Howell County, Missouri

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Howell County
Howell County Courthouse in West Plains
Howell County Courthouse in West Plains
Map of Missouri highlighting Howell County
Location within the U.S. state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 36°46′N 91°53′W / 36.77°N 91.89°W / 36.77; -91.89
Country United States
State Missouri
FoundedMarch 2, 1857
Named forJosiah Howell, pioneer settler
SeatWest Plains
Largest cityWest Plains
Area
 • Total928 sq mi (2,400 km2)
 • Land927 sq mi (2,400 km2)
 • Water1.1 sq mi (3 km2)  0.1%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2015)
40,117
 • Density44/sq mi (17/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district8th
Websitewww.howellcounty.net

Howell County is a county in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of 2000, 37,238 people lived there. Its county seat is West Plains. Howell County was organized on March 2, 1857, from Oregon County. It was named for James Howell, who made the first settlement in Howell Valley.