Cities Journal

Top 13 Small Cities In Missouri

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13. Columbia

Many factors contributed to Columbia ranking #1 on our list. The University of Missouri’s faithful support to local businesses did much to boost the city’s economy. The city’s keen appreciation of the arts opens the door for residents to enjoy such cultural events as international ballet companies, opera and contemporary musicians from all over the country.

Three prestigious colleges/universities make Columbia their home: University of Missouri (Mizzou), Stephens College and Columbia College, giving the city a reputation for being an educational and cultural center. Healthcare, insurance and technology all contribute to the city’s local economy. The Museum of Art and Archaeology and State Historical Society are part of Columbia’s cultural heritage.

Columbia is set upon the backdrop of beautiful forested hills, prairies, glades and mountains. Two state parks and a wildlife refuge encircle the city, preserving the natural environment.

The city enjoys a perfect location that’s roughly 120 miles from St. Louis and Kansas City and 29 miles from Jefferson City. The surrounding forests are comprised mostly of maple, oak, hickory and sycamore trees that flood the area with color in autumn.

The first settlers to the region were native Indian tribes who were later ousted by French traders and American pioneers. Over time, other European explorers and immigrants contributed to the city’s population. In 1822, William Jewell set up the city’s first hospital followed by Columbia’s first newspaper in 1830.

In 1832 and 1835, the state’s first theatre and agricultural fair made their debut, according to Wikipedia. During the Civil War, Columbia was virtually untouched when it came to experiencing battles. This helped to preserve the city’s assets and enhance the growth and development of its educational, cultural, transportation and economic systems for the future.

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  • roger knox

    amazing that only gove. criticized is christie this report is obviously political. I’m sure these cities have been on the list for many years and now it’s christies fault wow

  • Maureen Dailey-Argon

    They named 14 cities but somehow only mentioned the Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christy as being responsible for his states cities crime. Why not mention Governor Brown of California, Oakland was #1? Obliviously political.

  • Frank S

    These are not small cities.

  • ya main man rob G

    3/4 of these are suburbs of St Louis, not really “small cities in Missouri”

  • Lisa Farrand Kemp

    You Wikipedia’d all of your stuff, didn’t you. You also Google imaged random pictures that MAY have something to do with these small towns? Or, you sent some high school nerds from the yearbook club to take nonsensical pictures that do not represent these towns. The Botanical Gardens are near Tower Grove Park, near Downtown St Louis, not Chesterfield. The Butterfly House is in the Botanical Gardens, not in Chesterfield. Ballwin is NOT a haven for students attending universities 30 minutes away (late at night, maybe – 45 minutes or more during regular drive times). Glendale is a old suburb of St Louis that is nothing but older homes and cheap retail near railroad tracks. What about Washington, MO? What about Lee’s Summit, MO? What about Joplin, MO? This whole article is retarded.

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