Desired Trend


Current Trend

Baseline (2010): $ 47,648
Current (2017): $ 52,398

Theme Prosperous


Personal income per capita (in 2017 dollars)

Why is it Important?

Personal income per capita is an important measure of the local economy.1 Increases in personal income allow St. Louis area residents to live a higher quality of life and increases circulation of money in the local economy.

How are we Doing?

Personal income increased from the baseline year 2010 to 2017 by $4,750 per capita. This is about a 10 percent increase. The average income growth for the country as a whole was larger, $6,063 and 13.3 percent.

For 2017, this income per capita is the 27th highest among the 50 largest metropolitan areas. St. Louis is just above the average income per capita for the United States ($51,640). This follows a long term trend of the region’s income levels being about average for the United States. On change in income per capita, the region does not rank as well among the peer regions. The St. Louis region ranks 37th for change in personal income per capita from 2010 to 2017. The United States increased 13.3 percent over this time period compared to 10.0 percent for the St. Louis MSA. Over a longer time period, 2001 to 2017, the region had a slightly slower average annual change in per capita income compared to the nation as a whole, 0.92 percent and 1.06 percent, respectively.

Personal Income Changer in Personal Income

Geographic Level

St. Louis Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). View map.


1BEA personal income includes income received by all persons from all sources, including wages, benefits, rental income, and transfer payments, and is based primarily on administrative data sources. 

Data Sources

Bureau of Economic Analysis