dcsimg

Overview

Introduction to Joplin, Missouri

Joplin is located in the southwestern portion of Missouri in Jasper County, near the edge of the Ozark Mountain area. The city is the commercial, medical, transportation and educational center for the region. The town was named after Reverend Harris Joplin who established the region's first Methodist congregation. The municipality is part of the Four State area which includes Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas.

History

Before the Civil War, lead ore had been discovered in the Joplin Creek Valley but extracting the lead did not significantly occur until the war had ended. By 1871 numerous small mining camps had been established. The city was founded in 1873. The primary factors for the economy were zinc and lead. The area has experienced extensive deep mining and surface mining.

With the arrival of the railroad and a trolley system, the mining town experienced substantial growth and became the center of Southwest Missouri. A large number of bars and hotels as well as upscale homes were constructed. The famous criminals Bonnie and Clyde stayed in Joplin for a few weeks and robbed some of the local businesses. After the end of World War II the vast majority of the mines were shutdown.

Attractions

Some of the notable sites are the House of Lords, Union Depot, Liberty Building, the Frisco Depot, the Keystone Hotel, Fox Theatre and the Crystal Cave. Other prominent attractions are:

  • Thomas Hart Benton Mural located in the city hall is a notable work of art which showcases the early days of the city and its history of mining.
  • The Scottish Rite.
  • Everett J. Ritchie Tri-State Mineral Museum includes one of the world's best and unique exhibits of lead and zinc ore and is situated in a reproduced mine shaft.
  • Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Museum.
  • John Q. Hammons Convention and Trade Center is a prominent location for conventions and large events.
  • The Chert glades located in Wildcat Glades Park.
  • Grand Falls situated on Shoal Creek is one of the most scenic locations in the state.
  • Spiva Center for the Arts.
  • Sergeant Avenue and Moffet Avenue feature numerous noteworthy historic homes.
  • Connie's Flea Market.
  • The Little Theatre.

Activities

Eight notable lakes and a large number of clear-water streams provide opportunities for recreational activities. The Bridge recreation and entertainment Center is a popular location for kids. The facility features a wide variety of activities. The George Washington Carver Monument includes a museum and a trail which passes through native prairie, wooded areas and runs by streams and ponds. The reptile zoo includes a vast collection of exotic animals including alligators, pythons, iguanas, cobras and crocodiles. The Airfest Joplin and Boomtown Days are noteworthy events.

Higher Education

The city is home to Missouri Southern State University, Ozark Christian College, Vatterott College, Messenger College as well as Franklin Technology Center.

People

Total Population 51,042
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 15.5%
Employed Population 16+ 24,439
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 44.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24%
Median Earnings25+ $30,531
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,842
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,329

Wealth

Median Family Income $50,471
% Above Poverty Level 81.9%
% Below Poverty Level 18.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone 32.7%
Median Gross Rent $699
Median House Value $108,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 27.2%
US/American 0%
English 8.6%
Irish 11.5%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Joplin Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 67 miles W of Springfield, Missouri (center to center)
Nearest Large City 104 miles NE of Tulsa, Oklahoma
County Jasper
Metro Area Joplin
Standard Zip Codes 64801, 64804
P.O. Box Zip Codes 64802, 64803
Phone Area Codes 417
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.084
Longitude -94.513

Joplin Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station JOPLIN RGNL AP
Distance 4.6 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 COLUMBUS 1 SW
Distance 19.4 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 41 F
Apr Temp 44 to 67 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 70 F
Annual Precip 44.4 inches
Station MIAMI
Distance 24.7 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 45 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 46 to 72 F
Annual Precip 43.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Belle Center (64801)

Central City (64801)

Grand Falls (64801)

Iron Gates (64801)

Prosperity (64801)

Stones Corner (64801)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Carterville 1,795 $36,830
Duenweg 1,218 $42,321
Duquesne 1,747 $48,587

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Joplin Public Libraries

Library
Joplin Public Library
300 S. MAIN STREET
Joplin, Missouri
(417) 623-7953
Library Web Site

library logo

More Information for Librarians

Joplin Hospitals

FREEMAN HEALTH SYSTEM - FREEMAN WEST
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1102 WEST 32ND STREET
(417) 347-1111
Emergency Service: Yes

ST JOHN'S REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
2727 MCCLELLAND BLVD
(417) 781-2727
Emergency Service: Yes

Click the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab.
Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school.

 
Results:  5
Matching School Ads
Programs
  • Master of Arts in Law - Non-Profit Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in English - Self-Designed
  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies
  • Recognized as a Top 20 Best Online Bachelor’s Program by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.
  • Online, campus-based, and evening courses offered in 95 areas of study, including Business, Nursing, Psychology, & more.
  • Endorsed by G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education magazine as a Military Friendly School in 2015.
  • Features small class sizes, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 23 to 1.
  • 88% of Regent University students receive financial aid, with $18 million awarded in institutional scholarships & aid each year.
Programs
  • Graphic Design, Bachelor of Science (Online)
  • Internet Marketing, Master of Science (Online)
  • Music Production, Bachelors of Science (Online)
  • Full Sail’s curriculum combines elements of creativity, art, business and life skills, technical prowess, and academic achievement.
  • Full Sail offers accelerated programs, so a degree that would normally take four years takes 24 months on average.
  • Students work with industry-standard tools and technologies, allowing them to gain practical knowledge and real-world experience.
  • Join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to interact with our community, read about grad success, and see campus images.
Programs
  • BS in Business Administration - Project Management
  • MSHUS- Family and Community Services
  • AAS in Information Technology - Network Administration
  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
Programs
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology
  • Medical Assistant
  • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 1968.
  • Founded in 1954, it has been providing corporate training solutions in the private sector for 60 years.
  • Offers programs in HVAC training, Computer Technology, Medical Assisting, and more.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and the Kansas State Board of Regents (KBOR).
  • Main campus is located in Wichita, Kansas, with 4 additional branch campuses.
camnpus icon
Joplin
Request Info
Programs
  • Diesel Technology
  • Heavy Equipment
  • Collision Repair and Refinishing
  • Encompasses the Lincoln Tech, Lincoln Culinary Institute, and Lincoln College of New England brands.
  • Lincoln schools made more than $15 million available nationally through scholarships to qualified students in 2015.
  • Designated a Military Friendly School for the 6th year in a row by Victory Media; offers exclusive scholarship for servicemen and women and their families.
  • First Lincoln Tech campus opened in 1946; now 30 campuses in 15 states across the United States.
  • Campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), Accrediting Commission of Career Schools (ACCSC), Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), and New England Association of Schools and Colleges – Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC)
camnpus icon
Nashville
Request Info

Joplin High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

JOPLIN HIGH
2104 INDIANA
417-625-5230
Serves 1,971 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.7

COLLEGE VIEW STATE SCHOOL
1101 N GOETZ BLVD
417-762-3044
Serves 19 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.1

GATEWAY SCHOOL
1823 W 20TH ST
417-629-3410
A Non-traditional School
Serves 9 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.5

FRANKLIN TECHNOLOGY CTR.
2020 IOWA
417-625-5260
A Vocational School

Additional Details
Joplin Careers
Joplin career and employment information.
Joplin Colleges
Joplin colleges and trade schools.
Study Online in Joplin
Additional Resources
Info for Joplin Government Officials


Are you an official in the Joplin government or quasi-government agency such as the chamber of commerce, visitors bureau or economic development council? If so, visit our information page for government officials to see how CityTownInfo can support you.

Back to Top