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County Profiles, 2017:

Kansas Missouri

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  • Lafayette County, Missouri 

    Quick Facts

    2015 Population: 32,916
    Median Household Income: $50,723
    Poverty Rate: 11.5%
    Unemployment Rate: 4.3%

    Key Findings

    Lafayette County saw a slight decline in population in 2015, with 32,916 residents compared to 33,069 in 2014. The only population growth over the last 15 years is among adults age 45-64 (up 20 percent) and age 65+ (up 13.6 percent).The county’s poverty rate is 11.5 percent, but another 18.4 percent of residents fall below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The median household income is about 5 percent lower than the national average. These factors combined can put a strain on the county’s health care system, and that situation is made worse by a lack of access to care. Like many rural areas, Lafayette County has fairly high ratios of persons per doctor and dentist. Lafayette County has a much higher rate of deaths from heart disease than the Missouri average (249 per 100,000 population, compared to 198 for the state). On a positive note, only 10 percent of the county’s residents are without health insurance, down slightly from last year and well below the national average of 13 percent.

    Information presented in this county profile is the most currently available as of September 2017.

    County Data








    Leading Causes of Death
    Age-adjusted rate per 100,000 people, 2015. Source: MICA

      Lafayette Co. Missouri
    Heart disease 249.0 197.5
    Cancer 155.6 173.0
    Chronic lower resp. diseases 71.3 52.7
    Other respiratory disease 41.3* 13.4
    Stroke 35.8* 40.6
    Septicemia 21.4* 11.6
    Diabetes 20.6* 19.6
    Alzheimer's disease 17.0* 28.6
    Influenza & pneumonia 14.9* 17.8
    Kidney disease 12.8* 19.9
      * Sample size too small to ensure accuracy

    Access to Care, 2016

    icon Ratio of Primary Care Physicians per person — 1: 3,270
    icon Ratio of Dentists per person — 1: 3,270
    icon Ratio of Mental Health Providers per person — 1: 990
      Source: County Health Rankings


    Health Indicator Trends

    Trends for selected health indicators by county from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's County Health Rankings website.


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