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Farmington has always enjoyed a stable economic environment, even in the face of the surrounding lead mining industry’s failure in the early 1970s. The city’s location is ideal, with downtown St. Louis reachable in just over a one-hour drive. Accessible transportation also plays a role in Farmington’s economic success with nearby major highways and air travel facilities.

Local business, comprised of everything from independently owned shops to major retailers to progressive manufacturers, continue to diversify, making Farmington an appealing site for relocation or expansion.

A regional hub with more than 30,000 in its labor force, Farmington brings together human resources from various surrounding counties. From skilled manufacturing positions to corporate executives to service professionals, Farmington offers a dynamic, diverse employment pool.

With more than 109,000 workers in the Southeast Missouri Region and more than 30,000 in St. Francois County, the labor market draw is a strong point of difference among other areas in the state of Missouri. In fact, St. Francois County has a substantial number of skilled employees that exceeds the entire populations of many surrounding areas in the state. Workers support a wide range of industries in the region with their diverse skill sets, while earning wages at reasonable levels.

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The labor market in the area is a product of the population and education levels available. Farmington’s population has maintained a relatively steady and continuous growth since 1900, hitting approximately 16,000 in 2010. It is expected to exceed 20,000 by the year 2030.

It is important when looking at population to consider the size of surrounding areas easily traveled by residents, consumers and employees. St. Francois County has a population of nearly 65,000, and the surrounding counties within a 60-mile radius of St. Francois County constitute an additional population of approximately 300,000 and growing.

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