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Income, Proverty, Health Insurance in St. Louis
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St. Louis Metro Area's Household Income, Poverty Rate and Uninsured Rate not Statistically Different from Year Before, Reports U.S. Census Bureau
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 22, 2013 - The St. Louis metro area's median household income, poverty rate and uninsured rate were not statistically different from the year before, reports the U.S. Census Bureau.

According to the 2012 American Community Survey, the median household income in the St. Louis metro area was $52,243 in 2012, which was not statistically different from $51,869 in 2011. In addition, 14.3 percent of people in the St. Louis area were in poverty in 2012, which was not statistically different from 13.7 percent in 2011. In 2012, 11.1 percent of the area's population lacked health insurance coverage, unchanged from 2011. Across all U.S. metro areas, median household income was $53,607 in 2012 (not statistically different from $53,545 in 2011), the poverty rate remained at 15.5 percent, and the uninsured rate decreased from 15.0 percent to 14.7 percent since 2011.

The American Community Survey provides a wide range of important statistics about all communities in the country - including the St. Louis area. The American Community Survey gives communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. Retailers, homebuilders, police departments, and town and city planners are among the many private- and public-sector decision makers who count on these annual results.

The survey is the only source of local statistics for most of the 40 topics it covers, such as educational attainment, housing, employment, commuting, language spoken at home, nativity, ancestry and selected monthly homeowner costs.

Other selected highlights for the St. Louis metro area (compared with all U.S. metro areas):

Education

In 2012, 51.9 percent of 3- and 4-year-olds were enrolled in school, a decrease from 57.5 percent in 2011. Nationally, 48.7 percent of 3- and 4-year-olds living in metro areas were enrolled in school in 2012, which was not statistically different from 48.4 percent in 2011. The 2012 rate for the St. Louis area was not statistically different from the 2012 rate for all U.S. metro areas.

Among the St. Louis area's 25-and-older population, 89.8 percent had completed high school or more in 2012, not statistically different from 90.1 percent in 2011. Among all U.S. metro areas, 86.7 percent were high school graduates or higher, an increase from 86.3 percent in 2011.

Meanwhile, 30.8 percent of the St. Louis area's 25-and-older population had a bachelor's degree or higher in 2012, not statistically different from 30.7 percent in 2011. Nationally, 31.2 percent had a bachelor's degree in 2012, up from 30.6 percent in 2011. The St. Louis area's 2012 and 2011 poverty rates were not statistically different from the respective rates for all U.S. metro areas.

Housing

In 2012, the median value for an owner-occupied home in the St. Louis metro area was $155,200, not statistically different from $157,000 in 2011. Across all U.S. metro areas, homes had a median value of $188,300 in 2012, a decrease from $191,000 in 2011.

In 2012, the median gross rent (rent plus utilities) was $767, a decrease from $788 in 2011. Renters in metro areas across the U.S. paid $925 in 2012, not statistically different from $927 in 2011.

Foreign-Born Population

About 4.4 percent of St. Louis area residents were foreign-born in 2012, which was not statistically different from 4.6 percent in 2011. Among all U.S. metro areas, 14.8 percent of the population was foreign-born, not statistically different from 14.7 percent in 2011.


St. Louis Ranked 29th "Most Challenging" Place for Those with Fall Allergies
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 22, 2013 - The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) recently released its Fall Allergy Capitals™ Report, and ranked St. Louis the 29th most challenging place to live with fall allergies, out of 100 cities.

The rankings are based on pollen levels, use of over-the-counter and prescription allergy medication, and the number of Board Certified allergists in each city. Although St. Louis ranked worse than the national average for its pollen score, it ranked above average in the Board Certified Allergists per patient category. St. Louis ranked 27th in the 2012 report.

"We are happy to see St. Louis has improved its score this year in our National organization's report," said Joy Krieger, Executive Director of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, St. Louis Chapter. "If you do suffer from fall allergies, please visit aafastl.org for a comprehensive list of local allergists, tips and other helpful resources."

St. Louis ranked 31st in AAFA's 2013 spring report, and 55th in the 2013 asthma report.


Governor Appoints New Chair of St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), September 22, 2013 - Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed Andrew B. Leonard, of Kirkwood, to the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission. The commission is the sales and marketing organization responsible for selling St. Louis City and St. Louis County as a convention and meeting site and as a leisure travel destination.

"The St. Louis CVC plays a vital role in the economic engine of the St. Louis metropolitan region," Gov. Nixon said. "I've known and respected Andy Leonard for many years. He will bring valuable experience to the Commission from his longtime prominence in the area legal and business community, and his previous role on the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority."

Leonard is a partner in the Chesterfield law firm of McCarthy, Leonard, Kaemmerer, and has been with the firm since 1978. A graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law, he also serves as general counsel for the Kirkwood School District. From 1990 to 1996, he served on the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority. The Governor has appointed Leonard for a term ending Sept. 19, 2015.

The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission consists of 11 members, five of whom are appointed by the Mayor of St. Louis; five of whom are appointed by the St. Louis County Executive; and one of whom is appointed by the Governor. The Governor's appointee serves as the chair.

Robert O'Loughlin recently resigned as Chairman of the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission. O'Loughlin, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lodging Hospitality Management, had served on the Commission for more than three decades, the last six as its Chairman.

"Bob O'Loughlin has dedicated much of his life successfully marketing St. Louis and St. Louis County as a destination for conventions and leisure travel, and I greatly appreciate everything he has done through his public service to this area and the state of Missouri," Gov. Nixon said.


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