Joplin, Missouri


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

1 Votes - "Friendliest"


In 2011, a tornado that could’ve destroyed Joplin only strengthened it. The experience united this community and revealed a spirit of resilience they’re now known for. The town’s adopted the motto “Rebuilding the Human Spirit,” marked by a monument and mosaic in the town’s park and exhibited at Joplin Museum and the Spiva Center for the Arts.

The Joplin Museum Complex houses five individual museums including the Sports Hall of Fame and Historical Museum, while the Spiva Center hosts three rotating galleries featuring regional and international art. Visitors can additionally take in history at Joplin Little Theatre, George Washington Carver park, Joe Becker Stadium or the Murphysburg District.

Joplin has a flare for fun food between the Candy House’s handmade sweets, Eagle Drive-In’s burgers and Big R’s Bar-BQ. For more fun, head to Route 66 Carousel Park for everything from go-karts and bumper boats to a ferris wheel and mini-golf. Check out a Joplin Outlaws Baseball game when they’re in season, too.

Joplin hosts several annual events including the Joplin Holiday Experience and Memorial Run, competitions in photography at PhotoSpiva and BMX racing at JoMoPro, and festivals like Boomtown Days with food and music and the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center Water Festival with cardboard boat racing. See more of what Joplin has in store with these reviews!

Love my hometown! Building back and stronger than ever.
Reviewed by sascheurich
on May 1, 2012
Everyone who visits Joplin says its one of the friendliest places on earth. It's not our buildings, our activities, or our food that set us apart. It's our people.
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on May 1, 2012
Perfect place to raise a family!
Reviewed by LisaWitte
on April 30, 2012
It's a great place to raise a family! One of best cities I know!
Reviewed by cjs9c9
on April 30, 2012
I love driving to Joplin, MO. The people are so friendly. For those of us who live in the smaller towns that surround Joplin it is the place to go for shopping, entertainment, and employment. Joplin has a lot to offer. Joplin does have that small town feel.
Reviewed by mrcleve64
on April 30, 2012
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