The first release in this year's cycle of official population estimates with components of change from the Census Bureau are now available. See our Whatsnew page for a detailed article describing the specifics regarding how to access the data on this web site. We have done our usual standard processing of these data, and we have also created some new graphics modules (one per state) comprised of a report, a bar chart and two maps depicting key items.
There do not appear to be any big surprises in Missouri. The big continue to get bigger (though not by all that much - no county in the state grew by more than 1.6%). Of the top 12 counties ranked by percent change over the past year, all but one (Webster county - suburban Springfield) was an urban county ranked in the top 15 in total population. The state as a whole grew by only three tenths of a percent, and the majority of counties (mostly rural) experienced continued population losses. (See the map at the end of the new charts module for the state.)
In December the Census Bureau released the latest SAIPE (Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates) data showing county and school district level estimates of median household income and various measures of poverty in 2013. We have looked at the poverty data at the county level for Missouri and have created a short 4-page report that focuses on the areas in the state with the highest poverty rates. We suggest that you view the report in the saipe data directory in another browser window as you read this summary. (See similar reports for other states by changing the state abbreviation, "mo", to any other state abbreviation. The state must have at least 12 counties. )
Some interesting findings taken from the Missouri report:
Note: this image is a copy of the one at the end of the above-referenced report. If you access the version in the report you can move the mouse over a county and see its name and poverty rate displayed. You can also click within the county and be taken to our applinks page for that county.
On the MCDC web site access the saipe data directory using Uexplore at http://mcdc.missouri.edu/cgi-bin/uexplore?/pub/data/saipe . Note the SeeAlso.html link (on the second line of the files portion of the page), and from that page follow the link to the SAIPE web site at the Census Bureau where you not only can get access to all the background information and access to data files, but also to the rather awesome SAIPE Interactive Data Tool.
Back on the MCDC's Uexplore page for the SAIPE data, you can access our collection of datasets most easily by using the Datasets.html custom index page. The data we used for the reports referenced here came from the mostcnty2013 dataset (mo=Missouri data, stcnty=State & County level summaries, 2013=Time period). The same data for any (or all) state(s) in the country can easily be accessed in the usstcnty2013 dataset (coding a filter based on the State variable once in Dexter, unless you want the whole country). The corresponding datasets moschldst2013 and usschldst2013 contain (slightly different) data summarized at the school district level. For trend analysis you can access the mostcnty20xx and usstcnty20xx datasets that have data for all years 2000 through 2013.