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 fell in love with Joplin while I was working the as an Americorp volunteer at Joplin City Hall. I was one of many that worked the T.A.I.L( the tornado information hotline) the end of May, June and some of July. The people that work at City Hall are the most amazing, dedicated and hard working individuals. The people of Joplin are strong of spirit, kind, hopeful and helpful.
Reviewed by Sandee
on May 9, 2012
Have really liked this town since I moved here last Fall. People are very friendly and really enjoy the area.
Reviewed by Joeyaq
on May 9, 2012
Joplin is my home town. If you ever visited joplin, you would go away with the feeling that it was one the most friendly towns in America.
Reviewed by Paula Callihan
on May 8, 2012
I LOVE JOPLIN! It's a great city and after the rebuild, it will be better.
Reviewed by joplin83
on May 8, 2012
I've been amazed at the people who have been and are continuing to assist Joplin rebuild.
Reviewed by Davash
on May 3, 2012
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