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Jefferson City, Missouri

Missouri is the 18th most populous and the 18th largest (68,742 square miles) of the 50 states and capital district in the US. Its capital city is Jefferson City (please see the above image). Majority of occupations in Missouri is management and professional (33.60%), followed by sales and office (25.60%). Black or African American is the second largest race in this state after White.

State Stats and Facts

  1. Missouri is often referred to as the Bullion State, Cave State, Gateway State and The Great Rivers State

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Total population compared to the USA
Population distribution by race or ethnicity
Female vs male population
Education, home ownership and poverty rate
Land area, population density and life expectancy
Unemployment rate and occupation types
Business ownerships
Production and sales per business sector

Population Charts

Data from 2013 shows Missouri population was 6,044,171 which ranks the 18th of the 50 United States and capital district. The most populous city in Missouri is Kansas City. In this section, you’ll learn various state profiles on population by race, age and gender.


Total population compared to the USA

Between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2013, net population change is 0.90%. This is lower than national average, which is 2.40%. Missouri population represents only 1.91% of the USA’s whole population as featured in the following chart.

Missouri total population compared to the USA

Population distribution by race or age

Census 2013 shows the following five races or ethnicities representing population in Missouri (sortedin descending order):

  • White ancestry 83.70%
  • Black or African American 11.70%
  • Others (two or more races) 2.00%
  • Asian ethnicity 1.80%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native 0.50%
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.10%

The following chart compares Missouri population distribution to national average:

Comparison of Missouri population distribution by rate or ethnicity to USA average

Based on Census QuickFacts 2013, 6.20% of Missouri population are under 5 years old, 23.10% are under 18 years and 15.00% are 65 years or older. Furthermore 6.10% of Missouri population (over the age of five) speak language other than English at home, which is lower than the US average of 20.50%.

Female vs male population

Female population in 2013 is 51.00% which is slightly more than male population. Missouri female population number ranks the 20th nation-wide. USA’s average female population is 50.80% whereas male population average is 49.20%.  The following chart shows comparison of female and male population between Missouri and the USA.

Female and male population in Missouri vs USA average

Demographics Charts

In this section, you’ll find a collection of statistical profiles on education, property ownerships, poverty, land area, population density and life expectancy.  For analysis purposes, each state data is compared to national average.  Data is sourced from last census.

Education, home ownership and poverty rate

In the chart below, you’ll find:

  • Rate of high school graduates is 87.20%, higher than national average of 85.70%
  • Rate of bachelor’s degree is 25.80%, lower than US median of 28.50%
  • Home ownership rate is 69.00%, higher than national average of 65.50%
  • People who live below poverty rate is 15.00% which is higher than national median of 14.90%

Data is obtained from Census 2008-2012.

Comparison of Missouri Education, Home Ownership and Poverty to USA average

Land area, population density and life expectancy

Featured on the table below is:

  • Land area is 1.95% of total land area
  • Missouri has less population density than the USA average (87.1 people per square mile vs 87.4)
  • Life expectancy in Missouri is lower by 1.32 years than national average

Data is based on Census 2010.

Missouri land area, population density & life expectancy
Demographic Attribute Missouri USA
Land area (square miles) 68,741.52 3,531,905.43
Population density (people per square mile) 87.1 87.4
Life expectancy (years) 77.5 78.9

Unemployment rate and occupation types

Missouri unemployment rate (May 2013 to June 2014) is 5.90% (higher than national average). Minimum wage in Missouri is $7.50 per hour, which ranks the 21st highest among the states.  The table and chart below show various occupation types based on data obtained from 2010.

Occupation types in Missouri based on Census 2010
Occupation Missouri USA
Management or professional-related job 33.60% 34.90%
Service-related job 16.90% 17.10%
Sales and office job 25.60% 25.50%
Farming, fishing, and forestry 0.60% 0.70%
Construction, extraction, maintenance and repair 9.40% 9.30%
Production, transportation and material moving 13.80% 12.50%
Comparison of Missouri Occupation Types to USA Average

Regarding travel time to work, workers in Missouri usually took less time than US average. Data from American Community Survey shows travel time in Missouri was 23.2 minutes on average, whereas national average was 25.4 minutes. Average travel time is obtained by calculating time required to get from home to work each day during the week.

Business ownerships

Latest census business data shows:

  • Black-owned firms 4.90%, lower than national average of 7.10%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms 0.60%, lower than national median of 0.90%
  • Asian-owned firms 1.90%, lower than US average of 5.70%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms 0.10%, same as the country’s average of 0.10%
  • Hispanic-owned firms 1.20%, lower than national average of 8.30%
  • Women-owned firms 26.10%, lower than US median of 28.80%

For comparison purpose, the following chart includes data from US average.

Comparison of Business Ownership Percentage to USA Average

Production and sales

The following table and chart show manufacturers production shipments and sales figures per business sector. This information highlights which specific business area Missouri is strong at.

Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures
Description Missouri USA
Manufacturers shipments ($1000) 110,907,604 5,319,456,312
Merchant wholesaler sales ($1000) 81,032,913 4,174,286,516
Retail sales ($1000) 76,575,216 3,917,663,456
Accommodation and food services ($1000) 11,070,634 613,795,732
Missouri Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures

Retail spending per person is $12,957.00, which is lower than US median of $12,990.00. In 2012, number of building permits issued in Missouri was 12,297.
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