Kirksville - Area Info

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Area Information

The town of Kirksville, Missouri has a population of approximately 17,000. This number will vary depending on the number of students in town for academic classes. Kirksville is a college town with two major universities of higher learning with the renowned school of Osteopathy neighboring the prestigious and innovative Truman State University (TSU).

Thousand Hills State Park, west of Kirksville, provides an environment where students can enjoy water sports, fishing and paddle boating as well as sightseeing, swimming and cooking out in season. The geography of Kirksville places it nearly equal distances to three U.S. metropolitan cities: Kansas City, St. Louis, and Des Moines, IA, each of which services international flights. Aquatic and amusement parks, zoos, and museums are a part of recreational activities, depending on the metropolitan area. In addition, areas of cultural activity are available, such as those along the Mississippi River to Kirksville’s east in the towns of Quincy, Illinois and Hannibal, Missouri (historic home of Mark Twain). These towns as well as the Jefferson City/Columbia, Missouri area can be reached in 1 ½ to 2 hours by car.



Within the town of Kirksville, weekday transportation is available via a fixed route shuttle. It operates Monday through Friday from 7:00 AM to 6:30 PM and runs along the route including a department store and local apartments.


Amtrak service is available from La Plata, Missouri, 20 minutes south of Kirksville. This route is available for some local trips. Service is also available from Quincy, Illinois to Chicago. Passengers are encouraged to map a well-thought out plan for train travel in the U.S. and to access the Amtrak website for details, rates, and schedules.


Passengers find air travel possible via the major cities of Kansas City, St. Louis, and Des Moines, each having International Airports. Service is also available via Columbia, MO and Quincy, IL, through special arrangement. In addition, students may find it possible to schedule specific flights into and out of Kirksville Regional Airport (IRK) which services flights through a select carrier.