|Missouri Families 2003
The status of Missouri families
is important to all of us. Here are some brief facts about family
life, health, economics, children, aging and housing.
Reports for each
county in Missouri
Healthy families make healthy communities.
Nutrition and Health
Chronic disease risk can be reduced by healthy eating and being active.
Children and Parents
Children need involved adults who care about them.
- 26% of the population
was under 18 years of age in 2000.
- 11,317 children were
abused in 2001.
Adolescents need opportunities to develop leadership and autonomy.
Managing financial resources increases family stability.
- Median household
income was $37,934 in 1999.
- 15% of children lived
in poverty in 1999.
requires dealing with many changes.
- 14% of the population
was over 65 years of age in 2000.
- 9% of Missourians were
between ages 55-64 in 2000.
- 6% of children were
living with their grandparents in 2000.
Affordable homeownership and maintenance can prevent household hazards
and neighborhood blight.
- 16% of homes were
built before 1940.
- 33% of renters and 16%
of owners were burdened by housing costs in 2000. (Trend from 1990 -2000).
What can we do?
Healthy families are the building blocks of healthy communities.
These key questions can help us improve the health of our communities.
- How can we improve the
health of families?
- How can we help
- How do we provide for
our older residents?
- How can we improve
child care and help teens?
- How can we assist
families manage finances and housing?
The University of Missouri Human Environmental Sciences program is committed to creating educational programs
to improve the state of Missouri families.
Note: Data in this report were compiled from
numerous state and federal agency reports from Missouri Departments of
Health and Senior Services, Social Services, Elementary and Secondary
Education and the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Complete
documentation can be found here.