2008 County Population Estimates
Recently released population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show that St. Louis County is Missouri's largest with an estimated population in 2008 of 991,830 and making up 16.8 percent of the state's total estimated population. Jackson County is Missouri's second largest with an estimated population of 668,417. St. Louis County ranked as the 42nd most populous county in the U.S., while Jackson County ranked 89th.
2008 Estimated Population
From 2007 to 2008, population estimates show that Christian County was Missouri's fastest growing with a 3.5 percent change in population. Taney County followed with a 2.9 percent change.
From 2000 to 2008, Christian County and Lincoln County ranked in the list of fastest growing U.S. counties with populations over 10,000. Christian County was 44th at 39.0 percent, while Lincoln was 69th at 35.5 percent. The largest population increases in Missouri were generally in counties around St. Louis and Kansas City and in central and southwestern Missouri. Overall from 2000-2008, population estimates show that 67 Missouri counties increased in population over the period, while 47 and the City of St. Louis declined.
2000 to 2008 Estimated Percent Population Change
See population estimates data for all counties.