Mercer County, MO

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2022 Population
3,517
1.24% 1-year decline
US Senator
Josh Hawley
Republican Party
US Senator
Eric Schmitt
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
41.7
1.21% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
14.9%
10.3% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$55,592
6.69% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$104,800
26.7% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Mercer County, MO had a population of 3.52k people with a median age of 41.7 and a median household income of $55,592. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Mercer County, MO declined from 3,561 to 3,517, a −1.24% decrease and its median household income grew from $52,105 to $55,592, a 6.69% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Mercer County, MO are White (Non-Hispanic) (92.9%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.39%), White (Hispanic) (1.54%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.881%), and Other (Hispanic) (0.654%).

None of the households in Mercer County, MO reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.2% of the residents in Mercer County, MO are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Mercer County, MO was $104,800, and the homeownership rate was 79.3%.

Most people in Mercer County, MO drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Mercer County, MO was 3 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Mercer County, MO is home to a population of 3.52k people, from which 98.2% are citizens. As of 2022, 2.96% of Mercer County, MO residents were born outside of the country (104 people).

In 2022, there were 38.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (3.27k people) in Mercer County, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 84 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 54 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.2%
2022 Citizenship
98.3%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.2% of Mercer County, MO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Mercer County, MO was 98.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Mercer County, MO
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    3.27k ± 42
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    84 ± 51.6
  3. White (Hispanic)
    54 ± 38
2.99%
Hispanic Population
105 people

In 2022, there were 38.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (3.27k people) in Mercer County, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 84 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 54 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.99% of the people in Mercer County, MO are hispanic (105 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Mercer County, MO as a share of the total population.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.96%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
104 people
3.12%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
111 people

As of 2022, 2.96% of Mercer County, MO residents (104 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Mercer County, MO was 3.12%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    115 ± 37
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    23 ± 24
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    5 ± 14

Mercer County, MO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 5 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Mercer County, MO employs 1.49k people. The largest industries in Mercer County, MO are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (319 people), Manufacturing (257 people), and Educational Services (201 people), and the highest paying industries are Other Services Except Public Administration ($61,250), Information ($57,917), and Public Administration ($51,250).

Occupations

1.49k
2022 Value
± 173
−2.42%
1 Year decline
± 17.4%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Mercer County, MO declined at a rate of −2.42%, from 1.53k employees to 1.49k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Mercer County, MO, are Management Occupations (298 people), Sales & Related Occupations (131 people), and Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (124 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Mercer County, MO.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

1.49k
2022 Value
± 173
−2.42%
1 Year decline
± 17.4%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Mercer County, MO declined at a rate of −2.42%, from 1.53k employees to 1.49k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Mercer County, MO, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (319 people), Manufacturing (257 people), and Educational Services (201 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Mercer County, MO, though some of these residents may live in Mercer County, MO and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$35,391
Median earning men ± $2,863
$35,598
Median earning women ± $6,001

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Other Services Except Public Administration ($248,036), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($45,000), and Retail Trade ($41,250).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Public Administration ($80,114), Information ($57,917), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($46,944).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.17%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 2.94M people employed in Missouri. This represents a 2.17% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 11.8%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Missouri.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 28
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  2. 18
    Other Services, Except Public Administration
  3. 13
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Mercer County, MO went to Donald J. Trump with 86.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (12.5%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.731%).

Josh Hawley and Eric Schmitt are the senators currently representing the state of Missouri. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Missouri is currently represented by 8 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Missouri

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Josh Hawley
Senator from Missouri1
Assumed office on January 3, 2019
Eric Schmitt
Senator from Missouri3
Assumed office on January 3, 2023

Josh Hawley and Eric Schmitt are the senators currently representing Missouri.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Missouri

Missouri is currently represented by 8 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Missouri have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.699% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.592% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.48M), Some college (1.12M), and Bachelors Degree (864k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Mercer County, MO was $104,800 in 2022, which is 0.372 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $82,700 to $104,800, a 26.7% increase. The homeownership rate in Mercer County, MO is 79.3%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Mercer County, MO have an average commute time of 23.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Mercer County, MO is higher than the national average, with an average of 3 cars per household.

Property

$104,800
Median Property Value 2022
±$12,294
$994
Median Property Taxes
±$129

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Mercer County, MO the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Mercer County, MO compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

79.3%
Homeownership
2022
62.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 79.3% of the housing units in Mercer County, MO were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 80.8%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 4702
  2. Census Tract 4701

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

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Household Income

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$55,592
Median Household Income
± $10,045
1.25k
Number of Households
± 145

In 2022, the median household income of the 1.25k households in Mercer County, MO grew to $55,592 from the previous year's value of $52,105.

The following chart displays the households in Mercer 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Mercer County, MO is from Missouri.
0.455
2022 Wage GINI in Missouri
0.457
2021 Wage GINI in Missouri

In 2022, the income inequality in Missouri was 0.455 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.432% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Missouri was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Missouri in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (71.2%)
  2. Worked At Home (13.3%)
  3. Carpooled (12.7%)

In 2022, 71.2% of workers in Mercer County, MO drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (13.3%) and those who carpooled to work (12.7%).

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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Commute Time

23.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Mercer County, MO have a shorter commute time (23.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.03% of the workforce in Mercer County, MO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

3 cars
Average Number

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

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Poverty & Diversity

14.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Mercer County, MO (516 out of 3.46k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 65 - 74, followed by Females 12 - 14 and then Males 6 - 11.

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

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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Health

87.9% of the population of Mercer County, MO has health coverage, with 44.8% on employee plans, 15.8% on Medicaid, 13.3% on Medicare, 11.2% on non-group plans, and 2.76% on military or VA plans.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.3% were men and 52.7% were women.

Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25.8% under 18 years, 16% between 18 and 34 years, 37.1% between 35 and 64 years, and 21% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.3% were men and 52.7% were women.

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Uninsured People

12.1%
Uninsured
44.8%
Employer Coverage
15.8%
Medicaid
13.3%
Medicare
11.2%
Non-Group
2.76%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Mercer County, MO declined by 11.6% from 13.7% to 12.1%.

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Health Outcomes

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Health Behaviors

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In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 36.8% in Mercer County, MO.

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