Joplin is in Southwest Missouri.
Joplin is the "hub" of the southwest corner of Missouri, southeast Kansas, and northeast Oklahoma. The population of Joplin proper is 45,504, but, with several "suburbs" around Joplin, the population of the Joplin metro area is near 100,000.
The "Joplin Metropolitan Area" (the 4th largest in Missouri) is composed of Jasper and Newton Counties in Missouri. However, given its location at the confluence of three states, it is quite common for many people from Kansas and Oklahoma (and from other parts of southwest Missouri) to frequent Joplin, for work and pleasure.
Other cities and towns that comprise the Joplin area include:
- Webb City
- Carl Junction
- Loma Linda
- Pittsburg, Kansas
- Galena, Kansas
- Baxter Springs, Kansas
- Miami, Oklahoma
Joplin is approximately 40 miles north of the Arkansas state line. Thus, the Joplin area is commonly referred to as the "Four-State Area".
Joplin Regional AirportServed by American Eagle from Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago–O'Hare,.
Joplin is also close to three other airports with more flight selections.
- Springfield/Branson Regional Airport (SGF) 72 miles east
- Tulsa International Airport (TUL) 113 miles west
- Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) 72 miles south
- Interstate 44. The city is at its junction with US Highway 71. It is within a half-day's drive of several major cities, including Kansas City, St. Louis, Tulsa, Wichita, and Oklahoma City.
- Greyhound Bus Lines. The depot is on 2nd Street downtown.
Automobile is the main method of transportation, other than walking, in the city. A small bus and trolley system called Sunshine Lamp Trolley serves the busiest commercial areas of the city.
The "main business drag" of Joplin is Range Line Road (aka, "Business 71"). The heaviest concentration of commerce and business is along Range Line Road (along with the heaviest concentration of traffic). Other "business drags" include 7th Street, Main Street, and 32nd Street. Main Street is undergoing a revitalization effort, with several of the historic buildings being renovated, a new Farmer's Market, and the "Third Thursday" Art Walk.
Spiva Center for the Arts
Historic Homesaddress: Sergeant Avenue and Moffet AvenueMany beautiful 19th- and 20th-century homes line the streets.
- Missouri Southern State University.
- Messenger College.
- Ozark Christian College
- Leggett & Platt
- General Mills
- Contract Freighters Inc.
- Antique malls. There are several antique malls (sometimes called flea markets, but with no swap meet) that cater specifically to people on their way to Branson or the craft fairs in Northwest Arkansas. The largest is Connie's Flea Market on Rangeline between Joplin and Webb City, with several others on the eastern side of Highway FF (32nd Street). Prices go often go up during craft fair season (April and October.)
The Kitchen Pass
phone: +1 417-623-1004address: 203 E 4th St
J-Townaddress: 2505 S. Main StSports Bar, poolhall, and restaurant.
phone: +1 417-623-7230address: 1216 S Main StA very old restaurant and piano bar specializing in steaks and pasta. Still has "Recommended by Duncan Hines" on their sign.
- Ichiban. Japanese food and sushi. 2914 E 32nd St, just west of Rangeline.
Kinnareeaddress: 1227 E 32nd StNext to Dollar General. Thai food.
Cafe Del Rio
Bradbury Bishop Deliaddress: 201 N. Main StIn Webb City. A diner with decor dating from the 1930s through the 1960s, serving classic American food and drinks. Very reasonable. Open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday, and dinner Thursday through Saturday.
- Babe's. Fast food. Several locations in Joplin.
- Granny Schaffer's. Southern food. Noted for fried chicken. Locations on Rangeline between Joplin and Webb City, 7th St, and in Airport Drive, northwest of Joplin.
Big R'saddress: 1220 E. 15th StBarbeque. Huge portions.
- Baxter Springs Smokehouse 2320 Military in Baxter Springs
phone: +1 417-782-4323address: 4218 S Main St
The Bypass (Part of The Kitchen Pass)
address: 3615 Range Line Drive, Joplin, Missouri 64804
address: 4101 Richard Joseph Blvd.
Sleep Innaddress: I-44 & SR 43 S
Red light running is a growing problem. Range Line Road is notorious for motorists running red lights, especially well after it has turned red for their direction. Motorists should exercise caution and not dart into intersections immediately when their light turns green.
phone: +1 417 325-4151address: 5646 Carver Rd, Diamond 64840Boyhood home of George Washington Carver, 1881 Moses Carver house and Carver cemetery in 210-acre park with rolling hills, woodlands, and prairies. Nature trail, museum and interactive exhibit area for students.