Neosho, Missouri

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Neosho, Missouri
Newton County Courthouse, 2006
Newton County Courthouse, 2006
Nickname(s): 
City of Springs, Flower Box City, Gateway to the Ozarks
Location of Neosho, Missouri
Location of Neosho, Missouri
Coordinates: 36°51′20″N 94°22′35″W / 36.85556°N 94.37639°W / 36.85556; -94.37639Coordinates: 36°51′20″N 94°22′35″W / 36.85556°N 94.37639°W / 36.85556; -94.37639
CountryUnited States
StateMissouri
CountyNewton
Founded1839
IncorporatedAugust 20, 1847, again in 1878
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • City ManagerDonald Troy Royer
Area
 • Total15.75 sq mi (40.79 km2)
 • Land15.73 sq mi (40.74 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation
1,037 ft (316 m)
Population
 • Total11,835
 • Estimate 
(2012[3])
12,121
 • Density752.4/sq mi (290.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
64850
Area code(s)417
FIPS code29-51572[4]
GNIS feature ID0723172[5]
Websitewww.neoshomo.org

Neosho (/nˈʃ/; originally is the most populous city in Newton County, Missouri, United States, which it serves as the county seat. With a population of 11,835 as of the 2010 census, the city is part of the Joplin, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area, a region with an estimated 176,849 (2011) residents. Neosho lies on the western edge of the Ozarks.[6] The cost of living in Neosho is low at about 9.9% less than the Missouri average and 17.9% less than the national average.[6]

History[change | change source]

The name "Neosho" is generally accepted to be of Native American origin. It may be Osage language and means "clear, cold water", referring to local freshwater springs. The springs attracted several cultures of Native American inhabitants for thousands of years. It was also attracted the later white settlers. The city was founded in 1833.[7] It was incorporated. Nicknamed "City of Springs", Neosho has long served as an agricultural center. Since 1888, it is the home of the Neosho National Fish Hatchery, the oldest in the National Fish Hatchery System. It is known locally as the "Gateway to the Ozarks".[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  2. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  3. "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-05-30.
  4. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Here Are The 19 Cheapest Yet Great Places To Live In Missouri". OnlyInYourState.com. Retrieved 9 June 2016.
  7. 'Neosho', LIFE, Vol. 10, No. 21 (May 26, 1941), p. 96