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County population in 2012: 18,629 (23% urban, 77% rural); it was 17,955 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,902
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,406
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 5,178
Renter-occupied apartments: 2,191 (it was 1,903 in 2000)
% of renters here:

27%
State:

31%

Land area: 682 sq. mi.
Water area: 1.1 sq. mi.
Population density: 27 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Wright County: 79.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (21.6%), Manufacturing (17.2%), Retail trade (11.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 74%
  • Government: 12%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 14%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Wright County, Missouri:


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

Males: 9,176  (46.3%)
Females: 9,639  (53.7%)

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Average household size:
Wright County:

2.0 people
Missouri:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $29,439 ($24,691 in 1999)
This county:

$29439
Missouri:

$45229

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $300 (lower quartile is $191, upper quartile is $374)
This county:

$300
State:

$520


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $88,390 (it was $65,600 in 2000)
Wright County:

$88,390
Missouri:

$139,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $50,288 - $161,687

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $167,897
Here:

$167,897
State:

$180,542

Townhouses or other attached units: $31,725
Here:

$31,725
State:

$174,118

In 2-unit structures: $120,867
Here:

$120,867
State:

$114,067

Mobile homes: $68,203
Here:

$68,203
State:

$37,932

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $34,307
Here:

$34,307
State:

$46,345
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $846
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $248

Institutionalized population: 189

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):


Wright County, MO map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $414 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $373 (0.5%)


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


Wright County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 26.1%
(25.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 70.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for other race residents, 32.1% 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: 23 years old, American Indian residents: 40 years old, Asian residents: 33 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22 years old, Other race residents: 24 years old)

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

21.7%
Whole state:

11.7%

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

7.7%
Whole state:

5.1%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Wright County is $356 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $464 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $586 a month.

Cities in this county include: Mountain Grove, Mansfield, Hartville, Norwood.

Wright 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 Wright County: School Number 5 (A), Jarres Ford (B), Pleasant Ridge School (C), Sunny Side (D), Oetting School (E), Oak Ridge School (F), Oak Grove School (G), Mount Olive School (H), Buzzard Bluff State Access (I), Kindrick School (J), Laura Ingalls Wilder House (K), Grovespring Area Voluntary Fire Protection Association Station 2 (L), Northern Wright County Volunteer Fire Department (M), Grovespring Area Voluntary Fire Protection Association Station 1 (N). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Wright County include: Oak Grove Church (A), Fairmount Church (B), Fairview Church (C), Pea Ridge Church (D), Church of God (E), Peace Valley Church (F), Friendship Baptist Church (G), Glad Hill Church (H), Pleasant Hill Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Deaker Cemetery (1), Dennis Cemetery (2), Blankenship Cemetery (3), Elmwood Cemetery (4), Findley Cemetery (5), Macomb Cemetery (6), Matlock Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Lawson Lake (A), Casebeer Lake (B), Porter Lake (C), Doril Leascher Lake (D), Casador Lake (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Elk Creek (A), Edwards Branch (B), Shaw Branch (C), Flannery Branch (D), Dry Branch (E), Dake Creek (F), Crooked Creek (G), Lick Fork Gasconade River (H), Coon Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Wright County: Wilber Allen Memorial State Wildlife Area (1). Display/hide its location on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Douglas County , Laclede County , Texas County , Webster County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 549
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 71.1%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 9.8%

Number of foreign born residents: 160 (48% naturalized citizens)

Wright County:

0.9%
Whole state:

2.7%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 26.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 64.6%

Wright County marital status for males
Wright County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Wright County with a mortgage: 1,180 (81 second mortgage, 57 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,034

Here:

53.3% with mortgage
State:

67.6% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 59.96%
Here60.0%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 10,766
Total congregations: 70

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionNational Association of Free Will BaptistsAssemblies of GodUnited Methodist ChurchChurch of the Nazarene
Adherents5,374 (49.9%)2,136 (19.8%)813 (7.6%)503 (4.7%)412 (3.8%)
Congregations17 (24.3%)20 (28.6%)4 (5.7%)4 (5.7%)3 (4.3%)
NameChurches of ChristCatholic ChurchChristian Churches and Churches of ChristIndependent Free Will Baptists AssociationsOther
Adherents400 (3.7%)323 (3.0%)245 (2.3%)160 (1.5%)400 (3.7%)
Congregations6 (8.6%)2 (2.9%)2 (2.9%)3 (4.3%)9 (12.9%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Wright County - Mountain Grove, Mansfield, Hartville, Norwood

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
This county:

3.29 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

1.88 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Wright County:

0.55 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.18 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Wright County:

0.55 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

0.60 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 14
This county:

7.67 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

4.34 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 13
Wright County:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

7.37 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.0%
Missouri:

8.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

29.6%
Missouri:

29.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Wright County:

9.7%
State:

13.5%


Agriculture in Wright County:

Average size of farms: 236 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $32,716
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $38.29
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 93.89%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $31,987
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 22.11%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.17%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $34,494
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 95.99%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 24.98
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 17.67%
All wheat for grain: 306 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 440 acres

Tornado activity:

Wright County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is near Missouri state average. It is 1.8 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 3 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 4/13/1974, a category 2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado injured 2 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Wright County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Missouri state average. It is 90% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/7/1991 at 21:24:02, a magnitude 4.0 (3.8 LG, 4.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 60.3 miles away from the county center
On 8/16/2003 at 05:09:22, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 LG, 3.7 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 55.5 miles away from the county center
On 8/22/2000 at 20:12:14, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 LG, Depth: 5.2 mi) earthquake occurred 90.9 miles away from the county center
On 10/21/1999 at 08:18:00, a magnitude 3.9 (3.3 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 12.0 mi) earthquake occurred 95.0 miles away from Wright County center
On 6/27/2000 at 01:28:45, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 LG, 3.7 LG, Depth: 0.1 mi) earthquake occurred 100.0 miles away from the county center
On 7/2/1991 at 03:49:01, a magnitude 3.3 (3.3 MD, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 45.5 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), duration magnitude (MD), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Wright County (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 6, Winter Storms: 5, Tornadoes: 4, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (14%)
  • Construction (13%)
  • Transportation equipment (8%)
  • Truck transportation (7%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Metal and metal products (4%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Health care (17%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (5%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (5%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Farmers and farm managers (9%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (9%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (7%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (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 Wright County (%):





Wright County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 5,288 (73%)
  • Carpooled: 1,101 (15%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 9 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 2 (0%)
  • Walked: 126 (2%)
  • Other means: 57 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 687 (9%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $31,083.

7.31% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($28,535 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.31%
Missouri average:

7.87%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.26% relocated from other counties in Missouri ($13,739 average AGI)
3.05% relocated from other states ($14,798 average AGI)
Wright County:

3.05%
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 Greene County, MO  0.86% ($24,180 average AGI)
from Texas County, MO  0.53% ($24,452)
from Webster County, MO  0.51% ($21,100)
from Douglas County, MO  0.50% ($20,069)
from Laclede County, MO  0.43% ($24,240)
from Howell County, MO  0.36% ($30,714)


8.08% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($26,269 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.08%
Missouri average:

7.66%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
6.31% relocated to other counties in Missouri ($20,617 average AGI)
1.77% relocated to other states ($5,653 average AGI)
Wright 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 Greene County, MO  1.70% ($25,140 average AGI)
to Webster County, MO  1.12% ($30,697)
to Laclede County, MO  0.66% ($27,692)
to Texas County, MO  0.66% ($22,436)
to Douglas County, MO  0.61% ($26,194)
to Christian County, MO  0.22% ($36,154)
to Howell County, MO  0.20% ($24,500)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.5

Births per 1000 population in Wright County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Wright County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 6.2
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 10.0

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Wright County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 4,138 (3,277 aged, 861 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 19%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 16%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1485.850
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 955.970
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 16.39

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 30.65
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 43.7

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 10.93

Household type by relationship:

Households: 18,620

Size of family households: 2,489 2-persons, 1,007 3-persons, 874 4-persons, 452 5-persons, 196 6-persons, 120 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,051 1-person, 275 2-persons, 23 3-persons, 10 4-persons, 2 5-persons.

97.3% of residents of Wright County speak English at home.
1.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (56% speak English very well, 20% speak English well, 14% speak English not well, 10% don't speak English at all).
1.1% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (77% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 8% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (86% speak English very well, 14% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $133,091,000 ($7322 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $3,710,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $56,975,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $27,724,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,100,000
Federal grants: $42,965,000
Federal procurement contracts: $885,000 ($41,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,442,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $419,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $7,051,000
Federal Government insurance: $1,148,000

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

Births: 1,324
Here:

72 per 1000 residents
State:

69 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,110
Here:

61 per 1000 residents
State:

49 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +20
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+7 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +137
Here:

+7 per 1000 residents
State:

+5 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Wright County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.37 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.6
State:

6.0

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.7
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Wright County, Missouri
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 11
  • 2 rooms: 26
  • 3 rooms: 97
  • 4 rooms: 772
  • 5 rooms: 1,598
  • 6 rooms: 1,251
  • 7 rooms: 725
  • 8 rooms: 390
  • 9+ rooms: 308
  • 1 room: 15
  • 2 rooms: 106
  • 3 rooms: 285
  • 4 rooms: 430
  • 5 rooms: 543
  • 6 rooms: 304
  • 7 rooms: 124
  • 8 rooms: 63
  • 9+ rooms: 33
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Wright County, Missouri
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 28
  • 1 bedroom: 120
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,505
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,704
  • 4 bedrooms: 687
  • 5+ bedrooms: 134
  • no bedroom: 21
  • 1 bedroom: 368
  • 2 bedrooms: 795
  • 3 bedrooms: 632
  • 4 bedrooms: 57
  • 5+ bedrooms: 30
Cars and other vehicles available in Wright County, Missouri in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 236
  • 1 vehicle: 1,245
  • 2 vehicles: 2,327
  • 3 vehicles: 955
  • 4 vehicles: 297
  • 5+ vehicles: 118
  • no vehicle: 325
  • 1 vehicle: 956
  • 2 vehicles: 532
  • 3 vehicles: 72
  • 4 vehicles: 15
  • 5+ vehicles: 3

53% of Wright County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 51% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 58% lived in Missouri.

Wright County:

53.3%
State average:

54.3%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $41,600


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Wright County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (47.4%)
  • Wood (24.3%)
  • Utility gas (15.6%)
  • Electricity (11.7%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (0.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (38.2%)
  • Electricity (29.5%)
  • Utility gas (20.2%)
  • Wood (10.4%)
  • Other fuel (0.8%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 143
Here:

6.5%
Missouri:

13.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 22
Here:

2.1%
Missouri:

11.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 63
Here:

15.1%
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

Wright County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Wright County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Wright County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Wright County, MO among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William16876.7 years
John14176.6 years
James13275.2 years
Mary11181.1 years
Robert8870.7 years
Charles8175.6 years
George7977.9 years
Roy5574.8 years
Ruth4677.6 years
Fred4679.2 years
Most common last names in Wright County, MO among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith11176.5 years
Davis6578.0 years
Sanders4875.5 years
Williams4878.3 years
Moore4673.7 years
Johnson4571.9 years
Brown4577.6 years
Miller4277.8 years
Jones4078.2 years
Hicks3573.4 years
Businesses in Wright County, MO
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1RadioShack1
Ace Hardware1SONIC Drive-In1
Days Inn2Sears1
Domino's Pizza1Subway3
FedEx1Taco Bell1
H&R Block2Travelodge1
KFC1U-Haul4
La-Z-Boy1U.S. Cellular1
McDonald's1UPS2
Nike1Walmart1
Pizza Hut1YMCA2
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