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3 Cities and towns
Geography\nAccording to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,323 km² (511 mi²). 1,200 km² (463 mi²) of it is land and 123 km² (48 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 9.33% water.
Demographics\nAs of the census2 of 2000, there are 28,658 people, 11,822 households, and 8,842 families residing in the county. The population density is 24/km² (62/mi²). There are 16,241 housing units at an average density of 14/km² (35/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 97.64% White, 0.07% Black or African American, 0.61% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.25% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. 1.04% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 11,822 households out of which 25.60% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.70% are married couples living together, 7.20% have a female householder with no husband present, and 25.20% are non-families. 21.40% of all households are made up of individuals and 10.30% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.40 and the average family size is 2.76.
In the county the population is spread out with 21.40% under the age of 18, 6.20% from 18 to 24, 23.80% from 25 to 44, 29.70% from 45 to 64, and 18.90% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 44 years. For every 100 females there are 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 93.10 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $32,637, and the median income for a family is $36,844. Males have a median income of $26,224 versus $19,190 for females. The per capita income for the county is $18,036. 12.80% of the population and 8.50% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 19.00% are under the age of 18 and 8.10% are 65 or older.
Cities and towns\n*Blue Eye\n*Branson\n*Branson West\n*Coney Island\n*Crane\n*Galena\n*Hurley\n*Indian Point\n*Kimberling City\n*McCord Bend\n*Reeds Spring