Fri . 19 Apr 2019

List of counties in Missouri

alphabetical list of counties in missouri, list of counties in missouri by population
There are 114 counties and one independent city in the US 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 counties1

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 assessor2

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 US territories3

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, Nevada4

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 70% 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 619 sq mi, 160 km256

The Federal Information Processing Standard FIPS is used by the US 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 290017


  • 1 Counties
  • 2 Former county names
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links


FIPS County Code
County seat
Formed from
Adair County 001 Kirksville 1841 Macon County John Adair 1757–1840, pioneer, soldier, and seventh Governor of Kentucky 7004256070000000000♠25,607 7002568000000000000♠568 sq mi
7003147100000000000♠1,471 km2
Andrew County 003 Savannah 1841 Part of the Platte Purchase Andrew Jackson Davis 1826–1910, spiritualist and missionary who settled in St Louis 7004172910000000000♠17,291 7002435000000000000♠435 sq mi
7003112700000000000♠1,127 km2
Atchison County 005 Rock Port 1843 Holt County, part of the Platte Purchase US Senator David Rice Atchison 1807–1886, a Democrat from Missouri 7003568500000000000♠5,685 7002545000000000000♠545 sq mi
7003141200000000000♠1,412 km2
Audrain County 007 Mexico 1831 Callaway, Monroe and Ralls counties James H Audrain, a War of 1812 colonel Missouri State Legislator 7004255290000000000♠25,529 7002693000000000000♠693 sq mi
7003179500000000000♠1,795 km2
Barry County 009 Cassville 1835 Greene County William Taylor Barry 1784–1835, jurist and United States Postmaster General 7004355970000000000♠35,597 7002779000000000000♠779 sq mi
7003201800000000000♠2,018 km2
Barton County 011 Lamar 1855 Jasper County US Senator David Barton 1783–1837, one of the first senators from Missouri 7004124020000000000♠12,402 7002594000000000000♠594 sq mi
7003153800000000000♠1,538 km2
Bates County 013 Butler 1841 Van Buren now Cass County Frederick Bates 1777–1825, the second governor of Missouri 7004170490000000000♠17,049 7002848000000000000♠848 sq mi
7003219600000000000♠2,196 km2
Benton County 015 Warsaw 1835 Pettis and Greene counties Thomas Hart Benton 1782–1858, US Senator from Missouri 7004190560000000000♠19,056 7002706000000000000♠706 sq mi
7003182900000000000♠1,829 km2
Bollinger County 017 Marble Hill 1851 Cape Girardeau, Madison, Stoddard and Wayne counties George Frederick Bollinger 1770–1842, early settler of Missouri 7004123630000000000♠12,363 7002621000000000000♠621 sq mi
7003160800000000000♠1,608 km2
Boone County 019 Columbia 1821 Howard County Daniel Boone 1734–1820, American pioneer and hunter 7005162642000000000♠162,642 7002685000000000000♠685 sq mi
7003177400000000000♠1,774 km2
Buchanan County 021 Saint Joseph 1838 Part of the Platte Purchase James Buchanan 1791–1868, 15th President of the United States 7004892010000000000♠89,201 7002410000000000000♠410 sq mi
7003106200000000000♠1,062 km2
Butler County 023 Poplar Bluff 1849 Wayne County William O Butler 1791–1880, US Representative from Kentucky and vice-presidential nominee under Lewis Cass 7004427940000000000♠42,794 7002698000000000000♠698 sq mi
7003180800000000000♠1,808 km2
Caldwell County 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 7003942400000000000♠9,424 7002429000000000000♠429 sq mi
7003111100000000000♠1,111 km2
Callaway County 027 Fulton 1821 Boone, Howard and Montgomery counties James Callaway 1783–1815, soldier during the War of 1812 and grandson of Daniel Boone 7004443320000000000♠44,332 7002839000000000000♠839 sq mi
7003217300000000000♠2,173 km2
Camden County 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 7004440020000000000♠44,002 7002655000000000000♠655 sq mi
7003169600000000000♠1,696 km2
Cape Girardeau County 031 Jackson 1812 One of the five original counties Sieur de Girardot, a French officer and early explorer of the region 7004756740000000000♠75,674 7002579000000000000♠579 sq mi
7003150000000000000♠1,500 km2
Carroll County 033 Carrollton 1833 Ray County Charles Carroll 1737–1832, delegate to the Continental Congress and US Senator for Maryland 7003929500000000000♠9,295 7002695000000000000♠695 sq mi
7003180000000000000♠1,800 km2
Carter County 035 Van Buren 1859 Oregon, Reynolds, Ripley and Shannon counties Zimri Carter, pioneering settler 7003626500000000000♠6,265 7002508000000000000♠508 sq mi
7003131600000000000♠1,316 km2
Cass County 037 Harrisonville 1833 Jackson County Lewis Cass 1782–1866, senator from Michigan 7004994780000000000♠99,478 7002699000000000000♠699 sq mi
7003181000000000000♠1,810 km2
Cedar County 039 Stockton 1845 Dade and St Clair counties Named for the abundance of Eastern Red Cedar trees 7004139820000000000♠13,982 7002476000000000000♠476 sq mi
7003123300000000000♠1,233 km2
Chariton County 041 Keytesville 1821 Howard County Chariton River, a tributary of the Missouri River, whose naming origin is disputed 7003783100000000000♠7,831 7002756000000000000♠756 sq mi
7003195800000000000♠1,958 km2
Christian County 043 Ozark 1859 Greene, Taney and Webster counties William Christian 1743–1786, colonel in the American Revolution 7004774220000000000♠77,422 7002563000000000000♠563 sq mi
7003145800000000000♠1,458 km2
Clark County 045 Kahoka 1836 Lewis County William Clark 1770–1838, American explorer, soldier, Indian agent, and territorial governor 7003713900000000000♠7,139 7002507000000000000♠507 sq mi
7003131300000000000♠1,313 km2
Clay County 047 Liberty 1822 Ray County Henry Clay 1777–1852, American Senator and orator from Kentucky 7005221939000000000♠221,939 7002396000000000000♠396 sq mi
7003102600000000000♠1,026 km2
Clinton County 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 7004207430000000000♠20,743 7002419000000000000♠419 sq mi
7003108500000000000♠1,085 km2
Cole County 051 Jefferson City 1820 Cooper County Stephen Cole, pioneering settler 7004759900000000000♠75,990 7002392000000000000♠392 sq mi
7003101500000000000♠1,015 km2
Cooper County 053 Boonville 1818 Howard County Sarshel Benjamin Cooper, pioneering settler 7004176010000000000♠17,601 7002565000000000000♠565 sq mi
7003146300000000000♠1,463 km2
Crawford County 055 Steelville 1829 Gasconade County William H Crawford 1772–1834, US Senator from Georgia, US Secretary of Treasury, and judge 7004246960000000000♠24,696 7002743000000000000♠743 sq mi
7003192400000000000♠1,924 km2
Dade County 057 Greenfield 1841 Barry and Polk counties Major Francis L Dade 1793–1835, Major in the US 4th Infantry Regiment, United States Army, during the Second Seminole War 7003788300000000000♠7,883 7002490000000000000♠490 sq mi
7003126900000000000♠1,269 km2
Dallas County 059 Buffalo 1841 Polk County George M Dallas 1792–1864, US Vice President under James K Polk 7004167770000000000♠16,777 7002542000000000000♠542 sq mi
7003140400000000000♠1,404 km2
Daviess County 061 Gallatin 1836 Ray County Joseph Hamilton Daveiss 1774–1811, commanded the Dragoons of the Indiana Militia at the Battle of Tippecanoe 7003843300000000000♠8,433 7002567000000000000♠567 sq mi
7003146900000000000♠1,469 km2
DeKalb County 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 7004128920000000000♠12,892 7002424000000000000♠424 sq mi
7003109800000000000♠1,098 km2
Dent County 065 Salem 1851 Crawford and Shannon counties James Dent, pioneering settler 7004156570000000000♠15,657 7002754000000000000♠754 sq mi
7003195300000000000♠1,953 km2
Douglas County 067 Ava 1857 Ozark County Stephen A Douglas 1813–1861, American Senator from Illinois, and the Democratic nominee for President in 1860 7004136840000000000♠13,684 7002815000000000000♠815 sq mi
7003211100000000000♠2,111 km2
Dunklin County 069 Kennett 1843 Stoddard County Daniel Dunklin 1790–1844, fifth governor of Missouri 7004319530000000000♠31,953 7002546000000000000♠546 sq mi
7003141400000000000♠1,414 km2
Franklin County 071 Union 1818 St Louis County Benjamin Franklin 1706–1790, writer, publisher, orator, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States 7005101492000000000♠101,492 7002922000000000000♠922 sq mi
7003238800000000000♠2,388 km2
Gasconade County 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 7004152220000000000♠15,222 7002520000000000000♠520 sq mi
7003134700000000000♠1,347 km2
Gentry County 075 Albany 1841 Clinton County Richard Gentry 1788–1837, a distinguished American military colonel in the Seminole Wars 7003673800000000000♠6,738 7002492000000000000♠492 sq mi
7003127400000000000♠1,274 km2
Greene County 077 Springfield 1833 Crawford and Wayne counties Nathanael Greene 1742–1786, a major general of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War 7005275174000000000♠275,174 7002675000000000000♠675 sq mi
7003174800000000000♠1,748 km2
Grundy County 079 Trenton 1839 Livingston County Felix Grundy 1777–1840, US Congressman and US Senator from Tennessee who also served as the 13th Attorney General of the United States 7004102610000000000♠10,261 7002436000000000000♠436 sq mi
7003112900000000000♠1,129 km2
Harrison County 081 Bethany 1843 Daviess County Albert G Harrison 1800–1839, US Representative from Missouri 7003895700000000000♠8,957 7002725000000000000♠725 sq mi
7003187800000000000♠1,878 km2
Henry County 083 Clinton 1834 Lillard now Lafayette County Patrick Henry 1736–1799, first post-colonial Governor of Virginia and prominent figure in the American Revolution 7004222720000000000♠22,272 7002702000000000000♠702 sq mi
7003181800000000000♠1,818 km2
Hickory County 085 Hermitage 1845 Benton and Polk counties Andrew Jackson 1767–1845, seventh US President, who was nicknamed "Old Hickory" during his military service 7003962700000000000♠9,627 7002399000000000000♠399 sq mi
7003103300000000000♠1,033 km2
Holt County 087 Oregon 1841 Part of the Platte Purchase David Rice Holt, Missouri State Representative 7003491200000000000♠4,912 7002462000000000000♠462 sq mi
7003119700000000000♠1,197 km2
Howard County 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 7004101440000000000♠10,144 7002466000000000000♠466 sq mi
7003120700000000000♠1,207 km2
Howell County 091 West Plains 1857 Oregon County Disputed - Josiah Howell, pioneering settler 7004404000000000000♠40,400 7002928000000000000♠928 sq mi
7003240400000000000♠2,404 km2
Iron County 093 Ironton 1857 Madison, Reynolds, St Francois, Washington and Wayne counties The abundance of iron ore in the area 7004106300000000000♠10,630 7002551000000000000♠551 sq mi
7003142700000000000♠1,427 km2
Jackson County 095 Kansas City,
1826 Lillard now Lafayette County Andrew Jackson 1767–1845, US Senator from Tennessee and later President of the United States 7005674158000000000♠674,158 7002605000000000000♠605 sq mi
7003156700000000000♠1,567 km2
Jasper County 097 Carthage 1841 Barry County William Jasper c 1750–1779, a noted American soldier in the Revolutionary War 7005117404000000000♠117,404 7002640000000000000♠640 sq mi
7003165800000000000♠1,658 km2
Jefferson County 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 7005218733000000000♠218,733 7002657000000000000♠657 sq mi
7003170200000000000♠1,702 km2
Johnson County 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 7004525950000000000♠52,595 7002831000000000000♠831 sq mi
7003215200000000000♠2,152 km2
Knox County 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 7003413100000000000♠4,131 7002506000000000000♠506 sq mi
7003131100000000000♠1,311 km2
Laclede County 105 Lebanon 1849 Camden, Pulaski and Wright counties Pierre Laclede 1729–1778, founder of St Louis, Missouri 7004355710000000000♠35,571 7002766000000000000♠766 sq mi
7003198400000000000♠1,984 km2
Lafayette County 107 Lexington 1821 Cooper County Gilbert du Motier, the Marquis de Lafayette 1757–1834, French military officer and general in the American Revolutionary War 7004333810000000000♠33,381 7002629000000000000♠629 sq mi
7003162900000000000♠1,629 km2
Lawrence County 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!" 7004386340000000000♠38,634 7002613000000000000♠613 sq mi
7003158800000000000♠1,588 km2
Lewis County 111 Monticello 1833 Marion County Meriwether Lewis 1774–1809, explorer and governor of the Louisiana Territory 7004102110000000000♠10,211 7002505000000000000♠505 sq mi
7003130800000000000♠1,308 km2
Lincoln County 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,11 or for Benjamin Lincoln 1733–1810, an American revolutionary war general 7004525660000000000♠52,566 7002630000000000000♠630 sq mi
7003163200000000000♠1,632 km2
Linn County 115 Linneus 1837 Chariton County Lewis F Linn 1796–1843, a Jacksonian Democratic US Senator for Missouri 7004127610000000000♠12,761 7002620000000000000♠620 sq mi
7003160600000000000♠1,606 km2
Livingston County 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 7004151950000000000♠15,195 7002535000000000000♠535 sq mi
7003138600000000000♠1,386 km2
Macon County 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 7004155660000000000♠15,566 7002804000000000000♠804 sq mi
7003208200000000000♠2,082 km2
Madison County 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 7004122260000000000♠12,226 7002497000000000000♠497 sq mi
7003128700000000000♠1,287 km2
Maries County 125 Vienna 1855 Osage and Pulaski counties Maries River, possibly a corruption of the French word marais meaning "marsh" or "swamp" 7003917600000000000♠9,176 7002528000000000000♠528 sq mi
7003136800000000000♠1,368 km2
Marion County 127 Palmyra 1826 Ralls County Francis Marion 1732–1795, a military officer who served in the American Revolutionary War 7004287810000000000♠28,781 7002438000000000000♠438 sq mi
7003113400000000000♠1,134 km2
McDonald County 119 Pineville 1847 Newton County Alexander McDonald, American Revolutionary War sergeant 7004230830000000000♠23,083 7002540000000000000♠540 sq mi
7003139900000000000♠1,399 km2
Mercer County 129 Princeton 1845 Grundy County John F Mercer 1759–1821, an American lawyer, planter, and Governor of Maryland 7003378500000000000♠3,785 7002454000000000000♠454 sq mi
7003117600000000000♠1,176 km2
Miller County 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 US House 7004247480000000000♠24,748 7002592000000000000♠592 sq mi
7003153300000000000♠1,533 km2
Mississippi County 133 Charleston 1842 Scott County Mississippi River, the second-longest river in the United States which forms Missouri's eastern border 7004143580000000000♠14,358 7002413000000000000♠413 sq mi
7003107000000000000♠1,070 km2
Moniteau County 135 California 1845 Cole and Morgan counties Moniteau Creek; "moniteau" is a French spelling of manitou, the Algonquian Great Spirit 7004156070000000000♠15,607 7002417000000000000♠417 sq mi
7003108000000000000♠1,080 km2
Monroe County 137 Paris 1831 Ralls County James Monroe 1758–1831, fifth President of the United States who crafted the Missouri Compromise 7003884000000000000♠8,840 7002646000000000000♠646 sq mi
7003167300000000000♠1,673 km2
Montgomery County 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 7004122360000000000♠12,236 7002539000000000000♠539 sq mi
7003139600000000000♠1,396 km2
Morgan County 141 Versailles 1833 Cooper County Daniel Morgan c 1736–1802, American pioneer, soldier, and United States Representative from Virginia 7004205650000000000♠20,565 7002598000000000000♠598 sq mi
7003154900000000000♠1,549 km2
New Madrid County 143 New Madrid 1812 One of the five original counties Madrid, Spain 7004189560000000000♠18,956 7002678000000000000♠678 sq mi
7003175600000000000♠1,756 km2
Newton County 145 Neosho 1838 Barry County John Newton 1755–1780, legendary soldier of the American Revolution 7004581140000000000♠58,114 7002626000000000000♠626 sq mi
7003162100000000000♠1,621 km2
Nodaway County 147 Maryville 1843 Andrew County, the Platte Purchase Nodaway River, a 120-mile 190 km long river in southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri 7004233700000000000♠23,370 7002877000000000000♠877 sq mi
7003227100000000000♠2,271 km2
Oregon County 149 Alton 1841 Ripley County Oregon Territory 7004108810000000000♠10,881 7002792000000000000♠792 sq mi
7003205100000000000♠2,051 km2
Osage County 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 7004138780000000000♠13,878 7002606000000000000♠606 sq mi
7003157000000000000♠1,570 km2
Ozark County 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 7003972300000000000♠9,723 7002747000000000000♠747 sq mi
7003193500000000000♠1,935 km2
Pemiscot County 155 Caruthersville 1851 New Madrid County An American Indian word meaning "liquid mud" 7004182960000000000♠18,296 7002493000000000000♠493 sq mi
7003127700000000000♠1,277 km2
Perry County 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 7004189710000000000♠18,971 7002475000000000000♠475 sq mi
7003123000000000000♠1,230 km2
Pettis County 159 Sedalia 1833 Cooper and Saline counties Spencer Darwin Pettis 1802–1831, US Representative from Missouri 7004422010000000000♠42,201 7002685000000000000♠685 sq mi
7003177400000000000♠1,774 km2
Phelps County 161 Rolla 1857 Crawford County John S Phelps 1814–1886, a politician, soldier during the American Civil War, and twenty-third Governor of Missouri 7004451560000000000♠45,156 7002673000000000000♠673 sq mi
7003174300000000000♠1,743 km2
Pike County 163 Bowling Green 1818 St Charles County Zebulon Pike 1778–1813, American soldier and explorer for whom Pikes Peak in Colorado is also named 7004185160000000000♠18,516 7002673000000000000♠673 sq mi
7003174300000000000♠1,743 km2
Platte County 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 7004893220000000000♠89,322 7002420000000000000♠420 sq mi
7003108800000000000♠1,088 km2
Polk County 167 Bolivar 1835 Greene County James K Polk 1795–1849, 11th President of the United States 7004311370000000000♠31,137 7002637000000000000♠637 sq mi
7003165000000000000♠1,650 km2
Pulaski County 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 7004522740000000000♠52,274 7002547000000000000♠547 sq mi
7003141700000000000♠1,417 km2
Putnam County 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 7003497900000000000♠4,979 7002518000000000000♠518 sq mi
7003134200000000000♠1,342 km2
Ralls County 173 New London 1821 Pike County Daniel Ralls, a Missouri State Representative 7004101670000000000♠10,167 7002471000000000000♠471 sq mi
7003122000000000000♠1,220 km2
Randolph County 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" 7004254140000000000♠25,414 7002482000000000000♠482 sq mi
7003124800000000000♠1,248 km2
Ray County 177 Richmond 1820 Howard County John Ray, Missouri State Representative 7004234940000000000♠23,494 7002570000000000000♠570 sq mi
7003147600000000000♠1,476 km2
Reynolds County 179 Centerville 1845 Shannon County Thomas Reynolds 1796–1844, governor of Missouri from 1840 to 1844 7003669600000000000♠6,696 7002811000000000000♠811 sq mi
7003210000000000000♠2,100 km2
Ripley County 181 Doniphan 1831 Wayne County Eleazer Wheelock Ripley 1782–1839, Brigadier General in the War of 1812 7004141000000000000♠14,100 7002630000000000000♠630 sq mi
7003163200000000000♠1,632 km2
Saint Charles County 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 7005360485000000000♠360,485 7002561000000000000♠561 sq mi
7003145300000000000♠1,453 km2
Saint Clair County 185 Osceola 1841 Rives now Henry County Arthur St Clair 1737–1818, an American soldier and Governor of the Northwest Territory 7003980500000000000♠9,805 7002677000000000000♠677 sq mi
7003175300000000000♠1,753 km2
Saint Francois County 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 7004653590000000000♠65,359 7002450000000000000♠450 sq mi
7003116500000000000♠1,165 km2
Saint Louis County 189 Clayton 1812 One of the five original counties King Louis IX 1214–1270, King of France from 1226 until his death 7006100043800000000♠1,000,438 7002508000000000000♠508 sq mi
7003131600000000000♠1,316 km2
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 7005319294000000000♠319,294 7001619000000000000♠619 sq mi
7002160000000000000♠160 km2
Ste Genevieve County 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 7004181450000000000♠18,145 7002502000000000000♠502 sq mi
7003130000000000000♠1,300 km2
Saline County 195 Marshall 1820 Cooper County Local hot springs 7004233700000000000♠23,370 7002756000000000000♠756 sq mi
7003195800000000000♠1,958 km2
Schuyler County 197 Lancaster 1843 Adair County Philip Schuyler 1733–1804, a general in the American Revolution and a United States Senator from New York 7003443100000000000♠4,431 7002308000000000000♠308 sq mi
7002798000000000000♠798 km2
Scotland County 199 Memphis 1841 Clark, Lewis, and Shelby counties Scotland country 7003484300000000000♠4,843 7002438000000000000♠438 sq mi
7003113400000000000♠1,134 km2
Scott County 201 Benton 1822 New Madrid County John Guier Scott 1819–1892, a US Representative from Missouri 7004391910000000000♠39,191 7002421000000000000♠421 sq mi
7003109000000000000♠1,090 km2
Shannon County 203 Eminence 1837 Ripley County George Shannon 1785–1836, member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition 7003844100000000000♠8,441 7003100400000000000♠1,004 sq mi
7003260000000000000♠2,600 km2
Shelby County 205 Shelbyville 1835 Marion County Isaac Shelby 1750–1826, the first and fifth Governor of the US state of Kentucky 7003637300000000000♠6,373 7002501000000000000♠501 sq mi
7003129800000000000♠1,298 km2
Stoddard County 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 7004299680000000000♠29,968 7002827000000000000♠827 sq mi
7003214200000000000♠2,142 km2
Stone County 209 Galena 1851 Taney County William Stone, first elected judge of Taney County 7004322020000000000♠32,202 7002463000000000000♠463 sq mi
7003119900000000000♠1,199 km2
Sullivan County 211 Milan 1843 Linn County John Sullivan 1740–1795, American Revolutionary War general 7003671400000000000♠6,714 7002651000000000000♠651 sq mi
7003168600000000000♠1,686 km2
Taney County 213 Forsyth 1837 Greene County Roger Brooke Taney 1777–1864, eleventh United States Attorney General and fifth Chief Justice of the United States 7004516750000000000♠51,675 7002632000000000000♠632 sq mi
7003163700000000000♠1,637 km2
Texas County 215 Houston 1843 Shannon and Wright counties Republic of Texas 7004260080000000000♠26,008 7003117900000000000♠1,179 sq mi
7003305400000000000♠3,054 km2
Vernon County 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 7004211590000000000♠21,159 7002834000000000000♠834 sq mi
7003216000000000000♠2,160 km2
Warren County 219 Warrenton 1833 Montgomery County Joseph Warren 1741–1775, Revolutionary War doctor and general 7004325130000000000♠32,513 7002432000000000000♠432 sq mi
7003111900000000000♠1,119 km2
Washington County 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 7004251950000000000♠25,195 7002760000000000000♠760 sq mi
7003196800000000000♠1,968 km2
Wayne County 223 Greenville 1818 Cape Girardeau and Lawrence counties Anthony Wayne 1745–1796, United States Army general and statesman 7004135210000000000♠13,521 7002761000000000000♠761 sq mi
7003197100000000000♠1,971 km2
Webster County 225 Marshfield 1855 Greene County Daniel Webster 1782–1852, US Secretary of State and Senator from Massachusetts 7004362020000000000♠36,202 7002593000000000000♠593 sq mi
7003153600000000000♠1,536 km2
Worth County 227 Grant City 1861 Gentry County William J Worth 1794–1849, a United States general during the Mexican-American War 7003217100000000000♠2,171 7002266000000000000♠266 sq mi
7002689000000000000♠689 km2
Wright County 229 Hartville 1841 Pulaski County Silas Wright 1795–1847, an American Democratic politician and Governor of New York 7004188150000000000♠18,815 7002682000000000000♠682 sq mi
7003176600000000000♠1,766 km2

Former county namesedit

County3 Etymology310 Changed to3
Allen County Unknown 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 officer12 Ozark County in 1845
Highland County Unknown 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"13 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

See alsoedit

  • List of cities in Missouri
  • List of US counties by population
  • Missouri census statistical areas
  • Demographics of Missouri


  1. ^ "Timeline of Missouri History: 1673-1799" Missouri State Government Web Retrieved October 10, 2009 
  2. ^ "County Government Links" Missouri State Government Web Archived from the original on May 23, 2009 Retrieved October 10, 2009 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "What are the Origins of Missouri Counties" Missouri State Government Web Retrieved September 17, 2009 
  4. ^ "About St Louis: Government" City of St Louis Retrieved October 12, 2009 
  5. ^ US Census Bureau, "Missouri County Selection Map"
  6. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts" US Census Bureau Retrieved September 28, 2009 
  7. ^ a b "EPA County FIPS Code Listing" US Environmental Protection Agency Retrieved September 27, 2009 
  8. ^ a b c "NACo - Find a county" National Association of Counties Archived from the original on August 28, 2009 Retrieved September 17, 2009 
  9. ^ Beatty, Michael 2001 County Name Origins of the United States McFarland Press ISBN 0-7864-1025-6 
  10. ^ a b Coulet du Gard, René; Coulet Western, Dominique 1981 The Handbook of American Counties, Parishes and Independent Cities Editions des Deux Mondes ISBN 0-939586-00-2 
  11. ^ Howard Louis Conard 1901 Encyclopedia of the history of Missouri p 68 
  12. ^ Stevens, Walter B 1921 Centennial history of Missouri The Center State One Hundred Years in the Union 1820-1921 Chicago: Clarke Pub Co p 72 
  13. ^ Stevens, Walter B 1921 Centennial history of Missouri The Center State One Hundred Years in the Union 1820-1921 Chicago: Clarke Pub Co p 73 

External linksedit

  • Missouri Association of Counties
  • Digitized 1930 Plat Books of Missouri Counties from University of Missouri Division of Special Collections, Archives, and Rare Books

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