Joplin Missouri ?

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    Any FABO members live in Joplin Missouri? I'm flying there in a couple weeks to see how the city is and a couple of offices to work at.

    How is the housing there? Are the people nice? Good family life? Schools?

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    If you look for house there be sure to get one with a basement because you will be in tornado alley.
     
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    • RustyRatRod

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      I have an old model railroading friend who lives in that area. He's always loved it. It's in tornado alley, though.
       
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      Also Springfield has a yearly swap meet on the fairgrounds that's a pretty big deal!
       
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        Joplin is a nice place to live. Housing is very affordable, you are about an hour from a nice lake any direction. They have a very nice mall and a ton of good restaurants. Everybody from all the farms and small towns come there on the weekends, so it can get busy. I think that is why all the restaurants are there. It has most of the conveniences of a bigger city, except no pro sports teams or airport. There is some amount of crime there, which is the only down side.
         
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        I never lived there , buy like the place , I think u`ll like it !
         
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        • DentalDart

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          What does tornado alley mean? How often are there tornados?
           
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          I lived about 45 mi from Joplin. (Rural.) I love Mo. , my home for 37 years. Joplin is a nice size "country" town as Mo. people would call it. All the conveniences without being a real city.
          Yes an F5 ( that is the biggest and baddest) tornado hit there about 8-10 years ago it was BAD. You will need a storm shelter.
          Wages in general are not near as high as some areas, but R/e is way cheaper and many other things.
          SW Mo. is a REAL car area and big on Mopar also.
           
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          I think @rbdart still lives there. He went thru the F5 years ago. Kim
           
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          • RustyRatRod

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            A lot.
             
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              I’m in SW MO about 30/45 minutes from Joplin. I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Overall, the people are great. I like to think Missouri schools are good as an employee of the Monett district.
               
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                If you love your family, stay put. :)
                 
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                  Please explain if you will. Curious.
                   
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                  The Joplin area is great. Good shop in Webb City called Liles performance. Mopar guys and good people. I'm in Grove Ok about 45 minutes away in the NE corner of Oklahoma.
                  And yes, we have tornadoes. lol.
                   
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                    I do love my family enough to find a job and be able to work, earn a living for to eat and have a place to live...

                    We are also looking in vegas but earning potential of smaller city/town is much greater than in big densely populated cities...
                     
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                      How often? My wife mentioned tornados. Like weekly they can/will blow your house away? Lol
                       
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                      The offices are in Monett, Webb City and Neosho. I think I'd be in one of the offices Webb city or Neosho.... it could be a 1-2 year stay there or lifetime if I get the chance to buy in.
                       
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                    • DentalDart

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                      I want smaller city/town, green, outdoors, 4 seasons etc. My wife wants no snow, no tornados, heat and by family if possible. So I'm just in the process of finding the best of what we both want.
                       
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                        Are you liberal, or conservative?

                        If you voted...um....Liberally, We're full, stay out west. We'd hate to have to run you out.

                        If you voted conservatively, we can make room for you. We like minorities....y'know, like orange people.

                        The people are great but you'd better be ready. Our women aren't typically skinny unless they're on Meth, and there's plenty of the Bubba here. We like the way we live, and we don't want to change it, so you'd better be ready to do the changing if you don't like something here. A wave and a smile will get you pretty far in southern Missouri. If you want gun control, I might as well say GTFO now and save you the trouble. Still plenty of high schools here with shotguns in the pickups in the parking lot, and rifles during deer season and we teach our high school kids how to shoot. Kansas is considering mandatory gun safety training K-12 (God I hope Missouri follows that one).
                        Our cost of living is low. Don't mess that up for us.

                        Also, you'd better like humidity, we have a lot of it. And weather extremes. 110 in the summer with 100% humidity, and can hit 10-20 below some seasons. I'll often go from furnace running to AC running in the span of a day or two. I've seen 5-8" of snow in May, and I've ridden Springfield to KC (3 hours) in shirtsleeves in January on a 70 degree day, and had to ride home in the snow in shirtsleeves the next day.

                        Plenty of Mopar people here and that's true of 'car people' in general.

                        Get a map, follow I-44. The tornadoes tend to follow the interstates and hit the cities here, for some reason or another and that's as true in Kansas City as it is in SWMO. I lived in right in between Springfield and Joplin for a decade, worked in Joplin for half of that. The tornados will blast some areas over and over, and skip some repeatedly. Joplin has had two nasties, IIRC but Carl Junction never had any that I've heard of (It's a suburb north of Joplin). Just like the certain suburb in OKC has had a few, over and over again. I lost a friend in the F5 in Joplin. Lots of the building code now requires either a basement or shelter.

                        BS. I've lived in Missouri since about '82. I've never seen a tornado, never been through one. Now that I say that.....it'll probably change. Oklahoma, eastern Colorado, and Kansas are far worse. Nebraska and South Dakota not so much that I know of. I hear about more in Kentucky and Georgia in the last few years, honestly.
                         
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                        • jos51700

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                          Ummm, Webb city.....yeah.

                          They are one of those that gets hit over n' over.
                          Webb City, Jasper County, MO Tornadoes
                          Then compare that to Preston, or even Carl Junction. Look at the history map, because some of the stats from Joplin bleed over.

                          They tend not to get so much snow down there in SWMO. Mostly Ice Storms. I was without power 12 days in Springfield in '07, although most of the city was back up in 8 days. It's green 8 months out of the year, and the fall down there is stunningly beautiful (but not so green). Bright green in the spring (as it is now), and dull green in the summer heat.

                          Neosho is a nice town.
                           
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                            I'm neither liberal or conservative. I think they both suck and are full of grease balls who steal from the people via taxation. I'm conservative for voting purposes though.

                            Guns. If you want mine good luck... I had a few... bought a few more... then a couple more... but unfortunately I lost them all in a boating accident last week... ammo... I have enough... I could always use some more though... because that pesky boating accident...

                            My woman is already skinny, she doesn't need math.
                             
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                            • Dartsun

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                              I haven’t been to Joplin but my best friend from the army lives in Broken Arrow Oklahoma bout 2 hours away. Been there half dozen times it’s a great place to visit. Places are pretty cheap to live, he’s got a nice place with a tornado cellar in it. The people around there seem way friendlier than I’m used to in Oregon. He’s been trying get me to move there for years. The biggest downfall for me is the lack of scenery, mountains, clear blue water and weather. You can tell folks from down there like America, most vehicles are American around there.
                               
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                                I mean, tornados.... but we all gamble every time we get in a car.
                                 
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                                My in-laws live in Joplin, so we are there frequently. I was there after the tornado in 2011. Total devastation through much of the city. Missed my in-laws by about 1/2 mile. I had never seen anything like it. But that is a very unusual occurrence. They have some bad storms, more than some places, less than others. I wouldn’t let that influence my decision too much unless you are really storm phobic. Over the last 30 years I have been going there, storms happen with intensity at times, but infrequently.

                                Housing is dirt cheap. You can buy a really nice house for $200K. Not much industry however, so wages are low.
                                 
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                                Here in rural Tx it costs me $75/hr for an independent garage. Back in Mo. it costs me $40 Her 10 ac here in the sticks but still in driving distance to Houston ( like 60mi), it will cost you $100,000-150,000 bare worth less ground IF you can find a for sale. Back in Mo, in the sticks it would cost more like $30,000. Closer to Joplin, maybe a little more.
                                Electric bill here is $120 a mnth, back home it was $45. Everything is relative.
                                Have a flat side the road in Mo. someone will stop an ask if you need help, especially if you are old or a woman, maybe they do that in Vegas.
                                 
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