Why Joplin MO


With a growing community full of entrepreneurs, opportunities, and big companies and schools, Joplin and the surrounding area are an ideal place to start a career, a business, or a family. Joplin is situated in the Southwest corner of Missouri, is surrounded by numerous cities, and is a short distance to Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. From art, music, and theater to business organizations and expos, Joplin and the surrounding area has something for everyone. Joplin citizens have a strong sense of community and are dedicated to their city, creating a feeling of small town charm mixed with big city opportunities.   

Joplin Globe Newspaper to stay connected with our community.

Interested in town events and arts and culture, such as Joplin’s Third Thursday Art Walk? Check out the great events and area culture on Joplin’s websites:

Arts & Culture

Joplin has fun artistic places to visit such as Spiva Art Gallery, RSVPaint, and Firehouse Pottery. Joplin is also home to Art Feeds, an organization that gives back to children in the community through artistic stimulation and fundraising.

The Joplin area is full of great, locally owned restaurants, all of them unique. If food and new cuisine is of interest, then this is the place to be.

Here’s a few of my favorites:

The Coffee Shop

Club 609

The Bruncheonette

Crabby’s Seafood Bar & Grill

Club 1201

Instant Karma

Joplin is home to many businesses and franchises. TAMKO, Eagle Pitcher, Leggett and Platt, and CFI Logistics are just a few big companies that are located in the Joplin area. In addition to large franchises, the area has many small, locally owned businesses. Joplin also has business organizations such as Leadership Joplin and Young Professional, among others, through the Chamber of Commerce. Joplin and the surrounding area is continuing to grow through the help of the business owners, large and small, who play such an important role in the community. Don’t miss out on an economy on the rise!

Chamber of Commerce Carl Junction

Chamber of Commerce Carthage

Chamber of Commerce Webb City

The outdoors play a big part in Joplin’s community. Parks, public pools, recreation centers, nature centers, walking trails, and rivers and falls all provide entertainment and enjoyment to the community.

City Website Carl Junction

City Website Carthage

City Website Joplin

City Website Webb City

Love to shop? In addition to North Park Mall, Target, Academy Sports and Outdoors, and many more shopping franchises, the Joplin area is home to several unique stores. Shopping here is never boring with so much to choose from.

Joplin’s Empire Market

Joplin Greenhouse Marketplace

School Districts and Universities

Joplin and the surrounding area has many schools to choose from. The area offers public and private schooling, with many newly constructed buildings, including the High Schools in Joplin, Webb City, and Carthage, as well as excellence in athletics. Each school district has multiple organizations dedicated to excellence in education and instruction. Picking the best fit in a school is made easier by all the choices the area offers.

Missouri School Directory

School Ratings


College Heights Christian School

Carl Junction Schools

Webb City Schools

Thomas Jefferson School

Joplin Area Catholic Schools

McAuley School

St Peter’s School

St Mary’s School

Joplin offers high education with Missouri Southern State University, a local college averaging 6,000 students a semester. MSSU has been part of the community for 79 years. In addition to Missouri Southern, the area houses Crowder College, a 2 year state community college, averaging 5,500 students a semester and with campuses in Neosho, Cassville, Nevada, Webb City, and McDonald County, all of which surround Joplin.

Missouri Southern State University

Crowder College

Joplin Job Market

With multiple big companies, hospitals, small businesses, schools, restaurants and many more, the area of Joplin offers many options in employment. In addition to everything the area has to offer, it is growing, presenting the chance for even more job opportunities.

Indeed Southwest Missouri Job

Missouri Unemployment Office

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