A+ Joplin Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A- Joplin Cost of Living Cost of living is 6% lower than Missouri
8515% less expensive than the US average
919% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Joplin cost of living
F Joplin Crime Total crime is 31% higher than Missouri
Total crime
4,12760% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2560% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-48%Year over year crime is down
Joplin crime
D- Joplin Employment Household income is 21% lower than Missouri
Median household income
$39,37029% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$24,39918% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%5% higher than the US average
Joplin employment
C Joplin Housing Home value is 18% lower than Missouri
Median home value
$115,60037% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$71625% lower than the US average
Home ownership
57%10% lower than the US average
Joplin real estate or Joplin rentals
D+ Joplin Schools HS graduation rate is equal to Missouri
High school grad. rates
84%1% higher than the US average
School test scores
46%7% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:116% lower than the US average
Joplin K-12 schools or Joplin colleges

Living in Joplin, MO

Located in the state of Missouri, Joplin is a medium-sized city with a population of 51,231 people. At 88%, the majority of the Joplin population is White; this is followed by 4% Black and 2% Asian. If finding a family friendly city is important to you, look no further. With more than 73% of the population considered married and 63% with kids under the age of 18, Joplin could be considered a very suitable city for families.

Are you trying to ascertain if living in Joplin is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a great experience before moving to any new city in Missouri, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, crime, weather, education, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Joplin and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Joplin to Missouri and the national average.

With a livability score of 69 out of 100, Joplin is ranked #12,001 in the United States and #401 in Missouri. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Joplin has higher than average scores for the following: amenities (A+) and cost of living (A-). The bad news for Joplin, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: crime (F) and employment (D-).

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Joplin, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Joplin: Richardson's Candy Factory, Reptile World Zoo, and Joplin Museum Complex.

Joplin real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Joplin. Median real estate prices in Joplin come in at $115,600, which is 18.1% lower than the Missouri average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Joplin, the home price to income ratio is 2.9, which is 0% lower than the Missouri average.

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      Better than Ever

      I've lived in Joplin my entire life and it will always be my home. The person who gave a review before me did not not give an accurate description of Joplin AT ALL with the exception of yes, we do get some pretty bad storms. On May 22, 2011 an EF5 tornado leveled nearly the entire town killed about 160 residents. I'll never forget that day, huddled in my bath tub, clinging to my Mother, praying "please God, I don't want to die" But we rebuilt, as did most everyone else, and so quickly! I'm proud to say Joplin really banded together like I never thought we could and we made a tremendous recovery. Enough about the tornado...as for what the reviewer before me said, I don't see how someone could claim to live here for two years and say it takes 30 minutes to get to shopping centers and attractions? Nearly ALL of Joplin's housing is located in the center of town, or just on the outskirts and it takes 5-10min if that to get anywhere you're going (Mall, Walmart, Parks, Schools, Restaurants, etc.) As for attractions? We don't have any. It's rather a very dull, quiet town. We have a couple of clubs and a few bars, oh, and a movie theater. The George Washington Carver National Monument is also a couple minutes outside of town. That's about it. If you were to drive for 30 minutes like they were saying, you'd end up in neighboring cities like Carthage or Neosho. And dinner out isn't that expensive. About $10 a plate on average. Now if you want to drink alcohol, then it will start to get pricey. Joplin does not lack in places to eat, that is for sure! But if you're looking for a nice quiet place to raise your kids that is safe and affordable, I definitely would recommend the friendly town of Joplin, MO. But I would also recommend that you invest in a storm shelter for your home as well just to be safe.
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      Joplin, MO - It's A Stormy Night

      I lived in Joplin, MO for about two years with a friend of mine. While I was living there, I saw some of the worst storms I have ever seen. I will never move back out west because of the number of tornadoes I saw in the city. With that said, I did enjoy the quiet that the country life offered. There were enough shopping centers to keep me happy, and I could usually find a good place to eat.

      One of my favorite places to go was Richardson Candy Factory. This large building was covered from floor to ceiling with all types of candy. If you can't find it here, then you won't find it anywhere. The back of the factory is where the candy is made. You can walk through the factory on a tour and get a free scoop of ice cream. I love animals, and the Reptile World Zoo was one of the places that I found unique. The zoo does not have the typical animals that you would find in an ordinary zoo. The only thing the zoo has is reptiles. I didn't mind this because I like snakes and lizards, but I would much rather see a cute tiger or an elephant instead.

      When you visit the city, you should be prepared to bring a good bit of money. Not everything is expensive, but if you want to spend a night on the town, some of the restaurants can get pricey. You should also plan to use public transportation unless you are staying in the city. Most of the houses are located on the outskirts of the city, and it takes about 30 minutes to get to the shopping centers and attractions. There are a few parks in the area including Cunningham Park. I enjoyed walking through the park and seeing all of the beautiful flowers and children playing.
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      Source: The Joplin, MO data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).