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Auditor compares state performance benchmarks to other states


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


Today, the state Auditor’s Office 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.

Highlights: (National Average/Missouri)

  • Percent of Population with High School Diploma: 87.1%/88.9%
  • Percent of Children in Poverty (2015): 20.7%/20.2%
  • State Cigarette Tax, in Dollars (2016): $1.53/$0.17
  • State and Local Tax Revenue as a Percent of Personal Income (2013): 9.46%/7.55%
  • Unemployment Rate (December 2016): 4.7%/4.4%
  • Job Growth Rate (2014-2015): 1.9%/0.9%


Missouri voter turnout

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.

Read the report here.