Median Household Income Data Series


The median household income for Missouri in 2010 was $44,306 according to the U.S. Census Bureau Small Area Estimates Branch. The median household income figure is the amount which divides the income distribution into two equal groups. The U.S. Census Bureau classifies income in three different categories. The first, money wage or salary, includes the total income people receive for work performed as an employee during the income year, such as, wages, salary, commissions, tips, piece-rate payments, and cash bonuses earned, before any deductions are made. The second category, net income from nonfarm self-employment, includes the net money income (gross receipts minus expenses) from one's own business, professional enterprise, or partnership. The final category, net income from farm self-employment, includes the net money income (gross receipts minus operating expenses) from the operation of a farm by a person on their own account, as an owner, renter, or sharecropper.

As one might expect, counties with the highest median household income are those with strong urban areas with a large share of professionals in the workforce, while the more rural counties with fewer professional jobs reported the lowest median income. For example, eight of the top ten counties are in the St. Louis or Kansas City area. The table below presents the ten Missouri counties with the highest and lowest median incomes.

 
 2010 Median County Income
Highest Median Income By County Lowest Median Income by County
County Median Household Income County Median Household Income
Platte County $67,791 Shannon County $26,600
St. Charles County $65,281 Oregon County $27,646
Cass County $57,368 Hickory County $27,957
Clay County $55,835 Pemiscot County $28,152
St. Louis County $55,290 Carter County $28,524
Andrew County $53,150 Wayne County $28,626
Jefferson County $52,841 Ozark County $28,709
Cole County $52,835 Ripley County $29,213
Clinton County $51,846 Dunklin County $29,372
Lincoln County $50,307 Wright County $29,608

2010 Median Wages for Missouri Counties
2010 Median  County Income 
Area Median Household Income Area Median Household Income
United States $50,046 Linn County $35,323
Missouri $44,306 Livingston County $39,821
Adair County $32,015 Macon County $37,130
Andrew County $53,150 Madison County $33,841
Atchison County $43,587 Maries County $38,877
Audrain County $40,899 Marion County $39,975
Barry County $34,838 McDonald County $33,352
Barton County $36,851 Mercer County $35,184
Bates County $39,265 Miller County $34,266
Benton County $30,920 Mississippi County $30,252
Bollinger County $36,972 Missouri $44,306
Boone County $42,202 Moniteau County $44,475
Buchanan County $41,210 Monroe County $36,950
Butler County $32,919 Montgomery County $38,145
Caldwell County $39,216 Morgan County $34,374
Callaway County $47,098 New Madrid County $32,921
Camden County $42,955 Newton County $40,955
Cape Girardeau County $44,569 Nodaway County $39,823
Carroll County $39,071 Oregon County $27,646
Carter County $28,524 Osage County $49,058
Cass County $57,368 Ozark County $28,709
Cedar County $31,542 Pemiscot County $28,152
Chariton County $39,800 Perry County $43,200
Christian County $48,041 Pettis County $36,882
Clark County $36,809 Phelps County $39,765
Clay County $55,835 Pike County $37,169
Clinton County $51,846 Platte County $67,791
Cole County $52,835 Polk County $34,837
Cooper County $41,925 Pulaski County $48,374
Crawford County $34,555 Putnam County $32,643
Dade County $33,452 Ralls County $43,763
Dallas County $37,589 Randolph County $37,537
Daviess County $38,279 Ray County $50,278
DeKalb County $41,804 Reynolds County $29,819
Dent County $34,327 Ripley County $29,213
Douglas County $29,830 Saline County $37,537
Dunklin County $29,372 Schuyler County $31,978
Franklin County $47,530 Scotland County $36,272
Gasconade County $39,688 Scott County $37,457
Gentry County $35,755 Shannon County $26,600
Greene County $38,059 Shelby County $37,829
Grundy County $35,017 St. Charles County $65,281
Harrison County $34,324 St. Clair County $30,998
Henry County $37,016 St. Francois County $35,630
Hickory County $27,957 St. Louis city $32,767
Holt County $39,141 St. Louis County $55,290
Howard County $39,383 Ste. Genevieve County $48,031
Howell County $33,211 Stoddard County $35,994
Iron County $33,059 Stone County $37,788
Jackson County $44,620 Sullivan County $33,932
Jasper County $37,565 Taney County $34,281
Jefferson County $52,841 Texas County $32,076
Johnson County $43,327 Vernon County $34,985
Knox County $33,076 Warren County $49,157
Laclede County $35,688 Washington County $32,823
Lafayette County $45,621 Wayne County $28,626
Lawrence County $38,800 Webster County $42,966
Lewis County $36,501 Worth County $34,246
Lincoln County $50,307 Wright County $29,608

***Data available for County level only

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Small Area Estimates


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