Economic Share
County Contribution to State’s Economy

Economic Share is a measure of each county’s contribution of income, employment and population—as an averaged percentage— to the state’s economy.

In 2016, St. Louis County represented the largest share of the state’s economy at 19.35 percent. Worth county had the smallest share of the state’s economy at 0.03 percent. The map below displays each county’s economic share with darker shades signifying a greater contribution.

Map of Missouri Counties Economic Share

 

The metro areas are economic engines: 36.58 percent of the economic share is found in the St. Louis region with 19.35 percent of that activity coming from St. Louis County. The Kansas City region represents 19.39 percent of the economic share with 11.42 percent of that activity from Jackson County. Missouri’s Ozark region contributes 8.45 percent to total economic share with about half of that from Greene County. Boone County, in Central Missouri, represents 3.00 percent of the economic share.

 

Counties with the Highest Economic Share, 2016
 
County Total Share
St. Louis  19.35%
Jackson  11.42%
St. Charles 6.88%
St. Louis City 5.12%
Greene  4.66%
Clay  4.12%
Jefferson  3.60%
Boone  3.00%
Jasper 1.84%
Platte 1.80%

County shares of the state economy have not changed significantly— less than one percentage point between 2006 and 2016. There have been slight positive and negative shifts in Missouri’s economic composition. The map below shows the percent change in county share. Counties shown in lighter shades lost economic share while counties in darker shades increased their economic share over the last ten years.

Economic Share Percent Change in counties

The largest positive shifts were in St. Charles County (0.53), Clay (0.48), Boone (0.29), Jackson (0.26) and Platte (0.22). Twenty other counties also posted a positive shift. A total 90 counties were in negative territory. Although St. Louis County holds a larger share of economic activity, it experienced the largest negative shifts over the decade at -0.81 percentage points.


2016 ECONOMIC SHARE FACTORS
Area  2015 Personal Income  (in Thousands) 2015 Personal Income Share 2016 Population 2016 Population Share 2016 Employment 2016 Employment Share
Missouri Statewide $257,338,334 100.00% 6,093,000 100.00% 2,970,708 100.00%
Adair County $766,107 0.30% 25,359 0.42% 9,922 0.33%
Andrew County $679,765 0.26% 17,350 0.28% 9,642 0.32%
Atchison County $217,125 0.08% 5,293 0.09% 2,732 0.09%
Audrain County $949,663 0.37% 26,021 0.43% 10,801 0.36%
Barry County $1,173,474 0.46% 35,732 0.59% 14,574 0.49%
Barton County $390,204 0.15% 11,908 0.20% 5,100 0.17%
Bates County $554,598 0.22% 16,417 0.27% 7,895 0.27%
Benton County $640,759 0.25% 18,839 0.31% 6,893 0.23%
Bollinger County $357,529 0.14% 12,052 0.20% 5,298 0.18%
Boone County $7,401,758 2.88% 176,594 2.90% 96,145 3.24%
Buchanan County $3,265,538 1.27% 88,938 1.46% 44,900 1.51%
Butler County $1,426,477 0.55% 42,739 0.70% 17,926 0.60%
Caldwell County $295,974 0.12% 9,062 0.15% 4,329 0.15%
Callaway County $1,556,543 0.60% 45,078 0.74% 21,044 0.71%
Camden County $1,536,783 0.60% 44,497 0.73% 17,911 0.60%
Cape Girardeau  $3,145,350 1.22% 78,913 1.30% 39,342 1.32%
Carroll County $399,267 0.16% 8,913 0.15% 4,570 0.15%
Carter County $187,448 0.07% 6,168 0.10% 2,386 0.08%
Cass County $4,230,366 1.64% 102,845 1.69% 52,753 1.78%
Cedar County $429,895 0.17% 14,016 0.23% 5,571 0.19%
Chariton County $308,714 0.12% 7,516 0.12% 3,721 0.13%
Christian County $2,970,993 1.15% 84,401 1.39% 41,892 1.41%
Clark County $220,522 0.09% 6,723 0.11% 3,174 0.11%
Clay County $10,439,607 4.06% 239,085 3.92% 129,742 4.37%
Clinton County $789,601 0.31% 20,610 0.34% 10,774 0.36%
Cole County $3,290,073 1.28% 76,631 1.26% 38,482 1.30%
Cooper County $588,882 0.23% 17,712 0.29% 7,177 0.24%
Crawford County $799,811 0.31% 24,302 0.40% 10,382 0.35%
Dade County $243,651 0.09% 7,631 0.13% 3,470 0.12%
Dallas County $488,869 0.19% 16,448 0.27% 6,674 0.22%
Daviess County $281,319 0.11% 8,209 0.13% 4,017 0.14%
DeKalb County $308,092 0.12% 12,613 0.21% 4,898 0.16%
Dent County $484,007 0.19% 15,387 0.25% 5,938 0.20%
Douglas County $317,733 0.12% 13,358 0.22% 4,839 0.16%
Dunklin County $983,414 0.38% 30,535 0.50% 11,988 0.40%
Franklin County $3,965,360 1.54% 102,838 1.69% 50,672 1.71%
Gasconade County $548,270 0.21% 14,808 0.24% 7,459 0.25%
Gentry County $256,650 0.10% 6,661 0.11% 3,500 0.12%
Greene County $11,219,511 4.36% 288,690 4.74% 145,401 4.89%
Grundy County $330,712 0.13% 10,165 0.17% 4,721 0.16%
Harrison County $295,887 0.11% 8,556 0.14% 3,856 0.13%
Henry County $853,520 0.33% 21,594 0.35% 9,496 0.32%
Hickory County $242,835 0.09% 9,269 0.15% 3,523 0.12%
Holt County $164,383 0.06% 4,448 0.07% 2,629 0.09%
Howard County $356,076 0.14% 10,058 0.17% 4,876 0.16%
Howell County $1,270,792 0.49% 40,210 0.66% 15,238 0.51%
Iron County $317,991 0.12% 10,022 0.16% 3,478 0.12%
Jackson County $28,567,536 11.10% 691,801 11.35% 351,092 11.82%
Jasper County $4,283,548 1.66% 119,111 1.95% 56,029 1.89%
Jefferson County $8,458,472 3.29% 224,226 3.68% 113,646 3.83%
Johnson County $1,765,194 0.69% 53,942 0.89% 22,362 0.75%
Knox County $136,175 0.05% 3,934 0.06% 1,938 0.07%
Laclede County $1,139,785 0.44% 35,490 0.58% 15,316 0.52%
Lafayette County $1,195,983 0.46% 32,618 0.54% 16,849 0.57%
Lawrence County $1,198,872 0.47% 38,381 0.63% 17,159 0.58%
Lewis County $317,466 0.12% 10,134 0.17% 4,967 0.17%
Lincoln County $1,930,325 0.75% 55,267 0.91% 25,995 0.88%
Linn County $454,188 0.18% 12,164 0.20% 4,943 0.17%
Livingston County $510,593 0.20% 15,235 0.25% 7,104 0.24%
McDonald County $611,088 0.24% 22,620 0.37% 10,326 0.35%
Macon County $555,572 0.22% 15,170 0.25% 7,311 0.25%
Madison County $412,151 0.16% 12,443 0.20% 5,217 0.18%
Maries County $299,450 0.12% 8,858 0.15% 3,764 0.13%
Marion County $1,053,444 0.41% 28,894 0.47% 14,081 0.47%
Mercer County $121,912 0.05% 3,699 0.06% 1,855 0.06%
Miller County $755,050 0.29% 25,206 0.41% 11,411 0.38%
Mississippi County $388,905 0.15% 13,799 0.23% 5,872 0.20%
Moniteau County $529,228 0.21% 16,018 0.26% 7,200 0.24%
Monroe County $326,275 0.13% 8,558 0.14% 4,005 0.13%
Montgomery County $386,566 0.15% 11,620 0.19% 5,558 0.19%
Morgan County $795,705 0.31% 20,213 0.33% 7,606 0.26%
New Madrid County $563,457 0.22% 17,915 0.29% 7,596 0.26%
Newton County $2,102,596 0.82% 58,694 0.96% 27,403 0.92%
Nodaway County $652,037 0.25% 22,670 0.37% 10,515 0.35%
Oregon County $288,538 0.11% 10,789 0.18% 3,924 0.13%
Osage County $593,950 0.23% 13,664 0.22% 7,038 0.24%
Ozark County $257,670 0.10% 9,237 0.15% 3,422 0.12%
Pemiscot County $547,225 0.21% 17,073 0.28% 6,497 0.22%
Perry County $680,330 0.26% 19,285 0.32% 9,857 0.33%
Pettis County $1,491,251 0.58% 42,213 0.69% 19,922 0.67%
Phelps County $1,496,275 0.58% 44,608 0.73% 18,766 0.63%
Pike County $571,874 0.22% 18,438 0.30% 7,792 0.26%
Platte County $4,983,098 1.94% 98,309 1.61% 54,613 1.84%
Polk County $948,260 0.37% 31,285 0.51% 13,755 0.46%
Pulaski County $2,078,652 0.81% 52,654 0.86% 13,866 0.47%
Putnam County $168,348 0.07% 4,853 0.08% 2,367 0.08%
Ralls County $364,333 0.14% 10,224 0.17% 5,439 0.18%
Randolph County $909,957 0.35% 24,989 0.41% 10,047 0.34%
Ray County $842,760 0.33% 22,754 0.37% 10,858 0.37%
Reynolds County $183,734 0.07% 6,455 0.11% 2,535 0.09%
Ripley County $396,059 0.15% 13,817 0.23% 5,005 0.17%
St. Charles County $18,154,457 7.05% 390,918 6.42% 212,560 7.16%
St. Clair County $297,477 0.12% 9,272 0.15% 3,742 0.13%
Ste. Genevieve County $651,990 0.25% 18,030 0.30% 8,685 0.29%
St. Francois County $2,026,964 0.79% 66,627 1.09% 24,988 0.84%
St. Louis County $62,403,307 24.25% 998,581 16.39% 516,815 17.40%
Saline County $853,683 0.33% 22,980 0.38% 10,426 0.35%
Schuyler County $116,759 0.05% 4,394 0.07% 1,826 0.06%
Scotland County $157,601 0.06% 4,932 0.08% 2,383 0.08%
Scott County $1,430,376 0.56% 38,745 0.64% 19,053 0.64%
Shannon County $200,643 0.08% 8,168 0.13% 3,116 0.10%
Shelby County $232,475 0.09% 6,082 0.10% 2,982 0.10%
Stoddard County $1,034,841 0.40% 29,588 0.49% 12,649 0.43%
Stone County $1,041,831 0.40% 31,047 0.51% 12,604 0.42%
Sullivan County $232,962 0.09% 6,262 0.10% 2,646 0.09%
Taney County $1,766,779 0.69% 54,735 0.90% 24,627 0.83%
Texas County $654,140 0.25% 25,775 0.42% 8,828 0.30%
Vernon County $689,946 0.27% 20,723 0.34% 9,270 0.31%
Warren County $1,197,400 0.47% 33,802 0.55% 16,790 0.57%
Washington County $684,214 0.27% 24,839 0.41% 9,818 0.33%
Wayne County $367,437 0.14% 13,139 0.22% 5,431 0.18%
Webster County $1,180,829 0.46% 38,106 0.63% 16,103 0.54%
Worth County $76,489 0.03% 2,024 0.03% 1,197 0.04%
Wright County $487,219 0.19% 18,286 0.30% 7,231 0.24%
St. Louis City $13,142,730 5.11% 311,404 5.11% 152,364 5.13%

 


Data Sources: Total Personal Income data from U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis Annual Population data from U.S. Census Bureau mid-year population estimates Employment data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics

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