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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    A-
Joplin is a town in Missouri with a population of 50,073. Joplin is in Jasper County. Living in Joplin offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Joplin there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Joplin and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Joplin are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$123,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$784
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    42%
  • Own
    58%
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Joplin Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    398.8
    282.7
  • Murder
    5.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    84
    40.7
  • Robbery
    116.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    929.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    5,567.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    618.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    15%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    11%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    32%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    10%
    13%

Working in Joplin

Jobs
C+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$42,782
National
$55,322
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This is a medium-sized town that has restructured nicely after tornadoes have swept through, causing great damage. It is very spread out, so transportation (other than walking) is necessary! There are many churches and restaurants, but not much for entertainment.
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Joplin is a decent mid sized city. The area is very poor which makes the cost of living very low which is an upside. The downside is that because of the low cost of living the job opportunities typically pay less than most places. Most of the residents of Joplin work jobs that are in someway connected to manufacture. Joplin's public schools are pretty decent and I think very good considering the relative poverty of the area. Important; I have looked in multiple sources including the fed, and neighborhood scout at Joplin's crime statistics and calculated that Joplin's crime rate is 2.84 times the national average. I find this odd because when I look on niche I live in the worst area crime wise, of Joplin. I have to say that as a lifelong resident of Joplin that I didn't really feel like our crime rate is 2.84 times the national average or like our crime rate was at all noteworthy. Also consider that I'm a 17 years old white male who was born, raised, and educated exclusively in Joplin.
Joplin is a solid town with low cost of living and a reasonably friendly populace. I have never felt unsafe in Joplin though there are certain, infrequent areas where it is better to be cautious than not. The public school system is quite good and there are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of in terms of education. The nearby Missouri Southern State University campus does a good deal in this regard.

All that being said, there is very little in the way of entertainment or nightlife and the city is not very diverse. Some of the better locations in town include the public library, Bookhouse cinema, and the wildcat glades hiking trail. Healthy living can also be difficult. There are gyms but not many trails and the city is not super bike friendly.