Missouri ranks below the national average for median income, but the state is better than the national mean in terms of job growth and unemployment rate, according to a new report issued by State Auditor Nicole Galloway.
The report measures Missouri against the other 49 states on performance indicators that fall into six main categories: economy, education, civic involvement, health, crime and transportation.
The goal of the report, Galloway said in an accompanying memo, is to provide comparative information to Missouri legislators, other elected officials and citizens.
In the “economy” category, the report compares Missouri to other states according to seven indicators. The state’s rank in each of those areas is listed below:
- Median income – 36th (lower than average)
- Job growth – 22nd (higher than average)
- Unemployment – 19th (lower than average)
- State and local tax as a percentage of income – 48th (lower than average)
- State cigarette tax – 50th (lower than average)
- Percent of population in poverty – 30th (average)
- Percent of children in poverty – 28th (lower than average)
Missouri’s most extreme ranking is in the cigarette tax category. That tax has been the subject of bills and ballot initiatives by various groups seeking to increase the levy on cigarettes and other tobacco products.
The Institute of Public Policy at the University of Missouri’s Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs handled data collection for the report. The full report is available on the state auditor’s website.