County History

Population & Location
Butler County, with a population of 42,794, is located in the southeastern portion of the Ozark Foothills Region.

Major Industries
Some major industries and employers in the county include:
  • Briggs and Stratton
  • Gates Rubber
  • L&M Manufacturing
  • Mid-Continent Steel and Wire
  • Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center
  • Starting USA
  • Three Rivers College
Numerous healthcare clinics and 3 hospitals offer high-quality medical assistance to area residents, while 7 public and 6 private school systems educate children living in the county. Butler County is also the home of Three Rivers College, which has an annual enrollment of approximately 4,500.

A variety of recreational activities provided by Wappapello Lake, the Mark Twain National Forest, the St. Francis, Black, and Little Black Rivers are also enjoyed by Butler County residents and visitors to the area.