Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA)

Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA)

Our Metropolitan Statistical Area is comprised of a seven-county, tri-state megaregion inclusive of Joplin, MO, Miami, OK, and Pittsburg, KS MSAs.

The total regional population is 250,695. The average wage is $49,000. As of 2021, the population increased by 1.2% since 2015, growing by 3,008. Population is expected to increase by 1.8% between 2020 and 2025, adding 4,477.

15.6% of the MOKAN MSA Regions' residents possess a Bachelor's Degree and 8.1% hold an Associate's Degree, while 23.2% have earned some college credit.

Our workforce is strong and well trained in a variety of skilled occupations spanning several industries.

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TFI Acquires Carthage Trucking Company

D&D Sexton, a Carthage-based trucking company, was acquired Friday by TFI International Inc., parent company of Contract Freighters Inc., of Joplin.



Area manufacturers met with high school students to showcase advanced manufacturing technology and products.


State Announces Joplin Crossroads Industrial Park as Missouri Certified Site

MO Dept of Economic Development announced that the Crossroads Industrial Park in Joplin is now a Missouri Certified Site.


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