Dallas County is a county located in the state of Missouri. As of 2000, the population is 15,661. Its county seat is Buffalo6. It was named for George M. Dallas, Vice President of the United States of America under James K. Polk.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,406 km˛ (543 mi˛). 1,403 km˛ (542 mi˛) of it is land and 3 km˛ (1 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 0.24% water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 15,661 people, 6,030 households, and 4,383 families residing in the county. The population density is 11/km˛ (29/mi˛). There are 6,914 housing units at an average density of 5/km˛ (13/mi˛). The racial makeup of the county is 97.45% White, 0.12% Black or African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 1.37% from two or more races. 0.94% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 6,030 households out of which 32.90% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.80% are married couples living together, 8.40% have a female householder with no husband present, and 27.30% are non-families. 23.70% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.60% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.57 and the average family size is 3.04.
In the county the population is spread out with 27.50% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 15.20% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 98.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 95.70 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $27,346, and the median income for a family is $33,500. Males have a median income of $26,438 versus $17,569 for females. The per capita income for the county is $15,106. 17.90% of the population and 14.20% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 25.40% of those under the age of 18 and 18.50% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
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