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!

No matter where you go here in Joplin, the people you meet are always friendly and helpful. Whether you live here, or are just visiting, everyone is made to feel welcome. We have been very fortunate to have a wonderful group of volunteers come to our town to help in the tornado recovery and we are all very grateful for that. While it may have changed the landscape somewhat, it hasn't changed us as people. Come visit us in Joplin Missouri, you'll be glad you came.
Reviewed by Linda Henderson
on May 10, 2012
Joplin will always hold a special place in my heart.
Reviewed by scampbe
on May 9, 2012
We moved here 14 years ago for my job at St. John's hospital. We felt like we were at home right away. We made friends the first week we were here. Everyone we met was so welcoming and hospitable. The schools are great and there are so many wonderful churches here. We love our church, Grace Baptist, our church family there are some of the nicest and most genuine people you could ever hope to meet. Joplin has been an awesome place to raise our kids and we are so blessed to live here.
Reviewed by JerryRoss
on May 9, 2012
Joplin is a very friendly town. There's several cities I've been to that are just not accommodating, the people seem very rude elsewhere compared to Joplin. Most people in Joplin hold doors for others, smile or say hello. Strangers visit in the checkout lines at the stores. People offer help if you look lost or advice if you're trying to decide on a product to purchase.
Reviewed by Tabbycat
on May 9, 2012
In my opinion Joplin is one of the Most Patriotic Cities in America. After what we went through as a city and a community. We showed America and The World. The meaning of Love Thy Neighbor!
Reviewed by RodSelsor
on May 9, 2012
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