Cooper County is a county located in the state of Missouri. As of 2000, the population is 16,670. Its county seat is Boonville6.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,477 km˛ (570 mi˛). 1,463 km˛ (565 mi˛) of it is land and 13 km˛ (5 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 0.91% water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 16,670 people, 5,932 households, and 4,140 families residing in the county. The population density is 11/km˛ (30/mi˛). There are 6,676 housing units at an average density of 5/km˛ (12/mi˛). The racial makeup of the county is 89.05% White, 8.96% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.28% from other races, and 1.11% from two or more races. 0.86% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 5,932 households out of which 31.80% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.40% are married couples living together, 9.00% have a female householder with no husband present, and 30.20% are non-families. 26.10% of all households are made up of individuals and 12.60% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.46 and the average family size is 2.97.
In the county the population is spread out with 22.80% under the age of 18, 14.00% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 20.60% from 45 to 64, and 15.20% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 35 years. For every 100 females there are 117.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 120.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $35,313, and the median income for a family is $41,526. Males have a median income of $28,513 versus $20,965 for females. The per capita income for the county is $15,648. 10.70% of the population and 8.30% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 12.80% of those under the age of 18 and 8.30% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
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