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Time Zone: Phelps County lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Rolla is the Seat for Phelps County.

Phelps County was founded in 1857 and was created by taking area from CrawfordCounty.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Phelps had a population of 42,248 people. This is an increase of 6.08% since the last Census (which gave a population of 39,825 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Phelps represented 0.71% of the total population of Missouri, making it the state's 23rd most populous county (out of 115 counties).

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
201045,156+13.39%+6.88% since 2009
200942,248+6.08%+0.28% since 2008
200842,132+5.79%-0.75% since 2007
200039,825The Last Census

More information can be found on the Phelps County Census Page for Phelps County.


Below are some of the communities located in Phelps County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Phelps County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Rolla   18,48816,36712.96% increase  
Saint James   3,9943,7047.83% increase  
Doolittle   6686443.73% increase  
Newburg   4664843.72% decrease  
Edgar Springs   1821904.21% decrease  

Websites for Phelps County

Official Website:   www.phelpscounty.org/

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

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