Cole County, MO

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Population

76,749

0.191% growth

Poverty Rate

12.6%


Median Age

38.2


Median Household Income

$54,216

0.159% growth

Number of Employees

36,629

0.252% growth

Median Property Value

$154,200

2.32% growth

About

In 2017, Cole County, MO had a population of 76.7k people with a median age of 38.2 and a median household income of $54,216. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Cole County, MO grew from 76,603 to 76,749, a 0.191% increase and its median household income grew from $54,130 to $54,216, a 0.159% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Cole County, MO are White (Non-Hispanic) (81.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (11.6%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (1.83%), White (Hispanic) (1.77%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.41%). N/A% of the people in Cole County, MO speak a non-English language, and 98.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Cole County, MO are Lincoln University (177940) (379 degrees awarded in 2017), Merrell University of Beauty Arts and Science (53 degrees), and Metro Business College-Jefferson City (49 degrees).

The median property value in Cole County, MO is $154,200, and the homeownership rate is 67.2%. Most people in Cole County, MO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 17.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Cole County, MO is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Cole County, MO employs 36.6k people. The largest industries in Cole County, MO are Public Administration (6,361 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,678 people), and Retail Trade (4,526 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($62,197), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($55,000), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($53,160).

Median household income in Cole County, MO is $54,216. Males in Cole 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 Cole County, MO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$54,216

2017 value

± $1,664

0.159%

1 Year Growth

± 4.06%

Households in Cole County, MO have a median annual income of $54,216, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $54,130 in 2016, which represents a 0.159% 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 Missouri made 1.37 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Missouri by number of full-time 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 Missouri 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 Cole 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 202

  2. Census Tract 201.98

  3. Census Tract 206

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Cole County, MO was Census Tract 202 with a value of $82,500, followed by Census Tract 201.98 and Census Tract 206, with respective values of $77,578 and $66,885.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Cole 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

12.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Cole County, MO (9.03k out of 71.8k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 6 - 11.

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

    6,182 ± 588

  2. Black

    2,040 ± 338

  3. Hispanic

    473 ± 203

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Cole County, MO is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

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

36.6k

2017 Value

± 1,285

0.252%

1 Year growth

± 5%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Cole County, MO grew at a rate of 0.252%, from 36.5k employees to 36.6k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Cole County, MO, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,903 people), Management Occupations (3,596 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (3,523 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Cole County, MO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Cole County, MO, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (5,903 people), Management Occupations (3,596 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (3,523 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Cole County, MO has an unusually high number of residents working as Community & Social Service Occupations (1.6 times higher than expected), Business & Financial Operations Occupations (1.26 times), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1.24 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Cole County, MO, by median earnings, are Management Occupations ($55,371), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($55,000), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($52,756).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

36.6k

2017 Value

± 1,285

0.252%

1 Year growth

± 5%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Cole County, MO grew at a rate of 0.252%, from 36.5k employees to 36.6k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Cole County, MO, are Public Administration (6,361 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,678 people), and Retail Trade (4,526 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Cole County, MO, though some of these residents may live in Cole 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 Cole County, MO, by number of employees, are Public Administration (6,361 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (4,678 people), and Retail Trade (4,526 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Cole County, MO has an unusually high number of Public Administration (3.72 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.65 times), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.15 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Cole County, MO, by median earnings, are Utilities ($62,197), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($55,000), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($53,160).

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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. $30.4B

  2. $24.9B

  3. $24.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Missouri product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $30.4B, followed by Mixed freight ($24.9B) and Motorized vehicles ($24.6B).

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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$299B

2020 Value

$433B

Projected 2045 Value

44.9% growth

In 2020, total outbound Missouri trade was $299B. This is expected to increase 44.9% 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. $35.5B

  2. $14.6B

  3. $10.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Missouri domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $35.5B, followed by Kansas with $14.6B and Texas and $10.1B.

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 Cole County, MO has health coverage, with 57.3% on employee plans, 10.2% on Medicaid, 11.6% on Medicare, 9.76% on non-group plans, and 1.92% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Cole County, MO see 1162 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.36% decrease from the previous year (1178 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1564 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 623 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

1,162 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Cole County, MO see an average of 1,162 patients per year. This represents a 1.36% decrease from the previous year (1,178 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

Data only available at state level.

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

9.28%

Uninsured

57.3%

Employer Coverage

10.2%

Medicaid

11.6%

Medicare

9.76%

Non-Group

1.92%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Cole County, MO grew by 1.25% from 9.16% to 9.28%.

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

Cole County, MO is home to a population of 76.7k people, from which 98.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 2.91% of Cole County, MO residents were born outside of the country (2.24k people).

In 2017, there were 7.04 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (62.5k people) in Cole County, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.89k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.4k Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

38

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

36

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Cole County, MO was 38.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 38, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 36. But people in Cole County, MO are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Cole County, MO residents was 38.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.91%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.24k people

2.7%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

2.07k people

As of 2017, 2.91% of Cole County, MO residents (2.24k people) 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 Cole County, MO was 2.7%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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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 Missouri was Mexico, the natal country of 41,972 Missouri residents, followed by India with 19,111 and China with 16,010.

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Citizenship

98.7%

2017 Citizenship

98.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.7% of Cole County, MO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Cole County, MO was 98.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Cole County, MO

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    62.5k ± 350

  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    8.89k ± 296

  3. Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic)

    1.4k ± 343

In 2017, there were 7.04 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (62.5k people) in Cole County, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 8.89k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.4k Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    2,024 ± 279

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    732 ± 198

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    608 ± 142

Cole County, MO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.77 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Cole County, MO awarded 481 degrees. The student population of Cole County, MO is skewed towards women, with 1,128 male students and 1,595 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Cole County, MO are White (305 and 66%), followed by Black or African American (131 and 28.4%), Hispanic or Latino (11 and 2.38%), and Unknown (9 and 1.95%).

The largest universities in Cole County, MO by number of degrees awarded are Lincoln University (177940) (379 and 78.8%), Merrell University of Beauty Arts and Science (53 and 11%), and Metro Business College-Jefferson City (49 and 10.2%).

The most popular majors in Cole County, MO are Registered Nursing (77 and 16%), Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration (56 and 11.6%), and General Business Administration & Management (35 and 7.28%).

The median tuition costs in Cole County, MO are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $6,270 and $12,810 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 28 degrees awarded

  2. 55 degrees awarded

  3. 29 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Cole County, MO was Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Administration with 28 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Cole County, MO according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 379 degrees awarded

  2. 53 degrees awarded

  3. 49 degrees awarded

$6,270

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Cole County, MO institution with the largest number of graduating students was Lincoln University (177940) with 379 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

156

Degrees Awarded to Men

325

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 156 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Cole County, MO, which is 0.48 times less than the 325 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    305 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    131 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    11 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Cole County, MO were to White students. These 305 degrees mean that there were 2.33 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 131 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Cole County, MO was $154,200 in 2017, which is 0.671 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $150,700 to $154,200, a 2.32% increase. The homeownership rate in Cole County, MO is 67.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Cole County, MO have an average commute time of 17.5 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Cole County, MO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$154,200

2017 Median

± $4,519

$150,700

2016 Median

± $3,960

In 2017, the median property value in Cole County, MO grew to to $154,200 from the previous year's value of $150,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Cole 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 Cole County, MO the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

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$54,216

Median Household Income

± $1,664

29.6k

Number of Households

± 1,114

In 2017, the median household income of the 29.6k households in Cole County, MO grew to $54,216 from the previous year's value of $54,130.

The following chart displays the households in Cole 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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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Cole County, MO distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Cole County, MO the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

67.2%

2017 Homeownership

67.9%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 67.2% of the housing units in Cole County, MO were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 67.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Cole County, MO compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

17.5 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Cole County, MO have a shorter commute time (17.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.4% of the workforce in Cole County, MO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    85.6%

  2. Carpooled

    9.32%

  3. Worked At Home

    2.71%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Cole County, MO was Drove Alone (85.6%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.32%) and those who Worked At Home (2.71%).

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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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Cole County, MO distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Cole County, MO have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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