Pike County, Missouri

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Pike County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. The county was organized in 1818 and named for Zebulon M. Pike, explorer. As of 2000, the population was 18,351. Its county seat is Bowling Green[1]. The folksong Sweet Betsy from Pike is generally thought to refer to Pike County, Missouri.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 685 square miles (1,774 km²), of which, 673 square miles (1,743 km²) of it is land and 12 square miles (31 km²) of it is water. The total area is 1.75% water.

Adjacent counties

Pike County, Missouri, is one of the few counties in the United States to border its namesake in another state--in this case, Pike County, Illinois.

Major highways

National protected area


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