The Central region is composed of 19 counties, and its largest cities are Columbia and
Jefferson City. The region is home to the University of Missouri’s flagship
campus and the state capital on the forested, rolling edge of the Ozarks. It’s
also home to the state’s playground, Lake of the Ozarks, and Fort Leonard Wood.
Top area industries include retail trade, farming, food services and construction.
The regional average wage was $706 per week in the 4th Quarter of 2016.