Joplin, a town in Missouri, has a population of slightly more than 51,000. The city's population, with an average age of just under 39, skews younger than most cities in Missouri. Most Joplin residents own their homes, and 43% of residents rent. Renting remains an affordable option, though, as the city boasts a relatively low average rent of $764/month. Over the course of a year, renters in Joplin will save around $1,000 compared to the state average.
With an average commute time of about 18 minutes, outperforming most cities in the state, Joplin residents know that traveling to work isn't overly time-consuming. Driving is the most common mode of getting to work, opted for by 46% of commuters, while public transportation is not extensively used. Not many commuters walk to work.
Joplin residents have a wide range of industries from which to choose. The four most common are retail, healthcare, manufacturing, and entertainment. Combined, these industries account for 30% of the workforce in the city. Meanwhile, looking at job function, many workers in these industries are in sales, making it the top field in the city. With an average annual income of about $54K, Joplin workers take home less than their peers elsewhere in Missouri. Joplin's average income also trails the national average ($73,345). Compared to the national average, Joplin has a relatively large concentration of residents over the age of 25 who have a high school degree or GED (22%). Further, 11% possess a Bachelor's degree and 4% have earned a Master's or Doctoral degree.
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