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!

I have lived in Joplin for 35 years and I have never been more proud of my community than I have since the tornado.
Reviewed by sleepygirl2
on May 2, 2012
One Year - One Community - One Direction!! Joplin, America, Discover Missouri's Hometown.
Reviewed by tuttle
on May 2, 2012
A town where everyone is your friend
Reviewed by bscearce
on May 2, 2012
Community spirit + community pride = community strength! GO JOPLIN!
Reviewed by tuttlejmo
on May 2, 2012
Not with the extra taxes and closing business. We need to go a long way and some how need to bring in more jobs and not just restaurants including fast foods and less clothing stores. Who has the money to keep these types of businesses in business? Not just is the economy poor across the country but Joplin's isn't looking too bright itself. I want to say in itself I LOVE Joplin I am PROUD to live in Joplin. I just do not want to see us become like some of the cities in Michigan.
Reviewed by wingedunicorn
on May 2, 2012
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