Polk County, MO

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Population

31,347

0.752% growth

Median Age

37.5


Median Household Income

$44,805

5.47% growth

Poverty Rate

14.4%


Number of Employees

13,901

3.34% growth

Median Property Value

$122,600

4.16% growth

About

In 2017, Polk County, MO had a population of 31.3k people with a median age of 37.5 and a median household income of $44,805. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Polk County, MO grew from 31,113 to 31,347, a 0.752% increase and its median household income grew from $42,483 to $44,805, a 5.47% increase.

The population of Polk County, MO is 93.9% White Alone, 2.32% Hispanic or Latino, and 2% Two or More Races. 3.31% of the people in Polk County, MO speak a non-English language, and 99.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Polk County, MO are Southwest Baptist University (938 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Polk County, MO is $122,600, and the homeownership rate is 66.6%. Most people in Polk County, MO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Polk County, MO is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Polk County, MO employs 13.9k people. The largest industries in Polk County, MO are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,099 people), Educational Services (1,900 people), and Retail Trade (1,594 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($65,625), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($41,587), and Wholesale Trade ($40,865).

Median household income in Polk County, MO is $44,805. Males in Polk 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 Polk County, MO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$44,805

2017 value

± $2,581

5.47%

1 Year Growth

± 7.17%

Households in Polk County, MO have a median annual income of $44,805, 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 $42,483 in 2016, which represents a 5.47% 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 Polk County, MO 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 Polk County, MO 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 Polk 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 9603

  2. Census Tract 9604

  3. Census Tract 9602

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Polk County, MO was Census Tract 9603 with a value of $42,881, followed by Census Tract 9604 and Census Tract 9602, with respective values of $41,444 and $39,846.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Polk County, MO (4.31k out of 29.9k 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 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 55 - 64.

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

    3,990 ± 405

  2. Two Or More

    180 ± 121

  3. Native American

    78 ± 118

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

13.9k

2017 Value

± 789

3.34%

1 Year growth

± 7.81%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Polk County, MO grew at a rate of 3.34%, from 13.5k employees to 13.9k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Polk County, MO, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,753 people), Management Occupations (1,508 people), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1,093 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Polk County, MO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Polk County, MO, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,753 people), Management Occupations (1,508 people), and Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1,093 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Polk County, MO has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.05 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.69 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.53 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Polk County, MO, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($70,074), Management Occupations ($51,394), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($47,384).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

13.9k

2017 Value

± 789

3.34%

1 Year growth

± 7.81%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Polk County, MO grew at a rate of 3.34%, from 13.5k employees to 13.9k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Polk County, MO, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,099 people), Educational Services (1,900 people), and Retail Trade (1,594 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Polk County, MO, though some of these residents may live in Polk 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 Polk County, MO, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,099 people), Educational Services (1,900 people), and Retail Trade (1,594 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Polk County, MO has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.25 times higher than expected), Educational Services (1.47 times), and Utilities (1.43 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Polk County, MO, by median earnings, are Utilities ($65,625), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($41,587), and Wholesale Trade ($40,865).

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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

87% of the population of Polk County, MO has health coverage, with 39.9% on employee plans, 16.1% on Medicaid, 13.8% on Medicare, 14.8% on non-group plans, and 2.4% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Polk County, MO see 1301 patients per year on average, which represents a 7.86% decrease from the previous year (1412 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3911 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 521 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

1,301 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Polk County, MO see an average of 1,301 patients per year. This represents a 7.86% decrease from the previous year (1,412 patients).

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

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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

13%

Uninsured

39.9%

Employer Coverage

16.1%

Medicaid

13.8%

Medicare

14.8%

Non-Group

2.4%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Polk County, MO grew by 2.7% from 12.6% to 13%.

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

Polk County, MO is home to a population of 31.3k people, from which 99.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.708% of Polk County, MO residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Polk County, MO is composed of 29.4k White Alone residents (93.9%), 726 Hispanic or Latino residents (2.32%), 626 Two or More Races residents (2%), 318 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (1.01%), 197 Black or African American Alone residents (0.628%), 23 Asian Alone residents (0.0734%), 16 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.051%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Polk County, MO are Other West Germanic Languages (414 speakers), Spanish or Spanish Creole (276 speakers), and Other Slavic Languages (125 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.5

59

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 16.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Polk County, MO was 37.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 59. But people in Polk County, MO are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Polk County, MO residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.708%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

0.797%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 0.708% of Polk 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 Polk County, MO was 0.797%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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 Polk County, MO was Mexico, the natal country of 41,972 Polk County, MO residents, followed by India with 19,111 and China with 16,010.

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Citizenship

99.9%

2017 Citizenship

99.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.9% of Polk County, MO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Polk County, MO was 99.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    29.4k ± 23

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    726 ± 215

  3. Two or More Races

    626 ± 130

In 2017, there were 40.6 times more White Alone residents (29.4k people) in Polk County, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 726 Hispanic or Latino and 626 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 Polk County, MO as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Other West Germanic Languages

    414 speakers (1.42%)

  2. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    276 speakers (0.946%)

  3. Other Slavic Languages

    125 speakers (0.428%)

3.31% of Polk County, MO citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Polk County, MO was Other West Germanic Languages. 1.42% of the overall population of Polk County, MO are native Other West Germanic Languages speakers. 0.946% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole and 0.428% speak Other West Germanic Languages, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    893 ± 164

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    360 ± 134

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    343 ± 154

Polk County, MO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.48 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Polk County, MO awarded 938 degrees. The student population of Polk County, MO is skewed towards women, with 1,359 male students and 2,332 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Polk County, MO are White (729 and 79.4%), followed by Unknown (121 and 13.2%), Black or African American (31 and 3.38%), and Hispanic or Latino (12 and 1.31%).

The largest universities in Polk County, MO by number of degrees awarded are Southwest Baptist University (938 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Polk County, MO are Registered Nursing (266 and 28.4%), General Education (123 and 13.1%), and Physical Therapy (81 and 8.64%).

The median tuition costs in Polk County, MO are $21,600 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. 94 degrees awarded

  2. 39 degrees awarded

  3. 37 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Polk County, MO was Registered Nursing with 94 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

938 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$21,600

Median Private

In 2016, the Polk County, MO institution with the largest number of graduating students was Southwest Baptist University with 938 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

299

Degrees Awarded to Men

639

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 299 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Polk County, MO, which is 0.468 times less than the 639 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

    729 degrees awarded

  2. Unknown

    121 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    31 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Polk County, MO were to White students. These 729 degrees mean that there were 6.02 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Unknown, with 121 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Polk County, MO was $122,600 in 2017, which is 0.563 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $117,700 to $122,600, a 4.16% increase. The homeownership rate in Polk County, MO is 66.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Polk County, MO have an average commute time of 22.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Polk 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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$44,805

Median Household Income

± $2,581

11.7k

Number of Households

± 701

In 2017, the median household income of the 11.7k households in Polk County, MO grew to $44,805 from the previous year's value of $42,483.

The following chart displays the households in Polk 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 $60k - $75k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$122,600

2017 Median

± $8,127

$117,700

2016 Median

± $9,497

In 2017, the median property value in Polk County, MO grew to to $122,600 from the previous year's value of $117,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Polk 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 Polk County, MO the largest share of households have a property value in the $125k - $150k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

66.6%

2017 Homeownership

66.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 66.6% of the housing units in Polk County, MO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 66.2%.

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

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Commute Time

22.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Polk County, MO have a shorter commute time (22.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.06% of the workforce in Polk County, MO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78.4%

  2. Carpooled

    11.3%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.49%

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

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