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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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Poplar Bluff is a town in Missouri with a population of 17,198. Poplar Bluff is in Butler County. Living in Poplar Bluff offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. Many families live in Poplar Bluff and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Poplar Bluff are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$92,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$665
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    52%
  • Own
    48%
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Poplar Bluff 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
    526
    283
  • Murder
    6
    6
  • Rape
    81
    41
  • Robbery
    144
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    1,023
    500
  • Theft
    4,761
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    404
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$31,675
National
$55,322
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    8%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%
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I love the people of Poplar Bluff! They are very friendly and courteous. They will go out of their way to help anyone they see who is in need. Poplar Bluff is the site of Three Rivers College which offers affordable tuition to area students. The education is wonderful! TRC has a very wide based variety of academic opportunities with caring instructors who will go out of their way to help their students. The city of Poplar Bluff is growing by leaps and bounds...there are job opportunities becoming available, there are many churches to attend, and many volunteer opportunities.

I can find nothing that needs to be changed in my community. It has given me the opportunity at 60 years of age to attend college and pursue my dream of becoming a business manager. The sky is the limit, and I know I owe that all to my community!
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Living in Poplar Bluff has been a decent experience for me. My family and friends are what make me want to continue living here. Due to the small population, I've noticed people are able to recognize each other more easily. I often run into random people who are friendly. However, the biggest issue in Poplar Bluff is the lack of great job opportunities. To utilize skills for in-demand jobs, you will most likely have to relocate. Poplar Bluff also lacks a variety of entertaining locations.
Poplar Bluff is a great place to live! It is growing daily with new stores being built causing more job opportunities to be available. It's a great place to start a career at the great college, Three Rivers College.