Starkville, MS

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Population

49,392

0.0647% decline

Poverty Rate

29.8%


Median Age

25.4


Median Household Income

$37,348

11.7% growth

Number of Employees

20,717

2.37% growth

Median Property Value

$146,400

1.68% decline

About

In 2017, Starkville, MS had a population of 49.4k people with a median age of 25.4 and a median household income of $37,348. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Starkville, MS declined from 49,424 to 49,392, a -0.0647% decrease and its median household income grew from $33,431 to $37,348, a 11.7% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Starkville, MS are White (Non-Hispanic) (56.9%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (37.1%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (2.93%), Two or More Races (Non-Hispanic) (1.33%), and White (Hispanic) (0.822%). N/A% of the people in Starkville, MS speak a non-English language, and 96.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Starkville, MS are Mississippi State University (4,541 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Starkville, MS is $146,400, and the homeownership rate is 53.2%. Most people in Starkville, MS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 19.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Starkville, MS is 2 cars per household.

Starkville, MS borders Columbus, MS and West Point, MS.

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 Starkville, MS employs 20.7k people. The largest industries in Starkville, MS are Educational Services (6,579 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,515 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,908 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($225,268), Transportation & Warehousing ($59,079), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($57,741).

Median household income in Starkville, MS is $37,348. Males in Starkville, MS have an average income that is 1.43 times higher than the average income of females, which is $36,636. The income inequality in Starkville, MS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$37,348

2017 value

± $2,573

11.7%

1 Year Growth

± 12%

Households in Starkville, MS have a median annual income of $37,348, 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 $33,431 in 2016, which represents a 11.7% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$52,323

Average Male Salary

± $1,698

$36,636

Average Female Salary

± $1,074

In 2017, full-time male employees in Mississippi made 1.43 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Mississippi 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. White

    $45,496 ± $1,341

  2. Asian

    $44,270 ± $11,739

  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $38,514 ± $48,157

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Mississippi workers was White. These workers were paid 1.03 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Starkville, MS is from Mississippi.

0.442

2017 Wage GINI

0.446

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Mississippi was 0.442 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.919% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Mississippi was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Mississippi in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Mississippi 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)

In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Starkville, MS was Madison County, MS with a value of $75,992, followed by DeSoto County, MS and Rankin County, MS, with respective values of $68,385 and $66,480.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

29.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Starkville, MS (13.2k out of 44.2k 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 Males 18 - 24, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

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

    6,522 ± 605

  2. Black

    5,846 ± 648

  3. Asian

    516 ± 245

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Starkville, MS is White, followed by Black and Asian.

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

20.7k

2017 Value

± 1,306

2.37%

1 Year growth

± 8.77%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Starkville, MS grew at a rate of 2.37%, from 20.2k employees to 20.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Starkville, MS, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (3,449 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,283 people), and Management Occupations (2,028 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Starkville, MS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Starkville, MS, by number of employees, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (3,449 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,283 people), and Management Occupations (2,028 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Starkville, MS has an unusually high number of residents working as Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (2.75 times higher than expected), Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.45 times), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.33 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Starkville, MS, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($148,889), Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors ($60,333), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($51,189).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

20.7k

2017 Value

± 1,306

2.37%

1 Year growth

± 8.77%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Starkville, MS grew at a rate of 2.37%, from 20.2k employees to 20.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Starkville, MS, are Educational Services (6,579 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,515 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,908 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Starkville, MS, though some of these residents may live in Starkville, MS 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 Starkville, MS, by number of employees, are Educational Services (6,579 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (2,515 people), and Accommodation & Food Services (1,908 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Starkville, MS has an unusually high number of Educational Services (3.43 times higher than expected), Accommodation & Food Services (1.21 times), and Wholesale Trade (0.909 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Starkville, MS, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($225,268), Transportation & Warehousing ($59,079), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($57,741).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Mississippi to other states, or from other states to Mississippi.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $46.3B

  2. $23.9B

  3. $14.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Mississippi product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $46.3B, followed by Textiles/leather ($23.9B) and Mixed freight ($14.2B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Mississippi products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$206B

2020 Value

$277B

Projected 2045 Value

34.7% growth

In 2020, total outbound Mississippi trade was $206B. This is expected to increase 34.7% to $277B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Mississippi 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 Mississippi to other states, or from other states to Mississippi.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $37.6B

  2. $18B

  3. $17.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Mississippi domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Alabama with $37.6B, followed by Tennessee with $18B and Louisiana and $17.5B.

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

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Health

89% of the population of Starkville, MS has health coverage, with 53.1% on employee plans, 14% on Medicaid, 6.88% on Medicare, 13.8% on non-group plans, and 1.23% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Starkville, MS was $7,646 in 2014. This is a 3.86% increase from the previous year ($7,362).

Primary care physicians in Starkville, MS see 1883 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.686% decrease from the previous year (1896 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2186 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 764 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Humphreys County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.1%). Additionally, Jefferson County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (46.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,883 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Mississippi see an average of 1,883 patients per year. This represents a 0.686% decrease from the previous year (1,896 patients).

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

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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%).

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

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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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$7,646

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,045

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,690

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,021

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Mississippi (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.86%, from $7,362 to $7,646.

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

11%

Uninsured

53.1%

Employer Coverage

14%

Medicaid

6.88%

Medicare

13.8%

Non-Group

1.23%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Starkville, MS declined by 1.91% from 11.2% to 11%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Starkville, MS 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. 18.1% prevalence

  2. 17.8% prevalence

  3. 17.7% prevalence

Humphreys County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Mississippi, at 18.1%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Mississippi by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Starkville, MS is home to a population of 49.4k people, from which 96.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 4.18% of Starkville, MS residents were born outside of the country (2.06k people).

In 2017, there were 1.53 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (28.1k people) in Starkville, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 18.3k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.45k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Age

Age by Nativity

25

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

31

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Starkville, MS was 25.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 25, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 31. But people in Starkville, MS are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Starkville, MS residents was 25.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

4.18%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.06k people

4.07%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

2.01k people

As of 2017, 4.18% of Starkville, MS residents (2.06k 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 Starkville, MS was 4.07%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    22,332 ± 3,655 people

  2. Vietnam

    4,461 ± 1,639 people

  3. India

    4,072 ± 1,566 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Mississippi was Mexico, the natal country of 22,332 Mississippi residents, followed by Vietnam with 4,461 and India with 4,072.

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Citizenship

96.7%

2017 Citizenship

96.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 96.7% of Starkville, MS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Starkville, MS was 96.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Starkville, MS

  1. White (Non-Hispanic)

    28.1k ± 20

  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)

    18.3k ± 169

  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

    1.45k ± 70

In 2017, there were 1.53 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (28.1k people) in Starkville, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 18.3k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.45k Asian (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 7 races represented in Starkville, MS as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    559 ± 117

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    402 ± 178

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    211 ± 111

Starkville, MS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.39 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Starkville, MS awarded 4,541 degrees. The student population of Starkville, MS is skewed towards men, with 11,031 male students and 10,852 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Starkville, MS are White (3,456 and 79.4%), followed by Black or African American (713 and 16.4%), Asian (67 and 1.54%), and Two or More Races (57 and 1.31%).

The largest universities in Starkville, MS by number of degrees awarded are Mississippi State University (4,541 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Starkville, MS are General Business Administration & Management (301 and 6.63%), Kinesiology & Exercise Science (291 and 6.41%), and Other Multidisciplinary Studies (265 and 5.84%).

The median tuition costs in Starkville, MS are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $8,208 and $22,248 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Starkville, MS was Kinesiology & Exercise Science with 264 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

4,541 degrees awarded

$8,208

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Starkville, MS institution with the largest number of graduating students was Mississippi State University with 4,541 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,246

Degrees Awarded to Men

2,295

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 2,246 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Starkville, MS, which is 0.979 times less than the 2,295 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

    3,456 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    713 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    67 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Starkville, MS were to White students. These 3,456 degrees mean that there were 4.85 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 713 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Starkville, MS was $146,400 in 2017, which is 0.637 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $148,900 to $146,400, a 1.68% decrease. The homeownership rate in Starkville, MS is 53.2%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Starkville, MS have an average commute time of 19.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Starkville, MS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$146,400

2017 Median

± $8,950

$148,900

2016 Median

± $9,083

In 2017, the median property value in Starkville, MS declined from to $146,400 from the previous year's value of $148,900.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Starkville, MS 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 Starkville, MS the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

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$37,348

Median Household Income

± $2,573

17.4k

Number of Households

± 1,012

In 2017, the median household income of the 17.4k households in Starkville, MS grew to $37,348 from the previous year's value of $33,431.

The following chart displays the households in Starkville, MS 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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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

53.2%

2017 Homeownership

52.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 53.2% of the housing units in Starkville, MS were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 52.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Starkville, MS compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

19.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Starkville, MS have a shorter commute time (19.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 3.1% of the workforce in Starkville, MS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    80.2%

  2. Carpooled

    12.4%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.84%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Starkville, MS was Drove Alone (80.2%), followed by those who Carpooled (12.4%) and those who Worked At Home (3.84%).

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 Starkville, MS distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Starkville, MS have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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