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Area Description

Carthage, Missouri, is a unique crossroad of architecture, history, art and inspiration Established in 1842 then burned to the ground during the Civil War, the town was reconstructed during the Victorian era. Along with the tri-state mining boom of the late 1800s and early years of the 20th century, a diverse and robust economic profile was created for Carthage. Its families, businesses and industries as well as its social organizations, left the town with a legacy of architectural marvels that are now featured in four districts (comprising of over 600 buildings) listed on the National Registry including one of the largest residential districts in Missouri. These structures housed people and enterprises whose impressive tales continue to intrigue travelers today. Civil War guerrillas, wild west outlaws, powerful capitalists, Ragtime music makers, and women’s rights pioneers, have left their marks on Carthage history.

In modern times, Carthaginians celebrate their heritage through family fun events and cultural activities that keep those legends alive. Join us for Independence Day, Marian Days, Maple Leaf Festival, and Christmas or stop by anytime to visit our historic district, Precious Moments, Route 66 and Civil War sites. We welcome you to Carthage anytime to celebrate small town America and hometown hospitality.

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Recognizing Freeman Health System’s dedication to patient care and safety, the CareChex™ quality rating system ranks Freeman #1 in the state for overall medical care. Freeman earned awards in 90 categories, including #1 in the state for major bowel procedures, #1 in the market for cancer care and top 10 percent in the nation for cardiac care, gastrointestinal care and joint replacement. Freeman provides a full range of healthcare services—orthopedics, neurosciences, heart care, cancer care, women’s services, behavioral health services, diabetes and endocrine services, digestive health services, wound care and more. In 2015, Freeman plans many upgrades to fulfill its mission of improving the health of the communities it serves through contemporary, innovative quality healthcare solutions. These include renovations at Freeman Maternity Center and the addition of a Radiation Oncology Center at Freeman Hospital East that features linear accelerator technology to help doctors better treat a diverse range of cancer cases.
Through Carthage Specialty Clinic, Freeman offers convenient access to cardiac care, Freeman OccuMed occupational healthcare, family medicine, physical therapy and Ozark Center behavioral health services. Additionally, Freeman has the area’s largest network of primary care physicians, including internal medicine and family medicine specialists, OB/GYNs, and pediatricians.
Mercy is the fifth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy Carthage offers numerous community based programs and medical services including a 49 bed hospital, hospitalists, surgical services and a 24 hour emergency room staffed with Board Certified ER Physicians. The hospital will soon have expanded infusion services for chemotherapy, blood, rheumatology, and antibiotic needs. Mercy Clinics in Carthage provide both general and specialized services including Pediatrics, Women’s Health, Family Medicine, Cardiology, Primary Care, Senior Life Solutions (mental health) and Rheumatology and Neurology. Mercy Carthage also offers home health options, cardiac and cardiology rehabilitation, endoscopy and gastroenterology services, lab and imaging services, physical, occupational and speech therapies, Occupational Services and a sleep lab.
Mercy’s $1 billion commitment to rebuild health care in Joplin - with the construction of an eight-story hospital as only part of the plan - is well underway. Mercy's current hospital has high-tech surgical operating suites with the only surgical robot in the area, labor and delivery units, an expanded emergency department and an electronic ICU that provides additional 24-hour vigilance to critically ill patients. Recently Mercy introduced its Telesepsis and Telestroke services in Joplin, making it possible to detect red flag warnings sooner, creating more positive patient outcomes. Mercy has served Joplin since 1896 and has been named 100 Top Hospital five times by Thomson Reuters.

The Family Medical Center of Carthage is an urgent care facility that provides comprehensive multi-specialty medical services in the community.
The Area Community Health Emissaries (ACHE) Dental Clinic provides dental care to low-income residents in the area. The Jasper County Health Department also provides no or low cost services to any resident of Missouri.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Southwest Missouri?

For those of you that retire in Southwest Missouri, you will enjoy warm summers, a cool fall, a cold winter and a temperate spring!

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the upper 30's and highs in the upper 40's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 20's. Expect some rainy days in the winter.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Southwest Missouri such as a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cool with averages in the upper 50's and highs in the upper 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the mid 40's. Expect some rainy days in the spring.

Summertime in Southwest Missouri is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are warm with averages in the upper 70's and highs in the upper 80's. Nights are mild with lows in the mid 60's. Expect a lot of days above 90°. Humidity may feel uncomfortable. Expect some rainy days in the summer.

If you retire in Southwest Missouri, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the upper 50's and highs in the low 70's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 40's. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  23  34  45
 Feb  28  39  50
 Mar  36  48  60
 Apr  45  57  69
 May  55  66  77
 Jun  64  75  85
 Jul  69  79  90
 Aug  67  79  91
 Sep  58  70  82
 Oct  47  59  71
 Nov  37  48  59
 Dec  26  37  47

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  25  1
 Feb  0  19  0
 Mar  0  11  0
 Apr  0  3  0
 May  1  0  0
 Jun  6  0  0
 Jul  17  0  0
 Aug  18  0  0
 Sep  5  0  0
 Oct  0  2  0
 Nov  0  10  0
 Dec  0  23  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  2 "  5  25 %
 Feb  2 "  6  28 %
 Mar  3 "  8  35 %
 Apr  5 "  9  44 %
 May  6 "  10  56 %
 Jun  6 "  10  65 %
 Jul  4 "  7  68 %
 Aug  3 "  6  66 %
 Sep  5 "  7  59 %
 Oct  4 "  8  47 %
 Nov  4 "  7  37 %
 Dec  3 "  6  28 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  3 "  6  2
 Feb  2 "  3  1
 Mar  1 "  1  1
 Apr  0 "  0  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  0 "  0  0
 Dec  3 "  3  1

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