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 is where the real heart of America is!!
Reviewed by Gayle7783
on May 3, 2012
I was born in Washington DC and raised in Camp Springs Maryland. My first stay in Joplin was from the late 70's to the late 80's. After being widowed in 2003 I decided that Joplin was the place to come home to. I still had a daughter who lived here and thought the small town of Joplin was a better place to live. It is a very friendly town, less expensive to live in than the Wash. DC area and does have a lot to offer.
Reviewed by jwhshw
on May 3, 2012
In Joplin, people don't just say "hello" to strangers. They go on to share stories, advice and a helping hand. You are always welcome here. Being centered in the bible belt, service to our family, our neighbors, and our community are second nature. Service fuels our churches aDaria Claiborne pottery will be in christian gallery 425 main for april artwalk showed last year as well as our businesses, which leads to open hearts and welcoming arms. If you haven't visited Joplin before, it's about time to come and stay awhile.
Reviewed by TrishaPatton
on May 3, 2012
I have had the pleasure of watching Joplin grow and become a quaint and unique town. We are a town of hard working people and this was evident when, in less than a year's time, many of the horrible spots left by a tragic storm have been erased, though never forgotten. But we are more than May 22nd. We have a culture that is all our own. Third Thursdays have morphed into a wonderful example of Small-town USA. Walking along the streets of a Century old downtown and seeing the beautiful artwork of local artists as well as the families taking in the sights and saying hello to friends, is what I always pictured America being. We have wonderful restaurants not found anywhere else in the US as well as shops and attractions to enlighten people on the history of mining. And who can forget we are indeed to place to get your kicks with Route 66. When I look at the categories below it's hard to chose because I think we're all of the above. I think everyone will agree Joplin is the place to be.
Reviewed by raeolight
on May 3, 2012
I went to school there, I learned by work ethics there, and I return several times a year. Each visit with friends and family is more memorable than the time before. The Joplin tornado disaster in May 2011 just solidified my lifelong belief that a town with heart can accomplish miracles and it continues to do so to this day. Joplin friendliest is just one attribute of its rich character.
Reviewed by doogie
on May 3, 2012
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