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Auditor Galloway issues report examining state performance in key areas such as health, education

Report compares state benchmarks to national averages 

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (May 23, 2016) Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway today released a report examining the state’s performance in key areas such as the economy, education and health. The report provides a snapshot of Missouri’s statistics and rankings compared to other states and is designed as a resource for citizens and policymakers in Missouri.

The report is divided into six main categories: economy, education, civic involvement, health, crime and transportation. Topics within those categories include income, job growth, unemployment, taxes, poverty, test scores, high school and college graduates, voter turnout, smoking, obesity, teen births, health insurance, crime, gas taxes, and road and bridge conditions.

Data and ranking information comes from independent sources cited throughout the report, and is collected by the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs’ Institute of Public Policy at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The complete report can be found online here. We’ve pulled out the specific rankings for you to quickly see.

Economy

2014 Household Median Income – 36th – $48,363

2013-2014 Job Growth Rate – 22nd – 2.1%

2015 Unemployment Rate – 19th – 4.4%

2013 State and Local Tax Revenue as a Percentage of Personal Income – 48th – 7.55%

2016 State Cigarette Tax – 50th – $0.17

2014 Percent of Population in Poverty – 30th – 15.5%

2014 Percent of Children in Poverty – 28th – 21.1%

Education

2015 4th Grade NAEP Reading Scores – 24th

2015 4th Grade NAEP Math Scores – 29th

2015 8th Grade NAEP Reading Scores – 21st

2015 8th Grade NAEP Math Scores – 29th

2015 ACT Average Score – 23rd – 21.7

2014 Percent of Population with High School Diploma – 28th – 88.9%

2014 Percent of Population with Bachelor’s Degree – 32nd – 27.5%

Civic Involvement

2012 Voter Turnout Rate, Presidential Election – 18th – 62.2%

2014 Voter Turnout Rate, Mid-Term Election – 37th – 33.6%

Health

2014 Percent of Population who are Adult Smokers – 38th – 20.6%

2014 Percent of Population who are Overweight or Obese – 28th – 65.6%

2014 Teen Birth Rate, Births per 1,000 Women – 32nd – 27.2

2014 Percent of Population without Health Insurance – 29th – 11.7%

Crime

2014 Violent Crime Rate, per 100,000 Inhabitants – 40th – 442.9

2014 Property Crime Rate, per 100,000 Inhabitants – 35th – 2906.5

Transportation

2016 State Gasoline Tax, in Cents – 44th – 17.3

2013 Percentage of Roads in Mediocre or Poor Condition – 27th – 19.6%

2014 Percent of Bridges that are Deficient or Functionally Obsolete – 33rd – 26.5%

 

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