Missouri Poverty Rate by County

Data Item State
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People of all ages in poverty - percent, 2006-2010 - (Percent)
County Value
Adair 26.0
Andrew 8.5
Atchison 13.1
Audrain 17.0
Barry 17.1
Barton 15.7
Bates 17.4
Benton 18.3
Bollinger 19.7
Boone 18.4
Buchanan 14.6
Butler 20.4
Caldwell 15.9
Callaway 11.3
Camden 11.8
Cape Girardeau 14.2
Carroll 13.0
Carter 19.6
Cass 7.2
Cedar 17.9
Chariton 14.3
Christian 9.5
Clark 13.5
Clay 7.8
Clinton 8.3
Cole 9.6
Cooper 14.3
Crawford 15.4
Dade 20.5
Dallas 16.4
Daviess 13.8
DeKalb 9.5
Dent 18.2
Douglas 22.4
Dunklin 23.6
Franklin 11.1
Gasconade 10.8
Gentry 14.9
Greene 16.2
Grundy 13.3
Harrison 15.1
Henry 16.4
Hickory 15.4
Holt 14.4
Howard 15.5
Howell 19.7
Iron 21.6
Jackson 15.7
Jasper 18.9
Jefferson 9.5
Johnson 16.0
Knox 20.5
Laclede 16.0
Lafayette 10.6
Lawrence 17.3
Lewis 16.3
Lincoln 10.9
Linn 14.6
Livingston 20.6
Macon 14.8
Madison 19.3
Maries 13.9
Marion 16.0
McDonald 15.3
Mercer 15.9
Miller 16.8
Mississippi 27.6
Moniteau 11.3
Monroe 12.9
Montgomery 14.8
Morgan 17.0
New Madrid 21.1
Newton 16.3
Nodaway 22.8
Oregon 24.0
Osage 10.9
Ozark 16.5
Pemiscot 31.8
Perry 10.6
Pettis 16.2
Phelps 17.9
Pike 12.9
Platte 7.0
Polk 21.6
Pulaski 14.3
Putnam 18.1
Ralls 9.3
Randolph 18.2
Ray 9.4
Reynolds 21.3
Ripley 24.0
Saline 19.1
Schuyler 20.9
Scotland 19.5
Scott 18.0
Shannon 22.8
Shelby 12.0
St. Charles 5.0
St. Clair 16.6
St. Francois 15.7
St. Louis 9.6
St. Louis city 26.0
Ste. Genevieve 10.7
Stoddard 18.0
Stone 16.0
Sullivan 21.1
Taney 14.8
Texas 21.5
Vernon 21.2
Warren 12.3
Washington 20.7
Wayne 19.8
Webster 16.8
Worth 16.2
Wright 24.7

Value for Missouri (Percent): 14.0%

Data item: People of all ages in poverty - percent, 2006-2010

Source: U. S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 5-Year Estimates. Updated every year. http://factfinder2.census.gov


Poverty statistics in ACS products adhere to the standards specified by the Office of Management and Budget in Statistical Policy Directive 14. The Census Bureau uses a set of dollar value thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who is in poverty. Further, poverty thresholds for people living alone or with nonrelatives (unrelated individuals) vary by age (under 65 years or 65 years and older). The poverty thresholds for two-person families also vary by the age of the householder. If a family's total income is less than the dollar value of the appropriate threshold, then that family and every individual in it are considered to be in poverty. Similarly, if an unrelated individual's total income is less than the appropriate threshold, then that individual is considered to be in poverty.

How the Census Bureau Determines Poverty Status

Poverty status is determined by comparing annual income to a set of dollar values called poverty thresholds that vary by family size, number of children and age of householder. If a family's before tax money income is less than the dollar value of their threshold, then that family and every individual in it are considered to be in poverty. For people not living in families, poverty status is determined by comparing the individual's income to his or her poverty threshold.

The poverty thresholds are updated annually to allow for changes in the cost of living using the Consumer Price Index (CPI-U). They do not vary geographically. The ACS is a continuous survey and people respond throughout the year. Since income is reported for the previous 12 months, the appropriate poverty threshold for each family is determined by multiplying the base-year poverty threshold (1982) by the average of monthly CPI values for the 12 months preceding the survey month.

Scope and Methodology:

These data are collected in the American Community Survey (ACS). The data are estimates and are subject to sampling variability. The data for each geographic area are presented together with margins of error at factfinder2.census.gov. The data are period estimates, that is, they represent the characteristics of the population over a specific 60-month data collection period.

Since answers to income questions are frequently based on memory and not on records, many people tended to forget minor or sporadic sources of income and, therefore, underreport their income. Underreporting tends to be more pronounced for income sources that are not derived from earnings, such as public assistance, interest, dividends, and net rental income.

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