Ray County, MO

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Population

22,859

0.27% decline

Median Age

41.8


Median Household Income

$57,270

7.13% growth

Poverty Rate

15.6%


Number of Employees

10,601

5.79% growth

Median Property Value

$129,700

3.18% growth

About

In 2017, Ray County, MO had a population of 22.9k people with a median age of 41.8 and a median household income of $57,270. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Ray County, MO declined from 22,921 to 22,859, a -0.27% decrease and its median household income grew from $53,459 to $57,270, a 7.13% increase.

The population of Ray County, MO is 94% White Alone, 2.34% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.54% Black or African American Alone. 1.8% of the people in Ray County, MO speak a non-English language, and 99.9% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Ray County, MO is $129,700, and the homeownership rate is 77.5%. Most people in Ray County, MO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 29.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Ray County, MO is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Ray County, MO employs 10.6k people. The largest industries in Ray County, MO are Manufacturing (1,805 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,584 people), and Retail Trade (1,196 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($68,889), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($64,118), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($63,021).

Median household income in Ray County, MO is $57,270. Males in Ray 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 Ray County, MO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$57,270

2017 value

± $3,475

7.13%

1 Year Growth

± 7.93%

Households in Ray County, MO have a median annual income of $57,270, 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 $53,459 in 2016, which represents a 7.13% 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 Ray 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 Ray 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 Ray 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 801

  2. Census Tract 800

  3. Census Tract 803

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Ray County, MO was Census Tract 801 with a value of $60,417, followed by Census Tract 800 and Census Tract 803, with respective values of $58,825 and $53,009.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Ray 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

15.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Ray County, MO (3.53k out of 22.6k 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 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Males < 5.

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

    3,150 ± 352

  2. Black

    255 ± 144

  3. Two Or More

    109 ± 91

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

10.6k

2017 Value

± 600

5.79%

1 Year growth

± 7.59%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Ray County, MO grew at a rate of 5.79%, from 10k employees to 10.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Ray County, MO, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,459 people), Production Occupations (1,388 people), and Management Occupations (885 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Ray County, MO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Ray County, MO, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,459 people), Production Occupations (1,388 people), and Management Occupations (885 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Ray County, MO has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.26 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (2.17 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.91 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Ray County, MO, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($122,917), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($106,406), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($76,000).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

10.6k

2017 Value

± 600

5.79%

1 Year growth

± 7.59%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Ray County, MO grew at a rate of 5.79%, from 10k employees to 10.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Ray County, MO, are Manufacturing (1,805 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,584 people), and Retail Trade (1,196 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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Most Common

The most common industries in Ray County, MO, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (1,805 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,584 people), and Retail Trade (1,196 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Ray County, MO has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.18 times higher than expected), Transportation & Warehousing (1.86 times), and Manufacturing (1.68 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Ray County, MO, by median earnings, are Utilities ($68,889), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($64,118), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($63,021).

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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

90.7% of the population of Ray County, MO has health coverage, with 53.1% on employee plans, 11.3% on Medicaid, 12.6% on Medicare, 12.3% on non-group plans, and 1.37% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Ray County, MO see 2851 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.627% decrease from the previous year (2869 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 5688 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 3792 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

2,851 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Ray County, MO see an average of 2,851 patients per year. This represents a 0.627% decrease from the previous year (2,869 patients).

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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%).

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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

9.33%

Uninsured

53.1%

Employer Coverage

11.3%

Medicaid

12.6%

Medicare

12.3%

Non-Group

1.37%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Ray County, MO grew by 3.11% from 9.05% to 9.33%.

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

Ray County, MO is home to a population of 22.9k people, from which 99.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.862% of Ray County, MO residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Ray County, MO is composed of 21.5k White Alone residents (94%), 534 Hispanic or Latino residents (2.34%), 351 Black or African American Alone residents (1.54%), 320 Two or More Races residents (1.4%), 114 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.499%), 37 Asian Alone residents (0.162%), 25 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.109%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Ray County, MO are Spanish or Spanish Creole (144 speakers), Other West Germanic Languages (92 speakers), and French (Incl. Patois, Cajun) (52 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

64

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 8.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Ray County, MO was 41.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 64. But people in Ray County, MO are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Ray County, MO residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.862%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

0.929%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 0.862% of Ray 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 Ray County, MO was 0.929%, 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 Ray County, MO was Mexico, the natal country of 41,972 Ray County, MO residents, followed by India with 19,111 and China with 16,010.

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Citizenship

99.9%

2017 Citizenship

99.9%

2016 Citizenship

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

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    21.5k ± 39

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    534 ± 107

  3. Black or African American Alone

    351 ± 80

In 2017, there were 40.2 times more White Alone residents (21.5k people) in Ray County, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 534 Hispanic or Latino and 351 Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Ray County, MO as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    144 speakers (0.663%)

  2. Other West Germanic Languages

    92 speakers (0.423%)

  3. French (Incl. Patois, Cajun)

    52 speakers (0.239%)

1.8% of Ray 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 Ray County, MO was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 0.663% of the overall population of Ray County, MO are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.423% speak Other West Germanic Languages and 0.239% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    704 ± 118

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    221 ± 83

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    204 ± 65

Ray County, MO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.19 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Ray County, MO was $129,700 in 2017, which is 0.596 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $125,700 to $129,700, a 3.18% increase. The homeownership rate in Ray County, MO is 77.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Ray County, MO have an average commute time of 29.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Ray 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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$57,270

Median Household Income

± $3,475

8.68k

Number of Households

± 531

In 2017, the median household income of the 8.68k households in Ray County, MO grew to $57,270 from the previous year's value of $53,459.

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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Housing

Property Value

$129,700

2017 Median

± $6,742

$125,700

2016 Median

± $7,566

In 2017, the median property value in Ray County, MO grew to to $129,700 from the previous year's value of $125,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Ray 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 Ray 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 Ray County, MO 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.

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Rent vs Own

77.5%

2017 Homeownership

77.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 77.5% of the housing units in Ray County, MO were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 77.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Ray 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 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, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

29.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Ray County, MO have a longer commute time (29.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.79% of the workforce in Ray County, MO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84.2%

  2. Carpooled

    11.4%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.6%

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

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