Carthage has the 2011th largest population in the United States. The population shrank by 0.4% from 2010 to 2015, which was slower than the national average. Carthage is part of the Joplin metro area. Unemployment in the Joplin area is 3%, which is lower than the national average, and is getting better. Joplin has the 250th largest local economy in the US, and a low cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Carthage is below average at $36,250, and the median cost of a home in Carthage is $89,400, which is below the national average. 16% of workers in Carthage hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 69% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Carthage. 83% of Carthage workers drive to work alone, 0% take public transit, 9% carpool, and 6% walk. People in Carthage spend an average of 15 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.