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Buchanan County, Missouri (MO)

County population in 2017: 89,065 (87% urban, 13% rural); it was 85,998 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 13,948
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 8,223
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 22,657
Renter-occupied apartments: 12,338 (it was 10,900 in 2000)
% of renters here:

32%
State:

31%

Land area: 410 sq. mi.

Water area: 4.8 sq. mi.

Population density: 217 people per square mile   (high).

March 2019 cost of living index in Buchanan County: 80.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (25.5%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (19.4%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (16.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 59%
  • Government: 8%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 33%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Buchanan County, MO (2017)
    • 75,49587.8%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 5,8826.8%Hispanic or Latino
    • 4,4435.2%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 3,1543.7%Two or more races
    • 1,0331.2%Asian alone
    • 1900.2%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 1140.1%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 570.07%Some other race alone
Median resident age:

37.0 years
Missouri median age:

38.5 years
Males: 43,662  (49.0%)
Females: 45,403  (51.0%)
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Average household size:
Buchanan County:

2.0 people
Missouri:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2017: $46,052 ($34,704 in 1999)
This county:

$46,052
Missouri:

$53,578

Median contract rent in 2017 for apartments: $587 (lower quartile is $474, upper quartile is $659)
This county:

$587
State:

$628


Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $118,200 (it was $72,500 in 2000)
Buchanan:

$118,200
Missouri:

$156,700
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $73,800 - $185,900

Mean price in 2017:

Detached houses: $179,129
Here:

$179,129
State:

$204,558

Townhouses or other attached units: $521,885
Here:

$521,885
State:

$195,769

In 2-unit structures: $123,378
Here:

$123,378
State:

$129,380

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $149,473
Here:

$149,473
State:

$147,030

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $48,779
Here:

$48,779
State:

$235,831

Mobile homes: $24,401
Here:

$24,401
State:

$68,427

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,013
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $367

Institutionalized population: 3,104

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 2
  • Robberies: 5
  • Assaults: 21
  • Burglaries: 64
  • Thefts: 155
  • Auto thefts: 14

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 4
  • Rapes: 3
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 5
  • Burglaries: 80
  • Thefts: 207
  • Auto thefts: 21
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 142 buildings, average cost: $118,800
  • 1998: 191 buildings, average cost: $122,400
  • 1999: 216 buildings, average cost: $124,200
  • 2000: 207 buildings, average cost: $114,200
  • 2001: 161 buildings, average cost: $134,900
  • 2002: 184 buildings, average cost: $137,400
  • 2003: 213 buildings, average cost: $137,200
  • 2004: 168 buildings, average cost: $170,200
  • 2005: 186 buildings, average cost: $169,000
  • 2006: 147 buildings, average cost: $166,800
  • 2007: 125 buildings, average cost: $176,400
  • 2008: 73 buildings, average cost: $179,500
  • 2009: 97 buildings, average cost: $175,700
  • 2010: 83 buildings, average cost: $154,200
  • 2011: 76 buildings, average cost: $173,800
  • 2012: 87 buildings, average cost: $188,800
  • 2013: 98 buildings, average cost: $188,700
  • 2014: 89 buildings, average cost: $180,500
  • 2015: 80 buildings, average cost: $187,200
  • 2016: 76 buildings, average cost: $204,500
  • 2017: 91 buildings, average cost: $196,800
Number of permits per 10,000 Buchanan, MO residents
Average permit cost in Buchanan, MO
Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,065 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $916 (0.9%)

Distribution of median household income in Buchanan, MO in 2017
Distribution of house value in Buchanan, MO in 2017
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Buchanan, MO in 2017
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 15.4%
Buchanan County:

15.4%
Missouri:

13.4%
(13.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 30.6% for Black residents, 17.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 5.5% for American Indian residents, 68.6% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 15.1% for other race residents, 32.5% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2017: 37.0 years old
(Males: 35.6 years old, Females: 38.6 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 40.5 years old, Black residents: 33.5 years old, American Indian residents: 61.3 years old, Asian residents: 36.5 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22.9 years old, Other race residents: 18.6 years old)

Area name: St. Joseph, MO-KS MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Buchanan County is $412 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $512 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $645 a month.

Cities in this county include: St. Joseph, Agency, Rushville, Easton, De Kalb, Lewis and Clark Village.

Buchanan County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

2018 air pollution in Buchanan County:

Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual: 27.7 µg/m3. Above U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 8.6 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Bronx County, New York , Chariton County , Mifflin County, Pennsylvania , Pickaway County, Ohio , Nodaway County .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

3.7%
Missouri:

3.9%

Unemployment by year in Buchanan, MO
County total employment by year in Buchanan, MO
County average yearly wages by year in Buchanan, MO

Current college students: 4,905
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 89.2%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 18.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 4,564 (37.4% naturalized citizens)

Buchanan County:

5.1%
Whole state:

4.2%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 2,1952010 or later
  • 1,0842000 to 2009
  • 3561990 to 1999
  • 1371980 to 1989
  • 851970 to 1979
  • 314Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 85.0%

Buchanan County marital status for males Buchanan County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 28,881
  • One, attached: 435
  • Two: 1,077
  • 3 or 4: 1,097
  • 5 to 9: 1,804
  • 10 to 19: 1,570
  • 20 to 49: 938
  • 50 or more: 911
  • Mobile homes: 1,929
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 133

Housing units in Buchanan County with a mortgage: 11,772 (494 second mortgage, 560 home equity loan, 38 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 9,111

Here:

55.0% with mortgage
State:

61.9% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Buchanan County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant24,77264
Catholic8,9349
Mainline Protestant7,47528
Other2,29811
Black Protestant4163
None45,306-
Buchanan County Religion Details
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 13
Buchanan County:

1.46 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.88 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 3
Here:

0.34 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

0.18 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
This county:

0.45 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

0.60 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 39
Buchanan County:

4.38 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

4.34 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 60
This county:

6.74 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.37 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Buchanan County:

9.6%
Missouri:

8.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Buchanan County:

32.0%
State:

29.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

16.0%
State:

13.5%

Agriculture in Buchanan County:

Average size of farms: 236 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $32,996
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $173.44
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 2.05%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 24.02%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $29,277
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 61.24%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $85,723
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 94.10%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 9.40
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 3.26%
Corn for grain: 43294 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 2664 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 58773 harvested acres
Vegetables: 73 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 21 acres

Earthquake activity:

Buchanan County-area historical earthquake activity is near Missouri state average. It is 74% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 382.8 miles away from Buchanan County center
On 9/26/1990 at 13:18:51, a magnitude 5.0 (4.7 MB, 4.8 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 7.7 mi) earthquake occurred 336.7 miles away from the county center
On 5/4/1991 at 01:18:54, a magnitude 5.0 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 348.9 miles away from the county center
On 7/16/2004 at 12:17:30, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 MW, 3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 73.6 miles away from the county center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 376.8 miles away from Buchanan County center
On 3/25/1976 at 00:41:20, a magnitude 5.0 (4.9 MB, 5.0 LG) earthquake occurred 374.8 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • Missouri Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, and Flooding, Incident Period: May 15, 2015 to July 27, 2015, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4238: August 07, 2015, FEMA Id: 4238, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood, Wind
  • Missouri Flooding, Incident Period: June 01, 2011 to August 01, 2011, Emergency Declared EM-3325: June 30, 2011, FEMA Id: 3325, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • Missouri Flooding, Incident Period: June 01, 2011 to August 01, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4012: August 12, 2011, FEMA Id: 4012, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • Missouri Severe Winter Storm and Snowstorm, Incident Period: January 31, 2011 to February 05, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1961: March 23, 2011, FEMA Id: 1961, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
  • Missouri Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: January 31, 2011 to February 05, 2011, Emergency Declared EM-3317: February 03, 2011, FEMA Id: 3317, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Missouri Severe Storms, Flooding, and Tornadoes, Incident Period: June 12, 2010 to July 31, 2010, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1934: August 17, 2010, FEMA Id: 1934, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • Missouri Severe Winter Storm, Incident Period: January 26, 2009 to January 28, 2009, Emergency Declared EM-3303: January 30, 2009, FEMA Id: 3303, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Missouri Severe Winter Storms, Incident Period: December 08, 2007 to December 15, 2007, Emergency Declared EM-3281: December 12, 2007, FEMA Id: 3281, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Missouri Severe Winter Storms, Incident Period: December 06, 2007 to December 15, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1736: December 27, 2007, FEMA Id: 1736, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • Missouri Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: May 05, 2007 to May 18, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1708: June 11, 2007, FEMA Id: 1708, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
  • 12 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Buchanan County (22) is a lot greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 16
Emergencies Declared: 6

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 14, Storms: 11, Tornadoes: 5, Winter Storms: 5, Drought: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Buchanan

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 44,007 (84.3%)
  • Carpooled: 5,374 (10.3%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 276 (0.5%)
  • Railroad: 8 (0.0%)
  • Ferryboat: 6 (0.0%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 572 (1.1%)
  • Bicycle: 24 (0.0%)
  • Walked: 782 (1.5%)
  • Worked at home: 1,002 (1.9%)
Class of Workers in 2017
Most common industries in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Retail trade (15%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (8%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Manufacturing (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)

Most common industries for females in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (22%)
  • Retail trade (16%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (8%)
  • Manufacturing (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)

Most common occupations in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2017


  • Production occupations (21%)
  • Material moving occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Sales and related occupations (7%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (7%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (6%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (6%)

Most common occupations for females in 2017


  • Office and administrative support occupations (19%)
  • Sales and related occupations (16%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (9%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (6%)
  • Management occupations (5%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Burma (21%)
  • Mexico (18%)
  • Cuba (13%)
  • Honduras (8%)
  • Sudan (3%)
  • Philippines (3%)
  • Jamaica (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Buchanan County


  • American (29%)
  • German (12%)
  • Irish (7%)
  • English (6%)
  • European (2%)
  • Polish (1%)
  • Scotch-Irish (1%)

Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

People in group quarters in Buchanan County, Missouri in 2000:

  • 1,946 people in state prisons
  • 956 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 740 people in nursing homes
  • 241 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 167 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 128 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 118 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards
  • 57 people in wards in general hospitals for patients who have no usual home elsewhere
  • 55 people in institutions for the deaf
  • 51 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 46 people in homes for abused, dependent, and neglected children
  • 40 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 27 people in training schools for juvenile delinquents
  • 22 people in other group homes
  • 17 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 11 people in religious group quarters
  • 3 people in short-term care, detention or diagnostic centers for delinquent children

People in group quarters in Buchanan County, Missouri in 2010:

  • 2,049 people in state prisons
  • 968 people in college/university student housing
  • 673 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 161 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 157 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 147 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 130 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals and psychiatric units in other hospitals
  • 103 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 45 people in correctional residential facilities
  • 25 people in residential treatment centers for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 21 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
  • 16 people in residential treatment centers for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $56,160.

5.72% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($39,229 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.72%
Missouri average:

7.04%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.13% relocated from other counties in Missouri ($20,668 average AGI)
2.58% relocated from other states ($18,561 average AGI)
Buchanan County:

2.58%
Missouri average:

2.68%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Andrew County, MO  0.90% ($37,807 average AGI)
from Jackson County, MO  0.36% ($28,487)
from Platte County, MO  0.27% ($54,093)
from Clay County, MO  0.26% ($46,434)
from Doniphan County, KS  0.21% ($33,015)
from DeKalb County, MO  0.20% ($35,424)
from Clinton County, MO  0.19% ($45,066)


6.52% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($45,089 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.52%
Missouri average:

7.16%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.74% relocated to other counties in Missouri ($26,277 average AGI)
2.79% relocated to other states ($18,812 average AGI)
Buchanan County:

2.79%
Missouri average:

2.80%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Andrew County, MO  0.97% ($50,276 average AGI)
to Jackson County, MO  0.51% ($29,946)
to Platte County, MO  0.49% ($73,969)
to Clay County, MO  0.47% ($44,105)
to Clinton County, MO  0.21% ($46,826)
to Johnson County, KS  0.19% ($66,262)
to DeKalb County, MO  0.18% ($40,712)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.4

Births per 1000 population in Buchanan County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 10.7

Deaths per 1000 population in Buchanan County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.9
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.4

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Buchanan County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 15.5%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 6.3%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Buchanan County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Buchanan County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Buchanan County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Buchanan County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Buchanan County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Buchanan County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 14,861 (12,230 aged, 2,631 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 1,421 (6%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Buchanan County, Missouri in 1999 - 2014:

  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (1,158)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (1,093)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (1,067)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (1,041)
  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (486)
  • Unspecified dementia (392)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (386)
  • Congestive heart failure (369)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (333)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (253)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,349
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,106
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 1

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 9
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 93

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 16

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 138.6. This is more than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 69.3
  • Poisoning - 36.3
  • Other - 33.0

Household type by relationship:

Households: 89,065
  • In family households: 70,905 (10,870 male householders, 10,570 female householders)
    15,395 spouses, 26,525 children (24,669 natural, 464 adopted, 1,392 stepchildren), 1,970 grandchildren, 853 brothers or sisters, 249 parents, 1,223 other relatives, 3,250 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 13,746 (6,052 male householders (5,181 living alone)), 6,224 female householders (5,854 living alone)), 1,470 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 4,414

Size of family households: 9,266 2-persons, 5,755 3-persons, 3,288 4-persons, 1,964 5-persons, 500 6-persons, 667 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 11,035 1-person, 1,188 2-persons, 53 3-persons.

11,319 married couples with children.
7,002 single-parent households (2,252 men, 4,750 women).

93.8% of residents of Buchanan speak English at home.
3.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (47% speak English very well, 26% speak English well, 24% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
0.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (68% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 9% speak English not well).
0.9% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (18% speak English very well, 49% speak English well, 17% speak English not well, 17% don't speak English at all).
0.9% of residents speak other language at home (36% speak English very well, 25% speak English well, 32% speak English not well, 7% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $515,246,000 ($6,074 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $21,498,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $225,834,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $131,871,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $6,083,000
Federal grants: $111,223,000
Federal procurement contracts: $13,388,000 ($2,658,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $26,847,000 ($8,962,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $219,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $33,697,000
Federal Government insurance: $71,675,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 5,760
Here:

68 per 1000 residents
State:

69 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 4,777
Here:

56 per 1000 residents
State:

49 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +173
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+7 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -2,162
Here -25 per 1000 residents
State +5 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Buchanan County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 15.80 millions of gallons per day (all from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.3
State:

6.4

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.3
State:

4.4

Year house built in Buchanan County, Missouri
  • Year house built in Buchanan County, Missouri
  • 1492014 or later
  • 5362010 to 2013
  • 2,9442000 to 2009
  • 3,8941990 to 1999
  • 2,8501980 to 1989
  • 5,5281970 to 1979
  • 4,0121960 to 1969
  • 4,1831950 to 1959
  • 3,0011940 to 1949
  • 11,6781939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Buchanan County, Missouri
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Buchanan County, Missouri
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Buchanan County, Missouri
  • 01 room
  • 1222 rooms
  • 5883 rooms
  • 1,2854 rooms
  • 4,6345 rooms
  • 4,8026 rooms
  • 3,7487 rooms
  • 2,5468 rooms
  • 3,1589+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Buchanan County, Missouri
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Buchanan County, Missouri
  • 4351 room
  • 8342 rooms
  • 1,9133 rooms
  • 3,9064 rooms
  • 2,0505 rooms
  • 1,9926 rooms
  • 9967 rooms
  • 3678 rooms
  • 3409+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Buchanan County, Missouri
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Buchanan County, Missouri
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Buchanan County, Missouri
  • 0no bedroom
  • 1,0371 bedroom
  • 4,7312 bedrooms
  • 9,9683 bedrooms
  • 3,8714 bedrooms
  • 1,2765+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Buchanan County, Missouri
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Buchanan County, Missouri
  • 567no bedroom
  • 3,1161 bedroom
  • 5,0322 bedrooms
  • 3,5343 bedrooms
  • 3064 bedrooms
  • 2785+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Buchanan County, Missouri in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Buchanan County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Buchanan County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 745no vehicle
  • 5,9851 vehicle
  • 8,4152 vehicles
  • 3,6713 vehicles
  • 1,1634 vehicles
  • 9045+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Buchanan County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Buchanan County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 2,537no vehicle
  • 5,1641 vehicle
  • 4,2252 vehicles
  • 7443 vehicles
  • 1184 vehicles
  • 455+ vehicles

81.2% of Buchanan County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 36% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 62% lived in Missouri.

Buchanan County:

81.2%
State average:

84.6%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 60,903
  • Other state: 23,318
  • Northeast: 1,706
  • Midwest: 11,205
  • South: 5,198
  • West: 5,209
Year householders moved into unit in Buchanan County, MO
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Buchanan County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 63.8%Utility gas
  • 27.3%Electricity
  • 6.3%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 2.0%Wood
  • 0.3%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.2%Other fuel
  • 0.1%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 48.3%Electricity
  • 47.5%Utility gas
  • 3.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.3%No fuel used
  • 0.2%Wood
  • 0.2%Solar energy
  • 0.1%Other fuel

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 729
Here:

8.6%
Missouri:

13.0%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 504
Here:

11.2%
Missouri:

12.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 410
Here:

10.3%
Missouri:

23.4%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Buchanan County government finances - Expenditure in 2013:

  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $14,347,000
    Regular Highways: $4,025,000
    Central Staff Services: $3,972,000
    General - Other: $2,481,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,245,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,151,000
    Financial Administration: $746,000
    Corrections - Other: $197,000
    Health - Other: $96,000
    Housing and Community Development: $45,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $32,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $34,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $860,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $631,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $229,000
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $6,882,000
    General Revenue - Other: $1,248,000
    Interest Earnings: $9,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $3,386,000
    Regular Highways: $14,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $8,425,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $3,019,000
    Other: $987,000
    Highways: $768,000
    Housing and Community Development: $13,000
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $14,114,000
    Property: $5,003,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $4,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $9,028,000

Buchanan County government finances - Revenue in 2013:

  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $14,347,000
    Regular Highways: $4,025,000
    Central Staff Services: $3,972,000
    General - Other: $2,481,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,245,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,151,000
    Financial Administration: $746,000
    Corrections - Other: $197,000
    Health - Other: $96,000
    Housing and Community Development: $45,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $32,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $34,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $860,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $631,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $229,000
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $6,882,000
    General Revenue - Other: $1,248,000
    Interest Earnings: $9,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $3,386,000
    Regular Highways: $14,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $8,425,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $3,019,000
    Other: $987,000
    Highways: $768,000
    Housing and Community Development: $13,000
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $14,114,000
    Property: $5,003,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $4,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $9,028,000

Buchanan County government finances - Debt in 2013:

  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $14,347,000
    Regular Highways: $4,025,000
    Central Staff Services: $3,972,000
    General - Other: $2,481,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,245,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,151,000
    Financial Administration: $746,000
    Corrections - Other: $197,000
    Health - Other: $96,000
    Housing and Community Development: $45,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $32,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $34,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $860,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $631,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $229,000
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $6,882,000
    General Revenue - Other: $1,248,000
    Interest Earnings: $9,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $3,386,000
    Regular Highways: $14,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $8,425,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $3,019,000
    Other: $987,000
    Highways: $768,000
    Housing and Community Development: $13,000
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $14,114,000
    Property: $5,003,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $4,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $9,028,000

Buchanan County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2013:

  • Current Operations - Police Protection: $14,347,000
    Regular Highways: $4,025,000
    Central Staff Services: $3,972,000
    General - Other: $2,481,000
    Parks and Recreation: $1,245,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,151,000
    Financial Administration: $746,000
    Corrections - Other: $197,000
    Health - Other: $96,000
    Housing and Community Development: $45,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Housing and Community Development: $32,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $34,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $860,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $631,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $229,000
  • Miscellaneous - Fines and Forfeits: $6,882,000
    General Revenue - Other: $1,248,000
    Interest Earnings: $9,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $3,386,000
    Regular Highways: $14,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $8,425,000
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $3,019,000
    Other: $987,000
    Highways: $768,000
    Housing and Community Development: $13,000
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $14,114,000
    Property: $5,003,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $4,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $9,028,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 2,053
  • Number of aged recipients: 92
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 1,961
  • Number of recipients under 18: 360
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 1,406
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 287
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 731
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 933
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 26 full tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED413$110,022451$99,5791,608$124,268142$37,11311$306,182359$76,50113$45,385
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED24$116,66733$102,182142$120,73923$33,0430$07$81,7144$71,500
APPLICATIONS DENIED45$88,02263$78,571608$109,997119$27,2350$048$71,93823$64,000
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN44$114,18227$106,000421$123,10519$55,3160$022$64,2736$82,500
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS11$87,0003$59,667105$127,40011$55,2730$02$63,5001$97,000
Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 24 full tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED66$120,43981$144,1110$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED11$114,72721$152,1901$136,000
APPLICATIONS DENIED17$172,47115$179,1330$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN4$246,5004$163,7500$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$02$158,0000$0
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Buchanan, MO
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Buchanan, MO - Value
Most common first names in Buchanan County, MO among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William17376.2 years
Mary16280.7 years
James14772.3 years
John14578.1 years
Charles13975.0 years
Robert10273.9 years
George9975.6 years
Helen8381.8 years
Dorothy6879.6 years
Margaret6178.2 years
Most common last names in Buchanan County, MO among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith6477.8 years
Miller5579.2 years
Brown4675.0 years
Wilson4177.6 years
Anderson3480.7 years
Johnson3475.0 years
Jones3378.0 years
Davis3377.9 years
White3279.4 years
Moore3081.1 years
Businesses in Buchanan County, MO
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1MasterBrand Cabinets1
Ace Hardware1McDonald's2
Advance Auto Parts1Menards1
Arby's1Payless1
Best Western1Penske2
Burger King1Pizza Hut2
Dairy Queen2Quiznos1
Domino's Pizza1SONIC Drive-In3
FedEx7Sears1
GameStop1T-Mobile1
H&R Block3Taco Bell2
Hardee's1U-Haul1
Hilton1UPS12
Hobby Lobby1Waffle House1
Kmart1Walgreens1
La-Z-Boy1Walmart1
Little Caesars Pizza1Wendy's1
Long John Silver's1YMCA3

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  • #10 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM10) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #63 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011"
  • #67 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual air pollution readings in 2012 (µg/m3)"
  • #91 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011 (pop. 50,000+)"