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Why Live Here?


The largest city in southwest Missouri, Joplin has a strong, diverse economic base. With low crime rates and the second lowest ranking for cost of living in the nation, Joplin is the perfect place to raise a family. Our area has a relatively mild climate and four seasons. With access to four airports, our location is convenient for those who love travel.

Culture and entertainment
​Whether your idea of fun includes the arts, sports, the great outdoors, history, or excellent dining, Southwest Missouri has you covered. Our area offers many outdoor activities for your enjoyment, with a number of nearby golf courses, hiking trails, parks and lakes.

Schools and daycare centers
Southwest Missouri boasts excellent public and private schools, several colleges, and two universities.
Our schools offer top-notch learning environments for youths, led by quality teaching staffs.

Around the area

While providing comprehensive healthcare services through Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital, Ozark Center and a variety of primary care and specialty clinics, Freeman also reaches out to the neighborhoods in surrounding communities, making it easier for busy families and individuals to obtain the healthcare services they need.  


 Neosho, Missouri, located just 20  miles south of Joplin, is home to  Freeman Neosho Hospital, Freeman  Neosho Physician Group and  QuickMeds Pharmacy™. With  almost 12,000 residents, Neosho’s  culture and history date back to  1833. Nicknamed the City of Springs and the Flower Box City, Neosho is known for the National Fish Hatchery, the oldest national fish hatchery in the nation. Seasonal festivals are celebrated by residents, like the Fall Festival and the Annual Dogwood Tour. Neosho is home to the R-5 School District, as well as multiple private schools. Crowder College, a two-year junior college, offers associate degrees in arts, science, applied science and other fields.


Freeman Seneca Family Medicine is located in Seneca, Missouri, just 16 miles south of Joplin. With just over 2,000 residents, Seneca features a beautiful valley, which contains natural waterways, rolling hills, lush foliage and a peaceful, rural atmosphere. The town is located a few miles from Grand Lake of the Cherokees in northwest Oklahoma, also known as Grand Lake.


Located 35 miles south of Joplin, Anderson, Missouri, is home to Freeman Clinic of Anderson. Anderson is a diverse community of 2,000 residents. The McDonald County School District has 10 schools. When its students enroll in high school, they all become McDonald County Mustangs.

Webb City

Webb City is a short 15-minute drive from Freeman Hospital West. It is home to Freeman Urgent Care, Freeman Outpatient Dialysis Center and Freeman Primary Care. The town has 11,000 residents, making it one of the larger cities in the area. Webb City is nicknamed the City of the Flags. The town is home to the Webb City Cardinals.

Carl Junction

Carl Junction is located eight miles from Joplin and five miles from the Kansas state line. Freeman Carl Junction Family Medicine and Ozark Center both other services located in the town. With 7,500 residents, Carl Junction is a growing community with emphasis on the housing market and economic development. The town is home to the Bulldogs of the Carl Junction R-1 School District.


Carthage, home of the Tigers, is located 20 miles northeast of Joplin. Freeman Clinic of Carthage, Ozark Center and Freeman Specialty Clinic are located in Carthage. With a population of 14,000 people, Carthage serves as the county seat of Jasper County. Carthage, nicknamed America’s Maple Leaf City, hosts a Maple Leaf Festival every fall celebrating the changing of the seasons as the many maple trees throughout the town begin to change colors. The city is economically sound and home to many corporation headquarters.


Home of the Pittsburg Purple Dragons, St. Mary’s-Colgan Panthers and Pittsburg State University Gorillas, Pittsburg, Kansas, is 30 miles northwest of Joplin. Freeman provides a number of services in Pittsburg: Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine of Pittsburg, Freeman Physician Group of Pittsburg and Freeman Surgical Center of Pittsburg, with specialties in endocrinology and diabetes, orthopaedics, pulmonology, pain management and more.

Other Resources

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Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce 

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