Population Estimates for Missouri and Across the U.S.

Rev. 6/20/2019

This Year (2019)

We received and processed the first cycle of county-level estimates with estimates for each year 2010 to 2018. These are the components of change estimates.

We received and processed the subcounty estimates in June 2019. Estimates for places, places-within-county and MCDs. These data were used to create the Curmoests.xlsx file (all data for Missouri — see link, below).

See the official Census Bureau Schedule of New Estimates page to see what and when to expect the rest of this year and next.

Our Best Estimates

  • Access the Curmoests.xlsx Excel spreadsheet with the latest available population estimates for Missouri counties and places (incorporated cities). Last updated 6/19/2019 with state, county and place estimates through July 1, 2018. You can also get earlier versions of this spreadsheet with post-2000 estimates for the previous decade in the popests data directory.
  • Run the MCDC's Population estimates by age web application to dynamically generate estimates by age, race, sex, and hispanic origin for U.S. states and counties, for years 1990 to 2017 (or later).
  • Access various reports based on data in the popests data directory. This page provides links to both the reports and to the underlying datasets used to generate them.
  • Population trends is a dynamic web application that can generate customized trends reports at the state or county level for various time periods. Change and Percent Change values, both total and annualized are shown to facilitate comparisons over time. You get to choose the geography (states and/or counties for the entire U.S.), time periods (intervals such as 1990-2000, 2000-2010 and 2010-2013), and demographic categories, based on age, race and ethnicity. This application uses the detailed estimates from NCHS so the latest available data are currently for 2016 (as released in June, 2017). Race categories used are the four "bridged" values.
  • Generate a brief report with bar chart showing annual population change for any US county from 2000 to 2017 (or most recently available year) using the MCDC's annual state and county population trends web application.
  • Access state and county level population estimates with components of change, 2010-2018 (or most recent year of estimates), for the entire U.S. in our data archive using the Uexplore/Dexter application. The datasets are in the popests data directory, most easily accessed via the datasets directory page. The four most pertinent data sets are mocom18, uscom18, mocomrgrns18 and uscomcbsas18. The first two consist of state- and county-level summaries, while the latter two are the result of our aggregating the data to get metro area and other county-based region summaries.
  • The Applied Population Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison provides dynamic access to six decades of age-specific net migration data for all counties in the U.S. as well as ten years of estimates by age, race, and sex.
  • For information regarding projections (estimating the future) of the population for Missouri and the U.S. see the Missouri population projections page. National projections (no longer state-level) are available from the Census Bureau. The Cooper Center at the University of Virginia offers national and state level projections with detail by age and sex. These have been generated using the results of the 2010 census and go through 2040.
  • An alternative set of state and county level estimates by age (single years), race, sex and hispanic origin that use an alternate set of four ("bridged") race categories (for comparability with pre-2000 race categories before the advent of multi-race groups) were commissioned by the National Center for Health Statistics. The MCDC has downloaded and converted these estimates, which include both intercensal estimates for the decade of the 1990s as well as post-2000 estimates. Find out more about this collection at the NCHS bridged estimates readme page.
  • Uexplore/Dexter users can access city-level estimates for Missouri (thru 2018) in the mosc18 dataset. Data for the entire US (including Missouri) are available in the ussc18 dataset. These data for 2018 were released in May of 2019.
  • Housing unit estimates by county are available in the popests data directory. We put up two new files for each annual data cycle. You can access the latest data for all counties (plus states and the ushuests18, or you can get the Missouri subset of the same data in the mohuests2018 data set.
  • See the Census Bureau's Population Estimates page for more reports and for access to downloadable data files. This is the ultimate and authoritative source for almost all population estimates in the United States. Nearly all of the data that appears on the MCDC site is based on data downloaded from this site.
  • See our geographic reference reports page for links to an array of reports dealing with geographic subjects, some of which include recent population estimates.

Population estimates are produced as part of the Federal State Cooperative Program for Population Estimates (FSCPE) Program and released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The person who produces population estimates in conjunction with the Census Bureau for Missouri is the state demographer Matt Hesser, Matt.Hesser@oa.mo.gov, Missouri Office of Administration, Jefferson City, MO.