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!

We have lived in Joplin over five years and each year is better. Even the Joplin Tornado Year proved to be filled with kindness, openness and a true "Miracle of the Human Spirit" attitude. We are proud to be part of this community and to call it home. Our downtown area is beautiful and alive and well. Come see us, you will appreciate what we are becoming.
Reviewed by RSnavely
on May 16, 2012
Joplin is a strong community full of sharing, caring and giving people. The proof is in the immediate unselfish response after last year's May tornado. People risked their lives to help those hurt and find missing loved ones. The reconstruction has been amazing. We are Joplin Proud!!
Reviewed by sallypmassey
on May 16, 2012
I am born and raised in Joplin. It is a great town; resilient, caring, compassionate are a few words to sum up this wonderful town.
Reviewed by ryleehartwell
on May 16, 2012
Joplin is such a great place to live. There is always someone willing to help. We all gathered around one another after the tornado and helped in whatever way we could.
Reviewed by pworth55
on May 16, 2012
The people here are so friendly and always willing to help you find your way when you're lost.
Reviewed by lbrubaker
on May 16, 2012
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