Mercer County, MO

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Population

3,669

0.891% decline

Poverty Rate

17.7%


Median Age

43.6


Median Household Income

$43,314

3.58% growth

Number of Employees

1,594

0.932% decline

Median Property Value

$82,500

0.487% growth

About

In 2017, Mercer County, MO had a population of 3.67k people with a median age of 43.6 and a median household income of $43,314. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Mercer County, MO declined from 3,702 to 3,669, a -0.891% decrease and its median household income grew from $41,817 to $43,314, a 3.58% increase.

The population of Mercer County, MO is 95.8% White Alone, 1.72% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.31% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Mercer County, MO speak a non-English language, and 99.2% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Mercer County, MO is $82,500, and the homeownership rate is 76%. Most people in Mercer County, MO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Mercer County, MO is 3 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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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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Economy

The economy of Mercer County, MO employs 1.59k people. The largest industries in Mercer County, MO are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (347 people), Manufacturing (219 people), and Retail Trade (200 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($96,250), Finance & Insurance ($50,938), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($50,417).

Median household income in Mercer County, MO is $43,314. Males in Mercer 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 Mercer County, MO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$43,314

2017 value

± $3,418

3.58%

1 Year Growth

± 9.56%

Households in Mercer County, MO have a median annual income of $43,314, 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 $41,817 in 2016, which represents a 3.58% 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 Mercer 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 4702

  2. Census Tract 4701

  3. N/A

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Mercer County, MO was Census Tract 4702 with a value of $46,176, followed by Census Tract 4701 and N/A, with respective values of $39,444 and N/A.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Mercer County, MO colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 45 - 54

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

17.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Mercer County, MO (634 out of 3.59k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 45 - 54, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 35 - 44.

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

    628 ± 96

  2. Black

    6 ± 54

  3. Native American

    0 ± 56

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Mercer County, MO is White, followed by Black 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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

1.59k

2017 Value

± 161

-0.932%

1 Year decline

± 14.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Mercer County, MO declined at a rate of -0.932%, from 1.61k employees to 1.59k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Mercer County, MO, are Management Occupations (250 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (206 people), and Transportation Occupations (147 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Mercer County, MO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Mercer County, MO, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (250 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (206 people), and Transportation Occupations (147 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Mercer County, MO has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (8.08 times higher than expected), Transportation Occupations (2.53 times), and Management Occupations (1.54 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Mercer County, MO, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($57,708), Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($53,958), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($49,750).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

1.59k

2017 Value

± 161

-0.932%

1 Year decline

± 14.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Mercer County, MO declined at a rate of -0.932%, from 1.61k employees to 1.59k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Mercer County, MO, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (347 people), Manufacturing (219 people), and Retail Trade (200 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Mercer County, MO, though some of these residents may live in Mercer 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 Mercer County, MO, by number of employees, are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (347 people), Manufacturing (219 people), and Retail Trade (200 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Mercer County, MO has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (18.4 times higher than expected), Information (1.41 times), and Manufacturing (1.36 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Mercer County, MO, by median earnings, are Wholesale Trade ($96,250), Finance & Insurance ($50,938), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($50,417).

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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

79% of the population of Mercer County, MO has health coverage, with 37.7% on employee plans, 11.7% on Medicaid, 13.8% on Medicare, 12.7% on non-group plans, and 3.18% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Mercer County, MO see 3694 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.672% decrease from the previous year (3719 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 0 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 3699 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

3,694 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Mercer County, MO see an average of 3,694 patients per year. This represents a 0.672% decrease from the previous year (3,719 patients).

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

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Behavioral Health Conditions

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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%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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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

21%

Uninsured

37.7%

Employer Coverage

11.7%

Medicaid

13.8%

Medicare

12.7%

Non-Group

3.18%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Mercer County, MO grew by 11.1% from 18.9% to 21%.

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

Mercer County, MO is home to a population of 3.67k people, from which 99.2% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.72% of Mercer County, MO residents were born outside of the country (63 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Mercer County, MO is composed of 3.52k White Alone residents (95.8%), 63 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.72%), 48 Two or More Races residents (1.31%), 23 Asian Alone residents (0.627%), 15 Black or African American Alone residents (0.409%), 4 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.109%), 0 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

44

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

42

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 41.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Mercer County, MO was 43.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 44, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 42. But people in Mercer County, MO are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Mercer County, MO residents was 44.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.72%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

63 people

1.38%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

51 people

As of 2017, 1.72% of Mercer County, MO residents (63 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 Mercer County, MO was 1.38%, 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

99.2%

2017 Citizenship

99.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.2% of Mercer County, MO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Mercer County, MO was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    3.52k ± 11

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    63 ± 40

  3. Two or More Races

    48 ± 24.6

In 2017, there were 55.8 times more White Alone residents (3.52k people) in Mercer County, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 63 Hispanic or Latino and 48 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    147 ± 48

  2. Korea

    40 ± 24

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    17 ± 16

Mercer County, MO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.67 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Mercer County, MO was $82,500 in 2017, which is 0.359 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $82,100 to $82,500, a 0.487% increase. The homeownership rate in Mercer County, MO is 76%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Mercer County, MO have an average commute time of 19.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Mercer County, MO is higher than the national average, with an average of 3 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$82,500

2017 Median

± $7,807

$82,100

2016 Median

± $6,411

In 2017, the median property value in Mercer County, MO grew to to $82,500 from the previous year's value of $82,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Mercer 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 Mercer County, MO the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Household Income

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$43,314

Median Household Income

± $3,418

1.39k

Number of Households

± 137

In 2017, the median household income of the 1.39k households in Mercer County, MO grew to $43,314 from the previous year's value of $41,817.

The following chart displays the households in Mercer 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

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

76%

2017 Homeownership

74.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 76% of the housing units in Mercer County, MO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 74.7%.

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

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Commute Time

19.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Mercer County, MO have a shorter commute time (19.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.01% of the workforce in Mercer County, MO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    74.8%

  2. Worked At Home

    8.88%

  3. Carpooled

    7.28%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Mercer County, MO was Drove Alone (74.8%), followed by those who Worked At Home (8.88%) and those who Carpooled (7.28%).

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

3 cars

Average Number

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

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