Introduction to Branson, Missouri

Branson, Missouri, in Taney county, is located 39 miles S of Springfield, Missouri and 158 miles E of Tulsa, Oklahoma. The city’s population is approximately 6,050.

Branson History

Rueben Branson opened the post office in rgw area in 1882. In 1903, Branson founders planned on opening an industrial center in the city to supply lumber and manufactured goods outside the Ozarks. In 1904, many resorts, stables and hotels were established in the area to accommodate travelers, workers and fishermen. The city of Branson was incorporated officially in 1912. After World War II, the city grew to become an ideal spot for a flourishing community of hand-craft makers. Lake Taneycomo was formed as a result of the construction of the Branson’s Powersite Dam.

Branson and nearby Attractions

  • Alexander Park
  • Antique Toy Museum
  • Silver Dollar City
  • Roy Rogers Museum
  • Wilson's Creek National Battlefield

Things To Do In Branson

The Titanic Museum showcases artifacts from the RMS Titanic wreckage. Fishing, swimming, boating and camping opportunities are all available at North Beach Park, Sunset Park and Table Rock State Park. Branson hosts a number of festivals and events throughout the year, including the Branson Fest, the Festival of American Music and Crafts, Bluegrass & BBQ and Plumb Nellie Days.

Branson Transportation

Springfield-Branson Regional is the nearest major airport.

Branson Higher Education

Local colleges and universities include the College of the Ozarks, North Arkansas College, Missouri State University, Evangel University and Ozarks Technical Community College.


Total Population 11,084
Male Share of the Population 45.3%
Female Share of the Population 54.7%
Senior Citizens 20.5%
Employed Population 16+ 4,954
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 42.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $46,679
% Above Poverty Level 80.1%
% Below Poverty Level 19.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%


People Living Alone 33.7%
Median Gross Rent $706
Median House Value $167,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 28.7%
US/American 0%
English 12.4%
Irish 11%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Branson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 39 miles S of Springfield, Missouri (center to center)
Nearest Large City 158 miles E of Tulsa, Oklahoma
County Taney
Standard Zip Codes 65616
P.O. Box Zip Codes 65615
Phone Area Codes 417
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.643
Longitude -93.218

Branson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 5 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 44 F
Apr Temp 41 to 69 F
Jul Temp 64 to 90 F
Oct Temp 43 to 72 F
Annual Precip 43.1 inches
Station GALENA 1 SW
Distance 18.2 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 43 F
Apr Temp 42 to 69 F
Jul Temp 65 to 89 F
Oct Temp 44 to 71 F
Annual Precip 45 inches
Distance 35.1 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 42 F
Apr Temp 42 to 68 F
Jul Temp 65 to 88 F
Oct Temp 43 to 70 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Branson, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Bull Creek Village (65616)

Gretna (65616)

Marvel Cave Park (65616)

Silver Dollar City (65616)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Branson West 434 $51,563
Forsyth 2,068 $50,054
Hollister 4,441 $30,591
Kimberling City 2,687 $54,575

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Branson Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(417) 335-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Branson High Schools

Serves 1,013 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

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