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.
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)|
|St. Louis County||9,602||$1,217,696|
|St. Louis city||5,064||$443,708|
|St. Charles County||570||$40,196|
|Cape Girardeau County||184||$4,391|
|All other counties||2,331||$154,674|
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|
|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%|
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
Updated February 2012.