Introduction to Neosho, Missouri

Neosho, Missouri, in Newton county, is located 57 miles N of Fayetteville, Arkansas (center to center) and is 103 miles NE of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The city is included in the Joplin metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 10,505 people resided in Neosho.

Neosho History

Neosho was originally inhabited by the Native Americans. It was first settled by the Europeans in the late 1820s. Lunsford Oliver from Tennessee was the first known settler of the area. He arrived in 1829. The city is the county seat of Newton County, which was organized on December 31, 1838 and was named after Sergeant John Newton. The first court session of Newton County was held on April 13, 1839. Neosho was incorporated in 1878.

Neosho and nearby Attractions

  • Harmony Shopping Center
  • Big Spring Park
  • Newton County Historical Park
  • Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments (Marjan)
  • Reptile World Zoo
  • Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Museum

Things To Do In Neosho

Neosho is home to Newton County Historical Society Museum. The Big Spring Park and Morse Park are some of the local parks. Visitors can shop at the Harmony Shopping Center. The Mormon Church is also worth visiting. In addition, the city hosts the Newton County Fair every year in the month of July. The Reptile World Zoo and Precious Moments Art Museum are some of the popular tourist destinations.

Neosho Transportation

Joplin Regional Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Neosho Higher Education

Crowder College lies in the city. Missouri Southern State College, Pittsburg State University, and Northwest Arkansas Community College also provide higher education in the area.


Total Population 12,102
Male Share of the Population 49.6%
Female Share of the Population 50.4%
Senior Citizens 14.6%
Employed Population 16+ 5,106
Age of the Population 34


% of people married 48.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $42,020
% Above Poverty Level 79.8%
% Below Poverty Level 20.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 4.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 29.4%
Median Gross Rent $559
Median House Value $90,700


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 29.7%
US/American 0%
English 12.4%
Irish 9.2%

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

Neosho Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 57 miles N of Fayetteville, Arkansas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 103 miles NE of Tulsa, Oklahoma
County Newton
Metro Area Joplin
Standard Zip Codes 64850
P.O. Box Zip Codes 64853
Phone Area Codes 417
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.868
Longitude -94.367

Neosho Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station NEOSHO
Distance 0.2 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 43 F
Apr Temp 44 to 68 F
Jul Temp 67 to 90 F
Oct Temp 45 to 71 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches
Distance 15.6 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 44 F
Apr Temp 44 to 70 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 70 F
Annual Precip 43.6 inches
Distance 20.8 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Diamond 921 $42,656
Goodman 1,141 $51,833
Granby 2,170 $41,786

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

Neosho Public Libraries

Neosho Newton County Library
Neosho, Missouri
(417) 451-4231
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Neosho Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(417) 451-1234
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 19.1

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