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Jackson County, Missouri
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Location in the state of Missouri
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Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded December 15, 1826
Seat Independence and Kansas City
Largest city Kansas City
Area
 • Total 616.41 sq mi (1,596 km2)
 • Land 604.84 sq mi (1,567 km2)
 • Water 11.57 sq mi (30 km2), 1.88%
Population (Est.)
 • (2012) 677,377
 • Density 1,114/sq mi (430.22/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.jacksongov.org
Census Pop.
1830 2,823
1840 7,612 169.6%
1850 14,000 83.9%
1860 22,913 63.7%
1870 65,011 183.7%
1880 82,825 27.4%
1890 160,510 93.8%
1900 195,193 21.6%
1910 283,522 45.3%
1920 367,846 29.7%
1930 470,454 27.9%
1940 477,828 1.6%
1950 541,035 13.2%
1960 622,732 15.1%
1970 654,558 5.1%
1980 629,266 −3.9%
1990 633,232 0.6%
2000 654,880 3.4%
2010 674,158 2.9%
Est. 2012 677,377 0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
2012 Estimate
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Jackson (Get Move Quote for Jackson, MI) is a county located in west central Missouri in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 674,158. making it the second most populous county in the state (after St. Louis County). Although Independence retains its status as the original county seat, Kansas City serves as a second county seat and the center of county government. The county was organized December 15, 1826 and named for President Andrew Jackson (Jackson, MI Movers) (elected 1828).

Kansas City, the county's most populous city and focus city of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, is mostly located in Jackson (Get Moves Prices for Jackson, MI).

History

Early years

Jackson (Get Relocation Quote for Jackson, MI) was home to members of the Osage Native American tribe. The first known European explorers were French trappers who used the Missouri River as a highway for exploration and trading with Native American tribes. Jackson (Get Move Estimate for Jackson, MI) was a part of New France, until the British victory in the French and Indian War in 1763 resulted in the cession of this territory to Great Britain's ally, Spain. Spain was forced by the Third Treaty of San Ildefonso in 1800 to return its Louisiana Territory (of which modern Jackson (Get Move Cost for Jackson, MI) then formed a part) to France, which in turn sold it to the United States in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.

Explorers Merriwether Lewis and William Clark passed through Jackson (Get Move Quote for Jackson, MI) on their famous Lewis and Clark expedition in 1804. Among other items, their report indicated a "high, commanding position" along the river within the current boundaries of Jackson (Get Moves Estimate for Jackson, MI) that in 1808 became Fort Osage. This stockade and trading post was one of the first U.S. military installations within the Louisiana purchase territory, and remained active until 1822.

In 1821, Jackson (Get Moves Estimate for Jackson, MI) became part of the newly-admitted state of Missouri. Jackson (Get Movers Cost for Jackson, MI) was organized on December 15, 1826 and named for Andrew Jackson, U.S. Senator (and later President) from Tennessee. Its county seat was designated as Independence, which was at the time only a minuscule settlement near a spring. However, the rapid increase in Westward exploration and expansion ultimately made Independence the starting point for three of the great Westward Trails: the Santa Fe Trail, the Oregon Trail and the California Trail. With the American Civil War and the coming of the railroads, nearby Kansas City ultimately eclipsed Independence, though both towns remain county seats.

In 1838, a small piece of land was bought along the Missouri River in northern Jackson (Get Moves Prices for Jackson, MI) by the "Town Company," which established "Westport Landing" (today the River Market district). The area outside of Westport Landing was renamed the "Town of Kansas," after the local Kanza Native Americans, in 1839. The town was chartered by Jackson (Get Moving Estimate for Jackson, MI) in 1850 and incorporated by the State of Missouri as the "City of Kansas" in 1853. In 1889, with a population of around 60,000, the city adopted a new charter and changed its name to Kansas City. In 1897, Kansas City annexed Westport.

Latter Day Saints

Jackson (Get Relocation Prices for Jackson, MI) figures prominently in the history of the Latter Day Saint movement. Beginning in March 1831, Church founder Joseph Smith, Jr. claimed that a location on the Missouri–Kansas border was to be a latter-day "New Jerusalem" with the "center place" located in Independence, the County Seat. Traveling to the area in the Summer of 1831, Smith and some associates formally proclaimed Jackson (Get Movers Estimate for Jackson, MI) as the site, in a ceremony in August 1831.

"Joseph Smith was then told that the members of the Church should buy as much land as possible west from Independence up to the line that designated the land of the Native Americans. Learning that Jackson (Get Moves Quote for Jackson, MI) Missouri was Zion meant much to Joseph Smith and the members of the Mormon Church. According to Mormon belief, Zion is a place where the pure in heart live. This can mean that Zion can be anywhere, but when God referred to Jackson (Get Move Cost for Jackson, MI) as Zion he also told Joseph that this land would be the New Jerusalem.
"...The saints were eager to begin building up Zion so that they could further the preparations for the coming of Christ.
"After receiving this revelation, Joseph began making arrangements to build up a city. On August 2, 1831, he helped lay the logs for the first house built in Zion. The first log was carried and placed by twelve men to represent the twelve tribes of Israel. Sidney Rigdon also was asked to dedicate and consecrate the land for the gathering of the Saints..."

Many members of the LDS Church—including Joseph Smith and Brigham Young—have believed that Jackson (Get Move Estimate for Jackson, MI) was the site of the biblical Garden of Eden.

Although formed in upstate New York in 1830, the LDS Church leadership and members began moving to Jackson (Get Moves Cost for Jackson, MI) as soon as word of the August 1831 dedication ceremony was published. Open conflict with earlier settlers ensued, driven by religious and cultural differences, and the perception by pro-slavery Missourians that the "Yankee" "Mormons" were abolitionists. Vigilantes in the public and private sector used force to drive individual Saints from Jackson to nearby counties within Missouri; eventually, Latter Day Saints were given until the end of November 6, 1833 to leave the county en masse. On November 23, 1833, the few remaining Mormon residents were ordered to leave Jackson (Get Moves Quote for Jackson, MI). By mid-1839, following the Missouri Mormon War, Mormons were driven from the state altogether, not to return to Jackson (Get Relocation Estimate for Jackson, MI) or Missouri in significant numbers until 1867.

Today several Latter Day Saint churches are represented in Jackson (Get Move Cost for Jackson, MI), most notably the Community of Christ, the LDS Church, the Church of Christ (Temple Lot) and the Church of Christ with the Elijah Message—the first and last two of these have their worldwide headquarters there. Joseph Smith prophesied that a temple would be built in Independence "in this generation". The Community of Christ remains the only Latter Day Saint organization (as of 2010) to have a temple in the city on part of the 66 acres (270,000 m2) larger temple area designated by Smith. Smith's original temple site, a smaller five-acre section within that 66 acres (containing stones originally placed by Smith to mark the corners of his intended structure), is currently owned by the Church of Christ (Temple Lot), which hopes to build a temple of its own sometime in the future.

Although the Kansas City Missouri Temple opened in May of 2012 in adjacent Clay County, the LDS Church still believes that a temple will also be built on the Independence Temple Lot (currently owned by the Church of Christ (Temple Lot)) at some future time. An LDS visitors' center is currently situated adjacent to the Temple Lot, with the Community of Christ temple directly across the street.

Civil War

During the Civil War, Jackson (Get Move Quote for Jackson, MI) was the scene of several engagements, the most notable of which was the Battle of Westport, sometimes referred to as "the Gettysburg of Missouri," in 1864. The decisive Union victory here firmly established Northern control of Missouri, and led to the failure of Confederate General Sterling Price's Missouri expedition. Other noteworthy battles were fought in Independence in 1862, Lone Jack a few days later, and again in Independence in 1864. All three battles resulted in Confederate victories.

Jackson (Get Move Prices for Jackson, MI) was heavily affected by Union General Thomas Ewing's infamous General Order No. 11 (1863). With large numbers of Confederate sympathisers living within its boundaries, and active Confederate operations in the area a frequent occurrence, the Union command was determined to deprive Confederate bushwhackers of all local support. Ewing's decree practically emptied the rural portions of the county, and resulted in the burning of large portions of Jackson and adjacent counties. According to American artist George Caleb Bingham, himself a resident of Kansas City at the time, one could see the "dense columns of smoke arising in every direction", symbolic of what he termed "a ruthless military despotism which spared neither age, sex, character, nor condition". The legacy of Ewing's "imbecilic" (according to Bingham) order haunted Jackson (Get Move Cost for Jackson, MI) for decades after the war.

Twentieth century

Harry S. Truman statue in Independence, Missouri

The coming of the railroads and the building of stockyards led to the rapid expansion of Kansas City in the late 19th century. During the 1920s and 30s, the city became a noted center for Jazz and Blues music, as well as the headquarters of Hallmark Cards and the location of Walt Disney's first animation studio. The county fared better than many during the Great Depression, as local political boss Thomas Pendergast worked for implementation of a $50,000,000 public works project that provided thousands of jobs (and a great deal of money for the corrupt Pendergast). One of Pendergast's political proteges was a young World War I veteran from Independence: Harry S. Truman, who had been his nephew's commanding officer in the war, was elected Presiding Judge (equivalent to a County Executive) of Jackson (Get Movers Prices for Jackson, MI) with Pendergast support in 1926, went on to become a U.S. Senator from Missouri, Vice President, and in 1945, following the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the thirty-third President of the United States.

Suburban sprawl became a part of Jackson (Get Movers Quote for Jackson, MI)'s landscape following World War II, as returning soldiers and other workers moved into new homes being built in subdivisions that increasingly encroached on rural portions of the county. Independence, Blue Springs and Lee's Summit experienced growth during this period, which continues to the present. Kansas City, on the other hand, experienced the same problems with urban decay afflicting many large American cities during this time. Recent building projects have sought to reverse this trend, including work on the city's famous City Market, the Westport district, the 18th and Vine Historic District and most recently the Kansas City Power & Light District.

Law and government

Jackson (Get Movers Prices for Jackson, MI) was the second county to adopt a home-rule charter under the Missouri constitution. The Jackson (Get Moving Quote for Jackson, MI) Charter was adopted by the voters in 1970 and was amended in 1985 and 1986.

Executive power of the county is vested in the county executive, which is a full-time salaried position. The county executive is elected by the general population of the county for a four-year term.

Ordinances are passed by a county legislature. The legislature is made up of nine members, six elected from smaller districts within the county and three elected "at large" from larger districts by voters of the whole county. Member terms are 4 years, beginning on January 1 following the election.

There are 244,570 registered voters.

Geography

Lake Jacomo

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 616.41 square miles (1,596.5 km2), of which 604.84 square miles (1,566.5 km2) (or 98.12%) is land and 11.57 square miles (30.0 km2) (or 1.88%) is water.

The Missouri River comprises Jackson (Get Relocation Cost for Jackson, MI)'s northern border (with the exception of one small portion North of the river around the intersection of highway 291 and highway 210 as well as all of the 291 bridge). The county has historically been a major traveling point for American river travel.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • I-29.svg Interstate 29
  • I-35.svg Interstate 35
  • I-49.svg Interstate 49
  • I-70.svg Interstate 70
  • I-435.svg Interstate 435
  • I-635.svg Interstate 635
  • I-470.svg Interstate 470
  • I-670.svg Interstate 670
  • US 24.svg U.S. Route 24
  • US 40.svg U.S. Route 40
  • US 50.svg U.S. Route 50
  • US 71.svg U.S. Route 71
  • MO-7.svg Route 7
  • MO-150.svg Route 150
  • MO-291.svg Route 291
  • MO-350.svg Route 350
Downtown Kansas City, Missouri, at twilight

Cities and towns

  • Blue Springs
  • Blue Summit
  • Buckner
  • Grain Valley
  • Grandview
  • Greenwood
  • Independence
  • Kansas City
  • Lake Lotawana
  • Lake Tapawingo
  • Lee's Summit
  • Levasy
  • Lone Jack
  • Oak Grove
  • Raytown
  • River Bend
  • Sibley
  • Sugar Creek
  • Unity Village

National protected area

  • Harry S Truman National Historic Site

Demographics

2010 census

As of the 2010 census Jackson (Get Moving Quote for Jackson, MI) had a population of 674,158. The racial and ethnic makeup of the population was 63.3% non-Hispanic white, 23.7% non-Hispanc black, 0.5% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.4% Pacific Islander alone or in combination with one or more other races, 0.1% non-Hispanic from some other race, 3.8% reporting two or more races and 8.4% Hispanic or Latino.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 654,880 people, 266,294 households, and 166,167 families residing in the county. The population density was 1,083 people per square mile (418/km²). There were 288,231 housing units at an average density of 476 per square mile (184/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 70.10% White, 23.27% Black or African American, 0.48% Native American, 1.28% Asian, 0.18% Pacific Islander, 2.43% from other races, and 2.25% from two or more races. 5.37% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 16.7% were of German, 9.1% American, 8.9% Irish and 8.8% English ancestry according to the 2000 census.

There were 266,294 households out of which 29.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.40% were married couples living together, 14.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.60% were non-families. 31.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 31.10% from 25 to 44, 21.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 92.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,277, and the median income for a family was $48,435. Males had a median income of $35,798 versus $27,403 for females. The per capita income for the county was $20,788. About 9.00% of families and 11.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.40% of those under age 18 and 8.70% of those age 65 or over.

Religion

According to the Association of Religion Data Archives County Membership Report (2010), Jackson (Get Movers Quote for Jackson, MI) is sometimes regarded as being on the northern edge of the Bible Belt, with evangelical Protestantism being the most predominant religion. The most predominant denominations among residents in Jackson (Get Move Quote for Jackson, MI) who adhere to a religion are Roman Catholics (19.51%), Southern Baptists (17.96%), and non-denominational evangelical Christians (11.52%).

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