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Community Introduction

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Serving as the county seat of Jasper County, in the southwest section of the state of Missouri, is the flourishing city of Carthage. Also known as the “Maple Leaf City” for its beautiful fall colors, Carthage provides its residents with a distinguished lifestyle, offering such amenities as a top-quality school system, superior medical facilities, an array of outdoor activities and a safe, affordable living environment.

The exquisite scenery of the Southwest Region of Missouri is comprised of winding rivers and rolling hills, providing a wide array of recreational opportunities for both residents and visitors. Several charming parks and extensive golf courses are accessible in and around the thriving community, as well as a host of family-friendly attractions.

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Established businesses and entrepreneurs throughout the region support the city’s booming economy. Small and large businesses have located themselves throughout Carthage, especially within and closely surrounding the downtown area. The Carthage Enhanced Enterprise Zone affords space for business expansion and new business relocation. This Enhanced Enterprise Zone has already created new jobs for people of the area and promises to bring in more businesses and jobs in the near future.

The city of Carthage offers everything from bountiful historical sites and local entertainment venues to antique shopping and delectable dining options. Whether you are residing in Carthage or just passing through, this lovely community has something to suit each personality and taste.

Population Demographics

State of Missouri (2001)........................................... 5.6 million
Jasper County (2001)...............................................105,664
City of Carthage (2000)............................................12,668
Households (2000)....................................................4,813
Average Household Size (2000)............................2.49
Median Age (2000)...................................................35

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