McDonald County, MO

McDonald County, MO

McDonald County is located in southwest Missouri and has a population of over 23,000. It lies between the metropolitan areas of Bentonville, Arkansas, and Joplin, Missouri. Our commerce is driven largely by the poultry and tourism industries. Our outlying open spaces and transportation corridors are quickly becoming the neighborhood communities of the Bentonville and Joplin region given our low cost of living, hill country, natural areas, and proximity to clear Ozark streams.

McDonald County is all about local businesses delivering an experience not just a product. Our businesses in the McDonald County area are friendly and responsive, striving to meet the challenges of a growing community. We are currently experiencing major growth as the I-49 corridor builds out.


Pineville is the county seat of McDonald County with a population of around 1,000 residents. Pineville was originally named Maryville, and under the latter name was laid out in 1847. The name was changed to Pineville in 1849. Some say that the city was named for a grove of pine trees at the original town site. Pineville is located just north of the confluence of Big and Little Sugar Creeks, which forms the Elk River. "The River City" as its known, sees thousands of tourists each week who visit the many public river access points and campgrounds. It serves as a regional hub of government, recreation, and industry, with Interstate 49 running through town.

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McDonald County News


Anderson is a city in McDonald County with a population of approximately 1,961 residents. In 1886, Robert Anderson opened a general store and a post office which he named Anderson. The town began to grow after the railroad was extended through the city. Anderson was incorporated into a city on December 7th, 1909. From 1903 until the early 1950's, Anderson was known as the "Strawberry Capital of the World". The city celebrates its rich heritage each year with an annual arts & crafts fair, including a popular 5k run.

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McDonald County Chamber of Commerce

Anderson Betterment Club


Established in 1886 along the Elk River, Noel is a city that boasts a population of 1,832. Noel is centrally located for canoe trips down the river and its tributaries of Big Sugar Creek and Indian Creek. It has been a perennial favorite of vacationers for more than half a century and has been dubbed the "Canoe Capital of the Ozarks." Because of its Christmas-themed name, tens of thousands of Christmas cards and letters are sent to the USPS Noel Post Office each year. They are all stamped with a postmark reading, "Noel, Mo, - 'The Christmas City in the Ozark Vacation Land.' " From Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, pieces of mail arrive from all fifty states, Canada and Mexico.

City of Noel

McDonald County Chamber of Commerce

Noel Betterment Association


Jane is a village in McDonald County located on Route 90 at its intersection with Interstate 49. The village has a population of approximately 312 residents. Jane is notable in that it is what some consider the epicenter of economic development in McDonald County as it is currently the only municipality in the county hosting a Walmart store. Walmart's corporate headquarters are in nearby Bentonville, Arkansas. A satellite of the McDonald County Sheriff's Office is located within the Walmart store building. Walmart also operates a large Data Center nicknamed Area 71, near Jane.

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McDonald County News

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