|Independent city and Counties of Missouri|
|Location||State of Missouri|
1 independent city
|Populations||(Counties only): 2,171 (Worth) – 1,000,438 (St. Louis)|
|Areas||(Counties only): 266 square miles (690 km2) (Worth) – 1,179 square miles (3,050 km2) (Texas)|
|Subdivisions||cities, towns, unincorporated communities, census designated place|
There are 114 counties and one independent city in the U.S. state of Missouri. Following the Louisiana Purchase and the admittance of Louisiana into the United States in 1812, five counties were formed out of the Missouri Territory at the first general assembly: Cape Girardeau, New Madrid, Saint Charles, Saint Louis, and Ste. Genevieve. Most subsequent counties were apportioned from these five original counties. Six more counties were added through the 1836 Platte Purchase, the acquired lands of which formed the northwest tip of the state and consisted of Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Holt, Nodaway, and Platte counties.
In Missouri, the county level of government comes between those of the city and the state. Its primary responsibilities include maintaining roads, providing security, prosecuting criminals, and collecting taxes. Elected officials at this level include a sheriff, prosecuting attorney, and assessor.
Most of the counties in Missouri are named after politicians. One such county, Cass, was originally named Van Buren County after President Martin Van Buren, and was changed to its present name in support of Van Buren's Democratic opponent Lewis Cass during the presidential election of 1848. Other counties are named after war heroes, natural resources, explorers, and former U.S. territories.
The city of St. Louis is an independent city, and is not within the limits of a county. Its residents voted to secede from St. Louis County in 1876. Throughout the United States, St. Louis is one of three independent cities outside the state of Virginia (the other two are Baltimore, Maryland and Carson City, Nevada).
Population figures are based on the 2010 United States Census. According to that census, the population of Missouri is 5,988,927, an increase of 7.0% from 2000. The average population of Missouri's counties is 52,078; St. Louis County is the most populous (998,954), and Worth County is the least (2,171). The average land area is 599 sq mi (1,550 km2). The largest county is Texas County (1,179 sq mi, 3,054 km2) and the smallest is St. Louis city (61.9 sq mi, 160 km2).
The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) is used by the U.S. government to uniquely identify counties, and is provided for each entry. These codes link to the United States Census Bureau's "quick facts" for each county. To distinguish from counties in other states, one must use Missouri's FIPS code, 29. For example, Adair County's unique nationwide identifier is 29001.
|County||FIPS code||County seat||Est.||Formed from||Etymology||Population||Area||Map|
|AdairCounty||001||Kirksville||1841||Macon County||John Adair (1757–1840), pioneer, soldier, and seventh Governor of Kentucky||25,607||568 sq mi|
|AndrewCounty||003||Savannah||1841||Part of the Platte Purchase||Andrew Jackson Davis (1826–1910), spiritualist and missionary who settled in St. Louis||17,291||435 sq mi|
|AtchisonCounty||005||Rock Port||1843||Holt County, part of the Platte Purchase||U.S. Senator David Rice Atchison (1807–1886), a Democrat from Missouri||5,685||545 sq mi|
|AudrainCounty||007||Mexico||1831||Callaway, Monroe and Ralls counties||James H. Audrain, a War of 1812 colonel Missouri State Legislator||25,529||693 sq mi|
|BarryCounty||009||Cassville||1835||Greene County||William Taylor Barry (1784–1835), jurist and United States Postmaster General||35,597||779 sq mi|
|BartonCounty||011||Lamar||1855||Jasper County||U.S. Senator David Barton (1783–1837), one of the first senators from Missouri||12,402||594 sq mi|
|BatesCounty||013||Butler||1841||Van Buren (now Cass) County||Frederick Bates (1777–1825), the second governor of Missouri||17,049||848 sq mi|
|BentonCounty||015||Warsaw||1835||Pettis and Greene counties||Thomas Hart Benton (1782–1858), U.S. Senator from Missouri||19,056||706 sq mi|
|BollingerCounty||017||Marble Hill||1851||Cape Girardeau, Madison, Stoddard and Wayne counties||George Frederick Bollinger (1770–1842), early settler of Missouri||12,363||621 sq mi|
|BooneCounty||019||Columbia||1820||Howard County||Daniel Boone (1734–1820), American pioneer and hunter||162,642||685 sq mi|
|BuchananCounty||021||Saint Joseph||1838||Part of the Platte Purchase||James Buchanan (1791–1868), 15th President of the United States||89,201||410 sq mi|
|ButlerCounty||023||Poplar Bluff||1849||Wayne County||William O. Butler (1791–1880), U.S. Representative from Kentucky and vice-presidential nominee under Lewis Cass||42,794||698 sq mi|
|CaldwellCounty||025||Kingston||1836||Ray County||Disputed; either John Caldwell, an Indian scout and friend of respected Colonel Alexander William Doniphan; John Caldwell, Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky; or Mathew Caldwell, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence||9,424||429 sq mi|
|CallawayCounty||027||Fulton||1821||Boone, Howard and Montgomery counties||James Callaway (1783–1815), soldier during the War of 1812 and grandson of Daniel Boone||44,332||839 sq mi|
|CamdenCounty||029||Camdenton||1841||Benton, Morgan and Pulaski counties||Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden (1714–1794), an English lawyer, judge, Whig politician, and proponent of civil liberties||44,002||655 sq mi|
|Cape GirardeauCounty||031||Jackson||1812||One of the five original counties||Sieur de Girardot, a French officer and early explorer of the region||75,674||579 sq mi|
|CarrollCounty||033||Carrollton||1833||Ray County||Charles Carroll (1737–1832), delegate to the Continental Congress and U.S. Senator for Maryland||9,295||695 sq mi|
|CarterCounty||035||Van Buren||1859||Oregon, Reynolds, Ripley and Shannon counties||Zimri Carter, pioneering settler||6,265||508 sq mi|
|CassCounty||037||Harrisonville||1833||Jackson County||Lewis Cass (1782–1866), senator from Michigan||99,478||699 sq mi|
|CedarCounty||039||Stockton||1845||Dade and St. Clair counties||Named for the abundance of Eastern Red Cedar trees||13,982||476 sq mi|
|CharitonCounty||041||Keytesville||1821||Howard County||Chariton River, a tributary of the Missouri River, whose naming origin is disputed||7,831||756 sq mi|
|ChristianCounty||043||Ozark||1859||Greene, Taney and Webster counties||William Christian (1743–1786), colonel in the American Revolution||77,422||563 sq mi|
|ClarkCounty||045||Kahoka||1836||Lewis County||William Clark (1770–1838), American explorer, soldier, Indian agent, and territorial governor||7,139||507 sq mi|
|ClayCounty||047||Liberty||1822||Ray County||Henry Clay (1777–1852), American Senator and orator from Kentucky||221,939||396 sq mi|
|ClintonCounty||049||Plattsburg||1833||Clay County||George Clinton (1739–1812), soldier and Governor of New York, considered one of the Founding Fathers of the United States||20,743||419 sq mi|
|ColeCounty||051||Jefferson City||1820||Cooper County||Stephen Cole, pioneering settler||75,990||392 sq mi|
|CooperCounty||053||Boonville||1818||Howard County||Sarshel Benjamin Cooper, pioneering settler||17,601||565 sq mi|
|CrawfordCounty||055||Steelville||1829||Gasconade County||William H. Crawford (1772–1834), U.S. Senator from Georgia, U.S. Secretary of Treasury, and judge||24,696||743 sq mi|
|DadeCounty||057||Greenfield||1841||Barry and Polk counties||Major Francis L. Dade (1793?–1835), Major in the U.S. 4th Infantry Regiment, United States Army, during the Second Seminole War||7,883||490 sq mi|
|DallasCounty||059||Buffalo||1841||Polk County||George M. Dallas (1792–1864), U.S. Vice President under James K. Polk||16,777||542 sq mi|
|DaviessCounty||061||Gallatin||1836||Ray County||Joseph Hamilton Daveiss (1774–1811), commanded the Dragoons of the Indiana Militia at the Battle of Tippecanoe||8,433||567 sq mi|
|DeKalbCounty||063||Maysville||1843||Clinton County||Johann de Kalb (1721–1780), a German soldier who served as a major general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War||12,892||424 sq mi|
|DentCounty||065||Salem||1851||Crawford and Shannon counties||James Dent, pioneering settler||15,657||754 sq mi|
|DouglasCounty||067||Ava||1857||Ozark County||Stephen A. Douglas (1813–1861), American Senator from Illinois, and the Democratic nominee for President in 1860||13,684||815 sq mi|
|DunklinCounty||069||Kennett||1843||Stoddard County||Daniel Dunklin (1790–1844), fifth governor of Missouri||31,953||546 sq mi|
|FranklinCounty||071||Union||1818||St. Louis County||Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), writer, publisher, orator, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States||101,492||922 sq mi|
|GasconadeCounty||073||Hermann||1821||Franklin County||Gasconade River, a tributary of the Missouri River; the river probably derives its name from the French word "gascon" which means braggart, and could be an old satirical name describing those who boast about their adventures upon return to St. Louis||15,222||520 sq mi|
|GentryCounty||075||Albany||1841||Clinton County||Richard Gentry (1788–1837), a distinguished American military colonel in the Seminole Wars||6,738||492 sq mi|
|GreeneCounty||077||Springfield||1833||Crawford and Wayne counties||Nathanael Greene (1742–1786), a major general of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War||275,174||675 sq mi|
|GrundyCounty||079||Trenton||1839||Livingston County||Felix Grundy (1777–1840), U.S. Congressman and U.S. Senator from Tennessee who also served as the 13th Attorney General of the United States||10,261||436 sq mi|
|HarrisonCounty||081||Bethany||1843||Daviess County||Albert G. Harrison (1800–1839), U.S. Representative from Missouri||8,957||725 sq mi|
|HenryCounty||083||Clinton||1834||Lillard (now Lafayette) County||Patrick Henry (1736–1799), first post-colonial Governor of Virginia and prominent figure in the American Revolution||22,272||702 sq mi|
|HickoryCounty||085||Hermitage||1845||Benton and Polk counties||Andrew Jackson (1767–1845), seventh U.S. President, who was nicknamed "Old Hickory" during his military service||9,627||399 sq mi|
|HoltCounty||087||Oregon||1841||Part of the Platte Purchase||David Rice Holt, Missouri State Representative||4,912||462 sq mi|
|HowardCounty||089||Fayette||1816||St. Charles and St. Louis counties||Benjamin Howard (1760–1814), a Congressman from Kentucky, governor of Missouri Territory and a brigadier general in the War of 1812||10,144||466 sq mi|
|HowellCounty||091||West Plains||1857||Oregon County||Disputed – Josiah Howell, pioneering settler||40,400||928 sq mi|
|IronCounty||093||Ironton||1857||Madison, Reynolds, St. Francois, Washington and Wayne counties||The abundance of iron ore in the area||10,630||551 sq mi|
|JacksonCounty||095||Independence||1826||Lillard (now Lafayette) County||Andrew Jackson (1767–1845), U.S. Senator from Tennessee and later President of the United States||674,158||605 sq mi|
|JasperCounty||097||Carthage||1841||Barry County||William Jasper (c. 1750–1779), a noted American soldier in the Revolutionary War||117,404||640 sq mi|
|JeffersonCounty||099||Hillsboro||1818||St. Louis and Sainte Genevieve counties||Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), third President of the United States, principal author of the Declaration of Independence, and one of the most influential Founding Fathers||218,733||657 sq mi|
|JohnsonCounty||101||Warrensburg||1834||Lillard (now Lafayette) County||Richard M. Johnson (1780–1850), ninth Vice President of the United States, serving in the administration of Martin Van Buren||52,595||831 sq mi|
|KnoxCounty||103||Edina||1843||Scotland County||Henry Knox (1750–1806) an American bookseller from Boston who became the chief artillery officer of the Continental Army and later the nation's first Secretary of War||4,131||506 sq mi|
|LacledeCounty||105||Lebanon||1849||Camden, Pulaski and Wright counties||Pierre Laclede (1729–1778), founder of St. Louis, Missouri||35,571||766 sq mi|
|LafayetteCounty||107||Lexington||1821||Cooper County||Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette (1757–1834), French military officer and general in the American Revolutionary War||33,381||629 sq mi|
|LawrenceCounty||109||Mount Vernon||1843||Barry and Dade counties||James Lawrence (1781–1813), an American naval officer best known for his last words "Don't give up the ship!"||38,634||613 sq mi|
|LewisCounty||111||Monticello||1833||Marion County||Meriwether Lewis (1774–1809), explorer and governor of the Louisiana Territory||10,211||505 sq mi|
|LincolnCounty||113||Troy||1818||St. Charles County||Disputed; either Lincoln County, Kentucky (birthplace of Christopher Clark, a Missouri legislator who advocated for the county's creation), or for Benjamin Lincoln (1733–1810), an American revolutionary war general||52,566||630 sq mi|
|LinnCounty||115||Linneus||1837||Chariton County||Lewis F. Linn (1796–1843), a Jacksonian Democratic U.S. Senator for Missouri||12,761||620 sq mi|
|LivingstonCounty||117||Chillicothe||1837||Carroll County||Edward Livingston (1764–1836), a prominent American jurist and statesman, influential in the drafting of the Louisiana Civil Code of 1825, a civil code based largely on the Napoleonic Code||15,195||535 sq mi|
|MaconCounty||121||Macon||1837||Chariton and Randolph counties||Nathaniel Macon (1758–1837), member of the United States House of Representatives from 1791 to 1815 who briefly served in the American Revolutionary War||15,566||804 sq mi|
|MadisonCounty||123||Fredericktown||1818||Cape Girardeau and Sainte Genevieve counties||James Madison (1751–1836), politician and political philosopher who served as the fourth President of the United States, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States||12,226||497 sq mi|
|MariesCounty||125||Vienna||1855||Osage and Pulaski counties||Maries River, possibly a corruption of the French word marais meaning "marsh" or "swamp"||9,176||528 sq mi|
|MarionCounty||127||Palmyra||1826||Ralls County||Francis Marion (1732–1795), a military officer who served in the American Revolutionary War||28,781||438 sq mi|
|McDonaldCounty||119||Pineville||1847||Newton County||Alexander McDonald, American Revolutionary War sergeant||23,083||540 sq mi|
|MercerCounty||129||Princeton||1845||Grundy County||John F. Mercer (1759–1821), an American lawyer, planter, and Governor of Maryland||3,785||454 sq mi|
|MillerCounty||131||Tuscumbia||1837||Cole and Pulaski counties||John Miller (1781–1846), an American publisher and politician from St. Louis, Missouri. He was the fourth Governor of Missouri and represented Missouri in the U.S. House||24,748||592 sq mi|
|MississippiCounty||133||Charleston||1842||Scott County||Mississippi River, the second-longest river in the United States which forms Missouri's eastern border||14,358||413 sq mi|
|MoniteauCounty||135||California||1845||Cole and Morgan counties||Moniteau Creek; "moniteau" is a French spelling of manitou, the Algonquian Great Spirit||15,607||417 sq mi|
|MonroeCounty||137||Paris||1831||Ralls County||James Monroe (1758–1831), fifth President of the United States who crafted the Missouri Compromise||8,840||646 sq mi|
|MontgomeryCounty||139||Montgomery City||1818||St. Charles County||Richard Montgomery (1738–1775), an Irish-born soldier who first served in the British Army and later became a brigadier-general in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War||12,236||539 sq mi|
|MorganCounty||141||Versailles||1833||Cooper County||Daniel Morgan (c. 1736–1802), American pioneer, soldier, and United States Representative from Virginia||20,565||598 sq mi|
|New MadridCounty||143||New Madrid||1812||One of the five original counties||Madrid, Spain||18,956||678 sq mi|
|NewtonCounty||145||Neosho||1838||Barry County||John Newton (1755–1780), legendary soldier of the American Revolution||58,114||626 sq mi|
|NodawayCounty||147||Maryville||1843||Andrew County, the Platte Purchase||Nodaway River, a 120-mile (190 km) long river in southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri||23,370||877 sq mi|
|OregonCounty||149||Alton||1841||Ripley County||Oregon Territory||10,881||792 sq mi|
|OsageCounty||151||Linn||1841||Gasconade County||Osage River, a 360 miles (580 km) long tributary of the Missouri River in central Missouri; the name of the river is probably derived from a French corruption of "Washazhe" – the name of the Osage Native Americans||13,878||606 sq mi|
|OzarkCounty||153||Gainesville||1841||Taney County||Ozark Mountains – Ozark is the anglicized form of the French "aux arcs", an abbreviation of "Aux Arkansas", which means in the county of Arkansas||9,723||747 sq mi|
|PemiscotCounty||155||Caruthersville||1851||New Madrid County||An American Indian word meaning "liquid mud"||18,296||493 sq mi|
|PerryCounty||157||Perryville||1821||Sainte Genevieve County||Oliver Hazard Perry (1785–1819), naval officer in the War of 1812 against Britain, earned the title "Hero of Lake Erie" for leading American forces in a decisive naval victory at the Battle of Lake Erie||18,971||475 sq mi|
|PettisCounty||159||Sedalia||1833||Cooper and Saline counties||Spencer Darwin Pettis (1802–1831), U.S. Representative from Missouri||42,201||685 sq mi|
|PhelpsCounty||161||Rolla||1857||Crawford County||John S. Phelps (1814–1886), a politician, soldier during the American Civil War, and twenty-third Governor of Missouri||45,156||673 sq mi|
|PikeCounty||163||Bowling Green||1818||St. Charles County||Zebulon Pike (1778–1813), American soldier and explorer for whom Pikes Peak in Colorado is also named||18,516||673 sq mi|
|PlatteCounty||165||Platte City||1838||Part of the Platte Purchase||Platte River, a tributary of the Missouri River, which is in turn named for the French word "platte" meaning flat or shallow||89,322||420 sq mi|
|PolkCounty||167||Bolivar||1835||Greene County||James K. Polk (1795–1849), 11th President of the United States||31,137||637 sq mi|
|PulaskiCounty||169||Waynesville||1833||Crawford County||Kazimierz Pulaski (1745–1779), Polish soldier of fortune in the American Revolutionary War, he saved the life of George Washington and became a general in the Continental Army||52,274||547 sq mi|
|PutnamCounty||171||Unionville||1843||Adair and Sullivan counties||Israel Putnam (1718–1790), an American army general who fought with distinction at the Battle of Bunker Hill during the American Revolutionary War||4,979||518 sq mi|
|RallsCounty||173||New London||1821||Pike County||Daniel Ralls, a Missouri State Representative||10,167||471 sq mi|
|RandolphCounty||175||Huntsville||1829||Chariton and Ralls counties||John Randolph of Roanoke (1773–1833), a leader in Congress from Virginia and spokesman for the "Old Republican"||25,414||482 sq mi|
|RayCounty||177||Richmond||1820||Howard County||John Ray, Missouri State Representative||23,494||570 sq mi|
|ReynoldsCounty||179||Centerville||1845||Shannon County||Thomas Reynolds (1796–1844), governor of Missouri from 1840 to 1844||6,696||811 sq mi|
|RipleyCounty||181||Doniphan||1831||Wayne County||Eleazer Wheelock Ripley (1782–1839), Brigadier General in the War of 1812||14,100||630 sq mi|
|Saint CharlesCounty||183||Saint Charles||1812||One of the five original counties||St. Charles Borromeo (1538–1584), an Italian saint and cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church||360,485||561 sq mi|
|Saint ClairCounty||185||Osceola||1841||Rives (now Henry) County||Arthur St. Clair (1737–1818), an American soldier and Governor of the Northwest Territory||9,805||677 sq mi|
|Saint FrancoisCounty||187||Farmington||1821||Jefferson, Ste. Genevieve and Washington counties||St. Francis of Assisi (c. 1182–1226), a Catholic deacon and the founder of the Order of Friars Minor, more commonly known as the Franciscans||65,359||450 sq mi|
|Saint LouisCounty||189||Clayton||1812||One of the five original counties||King Louis IX (1214–1270), King of France from 1226 until his death||1,000,438||508 sq mi|
|Saint Louis City||510||St. Louis||1876||Created in 1876 when city residents voted to secede from St. Louis County||King Louis IX (1214–1270), King of France from 1226 until his death||319,294||61.9 sq mi|
|Ste. GenevieveCounty||186||Ste. Genevieve||1812||One of the five original counties||St. Genevieve (c. 420 – c. 510), the patron saint of Paris in Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox tradition||18,145||502 sq mi|
|SalineCounty||195||Marshall||1820||Cooper County||Local hot springs||23,370||756 sq mi|
|SchuylerCounty||197||Lancaster||1843||Adair County||Philip Schuyler (1733–1804), a general in the American Revolution and a United States Senator from New York||4,431||308 sq mi|
|ScotlandCounty||199||Memphis||1841||Clark, Lewis, and Shelby counties||Scotland (country)||4,843||438 sq mi|
|ScottCounty||201||Benton||1822||New Madrid County||John Guier Scott (1819–1892), a U.S. Representative from Missouri||39,191||421 sq mi|
|ShannonCounty||203||Eminence||1837||Ripley County||George Shannon (1785–1836), member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition||8,441||1,004 sq mi|
|ShelbyCounty||205||Shelbyville||1835||Marion County||Isaac Shelby (1750–1826), the first and fifth Governor of Kentucky||6,373||501 sq mi|
|StoddardCounty||207||Bloomfield||1835||New Madrid County||Amos Stoddard (1762–1813), the only commandant of Upper Louisiana for the French Republic and the only commandant for the District of Louisiana for the United States in 1804 during the handover of the Louisiana Purchase||29,968||827 sq mi|
|StoneCounty||209||Galena||1851||Taney County||William Stone, first elected judge of Taney County||32,202||463 sq mi|
|SullivanCounty||211||Milan||1843||Linn County||John Sullivan (1740–1795), American Revolutionary War general||6,714||651 sq mi|
|TaneyCounty||213||Forsyth||1837||Greene County||Roger Brooke Taney (1777–1864), eleventh United States Attorney General and fifth Chief Justice of the United States||51,675||632 sq mi|
|TexasCounty||215||Houston||1843||Shannon and Wright counties||Republic of Texas||26,008||1,179 sq mi|
|VernonCounty||217||Nevada||1851||Bates County||Miles Vernon, Missouri State Senator – the county was originally defined as having the same boundaries as Bates county, but was later declared unconstitutional and changed||21,159||834 sq mi|
|WarrenCounty||219||Warrenton||1833||Montgomery County||Joseph Warren (1741–1775), Revolutionary War doctor and general||32,513||432 sq mi|
|WashingtonCounty||221||Potosi||1813||Sainte Genevieve County||George Washington (1732–1799), commander of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War and first President of the United States||25,195||760 sq mi|
|WayneCounty||223||Greenville||1818||Cape Girardeau and Lawrence counties||Anthony Wayne (1745–1796), United States Army general and statesman||13,521||761 sq mi|
|WebsterCounty||225||Marshfield||1855||Greene County||Daniel Webster (1782–1852), U.S. Secretary of State and Senator from Massachusetts||36,202||593 sq mi|
|WorthCounty||227||Grant City||1861||Gentry County||William J. Worth (1794–1849), a United States general during the Mexican–American War||2,171||266 sq mi|
|WrightCounty||229||Hartville||1841||Pulaski County||Silas Wright (1795–1847), an American Democratic politician and Governor of New York||18,815||682 sq mi|
|Atchison County in 1845|
|Ashley County||William Henry Ashley (1778–1838), early settler||Texas County in 1845 upon organization|
|Decatur County||Stephen Decatur (1779–1820), American naval officer||Ozark County in 1845|
|Sullivan County in 1845 upon organization|
|Kinderhook County||Kinderhook, New York, birthplace of Martin Van Buren||Camden County in 1843|
|Lillard County||James Lillard of Tennessee, who served in the first state legislature of Missouri||Lafayette County in 1825|
|Niangua County||Niangua River, a tributary of the Osage River – "niangua" comes from the Native American word nehemgar, which means "a river of numerous springs or sources"||Dallas County in 1844 because of the difficulty in pronouncing and spelling Niangua|
|Seneca County||Seneca Nation, a group of Native Americans from New York||McDonald County in 1847 upon organization|
|Van Buren County||Martin Van Buren (1782–1862), eighth President of the United States and also Vice President under Andrew Jackson||Cass County in 1849 in honor of Van Buren's opponent in the presidential election of 1848|
In the United States, a county is an administrative or political subdivision of a state that consists of a geographic region with specific boundaries and usually some level of governmental authority. The term "county" is used in 48 U.S. states, while Louisiana and Alaska have functionally equivalent subdivisions called parishes and boroughs, respectively.
Platte County is a county located in the northwestern portion of the U.S. state of Missouri and is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 89,322. Its county seat is Platte City. The county was organized December 31, 1838, from the Platte Purchase, named for the Platte River. (Platte is derived from the French word for a low, shallow, or intermittent stream. The Kansas City International Airport is located in the county, approximately one mile west of Interstate 29 between mile markers 12 and 15. The land for the airport was originally in an unincorporated portion of Platte County before being annexed by Platte City, and eventually Kansas City.
Cass County is a county located in the western part of the U.S. state of Missouri and is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 99,478. Its county seat is Harrisonville, however the county contains a portion of Kansas City, Missouri. The county was organized in 1835 as Van Buren County, but was renamed in 1849 after U.S. Senator Lewis Cass of Michigan, who later became a presidential candidate.
Andrew County is a county located in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the county had a population of 17,291. Its county seat is Savannah. The county was organized January 29, 1841, and named for Andrew Jackson Davis, a lawyer and prominent citizen of St. Louis.
Cass County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 52,293. Its county seat is Cassopolis.
Van Buren is the second largest city in the Fort Smith, Arkansas-Oklahoma Metropolitan Statistical Area and the county seat of Crawford County, Arkansas, United States. The city is located directly northeast of Fort Smith at the Interstate 40 - Interstate 540 junction. The city was incorporated in 1845 and as of the 2010 census had a population of 22,791, ranking it as the state's 22nd largest city, behind Searcy.
Harrisonville is a town in Cass County, Missouri, United States. The population was 10,019 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Cass County. It is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.
In 48 of the 50 states of the United States, the county is used for the level of local government immediately below the state itself. Louisiana uses parishes, and Alaska uses boroughs. In several states in New England, some or all counties within states have no governments of their own; the counties continue to exist as legal entities, however, and are used by states for some administrative functions and by the United States Census bureau for statistical analysis. There are 3,242 counties and county equivalent administrative units in total, including the District of Columbia and 100 county-equivalents in the U.S. territories.
The Kansas City metropolitan area is a bi-state metropolitan area anchored by Kansas City, Missouri. Its 14 counties straddles the border between the U.S. states of Missouri and Kansas. It is the second-largest metropolitan area centered in Missouri and is the largest metropolitan area in Kansas, though Wichita is the largest metropolitan area centered in Kansas. Alongside Kansas City, these are other cities and suburbs with populations above 100,000: Overland Park, Kansas ; Kansas City, Kansas; Olathe, Kansas; and Independence, Missouri. The Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) serves as the Council of Governments and the Metropolitan Planning Organization for the area.
The Platte Purchase was a land acquisition in 1836 by the United States government from American Indian tribes. It comprised lands along the east bank of the Missouri River and added 3,149 square miles (8,156 km2) to the northwest corner of the state of Missouri.
Greater St. Louis is a bi-state metropolitan area that completely surrounds and includes the independent city of St. Louis, the principal city. It includes parts of both Missouri and Illinois. The city core is on the Mississippi Riverfront on the border with Illinois in the geographic center of the metro area. The Mississippi River bisects the metro area geographically between Illinois and Missouri; however, the Missouri half is much more populous. St. Louis is the focus of the largest metro area in Missouri and the Illinois portion known as Metro East is the second largest metropolitan area in that state. St. Louis County is independent of the City of St. Louis and their two populations are generally tabulated separately.
Van Buren Township is one of twelve townships in Pulaski County, Indiana, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 911 and it contained 386 housing units.