Joplin, Missouri

General Demographics

  • Joplin population approximately 50,175 (2010 Census)
  • Daytime population approximately 240,000
  • Population within 40-mile radius of Joplin is 400,000, making it Missouri’s fourth largest metropolitan area.
  • Located in Southwest Missouri in the "four states" region encompassing Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas
  • Highways U.S. 71 and Interstate 44 intersect in Joplin
Joplin combines the beauty and hospitality of country living with the convenience and commerce of city vitality.

Joplin Quick Facts - U.S. Census Bureau

May 22, 2011 - Joplin hit by EF-5 tornado

  • At approximately 5:41 p.m. on May 22, 2011, an EF-5 Tornado touched down at the edge of western city limits
  • Traveled approximately 13 miles
  • Traveled on ground throughout all of City to eastern city limits
  • Continued into the City of Duquesne and rural Jasper County
  • Was ½ mile to ¾ mile wide
  • 161 fatalities
  • Over 1,000 injuries
  • 7,500 homes damaged or destroyed
  • 531 businesses damaged or destroyed
Tornado Fact sheet (full)

Joplin residents have been resilient throughout the recovery, and the Ciity Council, Administration and Staff thank all who have provided support and assistance as we rebuild our City.