Desired Trend


Current Trend

Baseline (2010): $ 45,677
Current (2015): $ 48,977

Theme Prosperous


Personal income per capita (in 2015 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 2015 by $3,300 per capita. For the first year since the recession, personal income per capita in St. Louis was higher than the peak of $47,450 in 2008.

For 2015, this income per capita is the 25th highest among the 50 largest metropolitan areas. St. Louis is just below the average income per capita for the United States ($49,827) and lands right in the middle among the peer regions. 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. The St. Louis region ranks 39th among the peer regions for change in personal income per capita from 2010 to 2015. The United States increased 10.6 percent over this time period compared to 7.2 percent for the St. Louis MSA.

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