Missouri has one hundred and fourteen counties and one independent city. St. Louis City is separate from St. Louis
County and is referred to as a "city not within a county." Following the Louisiana Purchase and the admittance of Louisiana into the United States in 1812, five counties were formed out of the Missouri Territory at the first general assembly. Most subsequent counties were apportioned from these five original counties.
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Schuyler County is a county located in the northeastern portion of the state of Missouri. Based on the 2010 census, the population was
4,431, making it the fourth-least populous county in Missouri. Its county seat is Lancaster. The county was organized February 14, 1845, and
named for General Philip Schuyler, delegate to the Continental Congress and US Senator from New York.
Schuyler County is part of the Kirksville, MO Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Etymology - Origin of Schuyler County Name
Named for Philip Schuyler, a Revolutionary War general.
Organized February 17, 1843. It was named for General Philip Schuyler of the Revolution. (Eaton, p. 63; Gannett, p.
277; HIST. SCHUYLER, p. 29; HIST. ADAIR, p. 615)
Source: Adams, Orvyl Guy. "Place Names In The North Central Counties Of Missouri." M.A. thesis., University of
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 308 square miles (800 km2), of which 307 square miles (800 km2) is land
and 0.9 square miles (2.3 km2) (0.3%) is water. It is the second-smallest county in Missouri by area. Schuyler County borders Iowa to the