Clay County, MO

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2022 Population
253,085
1.18% 1-year growth
US Senator
Josh Hawley
Republican Party
US Senator
Eric Schmitt
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
37.5
0.267% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
8.26%
1.07% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$82,264
8.82% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$237,200
18.8% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
133,662
1.14% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Clay County, MO had a population of 253k people with a median age of 37.5 and a median household income of $82,264. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Clay County, MO grew from 250,134 to 253,085, a 1.18% increase and its median household income grew from $75,596 to $82,264, a 8.82% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Clay County, MO are White (Non-Hispanic) (78.8%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (6.37%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (4.47%), White (Hispanic) (2.66%), and Two+ (Hispanic) (2.23%).

None of the households in Clay 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.

98.1% of the residents in Clay County, MO are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Clay County, MO are Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (616 degrees awarded in 2022) and William Jewell College (242 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Clay County, MO was $237,200, and the homeownership rate was 68.2%.

Most people in Clay County, MO drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.3 minutes. The average car ownership in Clay County, MO was 2 cars per household.

About the photo: North of 435 in Clay county, just west of N Prospect and NE 132nd Street.

Population & Diversity

Clay County, MO is home to a population of 253k people, from which 98.1% are citizens. As of 2022, 5.29% of Clay County, MO residents were born outside of the country (13.4k people).

In 2022, there were 12.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (199k people) in Clay County, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 16.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 11.3k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

98.1%
2022 Citizenship
98%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 98.1% of Clay County, MO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Clay County, MO was 98%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Clay County, MO
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    199k ± 488
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    16.1k ± 871
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    11.3k ± 1.07k
7.35%
Hispanic Population
18.6k people

In 2022, there were 12.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (199k people) in Clay County, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 16.1k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 11.3k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.35% of the people in Clay County, MO are hispanic (18.6k people).

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

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    37,430 ± 4,735 people
  2. India
    22,246 ± 3,655 people
  3. China
    18,085 ± 3,297 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Missouri was Mexico, the natal country of 37,430 Missouri residents, followed by India with 22,246 and China with 18,085.

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Foreign-Born Population

5.29%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
13.4k people
5.35%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
13.4k people

As of 2022, 5.29% of Clay County, MO residents (13.4k 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 Clay County, MO was 5.35%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    4,934 ± 478
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    3,339 ± 471
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,983 ± 419

Clay County, MO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.48 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Clay County, MO employs 134k people. The largest industries in Clay County, MO are Health Care & Social Assistance (18,083 people), Retail Trade (15,181 people), and Manufacturing (14,931 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($92,523), Utilities ($73,229), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($70,565).

Males in Missouri have an average income that is 1.33 times higher than the average income of females, which is $55,490. The income inequality in Missouri (measured using the Gini index) is 0.455, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

134k
2022 Value
± 2,935
1.14%
1 Year growth
± 3.12%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Clay County, MO grew at a rate of 1.14%, from 132k employees to 134k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Clay County, MO, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (16,616 people), Management Occupations (15,766 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (13,203 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Clay County, MO.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

134k
2022 Value
± 2,935
1.14%
1 Year growth
± 3.12%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Clay County, MO grew at a rate of 1.14%, from 132k employees to 134k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Clay County, MO, are Health Care & Social Assistance (18,083 people), Retail Trade (15,181 people), and Manufacturing (14,931 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Clay County, MO, though some of these residents may live in Clay 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

$55,794
Median earning men ± $1,317
$41,851
Median earning women ± $1,084

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Public Administration ($72,975), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($69,641), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($67,903).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Construction ($56,769), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($56,369), and Public Administration ($53,903).

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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. 2,276
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 1,523
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 1,189
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Clay County, MO went to Donald J. Trump with 51% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (46.9%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.6%).

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.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Clay County, MO awarded 858 degrees. The student population of Clay County, MO in 2022 is skewed towards men, with 3,476 male students and 1,149 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Clay County, MO are White (575 and 70%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (85 and 10.3%), Unknown (78 and 9.49%), and Black or African American (38 and 4.62%).

The largest universities in Clay County, MO by number of degrees awarded are Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (616 and 71.8%) and William Jewell College (242 and 28.2%).

The most popular majors in Clay County, MO are Divinity & Ministry (206 and 24%), Theological Studies (188 and 21.9%), and Biblical Studies (89 and 10.4%).

The median tuition cost in Clay County, MO for private four year colleges is $13,740.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Clay County, MO, the percentage of applicants admitted was 44.1%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 38.7%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 4,625 (75.2% men and 24.8% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 4,625 students enrolled in Clay County, MO, 75.2% men and 24.8% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 2,734 records, of which 25.6% were women and 74.4% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 67 degrees awarded
  2. 46 degrees awarded
  3. 36 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Clay County, MO was Registered Nursing with 67 degrees awarded.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 616 degrees awarded
  2. 242 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with 616 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 612 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Clay County, MO, which is 2.49 times more than the 246 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 575 degrees mean that there were 6.76 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 85 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($13,740) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,075) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($1,024) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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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.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

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).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Clay County, MO was $237,200 in 2022, which is 0.841 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $199,600 to $237,200, a 18.8% increase. The homeownership rate in Clay County, MO is 68.2%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Clay County, MO have an average commute time of 23.3 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Clay County, MO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Clay County, MO is $82,264. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Clay County, MO was Census Tract 213.09 with a value of $171,875, followed by Census Tract 213.03 and Census Tract 219, with respective values of $166,475 and $123,839.

In 2022, 9.49% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Clay County, MO. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.61%.

Property

$237,200
Median Property Value 2022
±$4,539
$67,850
Median Property Taxes
±$2,081

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Rent vs Own

68.2%
Homeownership
2022
63.2%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 68.2% of the housing units in Clay County, MO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 67.5%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 213.09
  2. Census Tract 213.03
  3. Census Tract 219

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Clay County, MO was Census Tract 213.09 with a value of $171,875, followed by Census Tract 213.03 and Census Tract 219, with respective values of $166,475 and $123,839.

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

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Household Income

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$82,264
Median Household Income
± $1,686
99.5k
Number of Households
± 2,579

In 2022, the median household income of the 99.5k households in Clay County, MO grew to $82,264 from the previous year's value of $75,596.

The following chart displays the households in Clay 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 Clay 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 (77.7%)
  2. Worked At Home (11.6%)
  3. Carpooled (8.35%)

In 2022, 77.7% of workers in Clay County, MO drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (11.6%) and those who carpooled to work (8.35%).

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Commute Time

23.3 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Clay County, MO have a shorter commute time (23.3 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.28% of the workforce in Clay County, MO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 9.49% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Clay County, MO. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.61%.

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Poverty & Diversity

8.26% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Clay County, MO (20.7k out of 250k 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 Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Clay County, MO is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

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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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 8.9% of the children was living in poverty in Clay County, MO. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 3.5%.

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Health

92.2% of the population of Clay County, MO has health coverage, with 60.2% on employee plans, 8.38% on Medicaid, 11.6% on Medicare, 10.7% on non-group plans, and 1.38% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Clay County, MO see 1572 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.66% increase from the previous year (1502 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1574 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 726 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.9% were men and 51.1% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,572 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Clay County, MO

Primary care physicians in Clay County, MO see an average of 1,572 patients per year. This represents a 4.66% increase from the previous year (1,502 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 25.2% under 18 years, 21.2% between 18 and 34 years, 39.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 14.4% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.9% were men and 51.1% were women.

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Uninsured People

7.75%
Uninsured
60.2%
Employer Coverage
8.38%
Medicaid
11.6%
Medicare
10.7%
Non-Group
1.38%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Clay County, MO grew by 0.0705% from 7.75% to 7.75%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 43.7 in Clay County, MO.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

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 33.6% in Clay County, MO.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 9.25% in Clay County, MO.

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