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**Cole County**is a county located in the U.S. State of Missouri. As of 2000, the population is 71,397. Its county seat is Jefferson City

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## Geography

\nAccording to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,034 km² (399 mi²). 1,014 km² (391 mi²) of it is land and 20 km² (8 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.91% water.## Demographics

\nAs of the census^{2}of 2000, there are 71,397 people, 27,040 households, and 17,927 families residing in the county. The population density is 70/km² (182/mi²). There are 28,915 housing units at an average density of 29/km² (74/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 87.06% White, 9.92% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.88% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.54% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. 1.28% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. There are 27,040 households out of which 33.60% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.00% are married couples living together, 10.00% have a female householder with no husband present, and 33.70% are non-families. 28.70% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.30% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.43 and the average family size is 3.00. In the county the population is spread out with 24.20% under the age of 18, 9.80% from 18 to 24, 32.30% from 25 to 44, 22.40% from 45 to 64, and 11.30% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 105.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 106.50 males. The median income for a household in the county is $42,924, and the median income for a family is $53,416. Males have a median income of $33,769 versus $25,189 for females. The per capita income for the county is $20,739. 8.70% of the population and 5.80% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 11.50% are under the age of 18 and 7.30% are 65 or older.