MERIC NEWS LETTER

New County Per Capita Income Data Available

St. Louis County had the highest per capita income in Missouri in 2004, according to recently released data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. The county's per capita income of $45,101 was more than $14,000 higher than the state average of $30,475. Eighteen counties in Missouri had per capita incomes of $27,000 or higher. DeKalb County, at $16,639, had the lowest per capita income. Twenty-four counties in Missouri had per capita incomes below $21,000.

 

Missouri's per capita income rose by 4.3 percent from $29,210 in 2003 to $30,475 in 2004. The largest increase was in Mercer County at 27.6 percent, with an increase of $5,509 in per capita income. Per capita income increased in all Missouri counties from 2003 to 2004 with seventeen having an increase of 10 percent or higher. St. Louis City had the slowest increase at 2.2 percent.

Counties with the greatest increases in per capita income were primarily in northern Missouri where large increases in farm income boosted many of the counties' total personal income growth.

See data for all Missouri counties.


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