Ray County, Missouri

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Ray County, Missouri, population has decreased by 2 percent since 2000 and its population now stands at 22,883. For more information on Ray County, please visit www.raycountymo.com.

Population by Year

Source: U.S. Census, 2018

Population by Age

Source: American Community Survey, 2018

Race and Ethnicity

Source: American Community Survey, 2018

Households by Income

Source: American Community Survey, 2018

Median Household Income

Source: American Community Survey, 2018

Language Proficiency

Of the 21,732 people age 5 and older in Ray County, Missouri, 256 (or 0.6%) speak English less than very well. Among those residents of Ray County who speak English less than very well, the top five languages spoken are:

Spanish or Spanish Creole 58
French (incl. Patois, Cajun) 31
German 20
Italian 13
Other West Germanic languages 10

Source: American Community Survey, 2018

Educational Attainment

Compared to the KC Region, Ray County has a greater number of residents with high school diploma but only twenty percent have an associates or above.

Source: American Community Survey, 2018

Workforce Commuting Patterns

There are more than 5,500 jobs in Ray County of those 2,070 are held by residents, an additional 2,089 non-residents commute in to work. While 8,190 residents work outside the county. 

Workers who live elsewhere and commute to jobs in Ray County 2,089
People who both live and work in Ray County 2,070
Ray County residents who commute to jobs outside the county 8,190

Source: Longitudinal Employer-Household Demographics, 2017

Unemployment Rate

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018

Employment Trend

Source: Jobs EQ, 2019, Q3

Employment of Veterans

Source: American Community Survey, 2018

Employment Centers

This map shows where large concentrations of employers reside within Ray County.

Competitive Industries

Ray County's top 10 competitive industries are listed by their location quotient. A location quotient shows how the county compares in a particular sector to national numbers. A quotient of one means the county has the same percentage of its workers in that industry as the nation. A number below that means the percentage is lower than the national number, and a number greater than one means the county has a higher percentage of workers employed in that sector.

Competitive Industries

NAICS Code Description Location Quotient Employment
482 Rail Transporation 17.18 118
339 Miscellaneous Manufacturing 15.27 330
111 Crop Production 11.05 293
112 Animal Production and Aquaculture 8.48 200
447 Gasoline Stations 3.75 113
212 Mining (except Oil and Gas) 3.61 23
452 General Merchandise Stores 2.90 290
325 Chemical Manufacturing 2.89 80
221 Utilities 2.47 65
814 Private Households 2.41 23

Source: JobsEQ, 2018, Q3


Source: JobsEQ, 2018, Q3

* TCPU - Transportation, communication and public utilities
** FIRE - Finance, insurance and real estate

The top occupations and skills below were compiled using JobsEQ and are being reported on a quarterly basis.

Top 20 Occupations Most in Demand

  1. Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
  2. Sales Representatives, Services, All Other
  3. Retail Salespersons
  4. First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers
  5. Driver/Sales Workers
  6. First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers
  7. Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food
  8. Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
  9. First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers
  10. Maintenance and Repair Workers, General
  11. Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  12. Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors
  13. Registered Nurses
  14. Social and Human Service Assistants
  15. Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers
  16. Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
  17. Stock Clerks- Stockroom, Warehouse, or Storage Yard
  18. Medical and Health Services Managers
  19. Food Preparation Workers
  20. Waiters and Waitresses

On Jan. 2, 2020, there were 450 job postings in Ray County.

Source: Jobs EQ

Top 10 Skills

  1. Verbal and written communication
  2. Customer Service
  3. Adaptability/Flexibility/Tolerance of Change and Uncertainty
  4. Cooperative/Team Player
  5. Organization
  6. Self-Motivated
  7. Ability to Work in a Fast-Paced Environment
  8. Accountable/Responsible/Reliable/Dependable/Trustworthy
  9. Supervision/Management
  10. Interpersonal Relationships/Maintain Relationships

Source: JobsEQ, 2019, Q3