Jefferson County, MO

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Population

222,639

0.0836% growth

Median Age

38.8


Median Household Income

$60,765

4.35% growth

Poverty Rate

10.9%


Number of Employees

109,196

0.907% growth

Median Property Value

$154,100

1.18% growth

About

In 2017, Jefferson County, MO had a population of 223k people with a median age of 38.8 and a median household income of $60,765. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Jefferson County, MO grew from 222,453 to 222,639, a 0.0836% increase and its median household income grew from $58,232 to $60,765, a 4.35% increase.

The population of Jefferson County, MO is 94.7% White Alone, 1.85% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.38% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Jefferson County, MO speak a non-English language, and 99.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Jefferson County, MO are Jefferson College (947 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Jefferson County, MO is $154,100, and the homeownership rate is 79.9%. Most people in Jefferson County, MO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 29.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Jefferson County, MO is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Jefferson County, MO employs 109k people. The largest industries in Jefferson County, MO are Health Care & Social Assistance (15,708 people), Retail Trade (12,587 people), and Manufacturing (12,557 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($67,446), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($55,667), and Finance & Insurance ($54,047).

Median household income in Jefferson County, MO is $60,765. Males in Jefferson 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 Jefferson County, MO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$60,765

2017 value

± $969

4.35%

1 Year Growth

± 2.56%

Households in Jefferson County, MO have a median annual income of $60,765, 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 $58,232 in 2016, which represents a 4.35% 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 Jefferson 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 7004.02

  2. Census Tract 7006.03

  3. Census Tract 7001.09

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Jefferson County, MO was Census Tract 7004.02 with a value of $102,922, followed by Census Tract 7006.03 and Census Tract 7001.09, with respective values of $77,819 and $77,679.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Jefferson 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

10.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Jefferson County, MO (24.1k out of 220k 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 45 - 54 and then Females 18 - 24.

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

    22,308 ± 1,129

  2. Black

    793 ± 241

  3. Two Or More

    695 ± 197

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Jefferson 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

109k

2017 Value

± 2,381

0.907%

1 Year growth

± 3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Jefferson County, MO grew at a rate of 0.907%, from 108k employees to 109k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Jefferson County, MO, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (16,204 people), Sales & Related Occupations (11,193 people), and Management Occupations (10,128 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Jefferson County, MO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Jefferson County, MO, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (16,204 people), Sales & Related Occupations (11,193 people), and Management Occupations (10,128 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Jefferson County, MO has an unusually high number of residents working as Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.59 times higher than expected), Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.48 times), and Transportation Occupations (1.16 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Jefferson County, MO, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($81,315), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($74,181), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($72,621).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

109k

2017 Value

± 2,381

0.907%

1 Year growth

± 3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Jefferson County, MO grew at a rate of 0.907%, from 108k employees to 109k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Jefferson County, MO, are Health Care & Social Assistance (15,708 people), Retail Trade (12,587 people), and Manufacturing (12,557 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Jefferson County, MO, though some of these residents may live in Jefferson 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 Jefferson County, MO, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (15,708 people), Retail Trade (12,587 people), and Manufacturing (12,557 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Jefferson County, MO has an unusually high number of Construction (1.54 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.38 times), and Finance & Insurance (1.2 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Jefferson County, MO, by median earnings, are Utilities ($67,446), Management of Companies & Enterprises ($55,667), and Finance & Insurance ($54,047).

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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

91.1% of the population of Jefferson County, MO has health coverage, with 56.5% on employee plans, 10.3% on Medicaid, 11.6% on Medicare, 11.3% on non-group plans, and 1.42% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Jefferson County, MO see 4229 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.26% decrease from the previous year (4283 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2875 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1311 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

4,229 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Jefferson County, MO see an average of 4,229 patients per year. This represents a 1.26% decrease from the previous year (4,283 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Jefferson 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

8.86%

Uninsured

56.5%

Employer Coverage

10.3%

Medicaid

11.6%

Medicare

11.3%

Non-Group

1.42%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Jefferson County, MO declined by 7.48% from 9.58% to 8.86%.

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

Jefferson County, MO is home to a population of 223k people, from which 99.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.73% of Jefferson County, MO residents were born outside of the country (3.85k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Jefferson County, MO is composed of 211k White Alone residents (94.7%), 4.11k Hispanic or Latino residents (1.85%), 3.08k Two or More Races residents (1.38%), 2.23k Black or African American Alone residents (1%), 1.7k Asian Alone residents (0.762%), 523 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.235%), 204 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0916%), and 34 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0153%).

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

Age

Age by Nativity

39

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Jefferson County, MO was 38.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Jefferson County, MO are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Jefferson County, MO residents was 39.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.73%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.85k people

1.59%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

3.54k people

As of 2017, 1.73% of Jefferson County, MO residents (3.85k 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 Jefferson County, MO was 1.59%, 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

99.3%

2017 Citizenship

99.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.3% of Jefferson County, MO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Jefferson 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

    211k ± 124

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    4.11k ± 430

  3. Two or More Races

    3.08k ± 422

In 2017, there were 51.3 times more White Alone residents (211k people) in Jefferson County, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.11k Hispanic or Latino and 3.08k 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 Jefferson 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 Jefferson County, MO citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Jefferson County, MO was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Jefferson 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

    6,317 ± 373

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    2,080 ± 306

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,969 ± 306

Jefferson County, MO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.04 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Jefferson County, MO awarded 947 degrees. The student population of Jefferson County, MO is skewed towards women, with 1,899 male students and 2,793 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Jefferson County, MO are White (876 and 93.3%), followed by Unknown (35 and 3.73%), Black or African American (9 and 0.958%), and American Indian or Alaska Native (9 and 0.958%).

The largest universities in Jefferson County, MO by number of degrees awarded are Jefferson College (947 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Jefferson County, MO are Liberal Arts & Sciences (384 and 40.5%), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT Paramedic) (88 and 9.29%), and Registered Nursing (59 and 6.23%).

The median tuition costs in Jefferson County, MO are $N/A 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. 384 degrees awarded

  2. 59 degrees awarded

  3. 32 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Jefferson County, MO was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 384 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

947 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Jefferson County, MO institution with the largest number of graduating students was Jefferson College with 947 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

414

Degrees Awarded to Men

533

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 414 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Jefferson County, MO, which is 0.777 times less than the 533 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

    876 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    35 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    9 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Jefferson County, MO were to White students. These 876 degrees mean that there were 25 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 35 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Jefferson County, MO was $154,100 in 2017, which is 0.708 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $152,300 to $154,100, a 1.18% increase. The homeownership rate in Jefferson County, MO is 79.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Jefferson County, MO have an average commute time of 29.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Jefferson 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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$60,765

Median Household Income

± $969

83.7k

Number of Households

± 2,013

In 2017, the median household income of the 83.7k households in Jefferson County, MO grew to $60,765 from the previous year's value of $58,232.

The following chart displays the households in Jefferson 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

$154,100

2017 Median

± $1,987

$152,300

2016 Median

± $2,070

In 2017, the median property value in Jefferson County, MO grew to to $154,100 from the previous year's value of $152,300.

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

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

79.9%

2017 Homeownership

80.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 79.9% of the housing units in Jefferson County, MO were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 80.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Jefferson 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 Jefferson County, MO distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Jefferson County, MO have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

29.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Jefferson County, MO have a longer commute time (29.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.48% of the workforce in Jefferson County, MO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    87%

  2. Carpooled

    8.02%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.68%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Jefferson County, MO was Drove Alone (87%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.02%) and those who Worked At Home (3.68%).

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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