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Joplin, Missouri - Basic Facts

The City of Joplin is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Jasper County at latitude 37.0764 and longitude -94.5012. Jasper County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,004 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Joplin, but most people and references simply refer to it as Joplin, Missouri.

The P1 Census Class Code for Joplin indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Joplin: Union City.

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Joplin, MO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 50,277
Population in Households 48,532
Population in Familes 35,782
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,745
Population Density1 1,414
Diversity Index2 32


Total Households 20,874
Average Household Size 2.32
Family Households 12,084
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 23,789 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 11,422 (48.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 9,451 (39.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,915 (12.3%)
Median Home Value $116,449
Average Home Value $133,641


Median Household Income $36,503
Average Household Income $48,131
Per Capita Income $20,485
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.06% 0.88%
Households 0.02% 0.85%
Families -0.25% 0.67%
Median Household Income   2.16%
Per Capita Income   2.81%
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.

Joplin, MO - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Joplin to the other 1,032 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Missouri by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 13 99th
Population Density1 # 191 82nd
Diversity Index2 # 133 87th
Median Household Income # 666 36th
Per Capita Income # 501 52nd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Missouri Census Data Comparison Tool.