Lafayette County, MO

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2022 Population
32,858
0.324% 1-year growth
US Senator
Josh Hawley
Republican Party
US Senator
Eric Schmitt
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
41.4
1.19% 1-year decrease
2022 Poverty Rate
9.19%
10.5% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$78,397
10.5% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$187,000
17.2% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Lafayette County, MO had a population of 32.9k people with a median age of 41.4 and a median household income of $78,397. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Lafayette County, MO grew from 32,752 to 32,858, a 0.324% increase and its median household income grew from $70,969 to $78,397, a 10.5% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Lafayette County, MO are White (Non-Hispanic) (90.8%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.5%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (2.09%), Two+ (Hispanic) (1.38%), and White (Hispanic) (1.13%).

None of the households in Lafayette County, MO reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99.4% of the residents in Lafayette County, MO are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Lafayette County, MO are Lex La-Ray Technical Center (25 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Lafayette County, MO was $187,000, and the homeownership rate was 75.6%.

Most people in Lafayette County, MO drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 27.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Lafayette County, MO was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Lafayette County, MO is home to a population of 32.9k people, from which 99.4% are citizens. As of 2022, 2.06% of Lafayette County, MO residents were born outside of the country (678 people).

In 2022, there were 36.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (29.8k people) in Lafayette County, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 822 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 687 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99.4%
2022 Citizenship
99.5%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99.4% of Lafayette County, MO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Lafayette County, MO was 99.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Lafayette County, MO
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    29.8k ± 61
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    822 ± 148
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    687 ± 91
3.36%
Hispanic Population
1.1k people

In 2022, there were 36.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (29.8k people) in Lafayette County, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 822 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 687 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.36% of the people in Lafayette County, MO are hispanic (1.1k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Lafayette County, MO as a share of the total population.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.06%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
678 people
1.83%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
598 people

As of 2022, 2.06% of Lafayette County, MO residents (678 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Lafayette County, MO was 1.83%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    637 ± 179
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    527 ± 167
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    219 ± 115

Lafayette County, MO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.21 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Lafayette County, MO employs 15.7k people. The largest industries in Lafayette County, MO are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,605 people), Retail Trade (1,788 people), and Manufacturing (1,723 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($67,604), Finance & Insurance ($65,580), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($63,958).

Occupations

15.7k
2022 Value
± 931
0.468%
1 Year growth
± 8.36%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Lafayette County, MO grew at a rate of 0.468%, from 15.6k employees to 15.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Lafayette County, MO, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,761 people), Production Occupations (1,361 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,347 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Lafayette County, MO.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

15.7k
2022 Value
± 931
0.468%
1 Year growth
± 8.36%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Lafayette County, MO grew at a rate of 0.468%, from 15.6k employees to 15.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Lafayette County, MO, are Health Care & Social Assistance (2,605 people), Retail Trade (1,788 people), and Manufacturing (1,723 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Lafayette County, MO, though some of these residents may live in Lafayette County, MO and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$48,934
Median earning men ± $4,122
$38,329
Median earning women ± $2,180

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($90,625), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($82,143), and Wholesale Trade ($73,574).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($50,481), Information ($45,809), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($45,366).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.17%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 2.94M people employed in Missouri. This represents a 2.17% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 11.8%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Missouri.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 232
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 202
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 136
    Manufacturing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Lafayette County, MO went to Donald J. Trump with 72% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (26.2%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.41%).

Josh Hawley and Eric Schmitt are the senators currently representing the state of Missouri. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Missouri is currently represented by 8 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Missouri

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Josh Hawley
Senator from Missouri1
Assumed office on January 3, 2019
Eric Schmitt
Senator from Missouri3
Assumed office on January 3, 2023

Josh Hawley and Eric Schmitt are the senators currently representing Missouri.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Missouri

Missouri is currently represented by 8 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Missouri have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Lafayette County, MO awarded 25 degrees. The student population of Lafayette County, MO in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 2 male students and 27 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Lafayette County, MO are White (24 and 96%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (1 and 4%), Asian (0 and 0%), and Black or African American (0 and 0%).

The largest universities in Lafayette County, MO by number of degrees awarded are Lex La-Ray Technical Center (25 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Lafayette County, MO are Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (25 and 100%), Culinary Arts & Chef Training (0 and 0%), and Child Care Provider (0 and 0%).

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.699% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.592% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.48M), Some college (1.12M), and Bachelors Degree (864k).

This visualization illustrates the percentage distribution of the population according to the highest educational level reached. You can filter the data by race by using the selector above.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Lafayette County, MO was $187,000 in 2022, which is 0.663 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $159,500 to $187,000, a 17.2% increase. The homeownership rate in Lafayette County, MO is 75.6%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Lafayette County, MO have an average commute time of 27.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Lafayette County, MO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Lafayette County, MO is $78,397. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Lafayette County, MO was Census Tract 906.02 with a value of $100,045, followed by Census Tract 902 and Census Tract 906.01, with respective values of $88,438 and $85,000.

Property

$187,000
Median Property Value 2022
±$9,513
$9,194
Median Property Taxes
±$654

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Lafayette County, MO the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Lafayette County, MO compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

75.6%
Homeownership
2022
65.8%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 75.6% of the housing units in Lafayette County, MO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 73.3%.

This chart shows the percentage of owner in Lafayette County, MO compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 906.02
  2. Census Tract 902
  3. Census Tract 906.01

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Lafayette County, MO was Census Tract 906.02 with a value of $100,045, followed by Census Tract 902 and Census Tract 906.01, with respective values of $88,438 and $85,000.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Lafayette County, MO colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$78,397
Median Household Income
± $7,050
12.2k
Number of Households
± 781

In 2022, the median household income of the 12.2k households in Lafayette County, MO grew to $78,397 from the previous year's value of $70,969.

The following chart displays the households in Lafayette County, MO distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Lafayette County, MO is from Missouri.
0.455
2022 Wage GINI in Missouri
0.457
2021 Wage GINI in Missouri

In 2022, the income inequality in Missouri was 0.455 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.432% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Missouri was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Missouri in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (80.7%)
  2. Carpooled (8.8%)
  3. Worked At Home (8.31%)

In 2022, 80.7% of workers in Lafayette County, MO drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.8%) and those who worked at home (8.31%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

27.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Lafayette County, MO have a longer commute time (27.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.97% of the workforce in Lafayette County, MO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Lafayette County, MO distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Lafayette County, MO have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

9.19% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Lafayette County, MO (2.98k out of 32.4k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 55 - 64, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Females < 5.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Lafayette County, MO is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

91.6% of the population of Lafayette County, MO has health coverage, with 49.4% on employee plans, 13.3% on Medicaid, 15.7% on Medicare, 11.1% on non-group plans, and 2.1% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Lafayette County, MO see 3634 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.331% increase from the previous year (3622 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3301 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 702 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.3% were men and 50.7% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

3,634 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Lafayette County, MO

Primary care physicians in Lafayette County, MO see an average of 3,634 patients per year. This represents a 0.331% increase from the previous year (3,622 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Lafayette County, MO in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 24% under 18 years, 18.3% between 18 and 34 years, 39% between 35 and 64 years, and 18.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.3% were men and 50.7% were women.

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Uninsured People

8.38%
Uninsured
49.4%
Employer Coverage
13.3%
Medicaid
15.7%
Medicare
11.1%
Non-Group
2.1%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Lafayette County, MO grew by 18.6% from 7.06% to 8.38%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Lafayette County, MO changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 53.1 in Lafayette County, MO.

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Health Behaviors

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In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 34.8% in Lafayette County, MO.

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Clinical Care

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In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 11.4% in Lafayette County, MO.

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