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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population51,540
Male Share of the Population49%
Female Share of the Population51%
Senior Citizens15.7%
Employed Population 16+25,203
Age of the Population37

Families

% of people married46.2%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher25.7%
Median Earnings25+$31,367
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,859
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,695

Wealth

Median Family Income$54,520
% Above Poverty Level82.1%
% Below Poverty Level17.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time16 minutes
% Working from Home3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.4%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone33.6%
Median Gross Rent$753
Median House Value$120,000

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)23.9%
Irish10.3%
English8.9%
French Except Basque3%
Scottish2.8%
Italian2.6%
Dutch1.6%
Swedish0.9%
Polish0.9%
Welsh0.6%
Norwegian0.6%
Greek0.4%
Arab0.4%
Portuguese0.3%
Iranian0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Swiss0.3%
African0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
German0.2%
Czech0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Belgian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Brazilian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Russian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
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Joplin Almanac

CategoryValue
County Jasper County
Standard Zip Codes64801, 64804
P.O. Box Zip Codes64802, 64803
Phone Area Codes417
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude37.08
Approximate Longitude-94.5

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)

StationJOPLIN RGNL AP
Distance4.6 miles
Jan Temp24 to 42 F
Apr Temp46 to 69 F
Jul Temp69 to 90 F
Oct Temp48 to 71 F
Annual Precip46 inches
StationCOLUMBUS 1 SW
Distance19.4 miles
Jan Temp21 to 41 F
Apr Temp44 to 67 F
Jul Temp69 to 90 F
Oct Temp47 to 70 F
Annual Precip44.4 inches
StationMIAMI
Distance24.7 miles
Jan Temp21 to 45 F
Apr Temp45 to 71 F
Jul Temp68 to 91 F
Oct Temp46 to 72 F
Annual Precip43.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Carterville1,738$46,992
Duenweg1,259$50,268
Duquesne1,877$56,333
Redings Mill134$48,438
Saginaw374$53,438
Webb City11,148$58,218

Joplin Public Libraries

Joplin Public Library
300 S MAIN ST
Joplin, Missouri
(417) 623-7953

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Joplin Hospitals

Freeman Hospital East
(Non-profit)
932 East 34th Street
(417) 347-1111
Landmark Hospital Of Joplin
(Proprietary)
2040 W . 32nd Street
(417) 781-4352
Freeman Hospital West
(Non-profit)
1102 West 32nd Street
(417) 347-1111
Mercy Hospital Joplin
(Non-profit)
2817 St. John's Blvd
(417) 781-2727

Joplin Public Schools

College View School
1101 N Goetz Blvd
ZIP: 64801
(417) 629-3044
Other
Total Enrollment 24
Cecil Floyd Elem.
2201 W 24th St
ZIP: 64802
(417) 625-5320
Primary
Total Enrollment 569
Columbia Elem.
610 W F St
ZIP: 64802
(417) 625-5325
Primary
Total Enrollment 227
East Middle
4594 East 20th St
ZIP: 64802
(417) 625-5280
Middle
Total Enrollment 526
Eastmorland Elem.
1131 Highview
ZIP: 64802
(417) 625-5340
Primary
Total Enrollment 279
Franklin Technology Ctr.
417 East 5th St
ZIP: 64802
(417) 625-5260
High
Irving Elementary
2901 Mcclelland Blvd
ZIP: 64802
(417) 625-5350
Primary
Total Enrollment 585
Jefferson Elem.
130 Mckinley
ZIP: 64802
(417) 625-5355
Primary
Total Enrollment 262
Joplin Early Childhood Ctr.
610 S Forest St
ZIP: 64802
(417) 625-5290
Primary
Joplin High
2104 Indiana Ave
ZIP: 64802
(417) 625-5230
High
Total Enrollment 2185
Kelsey Norman Elem.
1323 E 28th St
ZIP: 64802
(417) 625-5360
Primary
Total Enrollment 268
Mckinley Elem.
611 Highland
ZIP: 64802
(417) 625-5365
Primary
Total Enrollment 438
North Middle
102 Gray
ZIP: 64802
(417) 625-5270
Middle
Total Enrollment 564
Royal Heights Elem.
2100 Rolla St
ZIP: 64802
(417) 625-5370
Primary
Total Enrollment 269
Soaring Heights Elem.
4594 East 20th St
ZIP: 64802
(417) 625-5330
Primary
Total Enrollment 419
South Middle
900 E 50th St
ZIP: 64802
(417) 625-5250
Middle
Total Enrollment 612
Stapleton Elem.
101 E 41st St
ZIP: 64802
(417) 625-5375
Primary
Total Enrollment 452
West Central Elem.
1001 W 7th St
ZIP: 64802
(417) 625-5380
Primary
Total Enrollment 223
Gateway School
1823 W 20th St
ZIP: 64804
(417) 629-3410
Other
Total Enrollment 16

Joplin Private Schools

College Heights Christian School
4311 Newman Rd
ZIP: 64801
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 511
Mcauley Catholic High School
930 S Pearl Ave
ZIP: 64801
Secondary
Total Enrollment 94
St Marys Catholic Elementary School
931 Byers Ave
ZIP: 64801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 158
St Peters Middle School
802 Byers Ave
ZIP: 64801
Elementary
Total Enrollment 80
Martin Luther School
2616 Connecticut Ave
ZIP: 64804
Elementary
Total Enrollment 86
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