Bates County, Missouri

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Bates County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of 2000, the population is 16,653. Its county seat is Butler[1]. The county was organized in 1833 and named after Frederick Bates, the second governor of Missouri.

Bates is part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 851 square miles (2,204.1 km2), of which 848 square miles (2,196.3 km2) is land and 3 square miles (7.8 km2) (0.34%) is water.

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 16,653 people, 6,511 households, and 4,557 families residing in the county. The population density was 20 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 7,247 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.33% White, 0.61% Black or African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. 1.07% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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