St. Louis County, MO

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Population

996,726

0.186% decline

Median Age

40.3


Median Household Income

$64,784

3.54% growth

Poverty Rate

9.81%


Number of Employees

497,538

0.279% decline

Median Property Value

$197,300

4.23% growth

About

In 2017, St. Louis County, MO had a population of 997k people with a median age of 40.3 and a median household income of $64,784. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of St. Louis County, MO declined from 998,581 to 996,726, a -0.186% decrease and its median household income grew from $62,572 to $64,784, a 3.54% increase.

The population of St. Louis County, MO is 65.8% White Alone, 24.1% Black or African American Alone, and 4.36% Asian Alone. 9.49% of the people in St. Louis County, MO speak a non-English language, and 96.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in St. Louis County, MO are Webster University (5,859 degrees awarded in 2016), Washington University in St Louis (5,005 degrees), and University of Missouri-St Louis (3,344 degrees).

The median property value in St. Louis County, MO is $197,300, and the homeownership rate is 67.9%. Most people in St. Louis County, MO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23 minutes. The average car ownership in St. Louis County, MO is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of St. Louis County, MO employs 498k people. The largest industries in St. Louis County, MO are Health Care & Social Assistance (82,819 people), Educational Services (53,699 people), and Retail Trade (52,797 people), and the highest paying industries are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($92,251), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($91,953), and Utilities ($88,958).

Median household income in St. Louis County, MO is $64,784. Males in St. Louis County, MO have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $45,000. The income inequality in St. Louis County, MO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$64,784

2017 value

± $1,704

3.54%

1 Year Growth

± 3.76%

Households in St. Louis County, MO have a median annual income of $64,784, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $62,572 in 2016, which represents a 3.54% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$60,780

Average Male Salary

± $1,358

$45,000

Average Female Salary

± $978

In 2017, full-time male employees in Missouri made 1.35 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Missouri by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $60,203 ± $7,374

  2. American Indian

    $52,191 ± $20,775

  3. White

    $47,483 ± $843

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Missouri workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.15 times more than American Indian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for St. Louis County, MO is from Missouri.

0.46

2017 Wage GINI

0.464

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Missouri was 0.46 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.872% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Missouri was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Missouri in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Missouri across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 2216.27

  2. Census Tract 2154

  3. Census Tract 2177.01

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in St. Louis County, MO was Census Tract 2216.27 with a value of $196,286, followed by Census Tract 2154 and Census Tract 2177.01, with respective values of $182,143 and $169,048.

The following map shows all of the tracts in St. Louis County, MO colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

9.81% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in St. Louis County, MO (96k out of 978k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 45 - 54.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    45,345 ± 1,737

  2. White

    40,865 ± 1,562

  3. Hispanic

    4,619 ± 599

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in St. Louis County, MO is Black, followed by White and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

498k

2017 Value

± 12,049

-0.279%

1 Year decline

± 3.36%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in St. Louis County, MO declined at a rate of -0.279%, from 499k employees to 498k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in St. Louis County, MO, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (66,265 people), Sales & Related Occupations (55,340 people), and Management Occupations (53,057 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of St. Louis County, MO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of St. Louis County, MO, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (66,265 people), Sales & Related Occupations (55,340 people), and Management Occupations (53,057 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, St. Louis County, MO has an unusually high number of residents working as Business & Financial Operations Occupations (1.45 times higher than expected), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.37 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.27 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of St. Louis County, MO, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($101,045), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($85,774), and Management Occupations ($81,643).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

498k

2017 Value

± 12,049

-0.279%

1 Year decline

± 3.36%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in St. Louis County, MO declined at a rate of -0.279%, from 499k employees to 498k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in St. Louis County, MO, are Health Care & Social Assistance (82,819 people), Educational Services (53,699 people), and Retail Trade (52,797 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of St. Louis County, MO, though some of these residents may live in St. Louis County, MO and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in St. Louis County, MO, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (82,819 people), Educational Services (53,699 people), and Retail Trade (52,797 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, St. Louis County, MO has an unusually high number of Finance & Insurance (1.66 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.52 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.29 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in St. Louis County, MO, by median earnings, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting ($92,251), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($91,953), and Utilities ($88,958).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Missouri to other states, or from other states to Missouri.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $27.7B

  2. $24B

  3. $22.8B

In 2015, the top outbound Missouri product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $27.7B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($24B) and Mixed freight ($22.8B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Missouri products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$272B

2015 Value

$433B

Projected 2045 Value

59.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Missouri trade was $272B. This is expected to increase 59.4% to $433B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Missouri trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Missouri to other states, or from other states to Missouri.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $31.1B

  2. $13.5B

  3. $9.57B

In 2015, the top outbound Missouri domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $31.1B, followed by Kansas with $13.5B and Texas and $9.57B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Missouri shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

93.6% of the population of St. Louis County, MO has health coverage, with 56.6% on employee plans, 9.1% on Medicaid, 14.3% on Medicare, 12.6% on non-group plans, and 1.07% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of St. Louis County, MO was $8,107 in 2014. This is a 3.14% increase from the previous year ($7,860).

Primary care physicians in St. Louis County, MO see 811 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.34% decrease from the previous year (822 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1186 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 387 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Pemiscot County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.2%). Additionally, DeKalb County and Marion County have the highest prevalence of adult obesity (38.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

811 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in St. Louis County, MO see an average of 811 patients per year. This represents a 1.34% decrease from the previous year (822 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in St. Louis County, MO in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,107

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,354

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,413

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,457

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Missouri (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.14%, from $7,860 to $8,107.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

6.36%

Uninsured

56.6%

Employer Coverage

9.1%

Medicaid

14.3%

Medicare

12.6%

Non-Group

1.07%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in St. Louis County, MO declined by 5.43% from 6.72% to 6.36%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in St. Louis County, MO changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 15.2% prevalence

  2. 14.9% prevalence

  3. 14.8% prevalence

Pemiscot County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Missouri, at 15.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Missouri by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

St. Louis County, MO is home to a population of 997k people, from which 96.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 6.96% of St. Louis County, MO residents were born outside of the country (69.4k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of St. Louis County, MO is composed of 656k White Alone residents (65.8%), 240k Black or African American Alone residents (24.1%), 43.5k Asian Alone residents (4.36%), 29.1k Hispanic or Latino residents (2.92%), 22.3k Two or More Races residents (2.24%), 3.85k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.387%), 1.29k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.129%), and 178 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0179%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in St. Louis County, MO are Spanish (18,605 speakers), Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (11,107 speakers), and Serbo-Croatian (9,410 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in St. Louis County, MO was 40.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in St. Louis County, MO are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all St. Louis County, MO residents was 40.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

6.96%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

69.4k people

6.9%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

68.9k people

As of 2017, 6.96% of St. Louis County, MO residents (69.4k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in St. Louis County, MO was 6.9%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    42,104 ± 5,020 people

  2. India

    19,609 ± 3,432 people

  3. China

    19,003 ± 3,379 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Missouri was Mexico, the natal country of 42,104 Missouri residents, followed by India with 19,609 and China with 19,003.

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Citizenship

96.4%

2017 Citizenship

96.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.4% of St. Louis County, MO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in St. Louis County, MO was 96.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    656k ± 2.12k

  2. Black or African American Alone

    240k ± 3.92k

  3. Asian Alone

    43.5k ± 1.88k

In 2017, there were 2.73 times more White Alone residents (656k people) in St. Louis County, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 240k Black or African American Alone and 43.5k Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in St. Louis County, MO as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish

    18,605 speakers (1.98%)

  2. Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)

    11,107 speakers (1.18%)

  3. Serbo-Croatian

    9,410 speakers (1%)

9.49% of St. Louis County, MO citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.8%. In 2017, the most common non-English language spoken in St. Louis County, MO was Spanish. 1.98% of the overall population of St. Louis County, MO are native Spanish speakers. 1.18% speak Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) and 1% speak Spanish, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    22,292 ± 1,663

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    7,509 ± 1,608

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    6,531 ± 1,613

St. Louis County, MO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.97 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in St. Louis County, MO awarded 20,928 degrees. The student population of St. Louis County, MO is skewed towards women, with 27,657 male students and 39,498 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in St. Louis County, MO are White (11,775 and 60.7%), followed by Black or African American (4,216 and 21.7%), Asian (1,051 and 5.42%), and Unknown (1,048 and 5.41%).

The largest universities in St. Louis County, MO by number of degrees awarded are Webster University (5,859 and 28%), Washington University in St Louis (5,005 and 23.9%), and University of Missouri-St Louis (3,344 and 16%).

The most popular majors in St. Louis County, MO are General Business Administration & Management (2,830 and 13.5%), Registered Nursing (766 and 3.66%), and Family Practice Nurse (683 and 3.26%).

The median tuition costs in St. Louis County, MO are $23,985 for private four year colleges, and $10,065 and $26,277 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for Masters Degree recipients in St. Louis County, MO was Family Practice Nurse with 621 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Masters Degree from schools in St. Louis County, MO according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 5,859 degrees awarded

  2. 5,005 degrees awarded

  3. 3,344 degrees awarded

$10,065

Median In-State Public

$23,985

Median Private

In 2016, the St. Louis County, MO institution with the largest number of graduating students was Webster University with 5,859 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

8,525

Degrees Awarded to Men

12,403

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 8,525 men were awarded degrees from institutions in St. Louis County, MO, which is 0.687 times less than the 12,403 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in St. Louis County, MO by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    11,775 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    4,216 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    1,051 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in St. Louis County, MO were to White students. These 11,775 degrees mean that there were 2.79 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 4,216 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in St. Louis County, MO was $197,300 in 2017, which is 0.907 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $189,300 to $197,300, a 4.23% increase. The homeownership rate in St. Louis County, MO is 67.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in St. Louis County, MO have an average commute time of 23 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in St. Louis County, MO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$64,784

Median Household Income

± $1,704

407k

Number of Households

± 10,358

In 2017, the median household income of the 407k households in St. Louis County, MO grew to $64,784 from the previous year's value of $62,572.

The following chart displays the households in St. Louis County, MO distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$197,300

2017 Median

± $4,836

$189,300

2016 Median

± $4,215

In 2017, the median property value in St. Louis County, MO grew to to $197,300 from the previous year's value of $189,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in St. Louis County, MO compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In St. Louis County, MO the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in St. Louis County, MO distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In St. Louis County, MO the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

67.9%

2017 Homeownership

67.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 67.9% of the housing units in St. Louis County, MO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 67.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in St. Louis County, MO compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in St. Louis County, MO distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in St. Louis County, MO have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

23 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in St. Louis County, MO have a shorter commute time (23 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.56% of the workforce in St. Louis County, MO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.2%

  2. Carpooled

    6.82%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.08%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in St. Louis County, MO was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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