In 2010, the population for Cole County was just shy of 76,000.
Figures from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that the official number was 75,990. That's a 6% growth from 2000 when the population was 71,397.
With this new figure, Cole County is the 15th biggest county in Missouri. Boone County is still the largest county in mid-Missouri coming in 8th at 162,642.
For additional local and statewide numbers and analysis, see Population grows in Southwest Missouri.