Jasper County, Missouri

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Jasper County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. It is included in the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area. The 2000 total population of Jasper County was 104,686, but a 2008 count placed Jasper County total population at 116,813; making it the ninth most populous county in Missouri. Its county seat is Carthage[1]. Jasper County is notable as one of the few counties whose largest city, Joplin, is not the county seat. The county was organized in 1841 and named for Sgt. William Jasper, hero of the American Revolutionary War.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 641 square miles (1,660.2 km2), of which 640 square miles (1,657.6 km2) is land and 2 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.25%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 104,686 people, 41,412 households, and 27,953 families residing in the county. The population density was 164 people per square mile (63/km²). There were 45,571 housing units at an average density of 71 per square mile (28/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.58% White, 1.48% Black or African American, 1.33% Native American, 0.69% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.62% from other races, and 2.24% from two or more races. 3.45% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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