Webster County has 593.32 square miles and a 2011 population of 36,239. This results in a population density of 52.4 persons per square mile.
All of the communities in Webster County have shown marked growth between 1960 and 1996 with the exception of Fordland, which had an 8% loss between 1980 and 1990 but showed a substantial gain between 1990 and 1996. Between 1970 and 1980, Webster County grew by 31.17%, more than any other 10 year period. Since 1970, the population in Webster County and each of the communities has increased at a faster rate than both Missouri and the United States reflecting a trend during this decade of a movement from urban to rural areas.
According to population projections from the Missouri Office of Administration, Webster County will be experiencing a faster growth rate than Missouri and as fast or faster than the United States through the year 2020.