Southern Missouri has a culture all to its own. We are a part of the Midwest region with an embedded southern hospitality. We make up a large part of the Ozarks.

The south central region features bubbling springs, clear swift rivers such as the Ozark National Scenic Riverway, and forested hills.  Mark Twain National Forest covers much of the area.  Top industries include farming, retail trade, construction, food services and wood products manufacturing. (From the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.)

Those are the facts. Here are the top 3 reasons I love SOMO.

  1. People wave to strangers.
  2. Quality time comes before $ on the priority list.
  3. The views always consist of rolling hills.

I live in Howell County and specifically West Plains. Check out these sites to learn more:


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