Profiling Missouri's Regions:
Upper South Central

Missouri's Upper South Central Region is made up of Camden, Dent, Laclede, Maries, Miller, Morgan, Phelps and Pulaski Counties, including the Lake of Ozarks area, Fort Leonard Wood and Rolla.

The Upper South Central Region makes up 3.6 percent of Missouri's economy, based on population, personal income and employment. This is an increase from 3.2 percent in 1994.

The Upper South Central Region makes up 3.9 percent of Missouri's total population. The region's population is projected to grow by 10.4 percent from 2005 to 2025, compared to the 9.2 percent projected growth for the state as a whole.

More than one quarter of private businesses in the Upper South Central Region are in the Trade, Transportation and Utilities industry. The Other Services, Construction, and Leisure and Hospitality industries each also contain more than 10 percent of establishments in the region.

In 2005, 630 new businesses were formed in the Upper South Central Region, making up 3.9 percent of the total in the state. Camden County, in particular, had a high rate of new business formation - 4.4 per 1,000 population compared to the state average of 2.8.

New Businesses in Missouri Counties Per 1,000 Population


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