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Old 07-23-2007, 09:48 AM
 
Location: NorCal, baby!
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We moved to Joplin from Cinci about 3.5 years ago. Our reasons for moving to a small community were to allow our children more opportunities and a safer enviroment. What we didn't expect was sub-standard education, no cultural diversity, and the same drug problems of a big city. And that is only the tip of the iceberg. As an adult I have found it agonizingly boring. Although there are a few small groups that work tirelessly to bring art, music, and theater to Joplin (and I commend their efforts), for the most part, the only thing to do is go to the mall, eat out, or go to a movie. If you enjoy an outdoor lifestyle such as cycling, walking, hiking, running, etc... forget it. Good jobs are few and far between and the pay is very low. Are the people in Joplin nice? For the most part, yes. But unfortunately it does not outweigh the negatives. I know many people that have moved here from CA or other expensive/larger places because the cost of living in Joplin seemed so attractive but most are considering relocating again.
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Old 07-23-2007, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Occupied Territory
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What I don't understand is why people moan and groan about no diversity. Why do so many people do that? If one wants a more diverse city then move to a larger metropolitian area. Why is it that so many thing that diversity is in small towns anywhere? Where I am now in NM, the southern part is diverse, but only up to a point. And the supposed diversity here is actually just a facade in reality.
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Old 07-24-2007, 08:03 PM
 
Location: NorCal, baby!
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I certainly didn't expect every country to be represented here in Joplin, I however did expect other culturals to be discussed in the school system. Here is a prime example: We have children in elementary, middle and high school. I questioned the kids about what they were studying during black history month. When the kids said that nothing was even mentioned at school I made a few calls. The reply I recieved was "We do not make a big deal about it because we don't have any black people in our school." WHAT?? I could tell you story after story. I think that cultural diversity is critical if our children are going to go on to college and work in a global atmosphere. That is the reality.
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Old 07-25-2007, 08:15 PM
 
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There are some really neat things happening in Kansas City and St. Louis,
but I guess it really depends on what you are looking for. Crime will surely
be higher in the two larger cities than it would be in Joplin. I now live in
southern NM and I am seriously considering moving back to missouri because of boredom and lack of cultural activities. I was considering moving back to Joplin but I think I would be just as bored there so I am considering one of the two larger cities. When I grew up in Joplin wages were very low but that
could have changed by now. I would think that Kansas City or St. Louis would offer the best wages in the state especially if you both work in
professional fields. I know that housing is still quite low in Joplin but I am
finding some really resonable prices in some of the outskirts of Kansas City.
Joplin is closer to the ozarks and all the lake areas so that could be a plus. I loved to go down to Tablerock lake when I was a kid and I'm sure it's still nice. I think in the end it depends if you need the culture that the larger cities offer or if you prefer the outdoor activities that the Joplin area might
offer. Joplin is also close to a lot of other towns as someone mentioned
such as Tulsa and Springfield and not real far from the Bentonville, Ar
area.

Good luck with your decision
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