Fort Leonard Wood is a medium-sized town located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 14,793 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Fort Leonard Wood is the 47th largest community in Missouri. Much of the housing stock in Fort Leonard Wood was built relatively recently. The construction of new real estate can often be taken as an indication that the local Fort Leonard Wood economy is robust, and that jobs or other amenities are attracting an influx of new residents. This seems to be the case in Fort Leonard Wood, where the median household income is $43,880.00.
Fort Leonard Wood real estate is some of the most expensive in Missouri, although Fort Leonard Wood house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
30.80% of the workforce is employed in the armed forces, making the military a huge focus of life in Fort Leonard Wood. Even though it is a military town, the civilian sector still plays an important role in the local economy. The Public Service and Retail industries respectively employ 44.24% and 11.22% of the civilian workforce.
Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 70.23% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
In addition, Fort Leonard Wood is a college town. There are a lot of students in Fort Leonard Wood attending college, and as a result Fort Leonard Wood provides a number of services, amenities and opportunities geared to the needs and activities of students.
Overall, Fort Leonard Wood’s crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation, which makes a great place to live if safety is an important concern.
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Fort Leonard Wood spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 10.48 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the town are less than they would otherwise be.
As is often the case in a small town, Fort Leonard Wood doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
The education level of Fort Leonard Wood citizens is substantially higher than the typical US community, as 30.55% of adults in Fort Leonard Wood have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Fort Leonard Wood in 2010 was $15,280, which is low income relative to Missouri and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $61,120 for a family of four.
Fort Leonard Wood is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Fort Leonard Wood home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Fort Leonard Wood residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Fort Leonard Wood also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 16.27% of the town’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Fort Leonard Wood include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Fort Leonard Wood is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Pacific Island languages.