Ray County, Missouri

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Ray County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of 2000, the population was 23,354. Its county seat is Richmond[1]. Ray County is part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area.

The county was organized on November 16, 1820 (effective January 1, 1821)[2] and named for John Ray, a Missouri state legislator.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,486 km² (574 mi²). 1,475 km² (569 mi²) of it is land and 11 km² (4 mi²) of it (0.72%) is water.

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As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 23,354 people, 8,743 households, and 6,539 families residing in the county. The population density was 16/km² (41/mi²). There were 9,371 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (16/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.50% White, 1.46% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.36% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. 1.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 29.6% were of American, 23.3% German, 11.5% English and 10.3% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

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