Joplin, MO Profile: Facts & Data


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Joplin, Missouri - Basic Facts

The City of Joplin had a population of 54,163 as of July 1, 2018. 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, 2018.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Joplin: Union City.

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Joplin, MO Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 54,163
Population in Households 52,427
Population in Familes 38,400
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,736
Population Density1 1,473
Diversity Index2 34


Median Household Income $41,273
Average Household Income $58,511
Per Capita Income $25,104


Total Housing Units 25,324 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 12,343 (48.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 10,187 (40.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,794 (11.0%)
Median Home Value $107,144
Average Home Value $144,205


Total Households 22,530
Average Household Size 2.33
Family Households 13,098
Average Family Size 3
  1. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  2. 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 0.79% 0.84%
Households 0.79% 0.84%
Families 0.65% 0.72%
Median Household Income   3.45%
Per Capita Income   3.34%

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, 2018 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 # 173 83rd
Diversity Index # 127 88th
Median Household Income # 622 40th
Per Capita Income # 402 61st

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