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Jasper, Missouri
Location of Jasper, Missouri
Location of Jasper, Missouri
Country United States
State Missouri
County Jasper
 • Total 1.13 sq mi (2.92 km2)
 • Land 1.11 sq mi (2.87 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
948 ft (289 m)
 • Total 931
 • Estimate 
 • Density 877.26/sq mi (338.68/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 417
FIPS code 29-36512
GNIS feature ID 0729908

Jasper is a city in Jasper County, Missouri, United States. The population within the city limits was 931 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Jasper is located at 37°20′8″N 94°18′1″W / 37.33556°N 94.30028°W / 37.33556; -94.30028 (37.335679, -94.300174).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.13 square miles (2.93 km2), of which, 1.11 square miles (2.87 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 54
1890 400 640.7%
1900 627 56.8%
1910 664 5.9%
1920 766 15.4%
1930 754 −1.6%
1940 804 6.6%
1950 776 −3.5%
1960 746 −3.9%
1970 796 6.7%
1980 1,012 27.1%
1990 994 −1.8%
2000 1,012 1.8%
2010 931 −8.0%
Est. 2019 972 4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 931 people, 365 households, and 247 families living in the city. The population density was 838.7 inhabitants per square mile (323.8/km2). There were 447 housing units at an average density of 402.7 per square mile (155.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.0% White, 0.3% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.5% Asian, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.5% of the population.

There were 365 households, of which 34.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.9% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 32.3% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.05.

The median age in the city was 36.7 years. 25.8% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25% were from 25 to 44; 26.5% were from 45 to 64; and 13.4% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 50.1% male and 49.9% female.


Jasper has been known as Coon Creek settlement, and as Midway (a name that at times included the Dublin community just across the Barton County line) for its position between county-seats Carthage and Lamar, but in the late 19th century it was renamed Jasper to reuse the postal equipment of a previous Jasper that existed southeast of Carthage.

Jasper was the home to Debra Dene Barnes Miles the year after she finished her reign as Miss America (from 'Miss Kansas' title) in 1968.


The city maintains a park at the west end of Grand Avenue just east of the railroad tracks. The park contains a playground for the children, a memorial bench, band stand, picnic areas, tennis courts and horse shoe pits. There is a baseball/softball complex on the southwest edge of town and are used by the youth baseball association and adult ball leagues.


Jasper Appreciation Days is held each September with events all week long ending with a huge celebration on the 3rd Saturday of the month.

Each November the city holds its annual Veterans Appreciation Celebration parade.

In the 1950s Jasper hosted a local fair celebrating its dairy industry. The current site of the popcorn plant was the PET condensed milk plant. The 1960s and 1970s were the years of the Jasper Harvest Fair held the last week before school started. The Chamber of Commerce sponsored a Kenny Carter Pit Bar-b-que. Hundreds would line up for bar-b-que brisket, chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, potato chips and bread. The evening was rounded off with local talent, the high school band and gospel singing groups. Jasper Appreciation Days is another celebration that takes place in early fall for two days. The Appreciation Days are filled with fun festivities. The Jasper student organizations use this to raise money for their affiliated organization, and to get their message out there.


The Jasper R-5 school district educates the areas students in K-12. The orange and black Eagles field basketball, baseball, football, track,cross country, volleyball and other team sports.

2 State Titles -2001 Class 1 Baseball -1979 Class 1 Football

Jasper in media

Jasper is the nominal setting of the 1989 movie Road House, starring Patrick Swayze; however, the movie was not actually filmed in Jasper. Critic Robert Trussell noted, "Little effort was made to hide the (California) mountains in the background."

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