Facts About Jackson County, Missouri
Jackson County is a county located in the western portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 674,158. making it the second-most populous county in the state (after St. Louis County). Although Independence retains its status as the original county seat, Kansas City serves as a second county seat and the center of county government. The county was organized December 15, 1826 and named for President Andrew Jackson (elected 1828).
Jackson County is the central county of the Kansas City, MO-KS Metropolitan Statistical Area.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 616 square miles (1,600 km²), of which 604 square miles (1,560 km²) is land and 12 square miles (31 km²) (1.9%) is water.
The Missouri River comprises Jackson County's northern border (with the exception of one small portion North of the river around the intersection of highway 291 and highway 210 as well as all of the 291 bridge). The county has historically been a major traveling point for American river travel.
As of the 2010 census Jackson County had a population of 674,158. The racial and ethnic makeup of the population was 63.3% non-Hispanic white, 23.7% non-Hispanic black, 0.5% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.4% Pacific Islander alone or in combination with one or more other races, 0.1% non-Hispanic from some other race, 3.8% reporting two or more races and 8.4% Hispanic or Latino.
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