Almost 4,900 people lived in Joutsa as of February 2014. It covers an area of 1,066.42 square kilometres (411.75 sq mi). Neighbouring municipalities are Hartola, Hirvensalmi, Jyväskylä, Kangasniemi, Luhanka, Pertunmaa and Toivakka.
The former municipality of Leivonmäki was merged with Joutsa in 2008.
The newspaper Joutsan Seutu is published in Joutsa and Luhanka.
A summer festival, Joutsan Joutopäivät, is held on the second weekend of July.
Sahti culture is strong in Joutsa. "Joutsan sahti" is a locally made traditional drink.
Angesselkä, Etu-Ikola, Hankaa, Havumäki, Joutsa, Kivisuo, Kälä, Laitjärvi, Lapinkylä, Leivonmäki, Marjotaipale, Martinkylä, Mieskonmäki, Niemistenkylä, Pajumäki, Pappinen, Pylsy, Pärnämäki, Ruokoranta, Ruorasmäki, Rutalahti, Savenaho, Selänpohja, Taka-Ikola, Tammilahti, Tolvasniemi, Uimaniemi, Vallaspelto, Vähä-Joutsa and Vehmaa.
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