Introduction to Carthage, Missouri

Carthage, Missouri, in Jasper county, is located 55 miles W of Springfield, Missouri (center to center) and is 117 miles NE of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The city is in the Joplin area. There are 12,668 residents in Carthage.

Carthage History

Carthage was platted in 1842. The first Battle of Carthage took place in 1861, while a second one took place in 1863. The area experienced rapid development after the Civil War. The Missouri Western Railroad entered the region in 1872. Carthage is in the Jasper County which was created in 1841.

Carthage and nearby Attractions

  • Kellogg Lake Park
  • Battle of Carthage Civil War Museum
  • Historic Phelps House
  • Prairie State Park

Things To Do In Carthage

Travellers of Carthage can visit the Battle of Carthage Civil War Museum to learn more about the history of the region. The Historic Phelps House is another major tourist attraction. The Kellogg Lake Park, and Prairie State Park are ideal places for a day trip in the company of family and friends. Tourists can also enjoy a walk by the beautiful Kellogg Lake. In addition, the city hosts several annual celebrations like the Acoustic Music Festival and the Festival of Carthage.

Carthage Transportation

Joplin Regional Airport is close by.

Carthage Higher Education

There are various colleges and universities near Carthage including Missouri Southern State College, Pittsburg State University, Northwest Arkansas Community College, and Drury University.


Total Population 14,281
Male Share of the Population 46.4%
Female Share of the Population 53.6%
Senior Citizens 15.5%
Employed Population 16+ 5,536
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 46.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.6%
Median Earnings25+ $23,471
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,153
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,186


Median Family Income $39,876
% Above Poverty Level 68.6%
% Below Poverty Level 31.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 8.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.9%


People Living Alone 31.1%
Median Gross Rent $673
Median House Value $89,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 44.4%
US/American 0%
English 7.5%
Irish 7.8%

Carthage Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 55 miles W of Springfield, Missouri (center to center)
Nearest Large City 117 miles NE of Tulsa, Oklahoma
County Jasper
Metro Area Joplin
Standard Zip Codes 64836
Phone Area Codes 417
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.176
Longitude -94.31

Carthage Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station CARTHAGE 5 S
Distance 5.3 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 42 F
Apr Temp 45 to 68 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 70 F
Annual Precip 42.6 inches
Distance 10.6 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 42 F
Apr Temp 46 to 69 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 48 to 71 F
Annual Precip 46 inches
Station LAMAR
Distance 22.5 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 41 F
Apr Temp 45 to 68 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 46 to 71 F
Annual Precip 48.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Carthage, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Kendricktown (64836)

Morgan Heights (64836)

Scotland (64836)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alba 561 $45,208
Brooklyn Heights 118 $35,625
Carterville 1,806 $37,692
Carytown 226 $58,333
Fidelity 237 $43,750

Carthage Public Libraries

Carthage Public Library
Carthage, Missouri
(417) 237-7040
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Carthage Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(417) 358-8121
Emergency Service: Yes

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