Howell County, Missouri

Howell County: County in Missouri, United States


Howell County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 40,400 and a population density of 17 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 county had an estimated population of 40,262 inhabitants. Its county seat is West Plains. The county was created 167 years ago in 1857.

Howell County locator map
Location of Howell County on Missouri map.

Quick Facts about Howell County

Population : 40,262 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : Missouri (United States)
Area : 2404 km2
Water as percent of area : 0.1%
Land as percent of area : 99.9%
Named for : Howell Valley
Altitude : 1,083 feet / 330 meters
Capital : West Plains
Establishment : March 03, 1857
Time Zone : America/Chicago
Local time : 16:25:49 (12th April 2024)
Density : 17 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : -0.34% (2010-2020)
Howell County MO Courthouse 20151021-023 image
Howell County MO Courthouse 20151021-023
Howell County MO Courthouse 20151021-023 image


Howell County is located at 36°46'26"N 91°53'12"W (36.7740100, -91.8865400). It has 2 neighbors: Fulton County and Texas County.

Howell County map

The largest city of Howell County is West Plains with a population of 12,383. Other cities include, Mountain View population 2,655, Willow Springs population 2,098 and Brandsville population 153. See all Howell County cities & populated places.

Howell County Populated Places

Cities, towns, neighborhoods & other populated places in Howell County.

City Name Population Title
West Plains 12,383 City in Missouri, United States
Mountain View 2,655 City in Howell County, Missouri, USA
Willow Springs 2,098 City in Howell County, Missouri, United States
Brandsville 153 City in Howell County, Missouri, United States

Howell County has 2 neighbours.

  • West Plains


According to census records, the population of Howell County decreased by 0.34% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 40,400 - census
2011 40,584 0.45% estimation process
2012 40,537 -0.12% estimation process
2013 40,236 -0.75% estimation process
2014 40,122 -0.28% estimation process
2015 40,070 -0.13% estimation process
2016 40,132 0.15% estimation process
2017 40,074 -0.14% estimation process
2018 40,126 0.13% estimation process
2019 40,117 -0.02% estimation process
2020 40,262 0.36% estimation process

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