What Joplin Has to Offer

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.   


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:


Joplin has fun artistic places to visit such as Spiva Art Gallery, RSVPaint, and Phoenix Fired Art. 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.



Joplin is home to many businesses and franchises. Eagle Pitcher, Leggett and Platt, and Con-Way Truckload 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!




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.



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.


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.





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.



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.