Joplin, MO Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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The City of Joplin had a population of 53,606 as of July 1, 2017. Joplin 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 Joplin is located at latitude 37.0764 and longitude -94.5012 in Jasper County. The formal boundaries for the City of Joplin (see map below) encompass a land area of 36.77 sq. miles and a water area of 0.13 sq. miles. Jasper County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,004 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Joplin are located in Jasper County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Newton County.

The City of Joplin (GNIS ID: 2395482) 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 Joplin is located within Township of Joplin, a minor civil division (MCD) of Jasper County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Joplin population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Joplin: Union City.

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Joplin, MO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 53,606
Daytime Population: Workers 49,073
Daytime Population: Residents 28,942
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 78,015
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.46
Population in Households 51,869
Population in Familes 38,116
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,737
Population Density2 1,458
Diversity Index3 34


Median Household Income $39,327
Average Household Income $55,503
Per Capita Income $23,822


Total Housing Units 25,084 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 11,835 (47.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 10,438 (41.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,811 (11.2%)
Median Home Value $103,438
Average Home Value $136,751


Total Households 22,273
Average Household Size 2.33
Family Households 12,919
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.75% 0.88%
Households 0.74% 0.87%
Families 0.55% 0.73%
Median Household Income   1.95%
Per Capita Income   2.65%

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, 2017 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 # 12 99th
Population Density # 178 83rd
Diversity Index # 122 88th
Median Household Income # 637 38th
Per Capita Income # 420 59th

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