Joplin, MO
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Joplin is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 51,818 people and 11 constituent neighborhoods, Joplin is the 13th largest community in Missouri.

Unlike some cities, Joplin isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Joplin are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Joplin is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Joplin who work in office and administrative support (14.25%), sales jobs (13.13%), and management occupations (9.42%).

One of the benefits of Joplin is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 17.75 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 population of Joplin overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Joplin, 24.04% have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Joplin in 2010 was $23,139, which is upper middle income relative to Missouri, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $92,556 for a family of four. However, Joplin contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Joplin is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Joplin home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Joplin residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Joplin include Irish, English, Italian, and Scottish.

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