Mercer County, MO

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2019 Population
3,644
0.546% 1-year decline
US Senator
Roy Blunt
Republican Party
US Senator
Josh Hawley
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
42.9
0.233% 1-year decrease
2019 Poverty Rate
10.1%
7.22% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$47,298
7.29% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$88,900
1.6% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
1,676
0.964% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Mercer County, MO had a population of 3.64k people with a median age of 42.9 and a median household income of $47,298. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Mercer County, MO declined from 3,664 to 3,644, a −0.546% decrease and its median household income grew from $44,085 to $47,298, a 7.29% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Mercer County, MO are White (Non-Hispanic) (95.7%), White (Hispanic) (1.62%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (0.933%), Other (Hispanic) (0.631%), and Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (0.549%). 0% of the households in Mercer County, MO speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

98.9% of the residents in Mercer County, MO are U.S. citizens.

In 2019, the median property value in Mercer County, MO was $88,900, and the homeownership rate was 78.6%. Most people in Mercer County, MO drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Mercer County, MO was 3 cars per household.

Diversity

Mercer County, MO is home to a population of 3.64k people, from which 98.9% are citizens. As of 2019, 4.94% of Mercer County, MO residents were born outside of the country (180 people).

In 2019, there were 59.1 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (3.49k people) in Mercer County, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 59 White (Hispanic) and 34 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Mercer County, MO
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    3.49k ± 51
  2. White (Hispanic)
    59 ± 22
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    34 ± 42.4
2.31%
Hispanic Population
84 people

In 2019, there were 59.1 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (3.49k people) in Mercer County, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 59 White (Hispanic) and 34 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.31% of the people in Mercer County, MO are hispanic (84 people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.94%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
180 people
1.83%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
67 people

As of 2019, 4.94% of Mercer County, MO residents (180 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Mercer County, MO was 1.83%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

43
Median Native-Born Age
± 1.1
38
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 13.4

In 2019, the median age of all people in Mercer County, MO was 42.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 43, were generally older than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Mercer County, MO are getting getting younger. In 2018, the average age of all Mercer County, MO residents was 43.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    41,981 ± 5,013 people
  2. India
    20,541 ± 3,513 people
  3. China
    19,044 ± 3,383 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Missouri was Mexico, the natal country of 41,981 Missouri residents, followed by India with 20,541 and China with 19,044.

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Citizenship

98.9%
2019 Citizenship
99.1%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 98.9% of Mercer County, MO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Mercer County, MO was 99.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    158 ± 44
  2. Korea
    21 ± 19
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    13 ± 18

Mercer County, MO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 7.52 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Missouri, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Missouri (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Missouri. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

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

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Missouri across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Economy

Median household income in Mercer County, MO is $47,298. In 2019, the tract with the highest median household income in Mercer County, MO was Census Tract 4702 with a value of $49,712, followed by Census Tract 4701 and N/A, with respective values of $43,500 and N/A.

Males in Missouri have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,787. The income inequality in Missouri (measured using the Gini index) is 0.461, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Mercer County, MO employs 1.68k people. The largest industries in Mercer County, MO are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (378 people), Manufacturing (236 people), and Retail Trade (210 people), and the highest paying industries are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($44,464), Transportation & Warehousing ($43,393), and Educational Services ($39,550).

Wages

Median Household Income

$47,298
2019 value
± $5,423
7.29%
1 Year Growth
± 13.7%

Households in Mercer County, MO have a median annual income of $47,298, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $44,085 in 2018, which represents a 7.29% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$63,814
Average Male Salary in Missouri
± $1,443
$46,787
Average Female Salary in Missouri
± $1,025

In 2019, full-time male employees in Missouri made 1.36 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 in Missouri
  1. Asian
    $65,651 ± $7,939
  2. White
    $49,533 ± $893
  3. American Indian
    $45,658 ± $16,823

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Missouri workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.33 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Missouri.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Missouri by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Mercer County, MO is from Missouri.
0.461
2019 Wage GINI in Missouri
0.463
2018 Wage GINI in Missouri

In 2019, the income inequality in Missouri was 0.461 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.361% decline from 2018 to 2019, 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.

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 4702
  2. Census Tract 4701
  3. N/A

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Mercer County, MO was Census Tract 4702 with a value of $49,712, followed by Census Tract 4701 and N/A, with respective values of $43,500 and N/A.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 55 - 64
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

10.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Mercer County, MO (362 out of 3.59k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 55 - 64, followed by Females 25 - 34 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. White
    356 ± 79
  2. Black
    6 ± 53
  3. Native American
    0 ± 56

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

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

1.68k
2019 Value
± 198
0.964%
1 Year growth
± 15.7%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Mercer County, MO grew at a rate of 0.964%, from 1.66k employees to 1.68k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Mercer County, MO, are Management Occupations (292 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (162 people), and Transportation Occupations (150 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Mercer County, MO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Mercer County, MO, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (292 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (162 people), and Transportation Occupations (150 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Mercer County, MO has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (11.1 times higher than expected), Transportation Occupations (2.37 times), and Management Occupations (1.71 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Mercer County, MO, by median earnings, are Community & Social Service Occupations ($70,682), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations ($62,813), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($51,442).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

1.68k
2019 Value
± 198
0.964%
1 Year growth
± 15.7%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Mercer County, MO grew at a rate of 0.964%, from 1.66k employees to 1.68k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Mercer County, MO, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (378 people), Manufacturing (236 people), and Retail Trade (210 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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Most Common

The most common industries in Mercer County, MO, by number of employees, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (378 people), Manufacturing (236 people), and Retail Trade (210 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Mercer County, MO has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (19.1 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.41 times), and Information (1.38 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Mercer County, MO, by median earnings, are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($44,464), Transportation & Warehousing ($43,393), and Educational Services ($39,550).

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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. $27.2B
  2. $25.9B
  3. $25B

In 2018, the top outbound Missouri product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $27.2B, followed by Pharmaceuticals ($25.9B) and Mixed freight ($25B).

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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$283B
2018 Value in Missouri
$486B
Projected 2045 Value in Missouri
71.5% growth

In 2018, total outbound Missouri trade was $283B. This is expected to increase 71.5% to $486B 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. $29.3B
  2. $13.6B
  3. $12.1B

In 2018, the top outbound Missouri domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $29.3B, followed by Kansas with $13.6B and Texas and $12.1B.

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

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Mercer County, MO went to Donald J. Trump with 85.2% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (12.4%), followed by Other (2.46%). The most partisan county was Mercer County, MO with 85.2% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley 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.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Mercer County, MO
85.2% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Missouri
  1. 85.2% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 85% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 83.5% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Missouri was Mercer County, MO with 85.2% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Missouri colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Missouri

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Roy Blunt
Senator from Missouri3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011
Josh Hawley
Senator from Missouri1
Assumed office on January 3, 2019

Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley are the senators currently representing Missouri.

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

The following chart shows elected senators in Missouri over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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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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Housing & Living

The median property value in Mercer County, MO was $88,900 in 2019, which is 0.37 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $87,500 to $88,900, a 1.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Mercer County, MO is 78.6%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Mercer County, MO have an average commute time of 21.4 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.

Housing

Property Value

$88,900
2019 Median
± $7,670
$87,500
2018 Median
± $5,981

In 2019, the median property value in Mercer County, MO grew to to $88,900 from the previous year's value of $87,500.

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

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$47,298
Median Household Income
± $5,423
1.27k
Number of Households
± 135

In 2019, the median household income of the 1.27k households in Mercer County, MO grew to $47,298 from the previous year's value of $44,085.

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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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Mercer County, MO 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.

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Rent vs Own

78.6%
2019 Homeownership
76.6%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 78.6% of the housing units in Mercer County, MO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 76.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Mercer County, MO compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

21.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Mercer County, MO have a shorter commute time (21.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 3.34% of the workforce in Mercer County, MO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (76.2%)
  2. Worked At Home (8.79%)
  3. Carpooled (8.43%)

In 2019, 76.2% of workers in Mercer County, MO drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (8.79%) and those who carpooled to work (8.43%).

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

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, followed by false.

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Health

84% of the population of Mercer County, MO has health coverage, with 45.3% on employee plans, 8.45% on Medicaid, 14.1% on Medicare, 12.8% on non-group plans, and 3.35% on military or VA plans.

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

Comparing across all counties in the state, Carroll County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (22.3%). Additionally, Dunklin County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (41.7%)

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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,107
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Missouri
$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

16%
Uninsured
45.3%
Employer Coverage
8.45%
Medicaid
14.1%
Medicare
12.8%
Non-Group
3.35%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Mercer County, MO declined by 7.18% from 17.2% to 16%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Mercer 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. 22.3% prevalence
  2. 19.6% prevalence
  3. 19% prevalence

Carroll County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Missouri, at 22.3%.

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

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