The City of Doniphan is located near the center of Ripley County on the East bank of the Current River. Ripley County is located in the Ozark Foothills region of Missouri near the Arkansas border. The County is bordered by Butler County to the East, Carter County to the North and Oregon County to the West. To the South are the Arkansas counties of Randolph and Clay. Doniphan lies approximately 30 miles West of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, 10 miles North of the Arkansas border, 180 miles East of Springfield, Missouri, and 180 miles South of St. Louis, Missouri. U.S. Highway 160 runs East/West thru Doniphan, as do two State Highways, 21 and 142.
Ripley County is not only a great place to visit but a great place to live. It offers all of the small town benefits, but is unique in the amount of services it has to offer its residents. A quality public education system, quality health care, libraries, museums, parks, recreational opportunities, public airport, effective law enforcement and local government, many community clubs, organizations and events.
Ripley County is one of the fastest growing counties in Missouri. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates Ripley County's 2012 population at 14,036. Ripley County attracts many retirees as well as families wanting to raise their children here. The median age in Ripley County is 42.
COST OF LIVING
In March 2012 the cost of living index in Ripley County was 78.4 (low, US average is 100). In 2012 Missouri had the 10th lowest cost of living in the United States, with an index of 93.0 compared to the U.S. average of 100.
Ripley County is a progressive, business-minded community ready to pursue new industry and business opportunities. The Ripley County Chamber of Commerce works closely with the Industrial Development Authority and Industrial Development Corporation to promote Ripley County. The Loyal Hood Industrial Park is located in Ripley County's enterprise zone that provides qualifying new industry and business with tax incentives administered by the Missouri Department of Economic Development. The chamber also works with the University of Missouri Economic Development Extension Office, City and County government, Doniphan Neighborhood Assistance Program, and other local preservation and development entities.