Macon County is a county located in the U.S.
state of Missouri.
of 2000, the population was 15,762. Its county seat
is Macon .
county was organized in 1837 and named for Nathaniel Macon
, a North Carolina
politician. The first person to settle in the county was Nathaniel
Tuttle during the late 1790s.
According to the U.S.
county has a total area of 813 square
), of which,
804 square miles (2,082 km²) of it is land and
9 square miles (23 km²) of it (1.08%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 15,762
people, 6,501 households, and 4,381 families residing in the
county. The population density
was 20 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 7,502 housing
units at an average density of 9 per square mile (4/km²). The
racial makeup of the county was 96.18% White
, 2.21% Black
or African American
, 0.39% Native American
, 0.16% Asian
, 0.01% Pacific Islander
, 0.22% from
, and 0.83%
from two or more races. 0.77% of the population were Hispanic
of any race. 22.8% were of German, 21.8% American, 13.9%
English and 10.8% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 6,501 households out of which 29.10% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 55.70% were married couples
living together, 8.40% had a female
householder with no husband present, and 32.60% were non-families.
29.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.00% 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 2.92.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.20% under the
age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 25.30% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from
45 to 64, and 19.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median
age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.40 males. For
every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $30,195, and
the median income for a family was $36,370. Males had a median
income of $26,408 versus $18,275 for females. The per capita income
for the county was
$16,189. About 8.30% of families and 12.50% of the population were
below the poverty line
15.00% of those under age 18 and 13.10% of those age 65 or
Cities and towns