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Profile: Small city Location: Southwest corner of Missouri, 6 miles from Kansas border Elevation: 980 Time zone: Central Standard Time
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This old zinc mining and Route 66 town until recently had the lowest living and housing costs in the country. Reaching its heyday in the early 20th century, the city and area had a long period of decline. Led by some diversified manufacturing, including bedding manufacturer Leggett & Platt, and some trucking industries favoring the central U.S. location, the economy is improving.
The area does serve as a regional center for health care and education, with the small Missouri Southern state university. But the downtown infrastructure, aside from a few historic sites, is old and dull, and there simply isn’t a lot to do. Those who do find good jobs will prosper economically because of the area’s low costs. Tulsa is 90 miles to the southwest.
The town is located near the foothills of the Ozarks, which rise to the southeast. Large agricultural areas surround the city. Climate is continental with a strong Gulf influence. Summers are warm and sticky with little relief outside of the occasional thundershower. Winters are cool and variable, with snow and rain-snow mixes and periods of cold alternating with warmer weather. First freeze is mid-October, last is mid-April.
Interesting Facts about Joplin, Missouri
As of 2014, Joplin's population is 49,924 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 5.50 percent.--------------------
The median home cost in Joplin is $100,100. Home appreciation the last year has been 0.10 percent.--------------------
Compared to the rest of the country, Joplin's cost of living is 16.90% Lower than the U.S. average.--------------------
Joplin public schools spend $8,138 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 17 students per teacher in Joplin.--------------------
The unemployment rate in Joplin is 5.20 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Negative. Joplin jobs have Decreased by 0.14 percent.
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Average Commute time is 16 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.--------------------
Joplin's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)
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