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Census Data for Joplin ...

Population ...

The most recent Census Estimate<1> was for 2016 and it gives Joplin a population of 52,195 people.

The last Decennial Census<2> was in 2010, giving Joplin a population of 50,150 people.

The city of Joplin is located in Jasper County. The 2010 Census gave Jasper County a population of 117,404 people. This means that Joplin had 42.72% of the county's total population, making it Jasper's most populous community.

At the same time, Missouri had a population of 5,988,927 people, meaning that Joplin had 0.84% of the total population of Missouri - making it the state's 13th most populous community.

Area ...

When the Census Bureau conducts a census for a city like Joplin, they draw a boundary around the area in which they are going to conduct their count - this is called a sampling area (or a polygon). The shape of the sampling area can be quite complex and it's important to keep in mind that the boundaries of the sampling area may or may not match the recognized boundaries of the city.

Things like the population, area and housing for Joplin reflect the sampling area. Since the shape of the sampling area and the actual boundaries of Joplin might be slightly different, it's best to check with the U.S. Census Bureau if you need precision.

The 2010 Census shows that the sample polygon for Joplin has a total area of 35.68 square miles [92.4 km²]. Of this total, a small amount of the area is covered by water (0.12 square miles [0.3 km²]).

Jasper County has a land area of 638 square miles [1,653.7 km²]. At 35.56 square miles [92.1 km²], Joplin has 5.57% of the county's total land area.

Not only does the sampling area define boundaries, it also has a GPS location (latitude & longitude) that indicates a point within the sampling area (usually at the center of the polygon). At the time of the 2010 Census, the sampling area was located at:

Lat:   37° 4' 39"   (or 37.08°)             [Map]

Lon:   -94° 30' 8"   (or -94.5°)

More information on this topic and the changes between the 2000 Census and the 2010 Census can be found in the section for our Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Population Density ...

Using the population (50,150 people) and land area (35.56 square miles [92.1 km²]) values from the 2010 Census, Joplin had a population density of 1,405 people per square mile [542 people/km²].

In comparison, the 2000 Census shows Joplin had a population of 45,504 people and a land area of 31.42 square miles [81.4 km²]. This gives a population density of 1,444 people per square mile [557 people/km²]

NOTE: Be aware that when comparing population density between the 2000 and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Joplin. You need to be careful when making such a comparison, the differences are likely to lead to an incorrect comparison. More information about the changes can be found in the section Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Housing Units ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Joplin had 23,322 Housing Units<3> and with its population of 50,150 people, this averages 2.15 people per Housing Unit.

The 2010 Census shows Joplin had a land area of 35.56 square miles [92.1 km²]. This translates to 653 Housing Units per square mile [252.4 housing units/km²].

From the Census of 2000: Joplin had 21,328 Housing Units, a population of 45,504 people and a land area of 31.42 square miles [81.4 km²]. This gives a density of 2.13 people per Housing Unit and 677 Housing Units per square mile [261.4 housing units/km²].

NOTE: Repeating the caution above (under Population Density), be aware that when comparing Housing Units between the 2000 and the 2010 Census, there were changes in the sampling area for Joplin and you need to be careful when comparing results between the censuses. More information about these differences can be found in the section called Census-to-Census Observations ... (see below).

Jasper County ...

The community of Joplin is primarily located in Jasper County. A portion of Joplin extends into Newton County.

The county had a population of 117,404 people at the 2010 Census. With it's population of 50,150 people, Joplin represented 42.72% of the county's total.

In addition, where the city of Joplin has a population density of 1,405 people per square mile [542 people/km²], Jasper County averages 183.9 people per square mile [71 people/km²].

For more information, please visit our Census Page for Jasper County.

Population Rings for Joplin ...

To help identify the number of people who live in Joplin and the surrounding area, we have drawn concentric rings centered on Joplin. We counted the number of communities within each ring and summed their populations.<4>

  Radius   No of
  Since 2010    
5 mi   [8 km]1471,001+3.78%
10 mi   [16 km]2085,275+3.48%
15 mi   [24 km]30106,311+2.45%
20 mi   [32 km]38128,137+2.18%
25 mi   [40 km]54170,283+1.57%
30 mi   [48 km]64179,486+1.47%

Census-to-Census Observations ...

Introduction ...

When the Census Bureau takes a census count (or enumeration) for Joplin, they start by specifying the boundaries of the area to be counted. This area (or sampling area) is a polygon and its shape can be quite complex - it may or may not match the geographical boundaries of Joplin. It's important to note that from one Census to the next, the shape and location of the polygon can change. If you need precision or details about the methodology of the Census, you should visit the U.S. Census Bureau for a definitive answer.

Area ...

The sampling area (or polygon) given for the 2010 Census is 13.28% larger than the 2000 Census.

The 2010 Census shows that the total area for Joplin was 35.68 square miles [92.4 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

The 2000 Census shows a total area of 31.5 square miles [81.6 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of the area is covered by water.

Location ...

While generally coinciding with the GPS location (latitude/longitude) of Joplin, the latitude and longitude given by the Census Bureau actually indicates the GPS location of the polygon for Joplin.

For the 2010 Census, the location was given as:

Lat:   37.077509°   (or 37°4'39" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -94.502262°   (or -94°30'8" W)

For the 2000 Census, the location given was:

Lat:   37.077760°   (or 37°4'39" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -94.511024°   (or -94°30'39" W)

The difference indicates that the U.S. Census Bureau moved the location of the polygon for the 2010 Census 2,550 feet to the east<5> of the location that was used in the 2000 Census.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) have assigned a unique GNIS identifier (#2395482) to Joplin. This identifier also marks a GSP point on the map, and that point lies within the boundaries of Joplin. The GNIS point has been mapped to the latitude/longitude:

Lat:   37.080950°   (or 37°4'51" N)             [Map]

Lon:   -94.505542°   (or -94°30'19" W)

The GSP location given for the 2010 Census lies 1,576 feet to the southeast<6> of the point given by the GNIS for Joplin. For more information about this and the relationship of the various Federal Codes, please visit our Misc Page for Joplin.

Miscellaneous Information for Joplin ...

The Federal government has assigned various identifying codes to each community, county and state. At one time or another, the US Census Bureau has referenced one (or more) of the following identifiers when referring to either Jasper County or the city of Joplin:

The GNIS Codes ...

The current system of identification is called the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS). The following GNIS codes relate to Joplin:

GNIS ID for Joplin: 2395482

GNIS ID for Jasper County: 758503

GNIS ID for Missouri: 1779791

The FIPS Codes ...

An earlier (and largely obsolete) identification method was called the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS):

State Code: 29 (Missouri)

County Code: 097 (Jasper County)

Place Code: 37592 (Joplin)

State & County Code: 29/097 (Missouri / Jasper County)

State & Place Code: 29/37592 (Missouri / Joplin)

Misc. Census Codes ...

Joplin is located in Census Region #2 (the Midwest Region) and Division #4 (the West North-Central Division).

The US Postal Service ZIP Code ...

While some people have used a ZIP code to identify a community, the purpose of the ZIP code was to make mail delivery more efficient by grouping addresses together. Although the ZIP Code doesn't specifically identify a city like Joplin, it does identify addresses that are in (or near) Joplin. It's important to remember that the boundaries of a ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned or overlapped with other ZIP Codes.

The ZIP code for Joplin: 64801-64804<7>

Census ZCTA Codes ...

The US Census Bureau created statistical entities that they call ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) and these ZCTAs are frequently confused with the ZIP codes that come from the US Postal Service (USPS).

ZCTAs were first created for the 2000 Census and at that time, they were based upon the USPS ZIP codes. While largely covering the same areas, the boundaries of a ZCTA do not necessarily match the boundaries of a postal ZIP code with the same number. For example, while a postal ZIP code can cross a county or state line, a Census ZCTA can not. They should be treated as separate entities with no correlation between them.

For more information about the various Federal identification codes, please visit our Misc Page for Joplin.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Jasper County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website of the U.S. Census Bureau

The official website of the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN)

The official website of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

The official website for Joplin: www.joplinmo.org/

The official website for State of Missouri: www.missouri.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Every year, the US Census Bureau creates a population estimate for the preceeding year. Keep in mind that this value is an estimate and not an actual count. The most recent Census estimate is for the year 2016.

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<2>Every 10 years (eg- 1990, 2000, 2010), the US Census Bureau conducts a Constitutionally-mandated count (or enumeration) of people living within the United States. This count is called a Decennial Census. The last Decennial Census was the 2010 Census, with the next one planned for 2020.

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<3>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<4>The communities in our count are those provided by the 2010 Census, so keep in mind that our population rings will only include the people living in those communities. Smaller communities usually don't participate directly in the Census and therefore they won't be included. While our count is a close approximation, it shouldn't be considered as a complete or accurate count.

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<5>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the 2010 Census location is 267 degrees.

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<6>The calculated bearing (or the angle) to the GNIS point is 217 degrees.

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<7>When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Joplin or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Joplin.