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Greene County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Greene County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded 1833
Seat Springfield
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

678 sq mi (1,756 km²)
675 sq mi (1,748 km²)
3 sq mi (8 km²), 0.42%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

298,915
357/sq mi (138/km²)
Website www.greenecountymo.org

Greene County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of 2020, the population was 298,915. Its county seat is Springfield6. The county was organized in 1833 and is named after the American Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene.

Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,755 km² (678 sq mi). 1,748 km² (675 sq mi) of it is land and 7 km² (3 sq mi) of it (0.42%) is water.

Adjacent counties[]

Major highways[]

Demographics[]

As of the census² of 2000, there were 240,391 people, 97,859 households, and 61,846 families residing in the county. The population density was 138/km² (356/sq mi). There were 104,517 housing units at an average density of 60/km² (155/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 93.54% White, 2.26% Black or African American, 0.66% Native American, 1.13% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.67% from other races, and 1.68% from two or more races. 1.84% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 97,859 households out of which 28.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.00% were married couples living together, 9.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.80% were non-families. 29.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.30% under the age of 18, 13.80% from 18 to 24, 28.60% from 25 to 44, 21.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,157, and the median income for a family was $42,613. Males had a median income of $30,672 versus $21,987 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,185. About 7.60% of families and 12.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.60% of those under age 18 and 7.50% of those age 65 or over.

Politics[]

United States presidential election results for Greene County, Missouri[1]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 83,630 58.78% 55,068 38.71% 3,574 2.51%
2016 78,035 59.79% 42,728 32.74% 9,760 7.48%
2012 76,900 60.83% 46,219 36.56% 3,300 2.61%
2008 77,683 57.06% 56,181 41.26% 2,283 1.68%
2004 77,885 62.18% 46,657 37.25% 724 0.58%
2000 59,178 57.50% 41,091 39.92% 2,657 2.58%
1996 48,193 49.60% 39,300 40.45% 9,671 9.95%
1992 46,457 43.95% 41,137 38.91% 18,119 17.14%
1988 52,211 59.36% 35,475 40.33% 267 0.30%
1984 57,250 67.18% 27,965 32.82% 0 0.00%
1980 43,116 55.69% 30,498 39.39% 3,811 4.92%
1976 37,691 52.20% 33,824 46.84% 690 0.96%
1972 48,348 70.58% 20,155 29.42% 0 0.00%
1968 32,638 55.27% 19,659 33.29% 6,751 11.43%
1964 23,989 44.33% 30,130 55.67% 0 0.00%
1960 36,943 64.36% 20,457 35.64% 0 0.00%
1956 29,944 59.71% 20,206 40.29% 0 0.00%
1952 29,673 60.57% 19,234 39.26% 81 0.17%
1948 18,836 47.49% 20,762 52.34% 66 0.17%
1944 21,531 55.37% 17,287 44.46% 68 0.17%
1940 21,456 49.10% 22,130 50.65% 109 0.25%
1936 17,298 44.46% 21,489 55.23% 119 0.31%
1932 13,943 42.52% 18,255 55.67% 596 1.82%
1928 22,166 66.86% 10,901 32.88% 84 0.25%
1924 13,618 45.74% 13,084 43.95% 3,069 10.31%
1920 15,755 56.02% 11,514 40.94% 857 3.05%
1916 7,543 48.95% 7,191 46.66% 676 4.39%
1912 4,350 34.63% 5,089 40.52% 3,121 24.85%
1908 6,439 49.81% 5,830 45.10% 659 5.10%
1904 6,570 54.98% 4,540 37.99% 839 7.02%
1900 6,009 50.65% 5,519 46.52% 336 2.83%
1896 5,808 47.58% 6,327 51.83% 72 0.59%
1892 4,839 45.81% 4,051 38.35% 1,673 15.84%
1888 4,934 50.68% 3,984 40.92% 818 8.40%



Like most counties situated in Southwest Missouri, Greene County is a Republican stronghold in presidential elections. George W. Bush carried Greene County in 2000 and 2004 by almost two-to-one margins, and like many other counties throughout Southwest Missouri, Greene County favored John McCain over Barack Obama in 2008. In the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump carried Greene County by a margin of 60% to 33%. The last Democratic presidential nominee to win Greene County was Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964. In 2004, Missourians voted on a constitutional amendment to define marriage as the union between a man and a woman—it passed Greene County with 72.04 percent of the vote. The initiative passed the state with 71 percent of support from voters as Missouri became the first state to ban same-sex marriage. In 2006, Missourians voted on a constitutional amendment to fund and legalize embryonic stem cell research in the state—it narrowly failed in Greene County with 51.62 percent voting against the measure. The initiative narrowly passed the state with 51 percent of support from voters as Missouri became one of the first states in the nation to approve embryonic stem cell research. Despite Greene County's longstanding tradition of supporting socially conservative platforms, voters in the county have a penchant for advancing populist causes like increasing the minimum wage. In 2006, Missourians voted on a proposition (Proposition B) to increase the minimum wage in the state to $6.50 an hour—it passed Greene County with 74.41 percent of the vote. The proposition strongly passed every single county in Missouri with 78.99 percent voting in favor as the minimum wage was increased to $6.50 an hour in the state. During the same election, voters in five other states also strongly approved increases in the minimum wage. In 2020, Greene County was one of only eight counties in Missouri and the only one outside St. Louis, Kansas City and Columbia to vote yes on Amendment 2 to expand Medicaid - it passed Greene County with 52.3 percent of the vote and statewide with 53.3 percent.

Cities and towns[]

Fire departments and districts[]

Republic and Springfield have city fire departments. Additionally, the county is served by the following fire districts:

  • Ash Grove
  • Battlefield
  • Billings
  • Brookline
  • Ebenezer
  • Fair Grove
  • Logan-Rogersville
  • Pleasant View
  • Strafford
  • Walnut Grove
  • West Republic
  • Willard

External links[]


Coordinates: 37°16′N 93°20′W / 37.26, -93.34

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