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County population in 2012: 20,748 (42% urban, 58% rural); it was 20,454 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 3,392
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,515
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 5,759
Renter-occupied apartments: 2,489 (it was 2,207 in 2000)
% of renters here:

28%
State:

31%

Land area: 834 sq. mi.
Water area: 3.1 sq. mi.
Population density: 25 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Vernon County: 78.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (27.5%), Retail trade (12.5%), Manufacturing (11.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 70%
  • Government: 16%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 14%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Vernon County, Missouri:


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

Males: 10,269  (46.7%)
Females: 10,890  (53.3%)

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Vernon County,MO real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Vernon County:

2.0 people
Missouri:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $35,794 ($30,021 in 1999)
This county:

$35794
Missouri:

$45229

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $349 (lower quartile is $232, upper quartile is $443)
This county:

$349
State:

$520


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $85,690 (it was $61,400 in 2000)
Vernon County:

$85,690
Missouri:

$139,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $49,474 - $146,893

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $146,458
Here:

$146,458
State:

$180,542

Townhouses or other attached units: $40,017
Here:

$40,017
State:

$174,118

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $17,809
Here:

$17,809
State:

$127,773

Mobile homes: $81,497
Here:

$81,497
State:

$37,932

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $21,077
Here:

$21,077
State:

$46,345
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,041
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $267

Institutionalized population: 451

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):


Vernon County, MO map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $633 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $549 (0.7%)


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


Vernon County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 23.0%
(22.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 64.5% for Black residents, 49.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 28.8% for American Indian residents, 70.0% for other race residents, 35.8% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 40 years old
(Males: 39 years old, Females: 41 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 40 years old, Black residents: 19 years old, American Indian residents: 31 years old, Asian residents: 32 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22 years old, Other race residents: 21 years old)

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

14.9%
Whole state:

11.7%

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

5.5%
Whole state:

5.1%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Vernon County is $384 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $465 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $651 a month.

Cities in this county include: Nevada, Sheldon, Schell City, Walker, Bronaugh, Moundville, Richards, Harwood, Milo, Deerfield.

Vernon County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Local government website: WWW.VERNONCOUNTYMO.ORG

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Vernon County: East Cresap Ranch (A), Compton Junction (B), Compton Junction Fire District (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Vernon County include: Olive Branch Church (A), Antioch Church (B), Fairview Church (C), Church of Israel (D), Church of Christ (E), Blue Mound Baptist Church (F), Clayton Christian Church (G), Living Faith Church (H), Bethel Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Coleman Cemetery (1), Worsley Cemetery (2), Warkins Cemetery (3), Rosewood Cemetery (4), Beckmon Cemetery (5), McMullin Cemetery (6), McKill Chapel Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Long Lake (A), Maus Lake (B), Cottonwood Lake (C), Bell Pond (D), Shaw Pond (E), Old Folks Pond (F), Spile Lake (G), Stearns Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Eggelson Slough (A), Duncan Creek (B), Douglas Branch (C), Marmaton River (D), Pecan Creek (E), Crooked Branch (F), Cottonwood Branch (G), Comstock Creek (H), Coal Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Vernon County include: Big Drywood Creek Wildlife Area (1), Fair Haven City Park (2), Cephas Ford Public Access (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Bourbon County, Kansas , Barton County , Bates County , Crawford County, Kansas , Cedar County , Linn County, Kansas , St. Clair County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 704
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 76.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 14.2%

Number of foreign born residents: 256 (31% naturalized citizens)

Vernon County:

1.3%
Whole state:

2.7%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.9 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 78.7%

Vernon County marital status for males
Vernon County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Vernon County with a mortgage: 2,037 (148 second mortgage, 128 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,382

Here:

59.6% with mortgage
State:

67.6% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 48.89%
Here48.9%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 10,000
Total congregations: 49

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionChristian Churches and Churches of ChristUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic ChurchChurch of the Nazarene
Adherents4,589 (45.9%)1,283 (12.8%)1,203 (12.0%)772 (7.7%)321 (3.2%)
Congregations15 (30.6%)8 (16.3%)8 (16.3%)1 (2.0%)1 (2.0%)
NameLDS (Mormon) ChurchAssemblies of GodPresbyterian Church (USA)Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaOther
Adherents294 (2.9%)224 (2.2%)219 (2.2%)195 (2.0%)900 (9.0%)
Congregations1 (2.0%)2 (4.1%)1 (2.0%)1 (2.0%)11 (22.4%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Vernon County - Nevada, Sheldon, Schell City, Walker, Bronaugh

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
This county:

1.00 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

1.88 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Vernon County:

0.50 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.18 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (with gas): 10
This county:

5.00 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

4.34 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 15
Vernon County:

7.50 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

7.37 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.5%
Missouri:

8.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

29.7%
Missouri:

29.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Vernon County:

13.5%
State:

13.5%


Agriculture in Vernon County:

Average size of farms: 305 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $57,415
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $113.96
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.07%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 72.13%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $58,010
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 46.06%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.82%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $49,899
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 93.50%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 14.55
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 0.73%
Corn for grain: 35928 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 23637 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 70958 harvested acres
Vegetables: 62 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 5,118 acres

Tornado activity:

Vernon County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is slightly below Missouri state average. It is 1.4 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one fatality and 23 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 3/12/2006, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado killed one person and injured 7 people and caused $2 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Vernon County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Missouri state average. It is 98% 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 47.0 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 56.1 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 92.2 miles away from the county center
On 5/13/1999 at 14:18:22, a magnitude 3.0 (3.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 88.5 miles away from Vernon County center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), duration magnitude (MD)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Vernon County (18) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 11, Floods: 10, Tornadoes: 7, Winter Storms: 3, Winter Storm: 1, Drought: 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
  • Construction (13%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (12%)
  • Plastics and rubber products (8%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Health care (6%)
  • Truck transportation (5%)
  • Furniture and related product manufacturing (4%)
  • Health care (23%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Public administration (3%)
  • Social assistance (3%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (8%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Registered nurses (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (4%)

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




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





Vernon County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 6,904 (76%)
  • Carpooled: 1,330 (15%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 5 (0%)
  • Taxi: 28 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 2 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 7 (0%)
  • Walked: 262 (3%)
  • Other means: 96 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 468 (5%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $35,442.

6.22% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($28,690 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.22%
Missouri average:

7.87%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.52% relocated from other counties in Missouri ($13,890 average AGI)
2.70% relocated from other states ($14,800 average AGI)
Vernon County:

2.70%
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 Cedar County, MO  0.92% ($23,429 average AGI)
from Bates County, MO  0.51% ($26,114)
from Bourbon County, KS  0.32% ($36,318)
from Greene County, MO  0.29% ($21,250)
from Barton County, MO  0.28% ($22,368)
from Jasper County, MO  0.23% ($18,063)
from Cass County, MO  0.15% ($36,100)


7.12% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($28,685 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.12%
Missouri average:

7.66%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.32% relocated to other counties in Missouri ($16,459 average AGI)
2.79% relocated to other states ($12,226 average AGI)
Vernon County:

2.79%
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 Bates County, MO  0.65% ($19,133 average AGI)
to Cedar County, MO  0.58% ($33,650)
to Jasper County, MO  0.55% ($26,237)
to Barton County, MO  0.42% ($25,552)
to Greene County, MO  0.33% ($19,174)
to Jackson County, MO  0.32% ($31,136)
to Bourbon County, KS  0.25% ($25,706)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.1
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.7

Births per 1000 population in Vernon County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Vernon County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 13.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.3

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Vernon County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 3,748 (3,027 aged, 721 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1624.190
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1257.280

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 30.87
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 88.06

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 14.68

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 169.2. This is more than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 20,293

Size of family households: 2,692 2-persons, 1,152 3-persons, 935 4-persons, 461 5-persons, 180 6-persons, 119 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,466 1-person, 322 2-persons, 50 3-persons, 11 4-persons, 6 5-persons, 1 6-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

96.9% of residents of Vernon County speak English at home.
1.2% of residents speak Spanish at home (81% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 3% speak English not well).
1.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (73% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 6% speak English not well).
0.6% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (40% speak English very well, 45% speak English well, 15% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $121,963,000 ($5984 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $3,924,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $53,571,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $26,830,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $9,909,000
Federal grants: $24,839,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,196,000 ($166,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $5,618,000 ($1,238,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $527,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $4,750,000
Federal Government insurance: $15,989,000

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

Births: 1,418
Here:

69 per 1000 residents
State:

69 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,312
Here:

64 per 1000 residents
State:

49 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +26
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+7 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -122
Here -6 per 1000 residents
State +5 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Vernon County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 2.86 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.9
State:

6.0

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.3
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Vernon County, Missouri
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 7
  • 2 rooms: 24
  • 3 rooms: 144
  • 4 rooms: 672
  • 5 rooms: 1,419
  • 6 rooms: 1,509
  • 7 rooms: 825
  • 8 rooms: 602
  • 9+ rooms: 557
  • 1 room: 65
  • 2 rooms: 91
  • 3 rooms: 429
  • 4 rooms: 658
  • 5 rooms: 443
  • 6 rooms: 310
  • 7 rooms: 140
  • 8 rooms: 47
  • 9+ rooms: 24
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Vernon County, Missouri
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 9
  • 1 bedroom: 224
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,609
  • 3 bedrooms: 3,003
  • 4 bedrooms: 701
  • 5+ bedrooms: 213
  • no bedroom: 109
  • 1 bedroom: 631
  • 2 bedrooms: 886
  • 3 bedrooms: 480
  • 4 bedrooms: 88
  • 5+ bedrooms: 13
Cars and other vehicles available in Vernon County, Missouri in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 197
  • 1 vehicle: 1,453
  • 2 vehicles: 2,425
  • 3 vehicles: 1,138
  • 4 vehicles: 386
  • 5+ vehicles: 160
  • no vehicle: 416
  • 1 vehicle: 1,075
  • 2 vehicles: 581
  • 3 vehicles: 105
  • 4 vehicles: 17
  • 5+ vehicles: 13

55% of Vernon County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 57% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 57% lived in Missouri.

Vernon County:

55.0%
State average:

54.3%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $30,000


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 Vernon County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (35.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (35.2%)
  • Electricity (20.6%)
  • Wood (7.8%)
  • Utility gas (46.4%)
  • Electricity (29.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (21.3%)
  • Wood (2.1%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 215
Here:

9.2%
Missouri:

13.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 97
Here:

6.9%
Missouri:

11.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 263
Here:

41.0%
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 Revenue

Vernon County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Vernon County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Vernon County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Vernon County, MO among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary18280.2 years
William16975.5 years
John15476.5 years
James13773.2 years
Robert11571.5 years
Charles10574.0 years
George10075.6 years
Helen7176.2 years
Ruth6480.5 years
Harry6179.7 years
Most common last names in Vernon County, MO among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith11075.8 years
Johnson6176.2 years
Davis4978.8 years
Jones4876.5 years
Brown4275.7 years
Williams3974.2 years
Miller3879.1 years
Thomas3876.9 years
Wilson3476.7 years
Moore3279.8 years
Businesses in Vernon County, MO
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1Pizza Hut1
AutoZone1RadioShack1
Burger King1SAS Shoes1
Dairy Queen1SONIC Drive-In1
Domino's Pizza1Sears1
FedEx2Subway1
H&R Block1Super 81
Hardee's1Taco Bell1
KFC1U-Haul2
La-Z-Boy1UPS2
Lane Furniture1Walmart1
MasterBrand Cabinets3YMCA1
McDonald's1
Browse common businesses in Vernon County, MO

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