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Howard County was created under an act of the general assembly, approved on January 13, 1816. It was named for Benjamin Howard, first Missouri Territory governor. Howard County was the ninth organized county in the Missouri Territory and was created from the counties of St. Louis and St. Charles.
Howard County was one of the several counties settled mostly by southerners along the Missouri River. Given their culture and traditions, this area became known as Little Dixie and Howard was the heart.
An ideal central location for business, Howard County is within two “truck days” of ninety percent of the United States – meaning your semi shipment is just two days away from the majority of your customers.
Kansas City is two short hours away from the town of Fayette, and a drive to St. Louis takes just two and a half hours. There are six major highways in Howard County. They are: U.S. Route 40, Route 3, Route 5, Route 87, Route 124, Route 240.
HOWARD COUNTY QUICK FACTS
Land Size: 471 Square Miles
Cities: Armstrong, Fayette, Franklin, New Franklin, Glasgow
Cost of Living Index: 80.1%
County Workforce: 4,882
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%
Major Employers: Monnig Industries, CMMG, Pacific Lumber, American Discovery Textile, Penny Plate, Inovatia Laboratories, Addison Biological Laboratories, Jennings Premium Meats
Median Household Income: $31,614
County Average Wage: $25,096
Demographics:91.13% White, 6.84% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.40% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. Approximately 0.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 32.4% were of German, 16.1% American, 8.9% English and 8.3% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.
HOWARD COUNTY QUALITY OF LIFE
School Data: Central Methodist University, Moberly Area Community College, Strong High schools and Elementary Schools
Recreation Opportunities: Missouri river, Katy trail, multiple conservation areas, public park systems, hunting and fishing opportunities, golfing, unique shops, historic sites, great dining, wineries, Lewis & Clark Trail, reenactments, art gallery, homes and buildings on the national historic registry, near to metropolitan areas