Carthage is a city in Jasper County, Missouri, United States. The population was 14,378 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Jasper County and is nicknamed “America’s Maple Leaf City.”
Carthage is located at 37°10′4″N 94°18′54″W / 37.16778°N 94.31500°W / 37.16778; -94.31500 (37.167773, -94.314958). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 11.69 square miles (30.28 km), of which 11.65 square miles (30.17 km) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km) is water.
Carthage is part of the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.
As of the census of 2010, there were 14,378 people, 5,169 households, and 3,419 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,234.2 inhabitants per square mile (476.5/km). There were 5,753 housing units at an average density of 493.8 per square mile (190.7/km). The racial makeup of the city was 73.6% White, 1.5% African American, 1.0% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.6% Pacific Islander, 18.9% from other races, and 3.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 25.6% of the population.
There were 5,169 households of which 38.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.2% were married couples living together, 14.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.9% were non-families. 29.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.26.
The median age in the city was 32 years. 28.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.9% were from 25 to 44; 20.7% were from 45 to 64; and 13.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.9% male and 51.1% female.
At the 2000 census, there were 12,668 people, 4,813 households and 3,157 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,328.2 per square mile (512.7/km²). There were 5,217 housing units at an average density of 547.0 per square mile (211.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 81.46% White, 2.39% African American, 1.05% Native American, 1.59% Asian, 0.21% Pacific Islander, 6.65% from other races, and 4.94% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 18.27% of the population.
There were 4,813 households of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.4% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.04.
25.4% of the population were under the age of 18, 10.9% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.7 males.
The median household income was $32,557 and the median family income was $37,927. Males had a median income of $29,315 compared with $21,442 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,281. About 12.7% of families and 19.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.5% of those under age 18 and 13.0% of those age 65 or over.
Carthage Missouri neighborhoods include: Douglas Court, Euclid Blvd, Fir Road West, Morgan Heights, Northeast Spring River, Oak Street, Pleasant Valley, Victorian Courtyard