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New data will let Joplin-Miami promote a combined population of 260,000

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Thanks to newly released data from the 2010 Census, Joplin, Missouri and Miami, Oklahoma are now considered one unit for combined statistical numbers.

The distinction comes from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget and is based off of an area's commuting workforce which is more than 15% between the two cities.

By lumping the two areas together both cities can promote a combined population of 260,000, which the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce says should bring more businesses to the Four States.

"A lot of times it's a paper chase that somebody's looking at first, and so now if they are looking for a threshold population of 200,000, they will see that," says Rob O'Brian, the President of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce.  "So it should create opportunities certainly for Joplin, or Neosho, but even for Miami."

O'Brian says since the data was just released it will take time to circulate, but does expect to see more economic interest in the area as a result.

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