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Center for Economics and the Environment: Policy Series


While Missouri’s population has grown slowly over the past 50 years its characteristics have evolved in important ways. This paper first describes the contemporary demographic profile of who Missourian are, where and how they live. It then examines the trends over the period 1960 to 2010. The data for Missouri are compared to national characteristics and trends to provide points of similarity and contrast. The factors that have changed, and some that have not, have implications for actions that need to be taken in response to challenges Missouri faces because of these demographic dynamics.

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Mark Tranel is the Director Emeritus, Public Policy Research Center, University of Missouri-St. Louis. He would like to thank the Hammond Institute for enabling the work to produce this paper, his mother for instilling intellectual curiosity to want to investigate issues such as those covered in this paper and his father for instilling the discipline and dedication necessary to complete such a task.

Funding for this study was made possible by the Hammond Institute's Center for Economics and the Environment, Lindenwood University.

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