Lincoln County, Missouri, with a population of 45,618, sits north of Warren and St. Charles Counties. The Mississippi River defines the eastern border, and its land mass encompasses 630 square miles. The county is one of the fastest growing in the country, with a population that increased by more than 17.6 percent from 2000 to 2004, as reported in the 2004 U.S. Census Bureau report. This followed a major growth period with a 34.8% increase between 1990 and 2000. It remains the fastest growing county in the state of Missouri. Lincoln County’s most populous city and county seat is Troy, MO.
Per capita income in Lincoln County was $17,149 in 1999, with a median household income of $42,592. Manufacturing and service industries are major employers in the county. The top three employers are Bodine Aluminum Manufacturing, Wal-Mart Stores and the Lincoln County Public School/County Government employees. When comparing total population to number of resident employees, Lincoln County is easily one of the premier suburban commuter bedroom communities feeding the St. Louis market.
Lincoln County is home to one of the state’s largest and most rugged parks. Cuivre River State Park lends a wild Ozark flavor to an otherwise predominately agricultural landscape of northern Missouri. This 6,394-acre anomaly contains ridges, hollows, gravel bottom streams, and bluff overlooks common to the Ozarks in the southern part of MO. Found here are many plants and animals that live nowhere else in northern Missouri. Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration construction programs in the 1930’s helped turn this area into a State Park in 1946.
Approximately 12 miles east of Cuivre River Park and in the middle of the Mississippi River, lies the 45,000-acre Mark Twain National Wildlife Refuge. While the entire refuge divides into five sites across three states, Lincoln County is home to the main site and management area. Picnic areas and park-like settings for sports and family fun abound in Lincoln County. Fairgrounds Park is the largest, having covered pavilions with kitchen facilities, lighted ball fields, two soccer fields and a sand volleyball court. Others in the area include the Avery Family Playground, Weinand Park and Woods Fort. Residents ride ATVs and motorcycles at the Proving Grounds Race Track, a recent addition to the Troy area. Lincoln County hosts a Blue Ribbon Fair every July.
Lincoln County, Missouri Board of Education administers 9 elementary schools, 4 middle schools and 5 high schools. The City of Troy maintains some independent status from the county system, but shares major funding and grants. The Troy Buchannan High School has the largest enrollment in the county; second largest is their Middle school, the Troy Middle school. Both are award winning and innovative schools in their county as well as at the state level.
Lincoln County, MO is a progressive area, which takes full advantage of the convergence of rural and urban lifestyles. The on-line weekly newspaper, County Mirror, provides a shining example.
< Back to About Missouri