Joplin, MO Criminal and Public Records

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About Joplin

Joplin is located in Jasper County, with a population of 51,818. This makes it the 13th most populous city in Missouri. It has an average income of $38,169.

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Public Criminal Records

In 2015, there were 312 reported major violent crimes (0.006069 per person) and 3,514 reported major property crimes in Joplin (0.06835 per person). While these reported crime rates are helpful, it is very important to realize that there is a gap between the actual number of crimes committed and the number of reported crimes; many crimes are notoriously underreported.

In addition, some crimes may be charged under different headings. For example, aggravated assaults that are committed against family members may be charged as domestic violence rather than assault. The charts below show more stats on yearly trends for specific crime types in Joplin.

Crime Rates Compared to Missouri

When it comes to major violent crimes, Joplin has 0.006069 violent crimes per person. This compares to 0.004974 violent crimes per person statewide.

Joplin has 0.06835 major property crimes per person. This compares to 0.028542 per person statewide.

Disclaimer: The city of Joplin resides in these counties: Newton County, Jasper County.


Joplin Crime Rankings:

Statewide (2015)

  • Population: 13th
  • Violent Crimes: 7th (69th per 100k)
  • Murder: 7th (44th per 100k)
  • Rape: 7th (46th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 8th (104th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 7th (32nd per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 7th (13th per 100k)
  • Burglary: 7th (42nd per 100k)
  • Larceny: 6th (18th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 6th (20th per 100k)
  • Arson: 4th (26th per 100k)

Nationwide (2015)

  • Population: 748th
  • Violent Crimes: 339th (919th per 100k)
  • Murder: 75th (359th per 100k)
  • Rape: 148th (606th per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 307th (1,250th per 100k)
  • Robbery: 258th (544th per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 244th (223rd per 100k)
  • Burglary: 297th (696th per 100k)
  • Larceny: 218th (267th per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 237th (199th per 100k)
  • Arson: 85th (260th per 100k)

In Jasper County (2015)

  • Population: 1st
  • Violent Crimes: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Murder: 1st (2nd per 100k)
  • Rape: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Agg. Assault: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Robbery: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Property Crimes: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Burglary: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Larceny: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Vehicle Thefts: 1st (1st per 100k)
  • Arson: 1st (1st per 100k)

General Data

  • Population: 51,818
  • Households: 20,930
  • Median Income: $38,169
  • Land Area: 36.768 miles2
  • Water Area: 0.126 miles2
  • Time Zone: CDT

Joplin, MO Crime Rate Information

Crime Category 2014 2015
Murder 3 3
Rape 48 43
Agg. Assault 148 182
Robbery 62 84
Burglary 611 510
Vehicle Thefts 295 325
Arson 21 33

Violent Crimes in Joplin, MO in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Murder 3
Rape 43
Aggravated Assault 182
Robbery 84

Property Crimes in Joplin, MO in 2015

Crime Reported Numbers
Burglary 510
Larceny 2679
Motor Vehicle Theft 325
Arson 33

Agg. Assault in Joplin, MO

Year Agg. Assault
2006 266
2007 242
2008 256
2010 184
2011 160
2012 189
2013 149
2014 148
2015 182

Violent Crimes in Joplin, MO

Year Violent Crimes
2006 419
2007 372
2008 356
2010 288
2011 249
2012 288
2013 240
2014 261
2015 312

Missouri Criminal Statistics:


If you have an idea of how large Joplin is compared to the overall population of State or if you want to determine whether there has been an increase or a decline in reported crime numbers from year-to-year, then you may want to look at statewide reported crimes.

Crime Category 2014 2015
Violent Crimes 26856 30261
Murder 403 502
Rape 4085 4407
Agg. Assault 18482 20830
Robbery 5592 6376
Property Crimes 176237 173642
Burglary 35258 34006
Larceny 124622 122637
Vehicle Thefts 16357 16999
Arson 0 0

While the above statistics are helpful in some circumstances, they do not give you information about how Joplin compares to the rest of Missouri or to the nation in terms of likelihood that you will be the victim of a crime. To make those comparisons, you need to look at the crime rate. The crime rate refers to the number of crimes per a set number of people. In our crime rates, we have chosen to report the crime rate as incidents per 1,000 people. By comparing these rates, you can determine whether a person in Joplin is at a higher or lower risk of being a victim of a major crime than people in the rest of Missouri or nationwide.


Agg. Assault in the state of Missouri

Year Agg. Assault
2006 22161
2007 20418
2008 20359
2009 20002
2010 19268
2011 18796
2012 19473
2013 18055
2014 18482
2015 20830

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