Kirksville, Missouri’s North Star

06/07/2012  | 
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What does it mean to be Missouri’s North Star? Wonderful outdoor recreation, cultural experiences and a very reasonable cost of living make Kirksville a great place to live. A local hospital that provides quality care, two universities, and an award winning public school district help make this community a midwest standout. Kirksville is a great place for a little rest and relaxation.

Kirksville has several festivals and events — St. Patrick’s Day, Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, Kirksville Bacon Fest, Scottish Highland Games, the NEMO Fair and Missouri Livestock Symposium. Music lovers can enjoy Round Barn Blues and SPBGMA Blue Grass Festival, and performances at Truman State University. There is even room for musicians in the local community band and community orchestra. Athletes can compete in the NEMO Triathlon and 5 K runs and half marathons throughout the year and that is just a start.

Many people have chosen to make Kirksville their home after completing their first career. Gary and Claire Lloyd chose to move to Kirksville for several reasons. Claire explains, “We have the benefits of a large city in a small town. We like the Lyceum program at Truman that brings great performances. The cost of tickets to these events in the cities could be up to $100. Kirksville is a good place. We feel like we are really part of something here.”


Housing in Kirksville is affordable with lots of options. According to Spellings Best Places, “The median home cost is $98.800. This is the value of the year’s most recent home sales data, updated in September 2011.” Property tax is $8.36 per $1000 and the average in the United States is $11.20 per $1000.

Amanda Powell and Brett Moser chose to move here two years ago. Amanda states, “As young professionals we appreciate the opportunities that living in Kirksville provides. We like knowing we can make a difference in a small town.”

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