Cole County is located in central Missouri. The County Seat is Jefferson City and the largest city is Jefferson City. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.colecounty.org/. The 2014 population estimate is 76,557 and the 2010 census population was 75,983. The land area is 393.75 square miles and there are 193 persons per square mile.
84.7% of the population is White, 11.7% is Black or African American, 2.7% is Hispanic or Latino, 1.2% is Asian, 0.4% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.9% is two or more races. 90.4% have a high school degree or higher, and 30.8% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $142,400, there are 29,302 households, an average of 2.46 persons per household. The per capita income is $26,160, the median household income is $53,931, and 13.3% of the persons in Cole County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 6,119. Retail sales (in $1000) were $1,203,694, and sales per capita were $16,357. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 26.3%.
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