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Overview

Introduction to Springfield, Missouri

Known as "The Cultural Center of the Ozarks", the city of Springfield lies in the southwestern part of the state of Missouri, about 50 miles north of the Arkansas border. The city is home to Missouri State University, and also home to Ozarks Technical Community College, and Drury and Evangel Universities. Springfield is served by Interstate 44 which leads to St. Louis (215 miles to the northeast). Other major highways serving the city include U.S. Routes 60, 65, and 160, and Missouri State Highway 13. Portions of historic U.S. Route 66 still exist in parts of the city. The county seat of Greene County, Springfield is situated just 45 miles north of the major tourist and entertainment destination of Branson.

Incorporated in 1838, Springfield became known for a major Civil War engagement which took place in 1861 just outside the city. Known as "The Battle of Wilson's Creek", the conflict involved Confederate and Union forces engaged in bloody fighting in a region bitterly divided between Northern and Southern sympathizers. In 1865, Springfield was the site of an historic gunfight where "Wild Bill" Hickok killed Davis K. Tutt, Jr. over a gambling dispute. The incident is widely considered by historians to have been the first real "Wild West" gunfight, in the style that would later be depicted countless times in TV and movie westerns.

Things to do and see in Springfield

Among Springfield's most popular attractions are the following:

  • Discovery Center of Springfield: An interactive hands-on science center for children.
  • Fantastic Caverns: The only cave in North America large enough to ride through.
  • Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts: Located on the Missouri State University campus.
  • Landers Theatre: Constructed in 1909 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Springfield National Cemetery: The only cemetery in the nation where the dead on both sides of the Civil War are buried side by side.
  • Wilson's Creek National Battlefield: Site of the Battle of Wilson's Creek and home to The Hulston Civil War Library.
  • Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium
  • Dickerson Park Zoo
  • Mosher House
  • The Booth-Dickey House
  • The Railroad Historical Museum
  • The Springfield Art Museum

Less than an hours drive south is the city of Branson, a major entertainment and vacation destination. Often referred to as the "Las Vegas of the Ozarks", Branson is a bustling modern commercial town that probably resembles Las Vegas more than any other city. It is the site of several musical and entertainment venues with regular appearances by famous celebrities, most (but not all) of whom are in the country music field. Among the many performing arts sites featuring live entertainment in Branson are the Andy Williams Moon River Theater and Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater.

Sports fans in Springfield have access to first rate collegiate competition. The Missouri State Bears are members of the Missouri Valley Conference for all sports except football (Gateway Football Conference), men's swimming (Sun Belt Conference), and field hockey (Mid-American Conference). The Bears have enjoyed great success, particularly in basketball and baseball. The men's basketball team reached the NCAA's Sweet Sixteen in 1999, the women's basketball team made the Final Four in 1992 and 2001, and the Bears baseball team appeared in the College World Series in 2003. Fans of professional sports can watch Minor League Baseball's Springfield Cardinals, a Double-A affiliate of the Major League's St. Louis Cardinals. The Springfield Cardinals play in the Texas League.

Located just east of Springfield is The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. The Hall showcases sports memorabilia of Missouri athletes and includes numerous interactive exhibits and displays.

People

Total Population 163,763
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 14.9%
Employed Population 16+ 76,909
Age of the Population 33

Families

% of people married 37.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.2%
Median Earnings25+ $26,823
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,678
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,196

Wealth

Median Family Income $43,551
% Above Poverty Level 74.3%
% Below Poverty Level 25.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1%

Housing

People Living Alone 37.1%
Median Gross Rent $676
Median House Value $107,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.6%
US/American 0%
English 10.3%
Irish 13.3%

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

Springfield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 147 miles SE of Kansas City, Missouri
County Greene
Metro Area Springfield
Standard Zip Codes 65721, 65742, 65802, 65803, 65804, 65806, 65807, 65809, 65810
P.O. Box Zip Codes 65801, 65805, 65808, 65814, 65817
Company Zip Codes 65890, 65898, 65899
Phone Area Codes 417
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.215
Longitude -93.298

Springfield Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station SPRINGFIELD REG AP
Distance 4.9 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 42 F
Apr Temp 44 to 68 F
Jul Temp 67 to 90 F
Oct Temp 46 to 71 F
Annual Precip 44.9 inches
Station OLDFIELD
Distance 22.3 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 40 F
Apr Temp 42 to 66 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 69 F
Annual Precip 47.6 inches
Station BOLIVAR 1 NE
Distance 28.2 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 40 F
Apr Temp 44 to 67 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 45 to 70 F
Annual Precip 45.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Battlefield 5,844 $74,612
Fair Grove 1,612 $57,167

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

Springfield Public Libraries

Library
Springfield-greene County Library District
4653 S CAMPBELL
Springfield, Missouri
(417) 874-8120
Library Web Site

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Springfield Hospitals

COX MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1432 N JEFFERSON ST
(417) 269-3000
Emergency Service: Yes

DOCTORS HOSPITAL OF SPRINGFIELD
(Proprietary)
2828 NORTH NATIONAL
(417) 837-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

ST JOHN'S REGIONAL HEALTH CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1235 E CHEROKEE
(417) 820-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Springfield High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

KICKAPOO HIGH
3710 S JEFFERSON
417-888-2630
Serves 1,789 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.3

PARKVIEW HIGH
516 W MEADOWMERE
417-895-2775
Serves 1,542 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.4

GLENDALE HIGH
2727 S INGRAM MILL
417-888-2520
Serves 1,485 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.7

CENTRAL HIGH
423 E CENTRAL
417-864-3822
Serves 1,409 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.5

HILLCREST HIGH
3319 N GRANT
417-833-9780
Serves 1,243 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

DATEMA HOUSE
918 S JEFFERSON
417-895-6832
A Non-traditional School
Serves 12 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

WILSON CREEK GROUP HOME
3992 W SUNSHINE
417-888-4050
A Non-traditional School
Serves 12 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

COMMUNITY LEARNING CTR.
3990 W SUNSHINE
417-888-4055
A Non-traditional School
Serves 12 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12

EXCEL SCHOOL
1631 W BENNETT
417-895-6240
A Non-traditional School
Serves 6 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 2

BAILEY EDUCATIONAL CTR.
501 W CENTRAL
417-895-2033
A Non-traditional School

JUVENILE JUSTICE CTR.
1111 N ROBBERSON
417-868-4008

GREENE VALLEY STATE SCHOOL
1601 E PYTHIAN
417-789-6848

PHELPS GIFTED CTR.
934 S KIMBROUGH
417-895-2150
A Non-traditional School

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