2017 Demographics of the Lake of the Ozarks Region

Lake of the Ozarks has experienced tremendous growth and development over the last 20 years and now boasts a population of more than 124,886 permanent residents and a thriving tourism industry. The popularity of the Lake of the Ozarks region is accentuated by its central location in Missouri; it is a similar distance from the state’s largest population centers, St. Louis and Kansas City. Because of the unique ability to build at the water’s edge and the availability of diverse activities, the Lake Area is projected to experience continued growth and development. Here's a snapshot of the 2017 demographics of the Lake of the Ozarks region:

Population of Lake Area

The Lake of the Ozarks region is divided into three different counties: Camden, Miller and Morgan. As of 2015, the Missouri population was 6,093,000, and the Lake of the Ozarks area was home to 89,521 of those people. Let's take a look even further at the population of each county and then each city within those counties:

Population by Age 

Now let's break the population down by age. When looking at the Lake of the Ozarks area, there's a pretty good mixture of all age groups. However, when we look at the growth over the 5 year period from 2010 to 2015, we see that the increase in population is mostly those between the age of 45-64. Take a look at the charts below showing the age breakdowns by county:

Population by Race & Ethnicity 

The Lake of the Ozarks is a diverse area, from the wide range in age of residents and types of households, to the different races & ethnicities represented. Let's a take a look at the race & ethnicity breakdown by county:

Population by Employment

The Lake of the Ozarks has a thriving business community, especially when it comes to the tourism industry. It is an ideal location for industry, manufacturing, retail, entrepreneurial endeavors, tourism and retirement. Occupations at the Lake range from professional services to sales, construction to production and transportation. Let's take a look at the population breakdown based on employment status:


For the complete 2017 Demographic Snapshot, visit the LOREDC website.

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