Welcome Home to Joplin

Not flyover country, a place that’s still America

Places like Joplin, Missouri, are rare, but they still flourish in the U.S. While Joplin still features the easy lifestyle a rural small town, Joplin is also a growing city of more than 50,000 people serving its combined metro area of 210,000 people and a market area of over 350,000 people in Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas. From the city itself to smaller communities to rural areas, there is plenty to love about the Joplin region.   

You will love calling the Joplin area home because of its temperate climate, which allows residents to enjoy all four of Mother Nature’s seasons. Routinely touted as one of the best, and most affordable, places in the United States to live, work and raise a family, the Joplin region is a remarkable place to call home. From commerce and manufacturing to education and culture, to healthcare and recreation to sporting events and transportation, the Joplin region is a 5,000-square-mile home in the heart of the U.S. We’d love to say “Welcome Home” to you.   

Quality of Life

Joplin Park

Michael Garfied, U.S. Army Veteran, with son Laken

Cultural enthusiasts, artists, performers, extreme sportsmen and nature lovers can all  find a place in the Joplin region to call home.

Parks, sports, lakes, hunting, fishing, biking, and entertainment characterize the Joplin region’s quality of life. The area is home to an eclectic blend of entertainment venues and festivals in nearly every community that make up the Joplin region. But it’s not all about the outdoors. Shoppers and diners delight in the variety of shopping and eateries offered throughout the region. Art galleries, museums and concerts add to the year-round quality of living in the area.



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The Joplin region is an easy place to call home.

Joplin enjoys one of the lowest housing costs in the United States. The low cost of housing includes one of the lowest residential property tax rates in the Midwest. With reasonable prices and low taxes, the dream of home ownership is a reality in Joplin.

City population: 51,316

Combined MO-OK Metro: 210,000

Region population: 350,000

Estimated median household income: $40,454

Estimated median house value: $123,323

Median monthly rent: $753

Cost of living index in Joplin: 83.9 (U.S. average is 100)

Whether you prefer downtown loft living, a kid-friendly subdivision or country living, Joplin offers many varieties of housing options to choose from!

Veteran Services

Veteran Services

Amy Donaldson & Jaxx, U.S. Air Force Veteran

We want you to not just live here, but thrive here as well.

The Joplin region embraces those who have served our nation. And if you’re currently serving, we invite you to come join us. With several Guard and Reserve units calling the region home, it’s a great place to live and continue to serve. And if you’re separating or retiring and deciding where to live, then please come on home to the Joplin region. There is a wide array of veteran services, starting with the overall quality medical care in the region provided by two major regional medical centers and numerous hospitals in our region’s communities. This care will be enhanced in 2018 with a new VA Clinic in Joplin, serving the entire region.

There are numerous organizations to help veterans get engaged in the community and many that provide direct support. These include but are not limited to:

  • American Legion Posts
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post
  • Military Order of the Purple Heart
  • Compass Quest Veteran Services
  • Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) Student Veteran Organization
  • National Guard Family Support Center

Excellent Education Options

From early childhood to post-graduate, Joplin offers first-class learning for students.

The students in the Joplin region have a variety of educational options from private to public to parochial. After graduation, students can continue their education at several area universities, colleges and technical schools. Finally, post-graduate medical education is attainable at the newly completed Kansas City University-Joplin Medical School.


Joplin schools and several bedroom community schools are some of the most recognized and respected schools in their states. While all area schools work in tandem to help students attain the highest level of learning, all bets are off on Friday nights! If you’re a sports enthusiast, plan to put on your school colors and cheer our teams on!

Job Opportunities for Everyone

Joplin Area Job Opportunities

Josh Landers, U.S. Army Veteran and Tim Hicks, U.S. Air Force Veteran

And need good people to fill them.

As the Joplin region’s economy grows, there are plenty of jobs available in nearly every sector.  Manufacturing, health care, transportation/logistics and government are among the largest employment sectors. And all of them have jobs from entry-level to highly technical, as well as the office, supervisory, information technology and management jobs that go with these sectors.

There is a growing array of tech and IT firms. Our schools from public to private to higher ed are always looking for good people.  Retail and restaurant and hospitality jobs abound. And if you’re passionate about social services, we have those, too.

Companies and organizations in the Joplin region don’t just say “Now hiring,” they say “Welcome home” and mean it.

On the Move to and From Home

It’s easy to get to and from almost any place from here. 

  • Joplin is located in the heart of the U.S.
  • Crossroads of two major interstates
  • Mexico and Canada within a day’s drive
  • Joplin Regional Airport offers connections to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
  • Three other commercial airports are within a 60-100 minute drive