Joplin, MO

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Population

176,759

0.365% growth

Median Age

36.8


Median Household Income

$45,913

6.07% growth

Poverty Rate

15.9%


Number of Employees

83,439

1.5% growth

Median Property Value

$114,500

4% growth

About

In 2017, Joplin, MO had a population of 177k people with a median age of 36.8 and a median household income of $45,913. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Joplin, MO grew from 176,117 to 176,759, a 0.365% increase and its median household income grew from $43,286 to $45,913, a 6.07% increase.

The population of Joplin, MO is 85.3% White Alone, 6.85% Hispanic or Latino, and 2.84% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Joplin, MO speak a non-English language, and 97.3% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Joplin, MO are Missouri Southern State University (1,209 degrees awarded in 2017), Crowder College (1,161 degrees), and Ozark Christian College (165 degrees).

The median property value in Joplin, MO is $114,500, and the homeownership rate is 66.9%. Most people in Joplin, MO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 18.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Joplin, MO is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Joplin, MO employs 83.4k people. The largest industries in Joplin, MO are Manufacturing (14,341 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (11,647 people), and Retail Trade (10,453 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($83,235), Utilities ($61,993), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($41,914).

Median household income in Joplin, MO is $45,913. Males in Joplin, MO have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,527. The income inequality in Joplin, MO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$45,913

2017 value

± $1,397

6.07%

1 Year Growth

± 3.99%

Households in Joplin, MO have a median annual income of $45,913, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $43,286 in 2016, which represents a 6.07% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,788

Average Male Salary

± $1,357

$43,527

Average Female Salary

± $948

In 2017, full-time male employees in Missouri made 1.37 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $57,564 ± $7,422

  2. White

    $46,113 ± $833

  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $38,513 ± $18,949

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Missouri workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.25 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Joplin, MO is from Missouri.

0.462

2017 Wage GINI

0.462

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Missouri was 0.462 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0515% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Missouri was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Missouri in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Missouri across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2018, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Joplin, MO was St. Charles County, MO with a value of $81,663, followed by Platte County, MO and Cass County, MO, with respective values of $80,468 and $71,114.

The following map shows all of the counties in Joplin, MO colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Joplin, MO (27.5k out of 173k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 35 - 44.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    23,900 ± 1,143

  2. Hispanic

    4,757 ± 480

  3. Two Or More

    976 ± 227

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Joplin, MO is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

83.4k

2017 Value

± 2,079

1.5%

1 Year growth

± 3.41%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Joplin, MO grew at a rate of 1.5%, from 82.2k employees to 83.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Joplin, MO, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,821 people), Sales & Related Occupations (9,230 people), and Production Occupations (8,531 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Joplin, MO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Joplin, MO, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,821 people), Sales & Related Occupations (9,230 people), and Production Occupations (8,531 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Joplin, MO has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (1.76 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.48 times), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.37 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Joplin, MO, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($64,854), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($54,044), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($52,850).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

83.4k

2017 Value

± 2,079

1.5%

1 Year growth

± 3.41%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Joplin, MO grew at a rate of 1.5%, from 82.2k employees to 83.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Joplin, MO, are Manufacturing (14,341 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (11,647 people), and Retail Trade (10,453 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Joplin, MO, though some of these residents may live in Joplin, MO and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Joplin, MO, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (14,341 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (11,647 people), and Retail Trade (10,453 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Joplin, MO has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (2.45 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.7 times), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.42 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Joplin, MO, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($83,235), Utilities ($61,993), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($41,914).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Missouri to other states, or from other states to Missouri.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $30.4B

  2. $24.9B

  3. $24.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Missouri product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $30.4B, followed by Mixed freight ($24.9B) and Motorized vehicles ($24.6B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Missouri products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$299B

2020 Value

$433B

Projected 2045 Value

44.9% growth

In 2020, total outbound Missouri trade was $299B. This is expected to increase 44.9% to $433B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Missouri trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Missouri to other states, or from other states to Missouri.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $35.5B

  2. $14.6B

  3. $10.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Missouri domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $35.5B, followed by Kansas with $14.6B and Texas and $10.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Missouri shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

86.8% of the population of Joplin, MO has health coverage, with 47.3% on employee plans, 13.4% on Medicaid, 11.9% on Medicare, 12.2% on non-group plans, and 1.98% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Joplin, MO was $8,107 in 2014. This is a 3.14% increase from the previous year ($7,860).

Primary care physicians in Joplin, MO see 1418 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.0706% increase from the previous year (1417 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1806 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 588 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Pemiscot County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.2%). Additionally, DeKalb County and Marion County have the highest prevalence of adult obesity (38.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,418 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Missouri see an average of 1,418 patients per year. This represents a 0.0706% increase from the previous year (1,417 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

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Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,107

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,354

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,413

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,457

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Missouri (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.14%, from $7,860 to $8,107.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

13.2%

Uninsured

47.3%

Employer Coverage

13.4%

Medicaid

11.9%

Medicare

12.2%

Non-Group

1.98%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Joplin, MO declined by 8.82% from 14.5% to 13.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Joplin, MO changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 15.2% prevalence

  2. 14.9% prevalence

  3. 14.8% prevalence

Pemiscot County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Missouri, at 15.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Missouri by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Joplin, MO is home to a population of 177k people, from which 97.3% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.96% of Joplin, MO residents were born outside of the country (6.99k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Joplin, MO is composed of 151k White Alone residents (85.3%), 12.1k Hispanic or Latino residents (6.85%), 5.03k Two or More Races residents (2.84%), 2.98k Black or African American Alone residents (1.68%), 2.97k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (1.68%), 2.09k Asian Alone residents (1.18%), 673 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.381%), and 158 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0894%).

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

37

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1

In 2017, the median age of all people in Joplin, MO was 36.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 37. But people in Joplin, MO are getting staying the same age. In 2016, the average age of all Joplin, MO residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.96%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

6.99k people

3.98%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

7k people

As of 2017, 3.96% of Joplin, MO residents (6.99k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Joplin, MO was 3.98%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    41,972 ± 5,012 people

  2. India

    19,111 ± 3,389 people

  3. China

    16,010 ± 3,102 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Missouri was Mexico, the natal country of 41,972 Missouri residents, followed by India with 19,111 and China with 16,010.

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Citizenship

97.3%

2017 Citizenship

97.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.3% of Joplin, MO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Joplin, MO was 97.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    151k ± 132

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    12.1k ± 741

  3. Two or More Races

    5.03k ± 494

In 2017, there were 12.5 times more White Alone residents (151k people) in Joplin, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 12.1k Hispanic or Latino and 5.03k Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Joplin, MO as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    4,322 ± 369

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,677 ± 318

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,677 ± 255

Joplin, MO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.58 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Joplin, MO awarded 2,860 degrees. The student population of Joplin, MO is skewed towards women, with 4,787 male students and 7,539 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Joplin, MO are White (2,233 and 79.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (217 and 7.73%), Black or African American (126 and 4.49%), and Unknown (73 and 2.6%).

The largest universities in Joplin, MO by number of degrees awarded are Missouri Southern State University (1,209 and 42.3%), Crowder College (1,161 and 40.6%), and Ozark Christian College (165 and 5.77%).

The most popular majors in Joplin, MO are General Studies (351 and 12.3%), Truck, Bus, & Commercial Vehicle Operator & Instructor (289 and 10.1%), and General Business (201 and 7.03%).

The median tuition costs in Joplin, MO are $11,840 for private four year colleges, and $5,501 and $11,002 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 79 degrees awarded

  2. 192 degrees awarded

  3. 104 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Joplin, MO was Other Health Professions & Related Clinical Sciences with 79 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Joplin, MO according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,209 degrees awarded

  2. 1,161 degrees awarded

  3. 165 degrees awarded

$5,501

Median In-State Public

$11,840

Median Private

In 2017, the Joplin, MO institution with the largest number of graduating students was Missouri Southern State University with 1,209 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

1,282

Degrees Awarded to Men

1,578

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 1,282 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Joplin, MO, which is 0.812 times less than the 1,578 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Joplin, MO by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    2,233 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    217 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    126 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Joplin, MO were to White students. These 2,233 degrees mean that there were 10.3 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 217 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Joplin, MO was $114,500 in 2017, which is 0.498 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $110,100 to $114,500, a 4% increase. The homeownership rate in Joplin, MO is 66.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Joplin, MO have an average commute time of 18.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Joplin, MO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$114,500

2017 Median

± $2,695

$110,100

2016 Median

± $2,138

In 2017, the median property value in Joplin, MO grew to to $114,500 from the previous year's value of $110,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Joplin, MO compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Joplin, MO the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

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$45,913

Median Household Income

± $1,397

68.2k

Number of Households

± 1,730

In 2017, the median household income of the 68.2k households in Joplin, MO grew to $45,913 from the previous year's value of $43,286.

The following chart displays the households in Joplin, MO distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Joplin, MO distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Joplin, MO the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

66.9%

2017 Homeownership

66.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 66.9% of the housing units in Joplin, MO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 66.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Joplin, MO compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

18.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Joplin, MO have a shorter commute time (18.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.16% of the workforce in Joplin, MO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    83.1%

  2. Carpooled

    9.73%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.18%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Joplin, MO was Drove Alone (83.1%), followed by those who Carpooled (9.73%) and those who Worked At Home (4.18%).

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Joplin, MO distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Joplin, MO have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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