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Monroe County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missourimarker. The county was organized in 1831 and named for U.S. President James Monroe. As of 2000, the population was 9,311. Its county seat is Parismarker .


Monroe County was one of several along the Missouri Rivermarker settled by migrants from the Upper South, especially Kentuckymarker and Tennesseemarker. They brought slaves and slaveholding traditions with them, and quickly started cultivating crops similar to those in Middle Tennessee and Kentucky: hemp and tobacco. They also brought characteristic antebellum architecture and culture. The county was considered at the heart of what was called Little Dixie.

Monroe County was one of only two jurisidictions in the Show-Me-State to be carried by Democrat George McGovern in the 1972 presidential election against incumbent Republican president Richard Nixon. The other was the City of St. Louismarker, a Democratic stronghold.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 670 square miles (1,736 km²), of which, 646 square miles (1,673 km²) of it is land and 24 square miles (63 km²) of it (3.62%) is water.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 9,311 people, 3,656 households, and 2,566 families residing in the county. The population density was 14 people per square mile (6/km²). There were 4,565 housing units at an average density of 7 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.66% White, 3.83% Black or African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. 0.56% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.7% were of German, 23.2% Americanmarker, 14.2% English and 11.8% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 3,656 households out of which 31.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.10% were married couples living together, 7.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.80% were non-families. 26.50% 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 3.02.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.90% under the age of 18, 7.30% from 18 to 24, 25.00% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 17.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,871, and the median income for a family was $36,895. Males had a median income of $26,534 versus $20,440 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,695. About 8.30% of families and 11.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.00% of those under age 18 and 10.30% of those age 65 or over.

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  1. The Story of Little Dixie, Missouri, Missouri Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans, accessed 3 Jun 2008

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