Missouri Population Exceeds Six Million
The latest official estimates from the Census Bureau indicate that:
These data are summarized in the following table and charts which were generated using an updated version of our Pop Trend Reports
web application, which now accesses the updated 2012-vintage estimates data obtained from the National Center for Health Statistics.
(These NCHS data are based on a special tab with "bridged race" categories and single-year age detail specially created for them by the Census Bureau).
- Missouri's population as of July 1, 2012 now exceeds six million. This is hardly a surprise, since the 2011 estimate was
only about 4,000 short of the mark after adding almost 13,000 in the 2010-2011 time period. And again, in the latest 2011-2012 period
the state added another estimated 13,000 residents. This was only a .22% (about 1/5th of 1%) increase.
- This growth is nearly identical to the
previous year (2010 to 2011) but is only about a third of what it was in the previous decade. From 2000-2010 the state
averaged nearly 40,000 new residents each year (38,881 to be precise), nearly triple what we are seeing now.
- Hispanics accounted for about one fourth of the growth during the previous decade, when an average of 9,371 Hispanics were added per year.
While the influx of Hispanic population has slowed significantly, averaging around 6,000 for the past two years, it now
accounts for about one half of the state's growth.
- The state's under-18 child population continues to shrink, while the over-65 elderly population continues to grow . The child population, which averaged
a decline of less than 500 per year during the 2000-2010 decade, declined by around 10,000 for the second consecutive post-2010 year. Meanwhile,
there was a rather dramatic spike in the elderly cohort during this latest year when nearly 31,000 new seniors were added. This compares with only around
11,200 in the previous year and around 8,500 during an average year of the previous decade. It was a 4.3% increase, which is pretty dramatic, but not all that different from the 3.6% increase seen for the entire country. It reflects the fact that a lot of people were
born (and are still alive and living in the U.S.) between July 1, 1946 and June 30, 1947. Those are the people who turned 65 during this latest estimates year.
Each of the following bar charts depict annualized change for the specified population categories in Missouri.
Under 18 Population
Over 65 Population