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 took a hard hit on May 22, 2011, but we came together, we took each other in, and we came back stronger than ever before.
Reviewed by hummerh1
on May 16, 2012
Joplin is my home town and the people there have always been friendly, respectful and hardworking. Long before last years tornado, we from Joplin held it in high regard. But now people from all over the US know of its enduring spirit, its love of family and its respect for the American ideals of pulling yourself up, sharing community resources and helping your neighbor. We are proud of our little town always, but even more so since tradegy struck and we have risen above it so gallantly.
Reviewed by trvlnfem
on May 16, 2012
Joplin is the best town in the United States because it has the best students and staff in our Joplin Schools.
Reviewed by auntanne
on May 10, 2012
Great community spirit!
Reviewed by tmbartle
on May 10, 2012
Joplin's best has come to the forefront after it took such a devastating hit last May. Its citizens have shown that they can come together to help each other when the chips are down.
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