Palmyra is located just 7 miles from the Mississippi River. It is 70 miles northeast of Columbia and 100 miles northwest of St. Louis. Quincy, Illinois (population 40,000) is just across the river, about a 15 –minute drive. Quincy is linked to Chicago by daily Amtrak trains. A regional air carrier connects Quincy to St. Louis and Chicago. Many people who live here commute to jobs in nearby cities, but settle in Palmyra because of it affordable, quiet quality of life. Palmyra enjoys the benefits of small-town life with the advantages of big-city entertainment just minutes away.

The Marion County Fairgrounds at Palmyra offers many recreational opportunities. It boasts a 300-acre scenic park, baseball fields, playgrounds, fishing lake, walking trails, volleyball and basketball courts and a municipal swimming pool. Palmyra also has a public golf course, 12 churches, affordable and attractive housing, and active business and industrial community.