West Plains, MO

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2020 Population
40,130
0.0648% 1-year growth
US Senator
Roy Blunt
Republican Party
US Senator
Josh Hawley
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
40.8
0.244% 1-year decrease
2020 Poverty Rate
23.8%
6.95% 1-year increase
2020 Median Household Income
$39,482
2.93% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$114,600
2.14% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
15,778
3.97% 1-year decline

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In 2020, West Plains, MO had a population of 40.1k people with a median age of 40.8 and a median household income of $39,482. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of West Plains, MO grew from 40,104 to 40,130, a 0.0648% increase and its median household income grew from $38,357 to $39,482, a 2.93% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in West Plains, MO are White (Non-Hispanic) (94.1%), White (Hispanic) (1.59%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.46%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (1.07%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.695%).

None of the households in West Plains, 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.

99.4% of the residents in West Plains, MO are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in West Plains, MO are Missouri State University-West Plains (302 degrees awarded in 2020) and South Central Career Center (51 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in West Plains, MO was $114,600, and the homeownership rate was 68.2%.

Most people in West Plains, MO drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 19.9 minutes. The average car ownership in West Plains, MO was 2 cars per household.

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geosearchPopulation & Diversity

West Plains, MO is home to a population of 40.1k people, from which 99.4% are citizens. As of 2020, 1.2% of West Plains, MO residents were born outside of the country (481 people).

In 2020, there were 59.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (37.8k people) in West Plains, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 637 White (Hispanic) and 585 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.4%
2020 Citizenship
99.4%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 99.4% of West Plains, MO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in West Plains, MO was 99.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in West Plains, MO
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    37.8k ± 73
  2. White (Hispanic)
    637 ± 82
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    585 ± 181
2.24%
Hispanic Population
899 people

In 2020, there were 59.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (37.8k people) in West Plains, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 637 White (Hispanic) and 585 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

2.24% of the people in West Plains, MO are hispanic (899 people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    39,519 ± 4,865 people
  2. India
    21,572 ± 3,600 people
  3. China
    19,039 ± 3,382 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Missouri was Mexico, the natal country of 39,519 Missouri residents, followed by India with 21,572 and China with 19,039.

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Foreign-Born Population

1.2%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
481 people
1.15%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
462 people

As of 2020, 1.2% of West Plains, MO residents (481 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in West Plains, MO was 1.15%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,204 ± 195
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    495 ± 214
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    489 ± 172

West Plains, MO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.43 times greater than any other conflict.

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The economy of West Plains, MO employs 15.8k people. The largest industries in West Plains, MO are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,615 people), Retail Trade (2,101 people), and Educational Services (2,033 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($70,104), Utilities ($50,625), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($47,946).

Males in Missouri have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $47,900. The income inequality in Missouri (measured using the Gini index) is 0.457, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

15.8k
2020 Value
± 982
−3.97%
1 Year decline
± 8.61%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in West Plains, MO declined at a rate of −3.97%, from 16.4k employees to 15.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in West Plains, MO, are Sales & Related Occupations (1,838 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,676 people), and Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (1,472 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of West Plains, MO.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

15.8k
2020 Value
± 982
−3.97%
1 Year decline
± 8.61%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in West Plains, MO declined at a rate of −3.97%, from 16.4k employees to 15.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in West Plains, MO, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,615 people), Retail Trade (2,101 people), and Educational Services (2,033 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of West Plains, MO, though some of these residents may live in West Plains, 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

$33,185
Median earning men ± $1,640
$22,917
Median earning women ± $2,103

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2020 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($56,000), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($53,889), and Public Administration ($49,216).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2020 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($40,774), Public Administration ($35,139), and Manufacturing ($32,292).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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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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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 484
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 293
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 280
    Manufacturing

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Payroll by Industry Sector

The industries with the highest total annual payroll
  1. $277k
    Manufacturing
  2. $198k
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. $70.2k
    Retail Trade

The chart shows the total annual payroll and the average annual payroll by industry.

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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. $30.9B
  2. $30.9B
  3. $29.3B

In 2020, the top outbound Missouri product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $30.9B, followed by Mixed freight ($30.9B) and Pharmaceuticals ($29.3B).

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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$312B
2020 Value in Missouri
$614B
Projected 2050 Value in Missouri
97.1% growth

In 2020, total outbound Missouri trade was $312B. This is expected to increase 97.1% to $614B by 2050.

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. $26.1B
  2. $15.4B
  3. $15.2B

In 2020, the top outbound Missouri domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $26.1B, followed by Texas with $15.4B and Kansas and $15.2B.

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

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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.

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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In 2020, universities in West Plains, MO awarded 353 degrees. The student population of West Plains, MO in 2020 is skewed towards women, with 668 male students and 1,320 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in West Plains, MO are White (314 and 89%), followed by Black or African American (13 and 3.68%), Two or More Races (11 and 3.12%), and Unknown (7 and 1.98%).

The largest universities in West Plains, MO by number of degrees awarded are Missouri State University-West Plains (302 and 85.6%) and South Central Career Center (51 and 14.4%).

The most popular majors in West Plains, MO are General Studies (143 and 40.5%), Registered Nursing (43 and 12.2%), and Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (28 and 7.93%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2020 there were 1,988 students enrolled in West Plains, MO, 33.6% men and 66.4% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 1,742 records, of which 67.2% were women and 32.8% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 143 degree-majors awarded
  2. 43 degree-majors awarded
  3. 21 degree-majors awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in West Plains, MO was General Studies with 143 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in West Plains, MO according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 302 degrees awarded
  2. 51 degrees awarded

In 2020, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Missouri State University-West Plains with 302 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2020, 110 men were awarded degrees from institutions in West Plains, MO, which is 0.453 times less than the 243 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 314 degrees mean that there were 24.2 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 13 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($4,020) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2020.

Public, 2-year ($600) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2020.

Public, 2-year ($926) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2020, 0.599% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.508% 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 2020 were High School or Equivalent (1.47M), Some college (1.14M), and Bachelors Degree (823k).

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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The median property value in West Plains, MO was $114,600 in 2020, which is 0.499 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $112,200 to $114,600, a 2.14% increase. The homeownership rate in West Plains, MO is 68.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.4%.

People in West Plains, MO have an average commute time of 19.9 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in West Plains, MO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in West Plains, MO is $39,482. In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income in West Plains, MO was St. Charles County, MO with a value of $87,644, followed by Platte County, MO and Cass County, MO, with respective values of $82,448 and $72,522.

Property

$114,600
Median Property Value 2020
±$7,072
$10,614
Median Property Taxes
±$691

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 West Plains, MO the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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

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Rent vs Own

68.2%
Homeownership
2020
69.6%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2020

In 2020, 68.2% of the housing units in West Plains, MO were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 68.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2020, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in West Plains, MO was St. Charles County, MO with a value of $87,644, followed by Platte County, MO and Cass County, MO, with respective values of $82,448 and $72,522.

The following map shows all of the counties in West Plains, MO colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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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.
$39,482
Median Household Income
± $2,253
15.6k
Number of Households
± 890

In 2020, the median household income of the 15.6k households in West Plains, MO grew to $39,482 from the previous year's value of $38,357.

The following chart displays the households in West Plains, 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 < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for West Plains, MO is from Missouri.
0.457
2020 Wage GINI in Missouri
0.461
2019 Wage GINI in Missouri

In 2020, the income inequality in Missouri was 0.457 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 1.04% decline from 2019 to 2020, 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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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (83.5%)
  2. Carpooled (11.3%)
  3. Worked At Home (2.82%)

In 2020, 83.5% of workers in West Plains, MO drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (11.3%) and those who worked at home (2.82%).

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

19.9 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in West Plains, MO have a shorter commute time (19.9 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 2.67% of the workforce in West Plains, 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 West Plains, MO distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in West Plains, MO have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

23.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in West Plains, MO (9.4k out of 39.5k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in West Plains, MO is White, followed by Hispanic 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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84.1% of the population of West Plains, MO has health coverage, with 35% on employee plans, 21.4% on Medicaid, 14.3% on Medicare, 11.5% on non-group plans, and 1.87% 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).

Primary care physicians in Missouri see 1422 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.559% decrease from the previous year (1430 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1672 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 491 patients per year.

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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Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,422 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Missouri

Primary care physicians in Missouri see an average of 1,422 patients per year. This represents a 0.559% decrease from the previous year (1,430 patients).

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

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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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Health Care Diversity

In 2020, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25.6% under 18 years, 17.9% between 18 and 34 years, 37.3% between 35 and 64 years, and 19.2% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.3% were men and 51.7% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

15.9%
Uninsured
35%
Employer Coverage
21.4%
Medicaid
14.3%
Medicare
11.5%
Non-Group
1.87%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in West Plains, MO grew by 15.5% from 13.8% to 15.9%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in West Plains, MO changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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