Wright County, Missouri (MO)

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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. 2013 cost of living index in Wright County: 79.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (50.0%), Educational, health and social services (10.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 30%
  • Government: 9%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 61%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Wright County, Missouri:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (96.3%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (1.3%)
  • Two or more races (1.1%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.5%)
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 2013: $28,373 ($24,691 in 1999)

This county:

$28373
Missouri:

$46931

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $356 (lower quartile is $301, upper quartile is $421)
This county:

$356
State:

$566


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $84,295 (it was $65,600 in 2000)
Wright:

$84,295
Missouri:

$133,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $44,020 - $146,413
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $808
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $272

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:

  • 2007: 14 buildings, average cost: $121,400
  • 2008: 18 buildings, average cost: $46,600
  • 2009: 14 buildings, average cost: $46,600

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $533 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $442 (0.6%)

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 2013: 27.5%
(26.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 12.7% for Black residents, 79.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 94.8% for other race residents, 56.4% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 28.3%
Wright County:

28.3%
Missouri:

15.9%
(27.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 11.1% for Black residents, 76.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 101.4% for other race residents, 53.1% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 40 years old
(Males: 38 years old, Females: 42 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 41 years old, Black residents: 23 years old, American Indian residents: 46 years old, Asian residents: 45 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23 years old, Other race residents: 28 years old)

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 .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

6.7%
Missouri:

6.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

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

  • 1995 to March 2000: 43
  • 1990 to 1994: 8
  • 1985 to 1989: 26
  • 1980 to 1984: 14
  • 1975 to 1979: 8
  • 1970 to 1974: 20
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 41

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:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

67.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Wright County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant10,11660
Mainline Protestant5095
Other3612
Catholic3042
None7,525-
Wright 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: 6
Wright County:

3.29 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.88 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.55 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

0.18 / 10,000 pop.

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

0.55 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

0.60 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 14
Wright County:

7.67 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

4.34 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 13
This county:

7.12 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.37 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Wright County:

9.0%
Missouri:

8.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Wright County:

29.6%
State:

29.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

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 significantly below Missouri state average. It is 3383009.2 times below 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 near Missouri state average. It is 74% 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 153.3 miles away from Wright 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 161.6 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 162.1 miles away from the county center
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) earthquake occurred 264.2 miles away from the county center
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 140.7 miles away from Wright 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 143.0 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 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 in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

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

  • Mexico (39%)
  • Germany (8%)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (6%)
  • Haiti (6%)
  • Canada (6%)
  • Sweden (5%)
  • Poland (5%)

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

  • United States or American (36%)
  • German (14%)
  • English (11%)
  • Irish (10%)
  • Scotch-Irish (2%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)
  • Dutch (2%)

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:

  • 171 people in nursing homes
  • 21 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 14 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 10 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children
  • 2 people in other workers' dormitories

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

  • 153 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 23 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 13 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 6 people in group homes intended for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $32,464.

6.13% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($25,745 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.13%
Missouri average:

6.69%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.89% relocated from other counties in Missouri ($15,924 average AGI)
2.24% relocated from other states ($9,822 average AGI)
Wright County:

2.24%
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 Greene County, MO  0.71% ($27,659 average AGI)
from Douglas County, MO  0.54% ($23,581)
from Texas County, MO  0.52% ($26,567)
from Webster County, MO  0.49% ($24,107)
from Laclede County, MO  0.36% ($17,048)
from Howell County, MO  0.24% ($23,143)


6.98% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($24,363 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.98%
Missouri average:

6.91%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.25% relocated to other counties in Missouri ($17,568 average AGI)
1.72% relocated to other states ($6,795 average AGI)
Wright County:

1.72%
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 Greene County, MO  1.33% ($22,338 average AGI)
to Webster County, MO  0.78% ($26,422)
to Texas County, MO  0.60% ($23,629)
to Laclede County, MO  0.50% ($24,862)
to Douglas County, MO  0.38% ($19,091)
to Christian County, MO  0.33% ($19,474)
to Howell County, MO  0.26% ($14,333)

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 from 2007 to 2013: 11.6

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.

3,520 married couples with children.
971 single-parent households (266 men, 705 women).

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

  • 2005 or later: 44
  • 2000 to 2004: 941
  • 1990 to 1999: 1,244
  • 1980 to 1989: 1,221
  • 1970 to 1979: 2,407
  • 1960 to 1969: 685
  • 1950 to 1959: 751
  • 1940 to 1949: 317
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,048
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Wright County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - Financial Administration: $650,000
    Regular Highways: $500,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $332,000
    Police Protection: $331,000
    Central Staff Services: $66,000
    General Public Buildings: $58,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $643,000

Wright County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $200,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Support: $7,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $150,000
    Interest Earnings: $45,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $468,000
    All Other: $100,000
  • Tax - Total General Sales: $647,000
    Property: $242,000

Wright County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $800,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Wright 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 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
Ford1Travelodge1
H&R Block2U-Haul4
KFC1U.S. Cellular1
La-Z-Boy1UPS2
McDonald's1Walmart1
Nike1YMCA2
Pizza Hut1

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