Jasper County, Missouri

Jasper County, Missouri is at the very heart of the Heart of Work. Home to Joplin and nearly 120,000 residents, our area has much to offer growing companies, with certified shovel-ready sites that are ready for development, abundant utilities, and quick access to Interstate and state highways. Locations such as the Crossroads Business and Distribution Park are ideal for companies with logistics and distribution needs. Rail shippers will appreciate both Class 1 and regional rail service.

Jasper County is also at the heart of millions of acres of productive cropland, providing opportunities for food producers and companies serving the world of agribusiness. Joplin, the county’s largest city, is a bustling center of commerce with deep technology resources and a skilled workforce.

We’re positioning the county for the future, with K-12 schools that are working collaboratively with higher education providers to equip students with the right skills for tomorrow through the Career Pathways project and the Jasper County Certified Work Ready program. Lifelong career-focused learning is the mission of the area’s many postsecondary institutions, including Pittsburg State University, Crowder College, Neosho County Community College, and Labette Community College. They provide in-demand skills in fields such as technology, manufacturing, engineering, alternative energy, healthcare, and management.

Jasper County has a population of 118,596 people and owes its existence to the lead and zinc that was mined in the area in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. It contains the towns of Carl Junction, Carthage, which is the county seat, Webb City, and Joplin, which is the 4th largest MSA in Missouri.


Carl Junction

Carl Junction is in southwestern Jasper County, Missouri, and is contiguous with Joplin on the south and east. It is approximately 160 miles south of Kansas City, 295 miles southwest of St. Louis, 85 miles west of Springfield, and 5 miles east of the Kansas state line. The housing market in the Carl Junction area has maintained its reputation as one of the fastest growing communities for its size in the state of Missouri. Where it was once the usual work load to process an average of 3-4 building permits a year during the 70’s and 80’s, in more recent years the City staff has had to step up efforts significantly to handle today’s volumes that have, on average of 33 a year.

Carl Junction, being a rather sizable strategic geographical component of a much larger market-area with a population of over 500,000 (i.e., Joplin metro, with its $2 billion in estimated annual retail sales), our city is well-positioned to benefit every time a new or expanding business prospect makes a financial commitment to the area.

City of Carl Junction

Carl Junction Economic Development

Carl Junction Chamber of Commerce



Carthage is the county seat for Jasper County and sits adjacent to Interstate 49. It has a population of over 14,300 people. Carthage has a diversified economic base, exceptional people who live and work here, wonderful architecture and beautiful Victorian homes. Additionally, we have a strong educational system, good city government and departments, dedicated police and fire departments, appealing parks system, and so much more.

Major area employers include Leggett & Platt, a Fortune 500 corporation manufacturing household durables, which is headquartered in the town, H.E. Williams, Inc. (a manufacturer of home electric lighting implements), Otts Foods, Schreiber Foods, and Goodman Manufacturing (all producing various food products) and the Carthage Underground, formerly a quarry, which now serves as a storage area with climate control for various products.

In 2003 Changing World Technologies and its subsidiary Renewable Environment Solutions built the first operational commercial thermal conversion plant in the United States to take advantage of the large amount of feedstock for the thermal conversion process made available by the many food rendering plants in the area.

City of Carthage

Carthage Economic Development

Carthage Chamber of Commerce

Carthage CVB



Joplin is a city in southern Jasper County and northern Newton County in the southwestern corner of the state of Missouri. Joplin is the largest city in Jasper County, though it is not the county seat. The cities population over 52,000 but has a daytime population of 240,000 people. The combined metro area is 210,000 people and the market area are over 350,000.

Joplin is the manufacturing, medical, and retail hub for the 4-State region of Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas. Two regional medical centers and the regions only shopping mall are in Joplin. Route 66 passes through it and “Joplin, Missouri” is among the lyrics to Bobby Troup’s legendary song, immortalizing the city among others on the famous highway.

City of Joplin

Joplin Economic Development

Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce

Joplin CVB