Vernon County, MO

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Population

20,665

0.821% decline

Median Age

40.7


Median Household Income

$41,479

2.03% growth

Poverty Rate

15.2%


Number of Employees

9,505

1.52% growth

Median Property Value

$97,100

4.18% growth

About

In 2017, Vernon County, MO had a population of 20.7k people with a median age of 40.7 and a median household income of $41,479. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Vernon County, MO declined from 20,836 to 20,665, a -0.821% decrease and its median household income grew from $40,655 to $41,479, a 2.03% increase.

The population of Vernon County, MO is 94.1% White Alone, 2.06% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.54% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Vernon County, MO speak a non-English language, and 99.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Vernon County, MO are Cottey College (95 degrees awarded in 2017), Academy of Cosmetology and Esthetics (31 degrees), and Nevada Regional Technical Center (10 degrees).

The median property value in Vernon County, MO is $97,100, and the homeownership rate is 68.3%. Most people in Vernon County, MO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 15.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Vernon County, MO is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Vernon County, MO employs 9.51k people. The largest industries in Vernon County, MO are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,689 people), Manufacturing (1,150 people), and Retail Trade (970 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($62,083), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($51,023), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($50,688).

Median household income in Vernon County, MO is $41,479. Males in Vernon County, MO have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,527. The income inequality in Vernon County, MO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$41,479

2017 value

± $2,061

2.03%

1 Year Growth

± 6.92%

Households in Vernon County, MO have a median annual income of $41,479, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $40,655 in 2016, which represents a 2.03% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,788

Average Male Salary

± $1,357

$43,527

Average Female Salary

± $948

In 2017, full-time male employees in Missouri made 1.37 times more than female 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

    $57,564 ± $7,422

  2. White

    $46,113 ± $833

  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $38,513 ± $18,949

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Missouri workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.25 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

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

0.462

2017 Wage GINI

0.462

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Missouri was 0.462 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0515% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less 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 9505

  2. Census Tract 9502

  3. Census Tract 9501

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Vernon County, MO was Census Tract 9505 with a value of $67,885, followed by Census Tract 9502 and Census Tract 9501, with respective values of $48,500 and $43,012.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Vernon County, MO (3.02k out of 19.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 25 - 34, followed by Females < 5 and then Males 6 - 11.

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. White

    2,915 ± 306

  2. Black

    51 ± 119

  3. Two Or More

    29 ± 103

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Vernon County, MO is White, followed by Black and Two Or More.

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

9.51k

2017 Value

± 577

1.52%

1 Year growth

± 8.27%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Vernon County, MO grew at a rate of 1.52%, from 9.36k employees to 9.51k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Vernon County, MO, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,303 people), Management Occupations (1,154 people), and Production Occupations (757 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Vernon County, MO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Vernon County, MO, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,303 people), Management Occupations (1,154 people), and Production Occupations (757 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Vernon County, MO has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (4.94 times higher than expected), Healthcare Support Occupations (1.68 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.44 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Vernon County, MO, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($222,850), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($76,635), and Legal Occupations ($65,707).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

9.51k

2017 Value

± 577

1.52%

1 Year growth

± 8.27%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Vernon County, MO grew at a rate of 1.52%, from 9.36k employees to 9.51k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Vernon County, MO, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,689 people), Manufacturing (1,150 people), and Retail Trade (970 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Vernon County, MO, though some of these residents may live in Vernon 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 Vernon County, MO, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,689 people), Manufacturing (1,150 people), and Retail Trade (970 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Vernon County, MO has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (5.68 times higher than expected), Construction (1.56 times), and Finance & Insurance (1.34 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Vernon County, MO, by median earnings, are Utilities ($62,083), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($51,023), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($50,688).

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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. $30.4B

  2. $24.9B

  3. $24.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Missouri product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $30.4B, followed by Mixed freight ($24.9B) and Motorized vehicles ($24.6B).

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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$299B

2020 Value

$433B

Projected 2045 Value

44.9% growth

In 2020, total outbound Missouri trade was $299B. This is expected to increase 44.9% 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. $35.5B

  2. $14.6B

  3. $10.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Missouri domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $35.5B, followed by Kansas with $14.6B and Texas and $10.1B.

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

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Health

84.8% of the population of Vernon County, MO has health coverage, with 40% on employee plans, 13.6% on Medicaid, 14% on Medicare, 14.4% on non-group plans, and 2.87% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Vernon County, MO see 2603 patients per year on average, which represents a 13.2% decrease from the previous year (3000 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3454 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 288 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

2,603 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Vernon County, MO see an average of 2,603 patients per year. This represents a 13.2% decrease from the previous year (3,000 patients).

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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

15.2%

Uninsured

40%

Employer Coverage

13.6%

Medicaid

14%

Medicare

14.4%

Non-Group

2.87%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Vernon County, MO declined by 11.1% from 17.1% to 15.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Vernon 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

Vernon County, MO is home to a population of 20.7k people, from which 99.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.26% of Vernon County, MO residents were born outside of the country (261 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Vernon County, MO is composed of 19.5k White Alone residents (94.1%), 426 Hispanic or Latino residents (2.06%), 318 Two or More Races residents (1.54%), 219 Black or African American Alone residents (1.06%), 131 Asian Alone residents (0.634%), 117 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.566%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

40

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.2

53

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 11

In 2017, the median age of all people in Vernon County, MO was 40.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 40, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 53. But people in Vernon County, MO are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Vernon County, MO residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.26%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

261 people

1.17%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

243 people

As of 2017, 1.26% of Vernon County, MO residents (261 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 Vernon County, MO was 1.17%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    41,972 ± 5,012 people

  2. India

    19,111 ± 3,389 people

  3. China

    16,010 ± 3,102 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Missouri was Mexico, the natal country of 41,972 Missouri residents, followed by India with 19,111 and China with 16,010.

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Citizenship

99.2%

2017 Citizenship

99.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.2% of Vernon County, MO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Vernon County, MO was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    19.5k ± 20

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    426 ± 134

  3. Two or More Races

    318 ± 86.3

In 2017, there were 45.7 times more White Alone residents (19.5k people) in Vernon County, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 426 Hispanic or Latino and 318 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    494 ± 119

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    320 ± 131

  3. Korea

    149 ± 55

Vernon County, MO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.54 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Vernon County, MO awarded 136 degrees. The student population of Vernon County, MO is skewed towards women, with 2 male students and 317 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Vernon County, MO are White (99 and 83.9%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (9 and 7.63%), Black or African American (7 and 5.93%), and Two or More Races (2 and 1.69%).

The largest universities in Vernon County, MO by number of degrees awarded are Cottey College (95 and 69.9%), Academy of Cosmetology and Esthetics (31 and 22.8%), and Nevada Regional Technical Center (10 and 7.35%).

The most popular majors in Vernon County, MO are Liberal Arts & Sciences (66 and 48.5%), General Cosmetology (30 and 22.1%), and Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (10 and 7.35%).

The median tuition costs in Vernon County, MO are $19,100 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 66 degrees awarded

  2. 8 degrees awarded

  3. 3 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Vernon County, MO was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 66 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 95 degrees awarded

  2. 31 degrees awarded

  3. 10 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$19,100

Median Private

In 2017, the Vernon County, MO institution with the largest number of graduating students was Cottey College with 95 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2

Degrees Awarded to Men

134

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 2 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Vernon County, MO, which is 0.0149 times less than the 134 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    99 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    9 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    7 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Vernon County, MO were to White students. These 99 degrees mean that there were 11 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 9 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Vernon County, MO was $97,100 in 2017, which is 0.423 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $93,200 to $97,100, a 4.18% increase. The homeownership rate in Vernon County, MO is 68.3%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Vernon County, MO have an average commute time of 15.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Vernon County, MO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$97,100

2017 Median

± $7,338

$93,200

2016 Median

± $5,254

In 2017, the median property value in Vernon County, MO grew to to $97,100 from the previous year's value of $93,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Vernon 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 Vernon County, MO the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Household Income

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$41,479

Median Household Income

± $2,061

8.17k

Number of Households

± 527

In 2017, the median household income of the 8.17k households in Vernon County, MO grew to $41,479 from the previous year's value of $40,655.

The following chart displays the households in Vernon 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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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Vernon County, MO distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Vernon County, MO the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

68.3%

2017 Homeownership

65.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 68.3% of the housing units in Vernon County, MO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 65.8%.

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

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Commute Time

15.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Vernon County, MO have a shorter commute time (15.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.17% of the workforce in Vernon County, MO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    75.9%

  2. Carpooled

    10.2%

  3. Worked At Home

    8.18%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Vernon County, MO was Drove Alone (75.9%), followed by those who Carpooled (10.2%) and those who Worked At Home (8.18%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Vernon County, MO distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Vernon County, MO have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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