Dent County is located in south-central Missouri. The County Seat is Salem and the largest city is Salem. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.salemmo.com/county/DentCounty.asp. The 2014 population estimate is 15,655 and the 2010 census population was 15,657. The land area is 752.79 square miles and there are 20.8 persons per square mile.
96.1% of the population is White, 0.6% is Black or African American, 1.3% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.6% is Asian, 1% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.7% is two or more races. 76.8% have a high school degree or higher, and 11.4% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $86,000, there are 5,858 households, an average of 2.63 persons per household. The per capita income is $18,544, the median household income is $36,311, and 20.9% of the persons in Dent County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 1,443. Retail sales (in $1000) were $124,535, and sales per capita were $8,310.
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