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Carthage, Missouri

Carthage is a city located in Jasper County, Missouri. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 12,668. It is the county seat of Jasper County6.

Geography Carthage is located at 37°10'4" North, 94°18'54" West (37.167773, -94.314958)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 24.8 km² (9.6 mi²). 24.7 km² (9.5 mi²) of it is land and 0.1 km² (0.04 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.42% water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 12,668 people, 4,813 households, and 3,157 families residing in the city. The population density is 512.7/km² (1,328.2/mi²). There are 5,217 housing units at an average density of 211.1/km² (547.0/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 86.71% White, 1.54% African American, 1.05% Native American, 1.59% Asian, 0.21% Pacific Islander, 6.65% from other races, and 2.25% from two or more races. 12.54% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 4,813 households out of which 30.9% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% are married couples living together, 11.9% have a female householder with no husband present, and 34.4% are non-families. 30.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 16.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.49 and the average family size is 3.04.

In the city the population is spread out with 25.4% under the age of 18, 10.9% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 35 years. For every 100 females there are 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 89.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $28,557, and the median income for a family is $33,927. Males have a median income of $26,315 versus $19,442 for females. The per capita income for the city is $15,281. 19.2% of the population and 12.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 23.5% are under the age of 18 and 13.0% are 65 or older.

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