The schools I went to were filled with drugs, fights, rapes, and recently I've heard on the news a school shooting. The people in Joplin are inbred. There is a good ol boy network for sure. Jobs? YOu get to choose between factories, resturants and if you're REALLY lucky, you can be a bank teller.
Everyone has a gun and they shoot at things like power line insulators, houses, buildings, street signs, etc. Joplin has an EXTREMELY HIGH NUMBER OF METH ADDICTS!
One night, I was woke up by gunshots. I look out the window and the guy across the street from me was drunk, shooting his .357 magnum down the street and yelling. You see, about half the crime here goes unreported. Most of the time, no one calls the cops. Joplin is the place I take white racist snobs to prove that white folks have ghettos too.
Seriously, the schools are horrible. After I dropped out, I got my GED, went to college and became an engineering technician. The closest Engineering school is in Fayettville. I had to get out of the school system in order to succeed.
Housing? You like 200 year old add on shacks with funky floorplans, like 5 foot wide kitchens and the only bathroom is inside a bedroom with a sinkhole in the back yard? You like having wife beating, redneck creep, child molesting neighbors with dirty, Wal-Mart clothes wearing, cigarrette smoking adolescent children? You like being woke up in the middle of the night by glasspacks?
Joplin is a "King of the Hill" cartoon kind of place. They're idea of culture is going to Indian Casino to gamble. Let's not forget the 70's themed tapistries they sell at the flea market. And somebody PLEASE tell these people that mullets and big hair are longer in style! The women have their hair parted on the sides, with a great big, 2 foot tall, curly fluff above their foreheads. I don't know what to think about that. Wow. They look like poodles.
People here look about 15 years older than they are and EVERYBODY SMOKES! You cannot get away from it. Everywhere you go people are smoking! They blow it in your face and think they have the right to fill your air with cancer causing poison! They're even still allowed to smoke inside resturants and bars and pretty much any public building.
I live in Southern California now. It costs 5 times as much to live here. I'm not fond of the town I live in now. But I will never go back to Joplin.