About Carter County MO
Carter County is a county in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,265. The county seat is Van Buren. The county was officially organized on March 10, 1859, and is named after Zimri A. Carter, a pioneer settler who came to Missouri from South Carolina in 1812.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 509 square miles (1,320 km), of which 507 square miles (1,310 km) is land and 1.7 square miles (4.4 km) (0.3%) is water.
Carter County is in the rugged southern Courtois Hills region of the southeastern Ozark Plateau, and is roughly dissected from north to south by the Current River. Much of the county consists of wooded hills and valleys, with the landscape becoming more rolling and the hills having broader tops and gentler slopes in the southeastern portions of the county. The topography of Carter County is essentially that of a highly dissected plateau.
The western and central sections of the county are drained by the Current River and its tributaries: Rogers Creek, Mill Creek, Pike Creek, Big Barren Creek, Aldridge Valley, Hen Peck Creek and Carters Creek. The eastern section of the county is drained by Cane Creek, Beaver Dam Creek, Little Black and Big Brushy Creek, all of which are tributaries of the Black River.
Stegall Mountain, with an elevation of 1,348 feet, is the highest point in the county. The county’s lowest elevations, about 400 feet, may be found in the river valleys on its southern boundary.
The bedrock is mostly (92.3%) Ordovician in age, with 7% being Cambrian and the remainder Precambrian. The weathering of this bedrock has produced an extensive system of solution channels and caves. This has resulted in the creation of numerous springs, with the largest being Big Spring located in the Current River near Van Buren. Some of the larger caves to be found in Carter County are Camp Yarn Cave, Midco Cave, Granite Quarry Cave, and Lost Man’s Cave.
Carter County has numerous small deposits of brown iron ore (limonite), and some effort has been made in the past to mine them, but the efforts have generally not been cost effective. The most notable limonite mining effort was at the Orchard Mine near Ellsinore. This mine operated for a ten-year period between 1902 and 1912, and for a time Carter County ranked 16th in the State of Missouri in iron ore production.
The principle geologic formations in Carter County, ranked in order of surface exposure, are:
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,941 people, 2,378 households, and 1,674 families residing in the county. The population density was 12 people per square mile (5/km²). There were 3,028 housing units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.60% White, 0.08% Black or African American, 1.35% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.03% from other races, and 1.83% from two or more races. Approximately 1.21% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Among the major first ancestries reported in Carter County were 28.1% American, 15.5% Irish, 15.0% German, and 12.7% English.
There were 2,378 households out of which 30.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.40% were married couples living together, 8.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.60% were non-families. 26.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the county, the population was spread out with 25.10% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 25.90% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 15.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $27,608, and the median income for a family was $33,349. Males had a median income of $25,568 versus $16,500 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,178. About 19.60% of families and 25.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.10% of those under age 18 and 20.20% of those age 65 or over.
According to the Association of Religion Data Archives County Membership Report (2000), Carter County is a part of the Bible Belt with evangelical Protestantism being the majority religion. The most predominant denominations among residents in Carter County who adhere to a religion are Southern Baptists (58.20%), Pentecostals (13.74%), and Roman Catholics (6.59%).
The first organized church to be established in the territory that would become Carter County, for which there is record, was the United Baptist Church of Christ, also known as the New Hope Baptist Church. This church was organized on December 27, 1843, in what was then Ripley County, its first church building being a log cabin built on Pike Creek.
Carter County Missouri neighborhoods include: Agency, Altenburg, Amazonia, Anabel, Anderson, Arbyrd, Archie, Arnold, Asbury, Ash Grove, Ashland, Atlanta, Aurora, Ava, Avilla, Ballwin, Barnard, Barnett, Barnhart, Bates City, Battlefield, Bellflower, Belton, Bethany, Bevier, Billings, Birmingham, Blackwater, Blackwell, Blairstown, Bloomsdale, Blue Eye, Blue Springs, Blythedale, Bois D Arc, Bolckow, Bonne Terre, Boonville, Bourbon, Bradleyville, Branson, Brashear, Brighton, Brookline, Brumley, Bruner, Buckner, Bunceton, Burfordville, Burlington Junction, Butler, Byrnes Mill, Cainsville, Calhoun, California, Callao, Camden Point, Camdenton, Campbell, Cape Fair, Cape Girardeau, Cardwell, Carl Junction, Carterville, Carthage, Caruthersville, Catawissa, Cedarcreek, Cedar Hill, Centertown, Centerview, Centralia, Chadwick, Chaffee, Cherryville, Chesterfield, Chestnutridge, Chilhowee, Clarence, Clark, Clarksburg, Clarksdale, Clarkton, Clearmont, Cleveland, Clever, Clinton, Clyde, Cole Camp, Columbia, Conception, Conception Junction, Concordia, Conway, Cook Sta, Cosby, Country Club, Crane, Creighton, Crocker, Crystal City, Cuba, Daisy, Davisville, Dearborn, Deepwater, Defiance, De Kalb, Delta, De Soto, Des Peres, Devils Elbow, Diamond, Dittmer, Dixon, Drexel, Eagleville, Easton, Edgerton, Eldon, Eldridge, Elmer, Elmo, Elsberry, Eolia, Ethel, Eugene, Eureka, Everton, Excello, Excelsior Springs, Fair Grove, Falcon, Faucett, Fenton, Ferguson, Festus, Fillmore, Fletcher, Florence, Florissant, Foley, Fordland, Foristell, Forsyth, Fortuna, Freeman, Freistatt, Friedheim, Frohna, Galena, Garden City, Garrison, Gibbs, Gilman City, Gladstone, Gobler, Golden City, Goodman, Gower, Graham, Grain Valley, Grandview, Grant City, Gravois Mills, Green Castle, Green Ridge, Greentop, Greenwood, Grovespring, Grubville, Guilford, Hallsville, Harrisburg, Harrisonville, Hartsburg, Hatfield, Hawk Point, Hayti, Helena, Henley, Herculaneum, Higginsville, Highlandville, High Ridge, Hillsboro, Holcomb, Holden, Hollister, Holt, Hopkins, Hornersville, House Springs, Hurdland, Hurley, Iberia, Imperial, Independence, Jackson, Jane, Jasper, Jefferson City, Joplin, Kaiser, Kansas City, Kearney, Kennett, Kimberling City, King City, Kingsville, Kirbyville, Kirksville, Kirkwood, Kissee Mills, Knob Noster, La Grange, Lake Lotawana, Lake Ozark, Lake Tapawingo, Lake Winnebago, Lampe, Lanagan, La Plata, Laquey, La Russell, Lawson, Leasburg, Lebanon, Lees Summit, Leeton, Liberal, Liberty, Lohman, Lone Jack, Lynchburg, Macon, Malden, Manchester, Marionville, Marshfield, Martinsville, Maryland Heights, Maryville, Mc Clurg, Merriam Woods Village, Meta, Middletown, Miller, Millersville, Mindenmines, Monett, Montrose, Mora, Mosby, Moscow Mills, Mount Vernon, Napoleon, Nelson, New Boston, New Cambria, New Hampton, Niangua, Nixa, Noel, Novinger, Oak Grove, Oak Ridge, Odessa, O Fallon, Old Appleton, Oldfield, Old Monroe, Olean, Olney, Oran, Oronogo, Orrick, Osage Beach, Otterville, Owensville, Ozark, Pacific, Parkville, Parnell, Peculiar, Perryville, Pevely, Phillipsburg, Pickering, Pierce City, Pilot Grove, Pineville, Plato, Platte City, Pleasant Hill, Pleasant Hope, Pleasant Valley, Ponce De Leon, Portageville, Potosi, Powell, Powersite, Prairie Home, Princeton, Protem, Randolph, Ravenwood, Raymore, Raytown, Rea, Reeds, Reeds Spring, Republic, Richland, Ridgedale, Ridgeway, Riverside, Robertsville, Rocheport, Rockaway Beach, Rocky Comfort, Rocky Mount, Rogersville, Rolla, Rosendale, Rueter, Rushville, Russellville, Saddlebrooke, Saint Charles, Saint Elizabeth, Saint James, Saint Joseph, Saint Louis, Saint Mary, Saint Peters, Saint Robert, Saint Thomas, Salem, Sarcoxie, Savannah, Sedalia, Senath, Seymour, Shell Knob, Sibley, Silex, Skidmore, Smithton, Smithville, South West City, Sparta, Spokane, Springfield, Stanberry, Steele, Steelville, Stella, St Joseph, Stotts City, Stoutland, Stover, Strafford, Sturgeon, Sugar Creek, Sullivan, Sunrise Beach, Sweet Springs, Syracuse, Taneyville, Theodosia, Tiff City, Tipton, Trimble, Troy, Truxton, Tunas, Tuscumbia, Ulman, Union Star, Uniontown, University City, Urich, Valles Mines, Valley Park, Verona, Versailles, Viburnum, Village Of Loch Lloyd, Walnut Grove, Walnut Shade, Wardell, Warrensburg, Warrenton, Warsaw, Wayland, Waynesville, Webb City, Webster Groves, Wentworth, Wentzville, Wesco, Weston, Whiteman Air Force Base, Whitewater, Wildwood, Willard, Windsor, Windyville, Winfield, Wooldridge, Wright City
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