Cooper County is a county located in the U.S.
state of Missouri.
of 2000, the population was 16,670. Its county seat
is Boonville . The county was organized in 1818 and is named
for Sarshall Cooper, a frontier
settler who was killed by Indians near Arrow
Rock in 1814.
According to the U.S.
county has a total area of 570 square miles (1,477 km²),
of which, 565 square miles (1,463 km²) of it is land and
5 square miles (13 km²) of it (0.91%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 16,670
people, 5,932 households, and 4,140 families residing in the
county. The population density
was 30 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 6,676 housing
units at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The
racial makeup of the county was 89.05% White
, 8.96% Black
or African American
, 0.36% Native American
, 0.23% Asian
, 0.02% Pacific Islander
, 0.28% from
, and 1.11%
from two or more races. 0.86% of the population were Hispanic
of any race. 38.1% were of German, 18.7% American, 8.1%
English and 8.0% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 5,932 households out of which 31.80% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 57.40% were married couples
living together, 9.00% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 30.20% were non-families.
26.10% 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 22.80% under the
age of 18, 14.00% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 20.60% from
45 to 64, and 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median
age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 117.40 males.
For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 120.00
The median income for a household in the county was $35,313, and
the median income for a family was $41,526. Males had a median
income of $28,513 versus $20,965 for females. The per capita income
for the county was
$15,648. About 8.30% of families and 10.70% of the population were
below the poverty line
12.80% of those under age 18 and 8.30% of those age 65 or
Cooper County is divided into fourteen townships