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Pike County, Missouri

Pike County, Missouri
Pike County Courthouse in Bowling Green
Map of Missouri highlighting Pike County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded December 4, 1818
Named for Zebulon M. Pike
Seat Bowling Green
Largest city Bowling Green
 • Total 685 sq mi (1,774 km2)
 • Land 670 sq mi (1,735 km2)
 • Water 14 sq mi (36 km2), 2.1%
 • (2010) 18,516
 • Density 28/sq mi (11/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .org.pikecountymowww

Pike County is a Zebulon M. Pike. The folksong Sweet Betsy from Pike is generally thought to refer to Pike County, Missouri.

Pike County is said to be the home of Momo (The Missouri Monster), with the first reported sightings in the 1970s dating back to various locations throughout the county.


  • Geography 1
    • Adjacent counties 1.1
    • Major highways 1.2
    • National protected area 1.3
  • Demographics 2
  • Education 3
    • Public schools 3.1
    • Private schools 3.2
  • Politics 4
    • Local 4.1
    • State 4.2
    • Federal 4.3
      • Political culture 4.3.1
    • Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008) 4.4
  • Communities 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 685 square miles (1,770 km2), of which 670 square miles (1,700 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36 km2) (2.1%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties

Pike County in Missouri and Illinois are two of twenty-two counties or parishes in the United States with the same name to border each other across state lines. The others are Union Parish, Louisiana and Union County, Arkansas, Big Horn County, Montana and Big Horn County, Wyoming, Sabine County, Texas and Sabine Parish, Louisiana, Bristol County, Massachusetts and Bristol County, Rhode Island, Kent County, Delaware and Kent County, Maryland, Escambia County, Alabama and Escambia County, Florida, Teton County, Idaho and Teton County, Wyoming, Park County, Montana and Park County, Wyoming, San Juan County, New Mexico and San Juan County, Utah, and Vermilion County, Illinois and Vermillion County, Indiana. respectively. (Note, despite the different spellings, the source of the name is the same for Vermilion County, Illinois and Vermillion County, Indiana—the Vermillion River which flows through both counties.)

Major highways

National protected area


As of the census[9] of 2010, there were 18,516 people, 6,451 households, and 4,476 families residing in the county. The population density was 27 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 7,493 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.44% White, 9.17% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.92% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Approximately 1.61% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.6% were of American, 24.5% German, 8.9% English and 8.5% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 6,451 households out of which 31.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.70% were married couples living together, 9.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.60% were non-families. 26.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.40% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 119.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 123.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,373, and the median income for a family was $39,059. Males had a median income of $28,528 versus $19,426 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,462. 15.50% of the population and 11.90% of families were below the poverty line. 20.20% of those under the age of 18 and 15.20% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.


Public schools

  • Boncl R-X School District – Louisiana
    • Boncl Elementary School (PK-08)
  • Bowling Green R-I School District – Bowling Green
    • Bowling Green Elementary School (PK-05)
    • Frankford Elementary School (K-05)
    • Bowling Green Middle School (06-08)
    • Bowling Green High School (09-12)
  • Louisiana R-II School District – Louisiana
    • Louisiana Elementary School (PK-05)
    • Louisiana Middle School (06-08)
    • Louisiana High School (09-12)
  • Pike County R-III School District – Clarksville
    • Clopton Elementary School (PK-06)
    • Clopton High School (07-12)

Private schools



The Democratic Party predominantly controls politics at the local level in Pike County. Democrats hold all but one of the elected positions in the county.

Pike County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Donna Prior Democratic
Circuit Clerk Jerri Harrelson Democratic
County Clerk Melissa Kempke Democratic
Collector Marty J. Morrison Democratic
Dan Miller Democratic
(District 1)
Curt Mitchell Democratic
(District 2)
Jim Luebrecht Democratic
Coroner Jim Turner Democratic
Prosecuting Attorney Mark Fisher Democratic
Public Administrator Nina K. Long Democratic
Recorder Sherry McCarty Democratic
Sheriff Stephen Korte Republican
Surveyor Marty Wasson Democratic
Treasurer Patti Crane Democratic


Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 49.09% 3,850 49.19% 3,858 1.73% 135
2004 55.32% 4,416 43.02% 3,434 1.65% 132
2000 46.74% 3,427 50.70% 3,717 2.56% 188
1996 30.30% 2,027 67.65% 4,525 2.05% 137

All of Pike County is a part of Missouri’s 10th District in the Missouri House of Representatives and is represented by Jay D. Houghton (R-Martinsburg).

Missouri House of Representatives – District 10 – Pike County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jay D. Houghton 2,889 50.60
Democratic Linda Witte 2,345 41.08
Constitution Josh Allum 475 8.32

All of Pike County is a part of Missouri’s 18th District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown).

Missouri Senate - District 18 – Pike County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Brian Munzlinger 3,169 56.43
Democratic Wes Shoemyer 2,447 43.57


All of Pike County is included in Missouri’s 9th Congressional District and is currently represented by Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-St. Elizabeth) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri’s 9th Congressional District – Pike County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Blaine Luetkemeyer 4,062 77.74
Libertarian Christopher W. Dwyer 1,162 22.24

Political culture

Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 53.97% 4,268 44.09% 3,487 1.94% 153
2004 53.66% 4,314 45.65% 3,670 0.70% 56
2000 49.63% 3,648 48.39% 3,557 1.98% 146
1996 33.00% 2,209 52.22% 3,495 14.78% 989

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)

  • Former U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-New York) received more votes, a total of 1,447, than any candidate from either party in Pike County during the 2008 presidential primary. She also received more votes individually than the entire number of votes cast in the Republican Primary in Pike County.
Pike County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 463 (32.58%)
Mike Huckabee 461 (32.44%)
Mitt Romney 388 (27.30%)
Ron Paul 84 (5.91%)
Pike County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Clinton 1,447 (62.67%)
Barack Obama 767 (33.22%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 82 (3.55%)


See also


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • Digitized 1930 Plat Book of Pike County from University of Missouri Division of Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books

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