Chariton County is a
county located in the U.S. state of Missouri.
of 2000, the population was 8,438. Its county seat
is Keytesville . The county was organized in 1820 from part of
County and was named from the Chariton River.
County was settled primarily from migrants from the Upper South states, especially Kentucky and Tennessee.
They brought slaves
and slaveholding traditions with them, and quickly started
cultivating crops similar to those in Middle Tennessee
and Kentucky: hemp and
tobacco. Chariton was one of several counties settled
mostly by southerners to the north and south of the Missouri River.
Given their culture and traditions, this
area became known as Little Dixie
Chariton was at its heart.
According to the U.S.
county has a total area of 768 square miles (1,990 km²),
of which, 756 square miles (1,958 km²) of it is land and
12 square miles (32 km²) of it (1.61%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 8,438
people, 3,469 households, and 2,345 families residing in the
county. The population density
was 11 people per square mile (4/km²). There were 4,250 housing
units at an average density of 6 per square mile (2/km²). The
racial makeup of the county was 95.99% White
, 3.19% Black
or African American
, 0.17% Native American
, 0.13% Asian
, 0.11% from other races
, and 0.41% from two
or more races. 0.56% of the population were Hispanic
of any race. 38.8% were of
German, 25.5% American, 9.7% English and
7.8% Irish ancestry according to
There were 3,469 households out of which 28.40% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 58.30% were married couples
living together, 6.50% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 32.40% were non-families.
29.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.30% had
someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the county the population was spread out with 23.70% under the
age of 18, 6.50% from 18 to 24, 23.70% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from
45 to 64, and 22.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median
age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 91.90 males. For
every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $32,285, and
the median income for a family was $39,176. Males had a median
income of $25,263 versus $19,068 for females. The per capita income
for the county was
$15,515. About 8.80% of families and 11.60% of the population were
below the poverty line
11.40% of those under age 18 and 14.00% of those age 65 or
Cities and towns
- The Story of Little Dixie, Missouri Missouri
Division - Sons of Confederate Veterans, accessed 3 Jun 2008