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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.

McDonald County, Missouri

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McDonald County is a county located in the southwestern corner of the state of Missouri. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 23,083. Its county seat is Pineville. The county was organized in 1849 and named for Sergeant Alexander McDonald, a soldier in the American Revolutionary War.

McDonald County is part of the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of McDonald County Name

Named for Alexander McDonald, Revolutionary War soldier.


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History of McDonald County (earlier Snake County)

Organized in 1849 and named for Sergeant McDonald, a South Carolina trooper in the Revolution.(1) Sturges remarks that "it has been quite a difficult task to ascertain the origin of the name, but all the old settlers state that the county was named after an officer in the Revolutionary War."(2) (1. R(Goodspeed (19), p. 179); 2. R(Sturges (20), p. 6) )

Source: Bell, Margaret E. "Place Names In The Southwest Border Counties Of Missouri." M.A. thesis., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1933.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 540 square miles (1,400 km2), of which 539 square miles (1,400 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (0.04%) is water

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Newton County (north)
  • Barry County (east)
  • Benton County, Arkansas (south)
  • Delaware County, Oklahoma (west)
  • Ottawa County, Oklahoma (northwest)


Public schools

McDonald County R-I School District - Anderson

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