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!

Joplin, in addition to friendly people, has something for everyone no matter what the age. Good restaurants, food and shopping, and hotels, to name a few.
Reviewed by JoanHowe
on May 24, 2012
Love my hometown! Also love how this tragedy is not going to define us but make us proud to say Joplin is our home town :) People you don't know wave as they drive by you in a neighborhood, at stores people say excuse me if they have to walk in front of you.
Reviewed by Yellowem21
on May 17, 2012
There are no strangers here, only friends we are just meeting!
Reviewed by CarrieLea
on May 16, 2012
Joplin has heart... heart for each other and heart for the world!We hold each other up.We reach beyond ourselves.We welcome visitors who grace our streets as if they've finally come home.Joplin's friendly people give this town a special magnetism that cannot be found anywhere else!
Reviewed by kellymichelle
on May 16, 2012
Joplin is one of those awesome small towns tucked away in southwest missouri.
Reviewed by deemiller00
on May 16, 2012
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