Howell County, Missouri

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Howell County, Missouri
Howell County MO Courthouse 20151021-023.jpg
Howell County Courthouse in West Plains
Map of Missouri highlighting Howell County
Location in the U.S. state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded March 2, 1857
Named for Josiah Howell, pioneer settler
Seat West Plains
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%
Population (est.)
 • (2015) 40,117
 • Density 44/sq mi (17/km2)
Congressional district 8th
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.