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West Plains MO is one of the best kept secrets in the country, never mind the state of Missouri!

Not only is it consistently ranked as one of the best places in the USA to ‘get away from it all’ without losing access to amenities, it was even noted as one of the Top Ten Small Towns in America in 2013.

Why? The answer is simple. Small enough to have a real sense of community, yet large enough to matter, West Plains MO is the hub of Howell County’s infrastructure, healthcare, schools and employment.

With natural beauty, parks, lakes and national forests surrounding the town in every direction, and a cost of living that’s only 86% of the national average, this Missouri gem appeals to anyone who loves the outdoors and loves to stretch their money as well as their legs!

The cost of housing (61% of the national average) makes West Plains one of the country’s unsung bargains – but watch out, homes in towns like this have a habit of exploding in value once discovered!


West Plains is home to jobs in manufacturing, retail, technology, healthcare, and to a burgeoning entrepreneurial ecosphere that supports new companies through their first years. The Ozarks Small Business Incubator was recently awarded the Governor’s Community/Redevelopment Award.

Major employers include Bruce Hardwood, Caterpillar, DRS Technologies, Air Evac Lifeteam, and Ozarks Medical Center.


West Plains, MO is, as we say here, “Close to nowhere, and not far from anywhere!” If you want to get away you will find spectacular rivers, pristine lakes, immaculate forests in nearby Mark Twain National Forest – and if you want to play closer to home, you can try the Neathery Skate Park, the Legit Speedway, two terrific golf courses (Municipal & Country Club), the Aquatic Park and much more!

As well as room to expand your horizons, there is plenty of opportunity to expand your mind – arts and culture are key elements of a life in West Plains and the local library is one of the best you’ll find. The civic center is a hub of events ranging from music to theater, festivals to dancing. And don’t forget the Glass Sword and Family Cinema movie theatres, or The Avenue – home to unforgettable shows over the decades.


Great schools are a hallmark of West Plains, MO. As well as the nationally-recognized Senior High School (#ZizzerPride!), the town is home to two Elementary Schools, a highly-regarded Middle School, a Career Center and numerous private schools.

Missouri State University has a campus in town that plays host to over 2,000 students in fields ranging from Entrepreneurship to Agriculture, Law Enforcement to the Wine Business! (Sign us up!)


Looking for a housing bubble that pops just as you get your feet in the door? Look elsewhere. West Plains, MO, is a stable market that has appreciated without the boom and bust mentality of some parts of the country.

77% of adults own their home, perhaps because the median house price is still just under $100k. Luxury properties and working farms represent incredible value in this yet-to-be-discovered market, while a slew of good jobs and a growing retail base ensures that the area will continue to grow and reward those who invest in West Plains today.


Don’t panic! Retail therapy isn’t far away! As well as a WalMart for your staples, there are plenty of specialty stores in West Plains, MO. The famous Downtown Antiques Mall has dozens of stalls to whet the appetite of any treasure trover, while The Book Nook has real paper for those of us over the age of 30! In fact, major retail is coming to West Plains in a big way – and bringing big hotel brands like Holiday Inn Express with it.

As for restaurants, locals enjoy a steak at Colton’s or Savor Grill, while Ozark Cafe is thought to be one of the greatest diner-style joints in the region. Pizza? Fish? Mexican? Sports Bar? West Plains has you covered!

We shouldn’t forget… Heroes Coffee. Perfect for those long, website-writing afternoons!


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