Barton County is located in southwestern Missouri. The County Seat is Lamar and the largest city is Lamar. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.bartoncounty.com/. The 2014 population estimate is 12,057 and the 2010 census population was 12,402. The land area is 591.92 square miles and there are 21 persons per square mile.
95% of the population is White, 0.5% is Black or African American, 2.4% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.4% is Asian, 1.3% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2.6% is two or more races. 85.8% have a high school degree or higher, and 16.9% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $84,700, there are 5,065 households, an average of 2.42 persons per household. The per capita income is $20,678, the median household income is $40,580, and 18.7% of the persons in Barton County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 1,264. Retail sales (in $1000) were $135,142, and sales per capita were $10,623. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 28.2%.
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