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The 2000 Census showed that Butler County had a population of 40,867 people. This represented 0.73% of the total population of Missouri, making it the state's 20th most populous county (out of 115 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Butler had a population of 41,471 people. This is an increase of 1.48% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201042,794+4.72%+3.19% since 2009
200941,471+1.48%+0.54% since 2008
200841,247+0.93%+0.31% since 2007
200741,120+0.62%-0.61% since 2006
200641,371+1.23%+0.27% since 2005
200541,258+0.96%+0.88% since 2004
200340,686-0.44%-0.24% since 2002
200240,785-0.2%+0.25% since 2001
200140,682-0.45%-0.45% since 2000
200040,867The Last Census

Butler County had 18,707 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Butler County has a total area<3> of 698 square miles [1,810 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (1.43 square miles [3.71 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Butler County had a population density of 58.6 people per square mile [22.62 people/km²], making it the state's 27th most densely populated county (out of 115 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Butler County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Butler and the state of Missouri.

Click here for the Butler County QuickFact (QF-29023).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Butler County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Poplar BluffQF-295909617,04516,6512.37%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Butler County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Clay (AR)QF-05021   S15,58517,609-11.49%
CarterQF-29035   NW5,8705,941-1.2%
DunklinQF-29069   SE31,03933,155-6.38%
RipleyQF-29181   W13,39513,509-0.84%
StoddardQF-29207   E29,06929,705-2.14%
WayneQF-29223   N12,39213,259-6.54%

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Census QuickFact for Butler County

Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Butler. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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