Jackson County, MO

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Population

698,895

1.03% growth

Median Age

36.7


Median Household Income

$52,552

3.42% growth

Poverty Rate

15.9%


Number of Employees

349,782

1.05% growth

Median Property Value

$142,300

2.3% growth

About

In 2017, Jackson County, MO had a population of 699k people with a median age of 36.7 and a median household income of $52,552. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Jackson County, MO grew from 691,801 to 698,895, a 1.03% increase and its median household income grew from $50,815 to $52,552, a 3.42% increase.

The population of Jackson County, MO is 62% White Alone, 23.3% Black or African American Alone, and 9.16% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Jackson County, MO speak a non-English language, and 96.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Jackson County, MO are University of Missouri-Kansas City (3,663 degrees awarded in 2016), Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City (3,506 degrees), and Rockhurst University (932 degrees).

The median property value in Jackson County, MO is $142,300, and the homeownership rate is 58.3%. Most people in Jackson County, MO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23 minutes. The average car ownership in Jackson County, MO is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Jackson County, MO employs 350k people. The largest industries in Jackson County, MO are Health Care & Social Assistance (50,159 people), Retail Trade (42,094 people), and Manufacturing (31,388 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($80,164), Utilities ($61,123), and Information ($57,955).

Median household income in Jackson County, MO is $52,552. Males in Jackson 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 Jackson County, MO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.46, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$52,552

2017 value

± $1,584

3.42%

1 Year Growth

± 3.59%

Households in Jackson County, MO have a median annual income of $52,552, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $50,815 in 2016, which represents a 3.42% 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 Jackson County, MO made 1.35 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

    $60,203 ± $7,374

  2. American Indian

    $52,191 ± $20,775

  3. White

    $47,483 ± $843

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Jackson County, MO 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 Jackson 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 84

  2. Census Tract 85

  3. Census Tract 72

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Jackson County, MO was Census Tract 84 with a value of $176,905, followed by Census Tract 85 and Census Tract 72, with respective values of $142,250 and $121,364.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Jackson County, MO (108k out of 678k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher 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 35 - 44.

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

    48,289 ± 1,519

  2. Black

    42,453 ± 1,447

  3. Hispanic

    16,159 ± 890

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Jackson County, MO is White, followed by Black 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

350k

2017 Value

± 9,787

1.05%

1 Year growth

± 3.84%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Jackson County, MO grew at a rate of 1.05%, from 346k employees to 350k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Jackson County, MO, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (19,155 people), Laborers & Material Movers, Hand (10,086 people), and Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (9,335 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Jackson County, MO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Jackson County, MO, by number of employees, are Other Management Occupations Except Farmers, Ranchers, & Other Agricultural Managers (19,155 people), Laborers & Material Movers, Hand (10,086 people), and Building Cleaning & Pest Control Workers (9,335 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Jackson County, MO has an unusually high number of residents working as Preschool & Kinder (3.71 times higher than expected), Special Education Te (2.51 times), and First-Line Supervisors of Protective Service Workers, All Other (2.15 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Jackson County, MO, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($70,492), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($63,834), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($62,117).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

350k

2017 Value

± 9,787

1.05%

1 Year growth

± 3.84%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Jackson County, MO grew at a rate of 1.05%, from 346k employees to 350k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Jackson County, MO, are Health Care & Social Assistance (50,159 people), Retail Trade (42,094 people), and Manufacturing (31,388 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Jackson County, MO, though some of these residents may live in Jackson 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 Jackson County, MO, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (50,159 people), Retail Trade (42,094 people), and Manufacturing (31,388 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Jackson County, MO has an unusually high number of Finance & Insurance (1.48 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.21 times), and Transportation & Warehousing (1.17 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Jackson County, MO, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($80,164), Utilities ($61,123), and Information ($57,955).

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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 with $24B and Mixed freight and $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

88.5% of the population of Jackson County, MO has health coverage, with 49.8% on employee plans, 13.9% on Medicaid, 11.6% on Medicare, 11.9% on non-group plans, and 1.35% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Jackson County, MO see 1305 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.685% decrease from the previous year (1314 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1220 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 465 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

1305 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Jackson County, MO see an average of 1305 patients per year. This represents a 0.685% decrease from the previous year (1314 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%).

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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

11.5%

Uninsured

49.8%

Employer Coverage

13.9%

Medicaid

11.6%

Medicare

11.9%

Non-Group

1.35%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Jackson County, MO grew by 10.1% from 10.4% to 11.5%.

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

Jackson County, MO is home to a population of 699k people, from which 96.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.76% of Jackson County, MO residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Jackson County, MO is composed of 433k White Alone residents (62%), 163k Black or African American Alone residents (23.3%), 64k Hispanic or Latino residents (9.16%), 17.8k Two or More Races residents (2.55%), 13.8k Asian Alone residents (1.98%), 2.89k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.414%), 2.17k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.311%), and 2.13k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.305%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Jackson County, MO are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Jackson County, MO was 36.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Jackson County, MO are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Jackson County, MO residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.76%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

5.44%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 5.76% of Jackson County, MO residents 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 Jackson County, MO was 5.44%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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 Jackson County, MO was Mexico, the natal country of 42,104 Jackson County, MO residents, followed by India with 19,609 and China with 19,003.

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Citizenship

96.3%

2017 Citizenship

96.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.3% of Jackson County, MO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Jackson County, MO was 96.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    433k ± 2.13k

  2. Black or African American Alone

    163k ± 2.57k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    64k ± 6.36k

In 2017, there were 2.66 times more White Alone residents (433k people) in Jackson County, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 163k Black or African American Alone and 64k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Jackson County, MO citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.5%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Jackson County, MO was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Jackson County, MO are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    13,972 ± 1,572

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    5,459 ± 1,100

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    5,398 ± 1,177

Jackson County, MO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.56 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Jackson County, MO awarded 11,458 degrees. The student population of Jackson County, MO is skewed towards women, with 17,931 male students and 25,198 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Jackson County, MO are White (7,400 and 69.2%), followed by Black or African American (1,333 and 12.5%), Hispanic or Latino (741 and 6.92%), and Asian (440 and 4.11%).

The largest universities in Jackson County, MO by number of degrees awarded are University of Missouri-Kansas City (3,663 and 32%), Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City (3,506 and 30.6%), and Rockhurst University (932 and 8.13%).

The most popular majors in Jackson County, MO are Liberal Arts & Sciences (2,615 and 22.8%), Registered Nursing (910 and 7.94%), and General Business (391 and 3.41%).

The median tuition costs in Jackson County, MO are $26,230 for private four year colleges, and $8,169 and $21,969 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 194 degrees awarded

  2. 664 degrees awarded

  3. 277 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Jackson County, MO was General Psychology with 194 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 3,663 degrees awarded

  2. 3,506 degrees awarded

  3. 932 degrees awarded

$8,169

Median In-State Public

$26,230

Median Private

In 2016, the Jackson County, MO institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Missouri-Kansas City with 3,663 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

4,572

Degrees Awarded to Men

6,886

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 4,572 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Jackson County, MO, which is 0.664 times less than the 6,886 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

    7,400 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    1,333 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    741 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Jackson County, MO were to White students. These 7,400 degrees mean that there were 5.55 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,333 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Jackson County, MO was $142,300 in 2017, which is 0.654 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $139,100 to $142,300, a 2.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Jackson County, MO is 58.3%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Jackson County, MO have an average commute time of 23 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Jackson 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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$52,552

Median Household Income

± $1,584

286k

Number of Households

± 8,211

In 2017, the median household income of the 286k households in Jackson County, MO grew to $52,552 from the previous year's value of $50,815.

The following chart displays the households in Jackson 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

$142,300

2017 Median

± $3,586

$139,100

2016 Median

± $2,769

In 2017, the median property value in Jackson County, MO grew to to $142,300 from the previous year's value of $139,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Jackson 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 Jackson County, MO the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Jackson County, MO distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Jackson County, MO the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

58.3%

2017 Homeownership

57.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 58.3% of the housing units in Jackson County, MO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 57.2%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Jackson 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 Jackson County, MO distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Jackson County, MO have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

23 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Jackson County, MO have a shorter commute time (23 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.07% of the workforce in Jackson County, MO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.6%

  2. Carpooled

    6.28%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.52%

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

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