Ray County, MO

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2022 Population
23,122
0.182% 1-year growth
US Senator
Josh Hawley
Republican Party
US Senator
Eric Schmitt
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
42
0.709% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
12.2%
13% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$69,779
3.16% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$169,200
11.8% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Ray County, MO had a population of 23.1k people with a median age of 42 and a median household income of $69,779. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Ray County, MO grew from 23,080 to 23,122, a 0.182% increase and its median household income grew from $67,643 to $69,779, a 3.16% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Ray County, MO are White (Non-Hispanic) (92.9%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.32%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.18%), White (Hispanic) (0.96%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (0.804%).

None of the households in Ray 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.

99.6% of the residents in Ray County, MO are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Ray County, MO was $169,200, and the homeownership rate was 78.5%.

Most people in Ray County, MO drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 31 minutes. The average car ownership in Ray County, MO was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Ray County, MO is home to a population of 23.1k people, from which 99.6% are citizens. As of 2022, 0.926% of Ray County, MO residents were born outside of the country (214 people).

In 2022, there were 40.1 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (21.5k people) in Ray County, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 536 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 273 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.6%
2022 Citizenship
99.4%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.6% of Ray County, MO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Ray County, MO was 99.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Ray County, MO
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    21.5k ± 87
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    536 ± 124
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    273 ± 97
2.71%
Hispanic Population
627 people

In 2022, there were 40.1 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (21.5k people) in Ray County, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 536 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 273 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.71% of the people in Ray County, MO are hispanic (627 people).

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

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Foreign-Born Population

0.926%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
214 people
0.997%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
230 people

As of 2022, 0.926% of Ray County, MO residents (214 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 Ray County, MO was 0.997%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    512 ± 131
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    267 ± 96
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    184 ± 77

Ray County, MO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.92 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Ray County, MO employs 11k people. The largest industries in Ray County, MO are Manufacturing (1,819 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,646 people), and Retail Trade (1,421 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($136,161), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($85,375), and Wholesale Trade ($74,141).

Occupations

11k
2022 Value
± 705
−1.71%
1 Year decline
± 9%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Ray County, MO declined at a rate of −1.71%, from 11.2k employees to 11k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Ray County, MO, are Production Occupations (1,278 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,160 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,154 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Ray County, MO.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

11k
2022 Value
± 705
−1.71%
1 Year decline
± 9%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Ray County, MO declined at a rate of −1.71%, from 11.2k employees to 11k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Ray County, MO, are Manufacturing (1,819 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,646 people), and Retail Trade (1,421 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Ray County, MO, though some of these residents may live in Ray 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

$51,954
Median earning men ± $4,876
$34,925
Median earning women ± $2,208

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($156,250), Public Administration ($75,078), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($73,942).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Construction ($56,250), Information ($52,614), and Wholesale Trade ($48,333).

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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. 131
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 86
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 75
    Other Services, Except Public Administration

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Ray County, MO went to Donald J. Trump with 71.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (26.7%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.24%).

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 Ray County, MO was $169,200 in 2022, which is 0.6 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $151,300 to $169,200, a 11.8% increase. The homeownership rate in Ray County, MO is 78.5%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Ray County, MO have an average commute time of 31 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Ray County, MO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Property

$169,200
Median Property Value 2022
±$10,172
$6,889
Median Property Taxes
±$499

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 Ray County, MO the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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

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Rent vs Own

78.5%
Homeownership
2022
62.7%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 78.5% of the housing units in Ray County, MO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 77.8%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 803
  2. Census Tract 801

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

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Household Income

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$69,779
Median Household Income
± $4,528
8.77k
Number of Households
± 570

In 2022, the median household income of the 8.77k households in Ray County, MO grew to $69,779 from the previous year's value of $67,643.

The following chart displays the households in Ray 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 Ray 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 (82.8%)
  2. Worked At Home (8.11%)
  3. Carpooled (6.6%)

In 2022, 82.8% of workers in Ray County, MO drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (8.11%) and those who carpooled to work (6.6%).

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

31 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Ray County, MO have a longer commute time (31 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.71% of the workforce in Ray County, MO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Ray County, MO distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Ray County, MO have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

12.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Ray County, MO (2.78k out of 22.9k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 45 - 54.

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

89.7% of the population of Ray County, MO has health coverage, with 49.9% on employee plans, 9.75% on Medicaid, 14.4% on Medicare, 14.1% on non-group plans, and 1.6% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Ray County, MO see 2877 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.594% increase from the previous year (2860 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 7638 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 2864 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.9% were men and 51.1% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,877 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Ray County, MO

Primary care physicians in Ray County, MO see an average of 2,877 patients per year. This represents a 0.594% increase from the previous year (2,860 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Ray County, MO in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24% under 18 years, 17.8% between 18 and 34 years, 40.3% between 35 and 64 years, and 18% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.9% were men and 51.1% were women.

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Uninsured People

10.3%
Uninsured
49.9%
Employer Coverage
9.75%
Medicaid
14.4%
Medicare
14.1%
Non-Group
1.6%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Ray County, MO declined by 2.51% from 10.5% to 10.3%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 63.1 in Ray County, MO.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

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 36.7% in Ray County, MO.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 12.2% in Ray County, MO.

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