Carthage, MO
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Carthage is a somewhat small city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 14,319 people and four constituent neighborhoods, Carthage is the 52nd largest community in Missouri.

Unlike some cities, Carthage isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Carthage are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Carthage is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Carthage who work in office and administrative support (14.10%), sales jobs (8.37%), and food service (7.12%).

One of the benefits of Carthage is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.52 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

The citizens of Carthage are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 16.86% of adults in Carthage have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Carthage in 2010 was $17,498, which is lower middle income relative to Missouri, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $69,992 for a family of four.

Carthage is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Carthage home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Carthage residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Carthage also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 30.50% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Carthage include Irish, English, Dutch, and Scottish.

The most common language spoken in Carthage is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.