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 where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Carthage is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce 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 (12.70%), sales jobs (9.79%), and food service (7.95%).

A relatively large number of people in Carthage telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 8.62% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Carthage spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 17.50 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

The citizens of Carthage are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 16.64% of adults in Carthage have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree

The per capita income in Carthage in 2010 was $16,782, 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 $67,128 for a family of four. Carthage also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 31.37% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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 31.45% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Carthage include Irish, English, Dutch, and French .

In addition, Carthage has a lot of people living here who were born outside of the US (15.69%).

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