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The City of Carthage had a population of 15,305 as of July 1, 2016. Carthage ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Missouri. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Carthage is located at latitude 37.1507 and longitude -94.3278 in Jasper County. The formal boundaries for the City of Carthage (see map below) encompass a land area of 11.65 sq. miles and a water area of 0.04 sq. miles. Jasper County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,004 feet.

The City of Carthage (GNIS ID: 2393760) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Carthage is located within Township of Jackson, a minor civil division (MCD) of Jasper County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Carthage population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Carthage, MO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 15,305
Population in Households 14,844
Population in Familes 11,918
Population in Group Qrtrs 461
Population Density1 1,314
Diversity Index2 70


Total Households 5,406
Average Household Size 2.75
Family Households 3,605
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 5,993 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,223 (53.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,183 (36.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 587 ( 9.8%)
Median Home Value $88,606
Average Home Value $120,716


Median Household Income $34,795
Average Household Income $46,034
Per Capita Income $16,731
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.0% 1.01%
Households 0.72% 0.87%
Families 0.85% 0.78%
Median Household Income   -1.29%
Per Capita Income   0.87%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Carthage, MO - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Carthage to the other 1,032 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Missouri by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 56 95th
Population Density1 # 217 79th
Diversity Index2 # 7 99th
Median Household Income # 764 26th
Per Capita Income # 896 13th

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