Poverty in Missouri

What is the poverty rate in Missouri?
The poverty rate in Missouri is 14.6%. One out of every 6.8 residents of Missouri lives in poverty.

How many people in Missouri live in poverty?
861,679 of 5,891,760 residents reported income levels below the poverty line in the last year.

How does the Poverty Rate in Missouri compare to the national average?
Missouri ranks 30th in Poverty Rate at 14.6%(poverty rankings by state).The Poverty Rate of Missouri is the same as than the national average of Poverty Rate.

Missouri Poverty Rate County Map

Missouri County Poverty Rate Comparison

Missouri Poverty Rate By Sex

What is the poverty rate for men vs women living in Missouri?

Male

The Poverty Rate for men who live in Missouri is 13.3%.

Female

The Poverty Rate for women who live in Missouri is 15.9%.

Poverty Rate Disparity for Male vs Female Residents of Missouri

Female residents of Missouri are moderately(19%) more likely to live in poverty than males.

382,763 of 2,877,754 males in Missouri live below the poverty line.

478,916 of 3,014,006 females in Missouri live below the poverty line.

Missouri Poverty Rate By Age

What's the Poverty Rate in Missouri By Age?

Missouri Poverty Rate Distribution by Age

Breakdown of Missouri Poverty Rate By Age

  • Children Under 6 in Missouri have a Poverty Rate of 22.7%.
  • Children 6 to 11 Years Old in Missouri have a Poverty Rate of 20.7%.
  • Adolescents 12 to 17 Years Old in Missouri have a Poverty Rate of 16.8%.
  • Adults 18 to 59 Years Old in Missouri have a Poverty Rate of 14.5%.
  • Adults 60 to 74 Years Old in Missouri have a Poverty Rate of 9.0%.
  • 75 to 84 Years Old in Missouri have a Poverty Rate of 9.3%.
  • Over 85 Years Old in Missouri have a Poverty Rate of 11.5%.

Historical Missouri Poverty Rate

Missouri Historical Poverty Rate
Year Poverty Rate YoY % Change National

2010

15.3% 15.3%

2011

15.8% 3.0% 15.9%

2012

16.2% 2.0% 15.9%

2013

15.9% 2.0% 15.8%

2014

15.5% 2.0% 15.5%

2015

14.8% 4.0% 14.7%

2016

14.0% 6.0% 14.0%

2017

13.4% 4.0% 13.4%
Source: 2010-2017 ACS 1 Year

Missouri Poverty Rate By Race

Race Population Poverty Rate National Poverty Rate Population

Black

669,594

26.7% 25.2% 11.0%

American Indian

24,789

21.5% 26.8% 0.4%

Asian

109,605

16.5% 11.9% 1.8%

Pacific Islander

5,986

33.7% 19.0% 0.1%

Other

69,130

30.1% 23.8% 1.1%

Two Or More Races

145,341

21.9% 18.4% 2.4%

White

4,716,269

12.1% 10.3% 77.6%

Hispanic

237,243

24.2% 22.2% 3.9%

What's the Poverty Rate in Missouri By Race?

26.7% of Black residents of Missouri live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of black residents in Missouri is the same as than the national average. 178,592 of 669,594 black Missourians live below the poverty line. Approximately 11.0% of the total population of Missouri are black.

16.5% of Asian residents of Missouri live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of asian residents in Missouri is dramatically higher than the national average of 11.9%. 18,068 of 109,605 asian Missourians live below the poverty line. Approximately 1.8% of the total population of Missouri is asian.

12.1% of White residents of Missouri live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of white residents in Missouri is the same as than the national average. 571,281 of 4,716,269 white Missourians live below the poverty line. Approximately 77.6% of the total population of Missouri are white.

24.2% of Hispanic residents of Missouri live below the poverty line.

The Poverty Rate of hispanic residents in Missouri is the same as than the national average. 57,361 of 237,243 hispanic Missourians live below the poverty line. Approximately 3.9% of the total population of Missouri are hispanic.

Missouri Poverty Rate By School Enrollment

Understanding where poverty hits hardest in Missouri can be better understood by segmenting poverty by whether or not the resident is in school or not.

  • Enrolled in School in Missouri have a Poverty Rate of 20.2%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Missouri residents enrolled in school is the same as than the national average of 20.1%. This translates to 289,709 of 1,431,038 Missourians enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 23.6% of the total population of Missouri are currently enrolled in school.

  • Not Enrolled in School in Missouri have a Poverty Rate of 12.3%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Missouri residents not enrolled in school is the same as than the national average of 12.2%. This translates to 521,923 of 4,244,823 Missourians not enrolled in school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 69.9% of the total population of Missouri are currently not enrolled in school.

Poverty for younger ages in Missouri is seen as the most undesirable for the future of the community.

  • Enrolled in Nursery School in Missouri have a Poverty Rate of 17.6%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Missouri residents enrolled in nursery school is slightly lower than the national average of 18.0%. This translates to 16,372 of 92,889 Missourians enrolled in nursery school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.5% of the total population of Missouri are currently enrolled in nursery school.

  • Enrolled in Elementary School(Grades 1-4) in Missouri have a Poverty Rate of 21.4%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Missouri residents enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) is the same as than the national average of 21.2%. This translates to 64,075 of 299,823 Missourians enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.9% of the total population of Missouri are currently enrolled in elementary school(grades 1-4).

Poverty for developing children and young adults in Missouri can have drastic impacts on graduation and college attendance rates.

  • Enrolled in Middle School(Grade 5-8) in Missouri have a Poverty Rate of 18.0%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Missouri residents enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) is slightly lower than the national average of 19.0%. This translates to 54,916 of 305,034 Missourians enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.0% of the total population of Missouri are currently enrolled in middle school(grade 5-8).

  • Enrolled in High School (Grades 9-12) in Missouri have a Poverty Rate of 15.8%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Missouri residents enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) is moderately lower than the national average of 17.7%. This translates to 48,169 of 304,619 Missourians enrolled in high school (grades 9-12) living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 5.0% of the total population of Missouri are currently enrolled in high school (grades 9-12).

Adult students in college, graduate or professional schools generally bring employers, revenue and higher living wages post-graduation and are seen as a positive to the community.

  • Enrolled in Undergraduate School in Missouri have a Poverty Rate of 26.5%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Missouri residents enrolled in undergraduate school is moderately higher than the national average of 23.4%. This translates to 72,745 of 274,425 Missourians enrolled in undergraduate school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 4.5% of the total population of Missouri are currently enrolled in undergraduate school.

  • Enrolled in Graduate or Professional School in Missouri have a Poverty Rate of 20.8%.
  • The Poverty Rate of Missouri residents enrolled in graduate or professional school is meaningfully higher than the national average of 17.2%. This translates to 16,565 of 79,481 Missourians enrolled in graduate or professional school living below the poverty line within the past year. Approximately 1.3% of the total population of Missouri is currently enrolled in graduate or professional school.

Source: 2017 ACS 5 Year

Missouri Poverty Rate By Place of Birth

What is the poverty rate for residents of Missouri born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born?

14.4%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Missouri who were born citizens of the United States is 14.4%.

20.0%

The Poverty Rate for residents of Missouri who were born citizens of a country other than the US is 20.0%.

Poverty Rate for residents of Missouri born US Citizens vs Foreign-Born

Foreign-born residents of Missouri have a higher poverty rate than those who were born US citizens.

Of the 5,654,717 residents of Missouri who were born citizens of the United States, 814,376 (14.4%) had income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Conversely, 47,303 (20.0%) of 237,043 residents of Missouri who were born citizens of a country other than the US reported income levels below the poverty line within the past year.

Missouri Poverty Rate By City

Missouri Poverty Rate Distribution by City
City Rank Poverty Rate Population

Affton

89th

9.4% 21,704

Arnold

111th

10.8% 21,102

Ballwin

14th

3.0% 30,388

Bellefontaine Neighbors

276th

22.8% 10,751

Belton

99th

10.0% 23,299

Berkeley

261st

21.9% 9,014

Blue Springs

71st

8.3% 54,036

Bolivar

194th

16.7% 10,654

Boonville

155th

13.8% 8,388

Branson

238th

20.0% 11,228

Bridgeton

152nd

13.6% 11,712

Cameron

232nd

19.4% 9,904

Cape Girardeau

294th

24.6% 39,092

Carthage

339th

30.7% 14,280

Chesterfield

41st

4.8% 47,660

Chillicothe

292nd

24.4% 9,138

Clayton

69th

7.9% 16,214

Clinton

318th

27.5% 9,088

Columbia

280th

22.9% 118,620

Concord

39th

4.7% 17,650

Crestwood

42nd

4.8% 11,921

Creve Coeur

27th

3.8% 18,259

Dardenne Prairie

5th

1.4% 12,938

Des Peres

12th

2.7% 8,536

Ellisville

55th

6.0% 9,463

Eureka

21st

3.4% 10,554

Excelsior Springs

168th

15.3% 11,555

Farmington

145th

13.2% 18,047

Ferguson

272nd

22.5% 20,927

Festus

106th

10.5% 11,910

Florissant

85th

9.0% 51,952

Fort Leonard Wood

72nd

8.3% 16,307

Fulton

262nd

22.1% 12,807

Gladstone

163rd

15.0% 26,738

Grain Valley

63rd

7.3% 13,480

Grandview

190th

16.5% 25,226

Hannibal

254th

21.6% 17,551

Harrisonville

202nd

17.4% 10,025

Hazelwood

150th

13.6% 25,505

Independence

181st

16.0% 117,369

Jackson

146th

13.3% 14,690

Jefferson City

172nd

15.6% 43,092

Jennings

300th

25.0% 14,743

Joplin

212th

17.9% 51,540

Kansas City

200th

17.3% 476,974

Kearney

29th

4.1% 9,469

Kennett

331st

29.7% 10,271

Kirksville

356th

34.2% 17,519

Kirkwood

35th

4.5% 27,659

Ladue

7th

2.0% 8,591

Lake St. Louis

26th

3.7% 15,371

Lebanon

293rd

24.5% 14,610

Lee's Summit

51st

5.5% 95,270

Lemay

142nd

13.0% 16,909

Liberty

70th

8.3% 30,602

Manchester

61st

7.2% 18,130

Marshall

227th

19.1% 12,865

Maryland Heights

97th

9.9% 27,246

Maryville

343rd

31.2% 11,855

Mehlville

78th

8.6% 28,479

Mexico

218th

18.5% 11,528

Moberly

252nd

21.6% 13,775

Monett

279th

22.8% 8,861

Neosho

251st

21.4% 11,983

Nixa

109th

10.7% 20,757

O'Fallon

33rd

4.3% 85,246

Oakville

45th

4.9% 37,007

Old Jamestown

102nd

10.1% 19,866

Overland

206th

17.6% 15,901

Ozark

117th

11.0% 19,091

Park Hills

310th

25.9% 8,592

Perryville

116th

11.0% 8,366

Poplar Bluff

305th

25.5% 17,112

Raymore

28th

3.9% 20,358

Raytown

134th

12.5% 29,334

Republic

182nd

16.0% 15,890

Richmond Heights

49th

5.5% 8,466

Rolla

328th

28.9% 20,013

Sedalia

275th

22.6% 21,477

Sikeston

266th

22.1% 16,482

Smithville

46th

5.0% 9,274

Spanish Lake

223rd

19.0% 18,511

Springfield

307th

25.7% 165,785

St. Ann

147th

13.3% 12,864

St. Charles

96th

9.8% 69,026

St. Joseph

222nd

18.8% 76,819

St. Louis

301st

25.0% 314,867

St. Peters

31st

4.2% 56,375

Sunset Hills

43rd

4.8% 8,511

Town and Country

34th

4.4% 11,030

Troy

123rd

11.6% 11,505

Union

115th

10.9% 11,041

University City

176th

15.8% 34,922

Warrensburg

315th

27.1% 19,890

Washington

74th

8.4% 13,963

Webb City

178th

15.8% 11,148

Webster Groves

32nd

4.2% 23,069

Wentzville

52nd

5.6% 35,768

West Plains

295th

24.8% 12,218

Wildwood

20th

3.4% 35,524

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