Andrew County, Missouri

Andrew County, Missouri

Andrew County Courthouse
Map of Missouri highlighting Andrew County
Location in the U.S. state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded January 29, 1841
Named for Andrew Jackson Davis
Seat Savannah
Largest city Savannah
  Total 436 sq mi (1,129 km2)
  Land 433 sq mi (1,121 km2)
  Water 3.7 sq mi (10 km2), 0.9%
Population (est.)
  (2015) 17,296
  Density 40/sq mi (15/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

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.[1] Its county seat is Savannah.[2] The county was organized January 29, 1841 and named for Andrew Jackson Davis, a lawyer and prominent citizen of St. Louis.[3]

Andrew County is part of the St. Joseph, MO-KS Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Kansas City-Overland, Park-Kansas City, MO-KS Combined Statistical Area.


The following material is inscribed on a plaque erected by the State Historical Society of Missouri and State Highway Commission in 1960, now located by the Andrew County Courthouse.

Andrew County, organized 1841, is one of six counties in the Indian Platte Purchase Territory annexed to Missouri in 1837. Named for Andrew Jackson Davis, a St. Louis editor, the county was first settled in the middle 1830s. Pioneers were from Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and other parts of Missouri.

Savannah, the county seat, was laid out in 1841. First briefly called Union, it was renamed for Savannah, Georgia. The Platte County Railroad (CB&Q) reached there in 1860, and today's Chicago, Great Western in the late 1880s. The town grew as a shipping point and trading center in the post Civil War era.

Divided during the Civil War, Andrew County sent troops to both sides. In August 1861, 1,500 soldiers from Andrew County and other counties joined the pro-Southern Missouri State Guard at Camp Highly in eastern Andrew County while others joined a large Union cap in adjacent Gentry County. In 1861, Union troops seized "Northwest Democrat," a pro-Southern newspaper, in Savannah and troops from Camp Highly seized the "Plain Dealer," a Union newspaper. Raiding guerrilla bands overran the county through 1863.

Andrew County's glacial plains support fertile livestock, grain, and fruit farms. The One Hundred and Two River, along with the Platte River, are located in the county. Its western border is formed by the Nodaway and Missouri rivers. In 1804 the Lewis and Clark Expedition camped on an island at the mouth of the Nodaway River. Members of fur trader W. Price Hunt's 1811 Astorian expedition wintered near the river’s mouth as well.

Among the towns located in Andrew County are Amazonia, once on the Missouri River, now inland, laid out in 1857 near the site of Nodaway City, an early river port; Fillmore, established in 1845; Whitesville, established in 1848; Rochester, established in 1848; Bolckow, established in 1868; Rosendale, established in 1869; Rea, established in 1877; Helena, established in 1878; and Cosby, established in 1882.

The Andrew County Museum & Historical Society celebrates the history of Andrew County through exhibits, programs, publications, and special events. The museum and society collects, preserves, researches, and interprets documents and artifacts to promote the appreciation and preservation of the county's history and bring history to life in Andrew County.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 436 square miles (1,130 km2), of which 433 square miles (1,120 km2) is land and 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2) (0.9%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties

Major highways


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201517,296[5]0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2015[1]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 16,492 people, 6,273 households, and 4,635 families residing in the county. The population density was 38 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 6,662 housing units at an average density of 15 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.38% White, 0.42% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. Approximately 0.84% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,273 households out of which 34.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.70% were married couples living together, 7.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.10% were non-families. 22.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.40% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 14.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 95.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,688, and the median income for a family was $46,067. Males had a median income of $32,955 versus $22,586 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,375. About 6.40% of families and 8.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.50% of those under age 18 and 8.00% of those age 65 or over.


Public schools



Andrew County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Ronald Christmas Republican
Circuit Clerk Tena Christmas Republican
County Clerk Cyndee Merritt Republican
Collector Phil Rogers Republican
Larry L. Atkins Republican
(District 1)
John Rotterman Republican
(District 2)
Darryl Howard Democratic
Coroner Doug Johnson Republican
Prosecuting Attorney Steven Stevenson Republican
Public Administrator Karen Keller Republican
Recorder Rosa Lea Lancey Republican
Sheriff Bryan Atkins Republican
Surveyor F. Shane Terhune Republican
Treasurer Cindy Esely Republican


Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2012 51.99% 4,301 44.63% 3,692 3.38% 280
2008 48.09% 4,174 49.69% 4,313 2.22% 192
2004 60.70% 5,001 38.15% 3,143 1.15% 95
2000 54.55% 3,943 43.47% 3,142 1.98% 143
1996 37.24% 2,607 60.33% 4,223 2.43% 170
1992 50.00% 3,657 50.00% 3,657 0.00% 0

All of Andrew County is a part of Missouri’s 9th District in the Missouri House of Representatives and is represented by Delus Johnson (R-St. Joseph).

All of Andrew County is a part of Missouri’s 12th District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Dan Hegemen (R-Cosby).


All of Andrew County is included in Missouri’s 6th Congressional District and is currently represented by Sam Graves (R-Tarkio) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri’s 6th Congressional District – Andrew County (2014)
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Sam B. Graves 3,328 67.70
Democratic Bill Hedge 1,421 28.91
Libertarian Russ Monchil 167 3.40
Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2012 65.42% 5,457 31.76% 2,649 2.82% 235
2008 60.06% 5,279 38.05% 3,345 1.89% 166
2004 62.12% 5,135 37.13% 3,069 0.75% 62
2000 58.52% 4,257 38.42% 2,795 3.06% 222
1996 46.20% 3,281 39.53% 2,807 14.27% 1,013
1992 35.41% 2,652 35.72% 2,675 28.87% 2,162

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)

Andrew County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 501 (27.96%)
Mike Huckabee 484 (27.01%)
Mitt Romney 641 (35.77%)
Ron Paul 120 (6.70%)
Andrew County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Clinton 1,067 (56.94%)
Barack Obama 746 (39.81%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 39 (2.08%)
Uncommitted 16 (0.85%)




Unincorporated communities


Andrew County is divided into 10 townships:

Notable natives

See also


  1. 1 2 "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 7, 2013.
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. Eaton, David Wolfe (1916). How Missouri Counties, Towns and Streams Were Named. The State Historical Society of Missouri. p. 202.
  4. "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  5. "County Totals Dataset: Population, Population Change and Estimated Components of Population Change: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016.
  6. "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 11, 2015. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  7. "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  8. "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  9. "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
  10. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14.

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Coordinates: 39°59′N 94°48′W / 39.99°N 94.80°W / 39.99; -94.80

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