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Carl Junction, Missouri
Location of Carl Junction, Missouri
Location of Carl Junction, Missouri
Coordinates: 37°10′18″N 94°33′9″W / 37.17167°N 94.55250°W / 37.17167; -94.55250Coordinates: 37°10′18″N 94°33′9″W / 37.17167°N 94.55250°W / 37.17167; -94.55250
Country United States
State Missouri
County Jasper
Area
 • Total 5.61 sq mi (14.52 km2)
 • Land 5.47 sq mi (14.17 km2)
 • Water 0.13 sq mi (0.34 km2)
Elevation
896 ft (273 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 7,445
 • Estimate 
(2019)
8,274
 • Density 1,512.06/sq mi (583.80/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
64834
Area code(s) 417
FIPS code 29-11368
GNIS feature ID 0715396

Carl Junction is a city in Jasper County, Missouri, United States. The population was 7,445 at the 2010 census.

History

Carl Junction was laid out near a railroad junction by Charles Carl, who gave the town his last name. A post office called Carl Junction has been in operation since 1878.

Carl Junction was struck by a tornado on May 4, 2003. In 2011, some Carl Junction residents survived the Joplin tornado by huddling in the freezer of a convenience store.

Geography

Carl Junction is located at 37°10′18″N 94°33′9″W / 37.17167°N 94.55250°W / 37.17167; -94.55250 (37.171804, -94.552557).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.61 square miles (14.53 km2), of which, 5.48 square miles (14.19 km2) is land and 0.13 square miles (0.34 km2) is water.

Carl Junction is approximately 8 miles from Joplin.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 699
1900 1,177 68.4%
1910 1,115 −5.3%
1920 1,377 23.5%
1930 1,042 −24.3%
1940 1,039 −0.3%
1950 1,006 −3.2%
1960 1,220 21.3%
1970 1,661 36.1%
1980 3,937 137.0%
1990 4,123 4.7%
2000 5,294 28.4%
2010 7,445 40.6%
2019 (est.) 8,274 11.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

Carl Junction is part of the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,445 people, 2,616 households, and 2,061 families living in the city. The population density was 1,358.6 inhabitants per square mile (524.6/km2). There were 2,769 housing units at an average density of 505.3 per square mile (195.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 93.3% White, 1.0% African American, 1.3% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.8% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.9% of the population.

There were 2,616 households, of which 45.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.3% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.1% had a male householder with no wife present, and 21.2% were non-families. 17.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.84 and the average family size was 3.18.

The median age in the city was 34.7 years. 31.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.6% were from 25 to 44; 22.8% were from 45 to 64; and 11.6% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.

Arts and culture

Each year in September, Carl Junction hosts the Bluegrass Festival. Bluegrass bands from all over the country come to play. There is a car show, petting zoo, refreshments, and many craft booths. The festival is held at Center Creek Park located just east of the Carl Junction swimming pool.

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