Kirksville Recognized for Friendliness

Kirksville came in at No. 26 on the list of the “50 Friendliest College Towns in America 2016” compiled by Great College Deals.

Editors of the online resource guide reviewed locations across the country to determine which are the friendliest. They gave consideration to towns with activities offered year round. Cities also needed to be relatively easy to navigate and offer a variety of transportation solutions as well as communities that were culturally diverse or embraced diversity. A sense of community pride, displayed by parades, celebrations and historical acknowledgements, also was a factor.

The entry for Kirksville noted its small-town feel and that as the home of Truman and A.T. Still University it was rich in local culture and history. Credit was given for annual events that offer the opportunity to develop traditions for family and friends, including the Scottish Highland Games and a half marathon, among others. The free Friday Summer on the Square concert series also was recognized for building a sense of community and providing entertainment.

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