MERIC NEWS LETTER

Profiling Missouri's Regions:
Lower South Central

Missouri's Lower South Central Region is made up of Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Shannon, Texas and Wright Counties, including West Plains, Willow Springs and Mountain Grove.


The Lower South Central Region makes up 1.84 percent of Missouri's economy, based on population, personal income and employment. This is an increase from 1.77 percent in 1994.

The Lower South Central Region makes up 2.3 percent of Missouri's total population. The region's population is projected to grow by 16.2 percent from 2005 to 2025, compared to the 9.2 percent projected growth for the state as a whole.

More than 30 percent of private businesses in the Lower South Central Region are in the Trade, Transportation and Utilities industry. The Other Services, Financial Activities, and Education and Health Services industries each also contain more than nine percent of establishments in the region.

In 2005, 253 new businesses were formed in the Lower South Central Region, making up 1.6 percent of the total in the state. Howell County had the highest rate of new business formation in the region - 2.5 per 1,000 population compared to the state average of 2.8.

New Businesses in Missouri Counties Per 1,000 Population
2005

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