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Economic Share
Missouri Counties' Contribution to the State's Economy

Economic Share is the percentage of the state's economy that is accounted for by an individual county. The economic share is measured as the average of the percentage of the state's employment, population, and personal income that occurs in a particular county. The table below presents those counties that account for a large proportion of the state's economy, based on employment, population, and income. Missouri's metropolitan areas account for a large part of the state's economy with St. Louis County (20.7%) and Jackson County (11.8%) together tallying nearly one-third of the total. Conversely, Worth County accounts for only 0.04% of the state's economy.

Counties with the Highest and Lowest Economic Share 2004

 

Economic Share in Missouri by County, 2004

From 1994 to 2004, county contribution to the state's economy has not changed drastically. However, there have been some shifts in Missouri's economic composition. The map below shows the change in county share from 1994 to 2004. Counties in green gained economic share over the period, while counties in orange had decreasing shares.

The most notable shift is found in the St. Louis and Kansas City areas as St. Louis County, St. Louis City and Jackson County decreased in share while surrounding counties generally increased. This is indicative of growth in Missouri's major metropolitan areas, as economic activity tends to spread outside of the urban core. Christian County, in the Springfield area, also had a larger increase in share.

 

Change in Economic Share by County
1994 - 2004

See the Economic Share Factors.                                        

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