Palmyra, is located 12 mi. northwest of Mark Twain's Hometown, Hannibal, MO (pop. 17,757) and 17 mi. southwest of Quincy, IL (pop. 40,366), a commercial center noted for its architecture and as an important stop on the "underground railway." Some residents commute to jobs in these cities but live in Palmyra because of the quality of life-a 300 acre park with baseball fields, walking trails, fishing lake, volleyball and basketball courts, swimming pool and many shelters and playgrounds; a city golf course; 12 churches; affordable and attractive housing; an active business and industrial base; two health clinics and access to two excellent regional hospitals; a senior nutrition center; a public library; and a school system often cited as one of the best in northeast Missouri. Palmyra enjoys the advantages of wholesome small-town life where extensive shopping, employment, entertainment, higher education, and transportation are just minutes away on a divided highway. Cable systems, radio and television, cell phones, newspapers, and the Internet link area residents to a national and global community.