Missouri income grows, but median for households still lags

A new report ranks Missouri among the national leaders in the growth of household income, even though it remains below the national average.

Figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau show Missouri’s median household income was $46,931 based on a 2013 survey, a 2.2 percent increase over the previous year.

That growth rate ranked Missouri seventh among states, well ahead of the national rate of 0.6 percent.

But Missouri’s median household income still trails the national average of $52,250.

Other Census Bureau figures show the percentages of Missouri residents in poverty and without health insurance both declined slightly in 2013 survey. The poverty rate was 15.9 percent, about the same as the national rate. There uninsured rate was 13 percent, a little better than then 14.5 percent national rate.