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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.

Boone County, Missouri

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Boone County is a county located in the state of Missouri. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 162,642 making it the eighth-most populous county in the state. Its county seat is Columbia, the fifth-largest city in Missouri. The county was organized November 16, 1820 and named for Daniel Boone.

Boone County comprises the Columbia, MO Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Boone County Name

Named for Daniel Boone


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History of Boone County

Boone County was organized from Howard County, November 16, 1820, and named in honor of Daniel Boone, the pioneer and Indian fighter. It is not known who conceived the title of "Boone," but it is probable that its selection was influenced by the event of Daniel Boone's death September 26, 1820. The members of the legislature were wearing badges of mourning in respect to his memory. "Under such circumstances it is but a natural supposition that there should have been a prevalent sentiment to establish some lasting monument in honor of a man whose career had been so illustrious and whose name had been so closely linked with the early fortunes of Missouri." (HIST. BOONE COUNTY, p. 152; Beck, p. 227; Barns, p. 179; Conrad, v. I, p. 323; Eaton, v. 10, p. 211)

Source: Pace, Nadine. "Place Names In The Central Counties Of Missouri." M.A. thesis., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1928.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 496 square miles (1,280 km2), of which 685 square miles (1,770 km2) is land and 5.6 square miles (15 km2) (0.8%) is water. The Missouri River makes up the southern border of the county.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Audrain County - northeast
  • Callaway County - east
  • Cole County - south
  • Cooper County - west
  • Howard County - northwest
  • Moniteau County - southwest
  • Randolph County - north


Public schools

Centralia R-VI School District - Centralia
Columbia School District No. 93 - Columbia
Hallsville R-IV School District - Hallsville
Harrisburg R-VIII School District - Harrisburg
Sturgeon R-V School District - Sturgeon

Private schools

Apple School - Columbia (PK-K) - Nonsectarian
Children' House And Windsor Street Montessori - Columbia (PK-06) - Nonsectarian - Coed
Christian Chapel Academy - Columbia (K-08) - Pentecostal
Christian Fellowship School - Columbia (PK-12) - Nondenominational Christian
College Park Christian Academy - Columbia (K-09) - Seventh-day Adventist
Columbia Catholic School - Columbia (K-08) - Roman Catholic
Columbia Independent School - Columbia (PK-12) - Nonsectarian
Columbia KinderCare - Columbia (NS-PK) - Nonsectarian
Columbia Montessori School - Columbia (PK-K) - Nonsectarian
Good Shepherd Lutheran School - Columbia (K-08) - Lutheran
Heritage Academy - Columbia (03-12) - Nondenominational Christian - Alternative School
Islamic School of Columbia, Missouri - Columbia (K-05) - Muslim
Morningside Community School - Columbia (05-07) - Nonsectarian
Shalom Christian Academy - Columbia (PK-12) - Nonsectarian
Harrisburg Early Learning Center - Harrisburg (NS/PK-06)
Sunnydale Adventist Academy - Centralia (09-12) - Seventh-day Adventist

Post secondary

University of Missouri - Columbia A public, four-year flagship university.
Columbia College - Columbia A private, four-year university.
Stephens College - Columbia A private, four-year women' university.

Moberly Area Community College (MACC), a two-year public college, operates a Columbia satellite campus.

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