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Newton County, Missouri
Newton County MO Courthouse 20151022-113.jpg
Newton County Courthouse in Neosho
Map of Missouri highlighting Newton County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded December 15, 1838
Seat Neosho
Largest city Joplin
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

627 sq mi (1,624 km²)
625 sq mi (1,619 km²)
1.8 sq mi (5 km²), 0.3
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

58,648
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.newtoncountymo.com/

Newton County is a county located in the southwest portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2020 census, the population was 58,648.[1] Its county seat is Neosho.[2] The county was organized in 1838 and is named in honor of John Newton, a hero who fought in the Revolutionary War.[3]

Newton County is part of the Joplin, MO Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[]

View of the Newton County Courthouse

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 627 square miles (1,620 km2), of which 625 square miles (1,620 km2) is land and 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) (0.3%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[]

Rivers and creeks[]

Total river area: 361 acres (1.5 km2); length: 70 miles (110 km)

  • Baynham Branch
  • Buffalo Creek
  • Capps Creek
  • Clear Creek
  • Dry Valley Branch
  • Elm Spring Creek
  • Five Mile Creek
  • Harrison Creek
  • Hickory Creek
  • Indian Creek
  • Jones Creek
  • Lost Creek
  • Mason Spring Creek
  • Middle Creek
  • Rock Branch
  • Shoal Creek
  • Silver Creek
  • Turkey Creek
  • Warren Branch
  • Willow Creek

Major highways[]

  • I-44 (MO).svg Interstate 44
  • I-49 (MO).svg Interstate 49
  • US 60.svg U.S. Route 60
  • US 71.svg U.S. Route 71
  • MO-43.svg Route 43
  • MO-59.svg Route 59
  • MO-86.svg Route 86
  • MO-175.svg Route 175

National protected area[]

  • George Washington Carver National Monument

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 8,790
1850 4,268 −51.4%
1860 9,319 118.3%
1870 12,821 37.6%
1880 18,947 47.8%
1890 22,108 16.7%
1900 27,001 22.1%
1910 27,136 0.5%
1920 24,886 −8.3%
1930 26,959 8.3%
1940 29,039 7.7%
1950 28,240 −2.8%
1960 30,093 6.6%
1970 32,901 9.3%
1980 40,555 23.3%
1990 44,445 9.6%
2000 52,636 18.4%
2010 58,114 10.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2020[1]

As of the census of 2000, there were 52,636 people, 20,140 households, and 14,742 families residing in the county. The population density was 84 people per square mile (33.75/km2). There were 21,897 housing units at an average density of 35 per square mile (14/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 93.26% White, 0.59% Black or African American, 2.23% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.28% Pacific Islander, 1.12% from other races, and 2.20% from two or more races. 2.18% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 20,140 households, out of which 33.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.50% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.80% were non-families. 22.70% 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 2.57 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 26.30% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 27.10% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 14.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,041, and the median income for a family was $40,616. Males had a median income of $30,057 versus $21,380 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,502. About 8.10% of families and 11.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.20% of those under age 18 and 9.50% of those age 65 or over.

Education[]

Public schools[]

  • East Newton County R-VI School District – Granby
    • Granby Elementary School (K–04)
    • Triway Elementary School (K–04) – Stella
    • Granby Junior High School (05–08)
    • Triway Junior High School (05–08)
    • East Newton County High School (09–12)
  • Diamond R-IV School District – Diamond
    • Diamond Elementary School (PK–04)
    • Diamond Middle School (05–08)
    • Diamond High School (09–12)
  • Neosho R-V School District – Neosho
    • Field Early Childhood Center (PK)
    • Benton Elementary School (K–04)
    • Central Elementary School (K–04)
    • George Washington Carver Elementary School (K–04)
    • Goodman Elementary School (K–04)
    • South Elementary School (K–04)
    • Westview Elementary School (K–07)
    • Neosho Middle School (05–07)
    • Neosho Junior High School (08)
    • Neosho High School (09–12)
  • Seneca R-VII School District – Seneca
    • Seneca Elementary School (PK–05)
    • Iva E. Wells Middle School (06–08)
    • Seneca High School (09–12)

Private schools[]

  • Neosho (K–12) – Churches of Christ[9]
  • Neosho (PK–12) – Pentecostal Ozark Christian Academy[10]
  • Racine Apostolic Christian School – Racine (PK–12) – Pentecostal
  • Trinity Learning Center [Neosho, Missouri] (K-12) [Protestant]

Post-secondary[]

  • Crowder CollegeNeosho. A two-year junior college.

Public libraries[]

  • Neosho/Newton County Library[11]

Politics[]

Local[]

The Republican Party completely controls politics at the local level in Newton County. Republicans hold every elected position in the county.

Newton County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Cheryle Perkins Republican
Circuit Clerk Patty Krueger Republican
County Clerk Tami Owens Republican
Collector James Otey Republican
Commissioner
(Presiding)
Bill Reiboldt Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Alan Cook Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Jim Jackson Republican
Coroner Mark Bridges Republican
Prosecuting Attorney William Lynch Republican
Public Administrator Joy Williams Republican
Recorder Jennifer Childers Republican
Sheriff Chris Jennings Republican
Surveyor Jerry Wood Republican
Treasurer Gina Rodriguez Republican

State[]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2020 77.89% 22,031 20.12% 5,692 1.99% 562
2016 71.92% 19,123 24.85% 6,607 3.23% 860
2012 57.88% 14,483 39.48% 9,880 2.64% 661
2008 61.85% 15,570 36.29% 9,134 1.86% 468
2004 75.23% 17,935 23.75% 5,662 1.02% 242
2000 66.05% 13,917 32.18% 6,780 1.77% 373
1996 58.15% 10,445 39.60% 7,114 2.25% 404

Newton County is divided into four districts in the Missouri House of Representatives, all of which are held by Republicans.

  • District 159 — Bill Lant (R)[12] Pineville) Consists of the communities of Fairview, Newtonia, Racine, Ritchey, Seneca, Stark City, and Stella.
Missouri House of Representatives — District 159 — Newton County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bill Lant 5,209 100.00%
Missouri House of Representatives — District 159 — Newton County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bill Lant 2,362 100.00%
Missouri House of Representatives — District 159 — Newton County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bill Lant 4,719 100.00%
  • District 160 — Bill Reiboldt (R-Neosho). Consists of the communities of Diamond, Granby, Loma Linda, Neosho, Wentworth, and part of Silver Creek.
Missouri House of Representatives — District 160 — Newton County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bill Reiboldt 15,228 100.00%
Missouri House of Representatives — District 160 — Newton County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bill Reiboldt 7,434 100.00%
Missouri House of Representatives — District 160 — Newton County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bill Reiboldt 14,061 100.00%
  • District 161 — Bill White (R-Joplin). Consists of the communities of Leawood, Redings Mill, and parts of Joplin and Silver Creek.
Missouri House of Representatives — District 161 — Newton County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bill White 3,339 100.00% +23.10
Missouri House of Representatives — District 161 — Newton County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bill White 1,501 76.90% -23.10
Democratic Charles Shields 451 23.10% +23.10
Missouri House of Representatives — District 161 — Newton County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Bill White 3,326 100.00%
Missouri House of Representatives — District 162 — Newton County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Charlie Davis 27 100.00%
Missouri House of Representatives — District 162 — Newton County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Charlie Davis 5 100.00%
Missouri House of Representatives — District 162 — Newton County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Charlie Davis 24 100.00%

All of Newton County is a part of Missouri's 32nd District in the Missouri Senate and is represented by Ron Richard (R-Joplin).

Missouri Senate — District 32 — Newton County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Ron Richard 11,397 100.00%

Federal[]

U.S. Senate — Missouri — Newton County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Roy Blunt 18,598 69.89% +11.31
Democratic Jason Kander 6,691 25.14% -10.76
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 573 2.15% -3.37
Green Johnathan McFarland 295 1.11% +1.11
Constitution Fred Ryman 454 1.71% +1.71
U.S. Senate — Missouri — Newton County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Todd Akin 14,574 58.58%
Democratic Claire McCaskill 8,933 35.90%
Libertarian Jonathan Dine 1,374 5.52%

All of Newton County is included in Missouri's 7th Congressional District and is represented by Billy Long (R-Springfield) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri's 7th Congressional District — Newton County (2016)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Billy Long 19,497 74.15% +0.14
Democratic Genevieve Williams 5,790 22.02% +0.67
Libertarian Benjamin T. Brixey 1,008 3.83% -0.77
U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri's 7th Congressional District — Newton County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Billy Long 9,646 74.01% +2.87
Democratic Jim Evans 2,782 21.35% -3.75
Libertarian Kevin Craig 600 4.60% +0.84
Write-in Write-ins 5 0.04% +0.04
U.S. House of Representatives — Missouri's 7th Congressional District — Newton County (2012)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Billy Long 17,499 71.14%
Democratic Jim Evans 6,174 25.10%
Libertarian Kevin Craig 924 3.76%
United States presidential election results for Newton County, Missouri[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 22,120 77.74% 5,818 20.45% 516 1.81%
2016 20,553 76.67% 4,990 18.61% 1,264 4.72%
2012 18,181 72.17% 6,425 25.50% 587 2.33%
2008 17,637 69.42% 7,450 29.32% 319 1.26%
2004 17,187 71.95% 6,564 27.48% 138 0.58%
2000 14,232 67.25% 6,447 30.46% 483 2.28%
1996 10,067 55.66% 5,840 32.29% 2,178 12.04%
1992 8,804 47.64% 5,987 32.40% 3,688 19.96%
1988 10,617 64.36% 5,798 35.15% 82 0.50%
1984 11,709 71.69% 4,623 28.31% 0 0.00%
1980 10,515 63.11% 5,621 33.74% 526 3.16%
1976 7,142 49.94% 7,045 49.26% 114 0.80%
1972 10,701 71.38% 4,291 28.62% 0 0.00%
1968 7,343 52.87% 5,064 36.46% 1,481 10.66%
1964 6,660 45.00% 8,139 55.00% 0 0.00%
1960 9,010 61.34% 5,678 38.66% 0 0.00%
1956 7,792 58.49% 5,529 41.51% 0 0.00%
1952 8,577 62.71% 5,070 37.07% 30 0.22%
1948 5,820 50.86% 5,598 48.92% 25 0.22%
1944 6,985 57.47% 5,146 42.34% 23 0.19%
1940 8,064 56.14% 6,256 43.55% 44 0.31%
1936 6,437 47.87% 6,929 51.52% 82 0.61%
1932 4,806 39.36% 7,224 59.17% 179 1.47%
1928 7,054 67.77% 3,269 31.41% 85 0.82%
1924 4,592 50.96% 3,970 44.06% 449 4.98%
1920 5,541 55.90% 4,078 41.14% 293 2.96%
1916 2,929 45.70% 3,158 49.27% 322 5.02%
1912 1,470 27.23% 2,421 44.84% 1,508 27.93%
1908 2,620 44.99% 2,725 46.80% 478 8.21%
1904 2,647 48.60% 2,296 42.15% 504 9.25%
1900 2,673 46.33% 2,877 49.87% 219 3.80%
1896 2,174 41.27% 3,029 57.50% 65 1.23%
1892 1,883 40.24% 1,978 42.26% 819 17.50%
1888 1,787 41.28% 1,969 45.48% 573 13.24%



Communities[]

Cities[]

Villages[]

  • Cliff Village
  • Dennis Acres
  • Grand Falls Plaza
  • Leawood
  • Loma Linda
  • Newtonia
  • Redings Mill
  • Ritchey
  • Saginaw
  • Shoal Creek Drive
  • Shoal Creek Estates
  • Silver Creek
  • Stark City
  • Stella
  • Wentworth

Unincorporated communities[]

  • Aroma
  • Belfast
  • Berwick
  • Boulder City
  • Christopher
  • Gregg
  • Hornet
  • Jolly
  • June
  • McElhany
  • Monark Springs
  • Pepsin
  • Racine
  • Spring City
  • Spurgeon
  • Sweetwater
  • Talmage City
  • Tipton Ford
  • Wanda

Townships[]

  • Benton
  • Berwick
  • Buffalo
  • Dayton
  • Five Mile
  • Franklin
  • Granby
  • Marion
  • Neosho
  • Newtonia
  • Seneca
  • Shoal Creek
  • Van Buren
  • West Benton

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Newton County, Missouri

References[]

External links[]

Coordinates: 36°55′N 94°20′W / 36.91, -94.33


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