Counties with the most born-and-bred residents in Missouri

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August 9, 2021
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Counties with the most born-and-bred residents in Missouri

In certain corners of the U.S., the only way you’ll ever be considered a local is if you were born there. Elsewhere, particularly in major metropolitan centers, the constant influx of new businesses, college students, and families can transform neighborhoods every few years and certainly decade over decade.

Americans change their addresses at higher rates than most other countries, but that “move, move, move” mentality may be shifting. In 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that only 11.2% of respondents had moved within the last year. Additionally, 72% of Americans reported living in or close to the city they grew up in. To learn more about where people are staying put, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the most born-and-bred residents in Missouri using data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Counties are ranked by the highest percentage of residents that were born in the state as of 2019.

Keep reading to discover which counties in your state have the most born-and-bred residents.

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#30. Linn County

- Population: 12,113
- Born in Missouri: 9,308 (76.8% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 2,591 (21.4% of population)
--- Midwest (11.9%), Northeast (1.2%), South (3.3%), West (5.0%)
- Born in another country: 115 (0.9% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.3%), Europe (0.4%), Latin America (0.3%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.1%)
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#29. Moniteau County

- Population: 16,046
- Born in Missouri: 12,375 (77.1% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 3,475 (21.7% of population)
--- Midwest (8.1%), Northeast (2.6%), South (5.5%), West (4.6%)
- Born in another country: 145 (0.9% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.1%), Europe (0.0%), Latin America (0.7%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#28. Gentry County

- Population: 6,616
- Born in Missouri: 5,118 (77.4% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 1,419 (21.4% of population)
--- Midwest (12.2%), Northeast (0.7%), South (3.7%), West (4.9%)
- Born in another country: 72 (1.1% of population)
--- Africa (0.2%), Asia (0.6%), Europe (0.3%), Latin America (0.0%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.1%)
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#27. Warren County

- Population: 34,453
- Born in Missouri: 26,658 (77.4% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 7,170 (20.8% of population)
--- Midwest (9.4%), Northeast (1.4%), South (5.9%), West (4.2%)
- Born in another country: 522 (1.5% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.4%), Europe (0.3%), Latin America (0.8%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#26. New Madrid County

- Population: 17,560
- Born in Missouri: 13,589 (77.4% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 3,799 (21.6% of population)
--- Midwest (6.6%), Northeast (0.1%), South (12.5%), West (2.3%)
- Born in another country: 100 (0.6% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.0%), Europe (0.3%), Latin America (0.3%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#25. Lafayette County

- Population: 32,597
- Born in Missouri: 25,253 (77.5% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 6,870 (21.1% of population)
--- Midwest (11.3%), Northeast (0.9%), South (5.3%), West (3.6%)
- Born in another country: 441 (1.4% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.4%), Europe (0.2%), Latin America (0.7%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#24. Mississippi County

- Population: 13,574
- Born in Missouri: 10,519 (77.5% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 2,853 (21.0% of population)
--- Midwest (9.6%), Northeast (0.5%), South (8.6%), West (2.3%)
- Born in another country: 147 (1.1% of population)
--- Africa (0.1%), Asia (0.1%), Europe (0.0%), Latin America (0.8%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#23. Cooper County

- Population: 17,660
- Born in Missouri: 13,711 (77.6% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 3,683 (20.9% of population)
--- Midwest (9.4%), Northeast (1.5%), South (5.8%), West (4.2%)
- Born in another country: 177 (1.0% of population)
--- Africa (0.3%), Asia (0.3%), Europe (0.2%), Latin America (0.2%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#22. Crawford County

- Population: 24,154
- Born in Missouri: 18,753 (77.6% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 4,944 (20.5% of population)
--- Midwest (9.9%), Northeast (1.1%), South (6.2%), West (3.2%)
- Born in another country: 251 (1.0% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.3%), Europe (0.3%), Latin America (0.4%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#21. Lincoln County

- Population: 56,477
- Born in Missouri: 43,880 (77.7% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 11,706 (20.7% of population)
--- Midwest (9.4%), Northeast (1.6%), South (6.9%), West (2.8%)
- Born in another country: 689 (1.2% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.3%), Europe (0.2%), Latin America (0.7%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#20. Wayne County

- Population: 13,195
- Born in Missouri: 10,269 (77.8% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 2,822 (21.4% of population)
--- Midwest (10.0%), Northeast (0.9%), South (6.5%), West (4.0%)
- Born in another country: 79 (0.6% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.3%), Europe (0.2%), Latin America (0.1%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#19. Stoddard County

- Population: 29,377
- Born in Missouri: 22,893 (77.9% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 6,315 (21.5% of population)
--- Midwest (8.3%), Northeast (1.2%), South (8.8%), West (3.2%)
- Born in another country: 108 (0.4% of population)
--- Africa (0.1%), Asia (0.1%), Europe (0.1%), Latin America (0.2%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#18. Pike County

- Population: 18,455
- Born in Missouri: 14,445 (78.3% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 3,836 (20.8% of population)
--- Midwest (11.7%), Northeast (0.9%), South (4.5%), West (3.7%)
- Born in another country: 100 (0.5% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.2%), Europe (0.1%), Latin America (0.2%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#17. Perry County

- Population: 19,191
- Born in Missouri: 15,041 (78.4% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 3,660 (19.1% of population)
--- Midwest (10.4%), Northeast (0.8%), South (5.0%), West (2.8%)
- Born in another country: 283 (1.5% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.5%), Europe (0.3%), Latin America (0.5%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#16. Livingston County

- Population: 15,126
- Born in Missouri: 11,897 (78.7% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 3,061 (20.2% of population)
--- Midwest (8.9%), Northeast (0.7%), South (5.3%), West (5.3%)
- Born in another country: 113 (0.7% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.4%), Europe (0.2%), Latin America (0.1%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#15. Audrain County

- Population: 25,644
- Born in Missouri: 20,182 (78.7% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 4,712 (18.4% of population)
--- Midwest (9.8%), Northeast (0.8%), South (4.7%), West (3.2%)
- Born in another country: 424 (1.7% of population)
--- Africa (0.1%), Asia (0.1%), Europe (0.3%), Latin America (1.1%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#14. Andrew County

- Population: 17,503
- Born in Missouri: 13,827 (79.0% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 3,363 (19.2% of population)
--- Midwest (12.7%), Northeast (0.8%), South (2.5%), West (3.2%)
- Born in another country: 216 (1.2% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.2%), Europe (0.2%), Latin America (0.6%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.1%)
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#13. Jefferson County

- Population: 223,951
- Born in Missouri: 178,250 (79.6% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 40,437 (18.1% of population)
--- Midwest (8.6%), Northeast (1.5%), South (5.6%), West (2.3%)
- Born in another country: 4,313 (1.9% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.6%), Europe (0.8%), Latin America (0.4%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#12. St. Francois County

- Population: 66,643
- Born in Missouri: 53,434 (80.2% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 12,164 (18.3% of population)
--- Midwest (6.7%), Northeast (1.4%), South (6.8%), West (3.3%)
- Born in another country: 711 (1.1% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.4%), Europe (0.2%), Latin America (0.4%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#11. Franklin County

- Population: 103,191
- Born in Missouri: 82,933 (80.4% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 18,566 (18.0% of population)
--- Midwest (8.3%), Northeast (1.3%), South (5.8%), West (2.6%)
- Born in another country: 1,401 (1.4% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.4%), Europe (0.6%), Latin America (0.3%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#10. Howard County

- Population: 10,058
- Born in Missouri: 8,088 (80.4% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 1,862 (18.5% of population)
--- Midwest (8.4%), Northeast (1.8%), South (4.5%), West (3.8%)
- Born in another country: 74 (0.7% of population)
--- Africa (0.1%), Asia (0.3%), Europe (0.2%), Latin America (0.1%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#9. Iron County

- Population: 10,164
- Born in Missouri: 8,208 (80.8% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 1,814 (17.8% of population)
--- Midwest (6.9%), Northeast (0.5%), South (6.3%), West (4.1%)
- Born in another country: 113 (1.1% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.3%), Europe (0.2%), Latin America (0.6%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#8. Bollinger County

- Population: 12,225
- Born in Missouri: 9,942 (81.3% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 2,178 (17.8% of population)
--- Midwest (8.1%), Northeast (0.8%), South (5.8%), West (3.1%)
- Born in another country: 71 (0.6% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.3%), Europe (0.3%), Latin America (0.0%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#7. Gasconade County

- Population: 14,711
- Born in Missouri: 12,126 (82.4% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 2,347 (16.0% of population)
--- Midwest (6.3%), Northeast (1.3%), South (4.9%), West (3.4%)
- Born in another country: 140 (1.0% of population)
--- Africa (0.1%), Asia (0.2%), Europe (0.3%), Latin America (0.3%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#6. Montgomery County

- Population: 11,487
- Born in Missouri: 9,617 (83.7% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 1,741 (15.2% of population)
--- Midwest (6.1%), Northeast (1.0%), South (5.1%), West (2.9%)
- Born in another country: 107 (0.9% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.2%), Europe (0.1%), Latin America (0.6%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#5. Washington County

- Population: 24,860
- Born in Missouri: 20,819 (83.7% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 3,874 (15.6% of population)
--- Midwest (7.1%), Northeast (0.8%), South (3.9%), West (3.7%)
- Born in another country: 73 (0.3% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.1%), Europe (0.1%), Latin America (0.0%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.1%)
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#4. Carroll County

- Population: 8,781
- Born in Missouri: 7,380 (84.0% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 1,244 (14.2% of population)
--- Midwest (6.6%), Northeast (0.5%), South (3.3%), West (3.7%)
- Born in another country: 148 (1.7% of population)
--- Africa (0.4%), Asia (0.5%), Europe (0.4%), Latin America (0.3%), North America (0.1%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#3. Ste. Genevieve County

- Population: 17,848
- Born in Missouri: 15,177 (85.0% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 2,426 (13.6% of population)
--- Midwest (8.0%), Northeast (0.4%), South (4.0%), West (1.1%)
- Born in another country: 167 (0.9% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.4%), Europe (0.1%), Latin America (0.4%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#2. Chariton County

- Population: 7,483
- Born in Missouri: 6,391 (85.4% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 1,019 (13.6% of population)
--- Midwest (7.3%), Northeast (0.7%), South (3.0%), West (2.7%)
- Born in another country: 36 (0.5% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.0%), Europe (0.4%), Latin America (0.0%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)
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#1. Osage County

- Population: 13,615
- Born in Missouri: 12,112 (89.0% of population)
- Born in another U.S. state or territory: 1,439 (10.6% of population)
--- Midwest (4.7%), Northeast (0.8%), South (3.4%), West (1.7%)
- Born in another country: 15 (0.1% of population)
--- Africa (0.0%), Asia (0.0%), Europe (0.0%), Latin America (0.1%), North America (0.0%), Oceania (0.0%)

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