Saline County is a county located in the U.S.
state of Missouri.
2000, the population was 23,756. Its county seat
is Marshall .
The county was established in 1820 and
named for the region's salt springs.
County was settled primarily by migrants from the Upper South states of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia.
quickly started cultivating crops similar to those in Middle Tennessee
and Kentucky: hemp and
tobacco. Saline was one of several counties settled mostly by
southerners to the north and south of the Missouri River.
According to the U.S.
county has a total area of 765 square miles (1,980 km²),
of which, 756 square miles (1,957 km²) of it is land and
9 square miles (23 km²) of it (1.18%) is water.
At the 2000 census
, there were 23,756
people, 9,015 households and 6,013 families residing in the county.
The population density
was 31 per
square mile (12/km²). There were 10,019 housing units at an average
density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of
the county was 90.03% White
, 5.39% Black
or African American
, 0.31% Native American
, 0.35% Asian
, 0.21% Pacific Islander
, 2.09% from
, and 1.62%
from two or more races. 4.42% of the population were Hispanic
of any race. 28.7% were of
German, 18.2% American, 9.8% English and
9.3% Irish ancestry according to
There were 9,015 households of which 30.60% had children under the
age of 18 living with them, 51.90% were married
living together, 10.30% had a female householder with
no husband present, and 33.30% were non-families. 28.20% of all
households were made up of individuals and 14.60% had someone
living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average
household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.97.
In Age distribution was 24.30% under the age of 18, 12.00% from 18
to 24, 25.20% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 16.30% who
were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For
every 100 females there were 96.10 males. For every 100 females age
18 and over, there were 93.70 males.
The median household income was $32,743, and the median family
income was $39,234. Males had a median income of $27,180 versus
$19,431 for females. The per capita
for the county was $16,132. About 10.50% of families and
13.20% of the population were below the poverty line
, including 18.90% of those under
age 18 and 8.60% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns