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Ozark County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Ozark County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the U.S. highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded 1841
Named for Ozark Mountains
Seat Gainesville
Largest city Gainesville
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

755 sq mi (1,956 km²)
742 sq mi (1,922 km²)
13 sq mi (33 km²), 1.71%
 - (2000)
 - Density

7/sq mi (3/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Ozark County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. The county was organized in 1841 and is named for the Ozark Mountains. As of 2000, the population is 9,542. Its county seat is Gainesville6. From 1843 to 1845 the county was called Decatur County, after Commodore Stephen Decatur.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,956 km² (755 sq mi). 1,922 km² (742 sq mi) of it is land and 33 km² (13 sq mi) of it (1.71%) is water.

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As of the census2 of 2000, there were 9,542 people, 3,950 households, and 2,855 families residing in the county. The population density was 5/km² (13/sq mi). There were 5,114 housing units at an average density of 3/km² (7/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.57% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.65% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 1.36% from two or more races. 0.94% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.6% were of American, 15.9% German, 12.1% English and 11.4% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 3,950 households out of which 26.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.20% were married couples living together, 6.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.70% were non-families. 24.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the county the population was spread out with 22.10% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 22.80% from 25 to 44, 28.70% from 45 to 64, and 19.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 98.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,861, and the median income for a family was $30,100. Males had a median income of $21,685 versus $17,312 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,133. About 16.10% of families and 21.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.80% of those under age 18 and 17.20% of those age 65 or over.

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Coordinates: 36°39′N 92°26′W / 36.65, -92.44

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