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Clinton County, Missouri

Clinton County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Clinton County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded January 2, 1833
Named for DeWitt Clinton
Seat Plattsburg
Largest city Cameron
 • Total 423 sq mi (1,096 km2)
 • Land 419 sq mi (1,085 km2)
 • Water 4.5 sq mi (12 km2), 1.1%
 • (2010) 20,743
 • Density 50/sq mi (19/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .org.clintoncomowww
Statue of "President for a Day" David Rice Atchison at the Clinton County Courthouse

Clinton County is a Governor DeWitt Clinton of New York.[3][4] The county seat of Plattsburg derives it name from a town of a similar name that is the county seat of Clinton County, New York, which was also named for the Governor.

Clinton County is part of the Kansas City, MO-KS Metropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 423 square miles (1,100 km2), of which 419 square miles (1,090 km2) is land and 4.5 square miles (12 km2) (1.1%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties

Major highways


As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 18,979 people, 7,152 households, and 5,299 families residing in the county. The population density was 45 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 7,877 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.58% White, 1.52% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.27% from other races, and 1.12% from two or more races. Approximately 1.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,152 households out of which 34.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.40% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.90% were non-families. 22.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.80% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 28.20% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 14.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,629, and the median income for a family was $48,244. Males had a median income of $36,307 versus $22,991 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,056. About 7.30% of families and 9.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.30% of those under age 18 and 12.70% of those age 65 or over.


Public schools

  • Cameron R-I School District – Cameron
    • Parkview Elementary School (PK-04)
    • Cameron Middle School (05-08)
    • Cameron High School (09-12)
  • Clinton County R-III School District – Plattsburg
    • Ellis Elementary School (PK-04)
    • Clinton County Middle School (05-08)
    • Plattsburg High School (09-12)
  • East Buchanan County C-1 School District – Gower
    • East Buchanan County Elementary School (PK-05)
    • East Buchanan County Middle School (06-08)
    • East Buchanan County High School (09-12)
  • Lathrop R-II School District – Lathrop
    • Lathrop Elementary School (K-05)
    • Lathrop Middle School (06-08)
    • Lathrop High School (09-12)



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

Clinton County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Jerry Howard Democratic
Circuit Clerk Molly Livingston Democratic
County Clerk Mary Blanton Democratic
Collector Sharon Cockrum Democratic
Wade Wilken, Jr. Republican
(District 1)
Charles Dawson Republican
(District 2)
Larry King Democratic
Coroner Kathleen M. Little Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Joe Gagnon Democratic
Public Administrator Nancy D. Wingate Democratic
Recorder Molly Livingston Democratic
Sheriff K. Porter Hensen Democratic
Treasurer Leann Gump Democratic


Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 40.51% 4,199 57.00% 5,909 2.49% 258
2004 49.06% 4,663 49.51% 4,705 1.43% 136
2000 46.71% 3,943 51.10% 4,313 2.19% 185
1996 29.96% 2,142 67.87% 4,852 2.17% 155

Clinton County is divided into two legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives, both of which are held by Republicans.

  • District 5 – Glen Klippenstein (R-Maysville). Consists of most of the entire county and includes the communities of Cameron, Gower, Holt, Lathrop, Osborne, Plattsburg, Trimble, and Turney.
Missouri House of Representatives - District 5 – Clinton County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Glen Klippenstein 3,799 54.44
Democratic Judy Wright 2,938 42.10
Constitution Gary Murray 241 3.45
  • District 7 – Mike Lair (R-Chillicothe). Consists of a small part of the county.
Missouri House of Representatives - District 7 – Clinton County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mike Lair 140 54.05
Democratic Dale R. Toms 119 45.95
All of Clinton County is a part of Missouri’s 12th District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Brad Lager (R-Savannah).
Missouri Senate - District 12 – Clinton County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Brad Lager 5,720 100.00


All of Clinton County is included in Missouri’s 6th Congressional District and is currently represented by Sam Graves (R-Tarkio) in the U.S. House of Representatives.
U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri’s 6th Congressional District – Clinton County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Sam Graves 4,852 67.23
Democratic Clint Hylton 2,362 32.73
Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 54.61% 5,709 43.48% 4,545 1.91% 200
2004 55.42% 5,287 43.66% 4,165 0.92% 88
2000 50.67% 4,323 46.82% 3,994 2.51% 214
1996 38.80% 2,780 48.08% 3,445 13.11% 940

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)

Clinton County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 603 (31.62%)
Mike Huckabee 497 (26.06%)
Mitt Romney 606 (31.78%)
Ron Paul 171 (8.97%)
Clinton County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 1,490 (57.07%)
Barack Obama 981 (37.57%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 100 (3.83%)
Uncommitted 15 (0.57%)

Cities and towns


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 277. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 85. 
  5. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder".  

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