Howell County, Missouri
|Howell County, Missouri|
Howell County Courthouse in West Plains
Location within Missouri
Missouri's location within the U.S.
|Founded||March 2, 1857|
|Named for||Josiah Howell, pioneer settler|
|Largest city||West Plains|
|• Total||928 sq mi (2,404 km2)|
|• Land||927 sq mi (2,401 km2)|
|• Water||1.1 sq mi (3 km2), 0.1%|
|• Density||44/sq mi (17/km2)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC−6/−5|
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.