buildings, average cost: $101,200
  • 2008: 8 buildings, average cost: $80,600
  • 2009: 1 building, cost: $35,000

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

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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: $604 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $497 (0.7%)

McDonald County household income distribution in 2009 McDonald County home values distribution McDonald County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 22.9%
(18.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 41.6% for Black residents, 47.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 8.0% for American Indian residents, 46.7% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 13.9% for other race residents, 28.4% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 22.8%
McDonald County:

22.8%
Missouri:

15.9%
(18.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 41.4% for Black residents, 43.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 9.5% for American Indian residents, 46.7% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 14.7% for other race residents, 26.7% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 37 years old
(Males: 36 years old, Females: 37 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 41 years old, Black residents: 29 years old, American Indian residents: 39 years old, Asian residents: 25 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 21 years old, Other race residents: 23 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in McDonald County is $370 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $464 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $660 a month.

Cities in this county include: Anderson, Noel, Goodman, South West City, Pineville, Lanagan, Ginger Blue.

McDonald 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 McDonald County: Howe (A), Mount Shira Elk River Public Access Area (B), Lanagan Tower State Public Hunting Grounds (C), Moral (D), Mountain (E), Cowskin (F), Stella Rural Volunteer Fire Department Station 4 (G), Stella Rural Volunteer Fire Department Station 1 Longview Headquarters (H), White Rock Fire Department (I), Stella Rural Volunteer Fire Department Station 2 Pine Log (J), Newville (K). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in McDonald County include: Oak Grove Church (A), Ozark Church (B), Patterson Heights Church (C), Pleasant Grove Church (D), Greenwood Church (E), Honey Lake Church (F), Kingdom Church (G), Liberty Church (H), Lone Star Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Fairview Cemetery (1), Manning Cemetery (2), Mannings Chapel Cemetery (3), Mitchell Cemetery (4), Price Cemetery (5), Rinehart Cemetery (6), Saratoga Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoir: Jackman Lake (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Elkhorn Creek (A), Deer Creek (B), Saratoga Creek (C), Tanner Branch (D), North Fork Patterson Creek (E), South Fork Beeman Branch (F), Bullskin Creek (G), North Fork Beeman Branch (H), South Fork Patterson Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in McDonald County include: Powell Tower Site State Public Hunting Grounds (1), Elkhorn Tower State Public Hunting Grounds (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Benton County, Arkansas , Barry County , Delaware County, Oklahoma , Ottawa County, Oklahoma , Newton County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

6.9%
Missouri:

6.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 382
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 69.4%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 7.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 1,215 (18% naturalized citizens)

McDonald County:

5.6%
Whole state:

2.7%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 545
  • 1990 to 1994: 230
  • 1985 to 1989: 156
  • 1980 to 1984: 83
  • 1975 to 1979: 65
  • 1970 to 1974: 43
  • 1970 to 1974: 39
  • 1965 to 1969: 54

Mean travel time to work (commute): 27.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 51.6%

McDonald County marital status for males McDonald County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in McDonald County with a mortgage: 1,283 (89 second mortgage, 37 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 954

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

67.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for McDonald County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant5,47735
Mainline Protestant1,02210
Catholic5671
Other3341
None15,683-
McDonald 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: 5
McDonald County:

2.19 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.88 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.44 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

0.18 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
This county:

0.88 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

0.60 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 15
McDonald County:

6.58 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

4.34 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 8
This county:

3.51 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.37 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
McDonald County:

8.3%
Missouri:

8.8%

Adult obesity rate:
McDonald County:

29.7%
State:

29.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

15.5%
State:

13.5%

Agriculture in McDonald County:

Average size of farms: 194 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $107,717
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $34.72
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 98.87%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $104,026
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 18.12%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $31,522
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 93.71%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 23.01
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 3.58%
Land in orchards: 177 acres

Tornado activity:

McDonald County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Missouri state average. It is 3563372.5 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one fatality and 19 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 11/15/1988, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado killed one person and injured 12 people

Earthquake activity:

McDonald County-area historical earthquake activity is near Missouri state average. It is 74% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/4/2001 at 06:42:12, a magnitude 4.7 (4.2 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.5 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 157.0 miles away from McDonald County center
On 1/21/1982 at 00:33:54, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 157.9 miles away from the county center
On 3/25/1976 at 00:41:20, a magnitude 5.0 (4.9 MB, 5.0 LG, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 236.7 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 253.3 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 270.9 miles away from McDonald County center
On 9/6/1997 at 23:38:00, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 LG, 4.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 178.0 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 McDonald County (15) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 7, Winter Storms: 6, Tornadoes: 5, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 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 (%):

  • Mexico (83%)
  • Guatemala (2%)
  • Czechoslovakia (includes Czech Republic and Slovakia) (2%)
  • Germany (2%)
  • Honduras (1%)
  • France (1%)
  • Canada (1%)

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

  • United States or American (28%)
  • German (11%)
  • Irish (10%)
  • English (7%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)
  • Dutch (2%)
  • Scotch-Irish (2%)

McDonald County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 6,474 (68%)
  • Carpooled: 2,129 (22%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 41 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 3 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 13 (0%)
  • Walked: 244 (3%)
  • Other means: 87 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 599 (6%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

  • 87 people in nursing homes
  • 30 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 23 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 14 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 10 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

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

  • 91 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 37 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 23 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 5 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $36,537.

8.30% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($26,341 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.30%
Missouri average:

6.69%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.25% relocated from other counties in Missouri ($10,072 average AGI)
5.05% relocated from other states ($16,269 average AGI)
McDonald County:

5.05%
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 Benton County, AR  1.64% ($30,672 average AGI)
from Newton County, MO  1.64% ($27,310)
from Jasper County, MO  0.54% ($23,974)
from Delaware County, OK  0.31% ($24,318)
from Washington County, AR  0.30% ($25,619)
from Barry County, MO  0.30% ($32,952)
from Jackson County, MO  0.18% ($16,000)


9.22% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($23,354 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.22%
Missouri average:

6.91%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.56% relocated to other counties in Missouri ($8,704 average AGI)
5.66% relocated to other states ($14,649 average AGI)
McDonald County:

5.66%
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 Newton County, MO  1.78% ($24,630 average AGI)
to Benton County, AR  1.71% ($28,943)
to Jasper County, MO  0.71% ($19,824)
to Delaware County, OK  0.45% ($25,219)
to Washington County, AR  0.41% ($20,724)
to Barry County, MO  0.28% ($22,000)
to Jackson County, MO  0.24% ($16,059)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 15.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 16.9

Births per 1000 population in McDonald County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 9.0

Deaths per 1000 population in McDonald County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 10.3

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in McDonald County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 2,938 (2,293 aged, 645 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 21%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1562.770
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 923.660
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 30.64

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 25.14
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 26.27

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 8.76

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 135.4. This is more than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 22,926

Size of family households: 2,555 2-persons, 1,243 3-persons, 1,128 4-persons, 637 5-persons, 307 6-persons, 204 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,892 1-person, 359 2-persons, 40 3-persons, 24 4-persons, 10 5-persons, 3 6-persons, 2 7-or-more-persons.

4,262 married couples with children.
1,385 single-parent households (423 men, 962 women).

90.6% of residents of McDonald County speak English at home.
8.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (34% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 31% speak English not well, 21% don't speak English at all).
0.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (91% speak English very well, 3% speak English well, 6% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (59% speak English very well, 41% speak English well).
0.2% of residents speak other language at home (62% speak English very well, 5% speak English well, 32% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $109,842,000 ($4912 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $4,480,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $45,115,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $21,878,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $354,000
Federal grants: $34,808,000
Federal procurement contracts: $2,262,000 ($1,483,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $5,424,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $0,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $14,635,000
Federal Government insurance: $11,738,000

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

Births: 1,888
Here:

83 per 1000 residents
State:

69 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 999
Here:

44 per 1000 residents
State:

49 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +453
Here:

+20 per 1000 residents
State:

+7 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -132
Here -6 per 1000 residents
State +5 per 1000 residents

Population growth in McDonald County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 2.54 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:

4.3
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 347
  • 2000 to 2004: 1,822
  • 1990 to 1999: 1,971
  • 1980 to 1989: 1,651
  • 1970 to 1979: 1,379
  • 1960 to 1969: 966
  • 1950 to 1959: 509
  • 1940 to 1949: 359
  • 1939 or earlier: 924
Rooms in houses/apartments in McDonald County, Missouri
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 47
  • 2 rooms: 126
  • 3 rooms: 241
  • 4 rooms: 905
  • 5 rooms: 1,779
  • 6 rooms: 1,340
  • 7 rooms: 634
  • 8 rooms: 377
  • 9+ rooms: 353
  • 1 room: 78
  • 2 rooms: 185
  • 3 rooms: 396
  • 4 rooms: 636
  • 5 rooms: 499
  • 6 rooms: 258
  • 7 rooms: 144
  • 8 rooms: 58
  • 9+ rooms: 57
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in McDonald County, Missouri
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 79
  • 1 bedroom: 378
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,651
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,998
  • 4 bedrooms: 559
  • 5+ bedrooms: 137
  • no bedroom: 112
  • 1 bedroom: 459
  • 2 bedrooms: 965
  • 3 bedrooms: 635
  • 4 bedrooms: 120
  • 5+ bedrooms: 20
Cars and other vehicles available in McDonald County, Missouri in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 267
  • 1 vehicle: 1,622
  • 2 vehicles: 2,498
  • 3 vehicles: 1,025
  • 4 vehicles: 270
  • 5+ vehicles: 120
  • no vehicle: 321
  • 1 vehicle: 1,130
  • 2 vehicles: 680
  • 3 vehicles: 150
  • 4 vehicles: 27
  • 5+ vehicles: 3

50% of McDonald County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 43% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 26% lived in Missouri.

McDonald County:

50.5%
State average:

54.3%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $36,400


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 3%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 3%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in McDonald County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (42.1%)
  • Electricity (21.0%)
  • Utility gas (20.4%)
  • Wood (15.6%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)
  • Utility gas (37.0%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (29.8%)
  • Electricity (26.1%)
  • Wood (6.3%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 222
Here:

7.7%
Missouri:

13.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 51
Here:

4.4%
Missouri:

11.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 73
Here:

20.9%
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)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

McDonald 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 McDonald County, MO among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James12974.3 years
John11274.7 years
William11275.4 years
Mary11078.3 years
Charles9973.7 years
Robert7672.3 years
George5574.3 years
Ruth4378.9 years
Dorothy3976.3 years
Paul3776.7 years
Most common last names in McDonald County, MO among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith6170.8 years
Williams5674.9 years
Brown4473.6 years
Johnson4277.2 years
Jones3974.8 years
Wilson3877.2 years
Mitchell3576.4 years
Martin2970.4 years
Thompson2875.8 years
Cook2671.4 years
Businesses in McDonald County, MO
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1SONIC Drive-In1
Chevrolet1Subway1
FedEx1Super 81
Ford1Taco Bell1
H&R Block3U-Haul3
Jimmy John's1U.S. Cellular1
McDonald's1Walmart1