Missouri Population and Demographics

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In this article, we'll explore most of the 190+ data points we have for Missouri, covering popular demographics statistics like household income, race, age and gender, educational attainment, poverty, housing, and transportation.

The data on this page is from the 2021 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year survey from the US Census Bureau.

Richest Zip Codes in Missouri

In the table below, we've ranked the richest zip codes in Missouri based on the average (or mean) household income. To do this, we only look at zip codes that have a population of at least 500 people and a reasonable margin of error for the data.

If the margin of error for the mean income is greater than 50% of the estimate, we don't use it. This is to try and make the data less likely to be skewed by outliers with very small population areas or estimates that are not very accurate.

Rank ZIP Code County Mean Income
1 63124 St. Louis County $311,249.00
2 63131 St. Louis County $285,018.00
3 63073 Franklin County $252,859.00
4 63005 St. Louis County $234,080.00
5 64113 Jackson County $203,064.00
6 63105 St. Louis County, St. Louis city $199,097.00
7 63038 St. Louis County $198,995.00
8 63141 St. Louis County $188,288.00
9 64167 Clay County $176,850.00
10 63017 St. Louis County $164,123.00

To view details demographics data for a specific zip code, click on the link in the table above. You can also read our article here on the richest zip codes in Missouri.

Richest Cities in Missouri

We can also find the same information for the richest cities in Missouri. The table below ranks the top 10 cities in Missouri by average household income by using the same criteria as we did with the zip codes.

Rank City County Mean Income
1 Ladue St. Louis County $384,815.00
2 Clarkson Valley St. Louis County $310,882.00
3 Town and Country St. Louis County $297,756.00
4 Des Peres St. Louis County $280,116.00
5 Frontenac St. Louis County $279,645.00
6 Loch Lloyd Cass County $255,838.00
7 Missouri River St. Louis County $252,854.00
8 Parkville Platte County $215,094.00
9 Clayton St. Louis County $211,670.00
10 Clay C Greene County $196,942.00

To view details demographics data for a specific city, click on the link in the table above. You can also read our article here on the richest cities in Missouri.

Median Household Income

According to the latest ACS 5-year survey in 2020, the median household income in Missouri is $57,290.00.

The chart below shows the average household income by age in Missouri.

  • Under 25
    $33,312.00
  • 25 to 44
    $69,318.00
  • 45 to 64
    $72,907.00
  • 65 and over
    $45,364.00

Average Household Income

A very commonly asked question is "what is the average household income in Missouri?". The official term for the average household income is the mean household income. The mean household income is the total income of all households divided by the number of households.

The average (or mean) household income in Missouri is $78,194.00.

6.03% of households in Missouri are classed as high income households (making $200,000+ per year).

The difference between a median and an average income

The difference between a median and mean household income is that the median income is the middle point of the set of numbers whereas the mean income is an average of all numbers.

Both metrics are important when looking at the income statistics for Missouri but because the median value doesn't depend on other numbers in the dataset, it doesn't change as much when some of the values are extremely low or extremely high.

Household Income Tiers for Missouri

We can also look at the household income tiers. This lets you see how many households fall into each of the earnings brackets and what percentage that bracket is of the total number of households.

The chart below shows the household income brackets to see which age groups have the highest median income. The actual data is more granular than these brackets, but we've simplified them into bigger categories to make reviewing the data for Missouri easier to view.

You can purchase the raw data above, which will have the full income tiers with smaller jumps in household income.

  • Less than $24,999
    18.75%
  • $25,000 to $49,999
    22.52%
  • $50,000 to $74,999
    18.24%
  • $75,000 to $99,999
    13.25%
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    15.12%
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    6.07%
  • $200,000 or more
    6.03%

Per Capita Income

The per capita income is the average income of all people in Missouri. This is calculated by dividing the total income of all people in Missouri by the total number of people in Missouri.

It differs from the average or mean household income because it includes all people in Missouri and not just the people who earn an income (i.e. children, retirees, unemployed, etc.).

The per capita income in Missouri is $31,839.00.

Population in Missouri by Race and Ethnicity

The total population in Missouri is currently 6,124,160 people.

The race and ethnicity of the population in Missouri can be very important for social research, economics, and marketing to a multi-culturial society.

Whether you want to target products or services to a particular race or ethnicity, or provide housing and new businesses to improve areas with a larger ethnic minority population, this data is very valuable for discovering suitable areas.

The chart below breaks down the population and percentage for each race and ethnicity in Missouri.

  • 78.20% White
    4,800,763
  • 11.20% Black/African American
    689,839
  • 0.20% Native
    15,275
  • 4.40% Hispanic
    271,566
  • 2.00% Asian
    122,395
  • 0.10% Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
    7,851
  • 3.50% Two or more races
    217,070
  • 0.30% Other
    16,775

Population of Missouri by Age and Gender

Another very important demographics statistic for Missouri is the age and gender of the population. The age and gender of the population can be used to track trends in population growth or decline, and for businesses, the data can be used to identify people important to you and your business need.

In the table below, we show age groups at a 10 year granularity for ease of use. The raw data, which can be purchased above, includes age and gender at a 5 year granularity.

Age Group Male Female
0 to 9 Years 384,679 362,575
10 to 19 Years 411,906 393,913
20 to 29 Years 409,619 402,760
30 to 39 Years 400,879 399,135
40 to 49 Years 363,266 365,741
50 to 59 Years 394,982 406,308
60 to 69 Years 362,802 389,561
70 Years and over 299,608 393,800

Education Levels

Educational attainment is a very useful statistic that can give insights into other data such as the average household income, unemployment levels, and literacy.

What this means is that it is likely for areas that have higher levels of education to have higher average household incomes, lower unemployment rates, and higher literacy rates.

The chart below shows the educational attainment of the population in Missouri.

  • Master's degree or higher
    13.95%
  • Bachelor's degree
    30.35%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    11.61%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    41.64%
  • Less than high school diploma
    2.44%

Unemployment Rates

The unemployment rate is the percentage of the population that is actively looking for work but is unable to find a job. The unemployment rate is a very important statistic for Missouri because it can show how many people are actively looking for work and how many people are unable to find a job.

Lower levels of unemployment is generally seen as a positive sign for the economy. It also makes the government in Missouri look good because it shows that they are doing a good job of creating jobs, working to capacity, being efficient, and keeping the economy strong.

The unemployment rate is calculated using the total population in Missouri that are over the age of 16.

The current population in Missouri that are over the age of 16 is 4,910,777 people.

The unemployment rate in Missouri is 36.80%, which means 1,806,582 people are unemployed.

Median Age in Missouri

The median age is an interesting metric because it gives us an idea of the age distribution of people in Missouri. You know when you see a median age that it is the age where half of the population is older and half is younger than it.

For demographic studies, this can be used to infer and compare date to things such as birth rates, the age of parents, and so on.

An increasing median age can be a sign of an aging population, which can be a sign of a declining population. This is because older people tend to have fewer children and die more often than younger people.

The median age in Missouri is 38.8 years old.

We can also look at the median age by gender to compare the see how each group compares to the total median age:

Median age by gender in Missouri

38.8

Total

37.6

Male

40

Female

Households and Families

There are a total of 2,433,819 households in Missouri, and the average household size is 2.46 people.

For families, the total number is 1,541,667, and the average family size is 3.07 people.

8.50% of those families in Missouri are living below the poverty line.

The table below shows the poverty thresholds for Missouri in 2022.

Household Size Poverty Threshold
1 Person $13,590.00
2 People $18,310.00
3 People $23,030.00
4 People $27,750.00
5 People $32,470.00
6 People $37,190.00
7 People $41,910.00
8 People $46,630.00

Please note that the poverty thresholds shown above are from 2022, while the latest demographics data we have is from 2020.

Households and Families by Marital Status

There are four types of household and family, as defined by the Census Bureau:

  • Married-couple
  • Male householder, no spouse present
  • Female householder, no spouse present
  • Nonfamily household

In the table below, you can see the total households and families in Missouri for each type, as well as the average sizes.

Married Male Female Nonfamily
Total Households 1,160,947 108,566 272,154 892,152
Average Household Size 3.12 3.25 3.3 1.24
Total Families 1,160,947 108,566 272,154 0
Average Household Size 3.09 2.83 3.07 0

Housing Data in Missouri

There are total of 2,782,081 housing units in Missouri. Of those units, 2,433,819 (87.48%) are occupied, and 348,262 (12.52%) are vacant.

Rental Rates

Of the 2,782,081 housing units in Missouri, 741,771 (26.66%) are occupied by renters. The median rent paid by renters is $886.00.

Owner occupied housing units make up the remaining 59.14% of housing units, with 1,645,433 housing units in total.

The table below breaks down how much rent is paid by renters in Missouri.

  • No rent paid
    46,615
  • Less than $500
    79,838
  • $500 to $999
    386,185
  • $1,000 to $1,499
    210,586
  • $1,500 to $1,999
    45,505
  • $2,000 to $2,499
    12,235
  • $2,500 to $2,999
    2,924
  • $3,000 or more
    4,498

Property Values

The median value of a property in Missouri is $171,800.00.

The table below breaks down the range of valuations for all properties in Missouri.

  • Less than $50,000
    135,182
  • $50,000 to $99,999
    251,416
  • $100,000 to $149,999
    287,354
  • $150,000 to $199,999
    291,510
  • $200,000 to $299,999
    343,478
  • $300,000 to $499,999
    242,239
  • $500,000 to $999,999
    78,212
  • $1,000,000 or more
    16,042

Property Age

We can also look at the number of properties built in a given year to see the spread of property age in Missouri.

  • 1939 or earlier
    376,751
  • 1940 to 1949
    128,191
  • 1950 to 1959
    277,119
  • 1960 to 1969
    318,014
  • 1970 to 1979
    423,647
  • 1980 to 1989
    332,844
  • 1990 to 1999
    390,890
  • 2000 to 2009
    358,795
  • 2010 to 2013
    171,343
  • 2014 or later
    4,487

Vehicles Available per Household

Finally, we have data on how many vehicles each household in Missouri has. The table below breaks down the number of vehicles available per household.

  • No vehicles available
    157,937
  • 1 vehicle available
    789,524
  • 2 vehicles available
    926,101
  • 3 or more vehicles available
    560,257

Commuting to Work in Missouri

The time and means of commuting to work are useful metrics to look at because they can be correlated against other data such as income and education level.

Does a longer commuting time indicate a higher average income? If so, has the huge increase in home working during the pandemic changed this?

Using these metrics, we can get a better understanding of the demographics of Missouri, how they commute, and how that correlates to other data points.

The average travel time is 23.8 minutes, and the chart below covers the range of travel times across the population of Missouri.

  • Less than 5 minutes
    91,549
  • 5 to 9 minutes
    306,419
  • 10 to 14 minutes
    373,920
  • 15 to 19 minutes
    437,086
  • 20 to 24 minutes
    408,709
  • 25 to 29 minutes
    191,764
  • 30 to 34 minutes
    357,045
  • 35 to 39 minutes
    88,358
  • 40 to 44 minutes
    94,156
  • 45 to 59 minutes
    174,883
  • 60 to 89 minutes
    93,316
  • 90 or more minutes
    49,608

We can also look at the means of transport in Missouri to see which modes of transport people are using to commute to work.

  • Drove alone
    2,310,641
  • Carpooled
    234,872
  • Public transportation
    30,417
  • Walked
    55,963
  • Other means
    34,920
  • Worked from home
    244,106

Conclusion

Hopefully this article has given you the demographics data you were looking for in Missouri.

If you need more demographics data, or you need the data listed above in spreadsheet form with more granular grouping, head back to the top of this page where you can purchase the complete demographics data for Missouri.

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