Black-Owned Businesses by County

In 2007, there were 24,685 black-owned businesses in Missouri, accounting for 4.9 percent of all firms statewide. (There were a total of 501,130 Show-Me State businesses in 2007.) Between 2002 and 2007, there was a 47.4 percent increase in black-owned firms in Missouri.

 

Counties

Within Missouri, the largest concentrations of black-owned firms were in St. Louis County (38.9 percent), Jackson County (22.5 percent) and St. Louis City (20.5 percent). Smaller concentrations occurred in St. Charles County (2.3 percent), Greene County (2.0 percent), and Clay County (1.6 percent).

 

St. Louis County generates the largest amount in gross receipts with over $1.2 billion in sales followed by St. Louis City with 443 million in sales.

2007 Black-Owned Firms by County 
Area   2007 Black-owned Firms  Receipts ($1,000)
Missouri 24,685 $2,411,130
St. Louis County 9,602 $1,217,696
Jackson County 5,544 $375,610
St. Louis city 5,064 $443,708
St. Charles County 570 $40,196
Greene County 488 $31,780
Clay County 404 $80,697
Platte County 296 $30,854
Cape Girardeau County 184 $4,391
Dunklin County 86 $1,360
Pulaski County 76 $29,775
Phelps County 40 $389
All other counties 2,331 $154,674



Number of Black-Owned Firms in Missouri in 2007

Number of Black-Owned Firms in Missouri in 2007

2007 Percentage of Total Firms in the Area
Geographic Area Name All firms (number) Black Owned Firms Black-Owned Firms as a Percent of All Firms
United States 27,092,908 1,921,864 7.10%
Missouri 501,064 24,685 4.90%
St. Louis County, MO 91,810 9,602 10.50%
Jackson County, MO 54,793 5,544 10.10%
St. Louis city, MO 23,632 5,064 21.40%
St. Charles County, MO 28,083 570 2.00%
Greene County, MO 26,031 488 1.90%
Clay County, MO 17,862 404 2.30%
Platte County, MO 8,768 296 3.40%
Cape Girardeau County, MO 7,342 184 2.50%
Dunklin County, MO 2,439 86 3.50%
Pulaski County, MO 2,698 76 2.80%
Phelps County, MO 3,050 40 1.30%

MSAs
Black-owned businesses are strongly concentrated in the St. Louis and Kansas City metropolitan statistical areas. There are twice as many in the St. Louis MSA than the Kansas City MSA.

 

2007 Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Areas
 Metropolitan Statistical Area 2007 Black-owned firms Receipts ($1,000)
Kansas City, MO-KS Metropolitan Statistical Area 9,137 697,318
St. Louis, MO-IL Metropolitan Statistical Area 18,328 1,834,660
Springfield, MO Metropolitan Statistical Area 577 35,623

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Survey of Business Owners

For more information on Black-Owned Businesses see: 2007 Missouri Black-Owned Business State Report and Black-Owned Business by Industry.

Updated February 2012.

 


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