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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population165,138
Male Share of the Population48%
Female Share of the Population52%
Senior Citizens14.9%
Employed Population 16+77,842
Age of the Population33

Families

% of people married36.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher27%
Median Earnings25+$27,036
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,039
Median Earnings With High School Degree$22,500

Wealth

Median Family Income$43,993
% Above Poverty Level74.1%
% Below Poverty Level25.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home3.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.1%
% Using Public Transportation0.9%

Housing

People Living Alone37.1%
Median Gross Rent$683
Median House Value$109,500

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)24.5%
German21.2%
Irish13.6%
English10.6%
French Except Basque3.4%
Italian3%
Scottish2.4%
Polish2%
Dutch1.9%
Swedish1.3%
Welsh1%
Norwegian0.9%
African0.5%
Danishn0.5%
Czech0.5%
Austrian0.4%
Russian0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Canadian0.3%
Greek0.2%
Arab0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Ethiopian0.1%
South African0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Slovak0.1%
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Springfield Almanac

CategoryValue
County Greene County
Standard Zip Codes65802, 65803, 65804, 65806, 65807, 65809, 65810
P.O. Box Zip Codes65801, 65805, 65808, 65814, 65817
Company Zip Codes65890, 65897, 65898, 65899
Phone Area Codes417
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude37.19
Approximate Longitude-93.28

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)

StationSPRINGFIELD REG AP
Distance4.9 miles
Jan Temp22 to 42 F
Apr Temp44 to 68 F
Jul Temp67 to 90 F
Oct Temp46 to 71 F
Annual Precip44.9 inches
StationOLDFIELD
Distance22.3 miles
Jan Temp20 to 40 F
Apr Temp42 to 66 F
Jul Temp65 to 87 F
Oct Temp44 to 69 F
Annual Precip47.6 inches
StationBOLIVAR 1 NE
Distance28.2 miles
Jan Temp20 to 40 F
Apr Temp44 to 67 F
Jul Temp68 to 89 F
Oct Temp45 to 70 F
Annual Precip45.4 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Battlefield5,920$76,652
Fair Grove1,689$58,750
Nixa20,520$58,252
Republic15,766$60,067
Strafford2,149$53,295
Willard5,447$65,509

Springfield Public Libraries

Springfield-greene County Library District
4653 S CAMPBELL AVE
Springfield, Missouri
(417) 883-5366

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Springfield Hospitals

Doctors Hospital Of Springfield Dba Ozarks Com
(Proprietary)
2828 North National Avenue
(417) 837-4000
Lakeland Behavioral Health System
(Proprietary)
440 South Market
(417) 865-5581
Select Specialty Hospital - Springfield
(Proprietary)
1630 East Primrose Street
(417) 881-1657
Lester E. Cox South Medical Center
(Non-profit)
3801 South National Avenue
(417) 269-6000
Lester E. Cox North Medical Center
1423 North Jefferson Street
(417) 269-3000
Mercy Hospital Springfield
(Non-profit)
1235 East Cherokee Street
(417) 885-2000
Meyer Orthopedic And Rehabilitation Hospital
3535 S. National Ave.
(417) 269-6000

Springfield Public Schools

Bingham Elem.
2126 Cherry
ZIP: 65802
(417) 523-3400
Primary
Total Enrollment 426
Bissett Elem.
3014 W Calhoun
ZIP: 65802
(417) 523-2800
Primary
Total Enrollment 281
Boyd Elem.
1409 Washington
ZIP: 65802
(417) 523-1500
Primary
Total Enrollment 252
Central High
423 E Central
ZIP: 65802
(417) 523-9600
Other
Total Enrollment 1730
Graff Career Center
1001 E. Chestnut Expy
ZIP: 65802
(417) 447-8121
High
Greene Valley School
1601 E Pythian
ZIP: 65802
(417) 895-6848
Other
Total Enrollment 63
Hickory Hills Elem.
3429 E Trafficway
ZIP: 65802
(417) 523-7100
Primary
Total Enrollment 393
Hickory Hills Middle
4650 E. State Hwy Yy
ZIP: 65802
(417) 523-7100
Middle
Total Enrollment 504
Juvenile Justice Ctr.
1111 N Robberson
ZIP: 65802
(417) 868-4008
High
Pipkin Middle
1215 Boonville
ZIP: 65802
(417) 523-6000
Middle
Total Enrollment 596
Study Alternative High
501 W Central
ZIP: 65802
(417) 523-2700
High
Weaver Elem.
1461 N Douglas
ZIP: 65802
(417) 523-1200
Primary
Total Enrollment 349
Westport Elem.
415 S Golden
ZIP: 65802
(417) 523-3100
Primary
Total Enrollment 469
Westport Middle School
2343 W Olive
ZIP: 65802
(417) 523-6510
Middle
Total Enrollment 445
Willard Central Elem.
2625 N Farm Rd 101
ZIP: 65802
(417) 831-4440
Primary
Total Enrollment 350
Willard Orchard Hills Elem
4595 Farm Road 140
ZIP: 65802
(417) 869-0600
Primary
Total Enrollment 367
Willard South Elem.
4151 W Division
ZIP: 65802
(417) 862-6308
Primary
Total Enrollment 452
York Elem.
2100 Nichols
ZIP: 65802
(417) 523-3000
Primary
Total Enrollment 252
Bowerman Elem.
2148 N Douglas
ZIP: 65803
(417) 523-1400
Primary
Total Enrollment 295
Fremont Elem.
2814 N Fremont
ZIP: 65803
(417) 523-1700
Primary
Total Enrollment 185
Hillcrest High
3319 N Grant
ZIP: 65803
(417) 523-8000
High
Total Enrollment 1054
Pleasant View Elem.
2210 E State Hwy Aa
ZIP: 65803
(417) 523-2100
Primary
Total Enrollment 214
Pleasant View Middle
2210 E State Hwy Aa
ZIP: 65803
(417) 523-2100
Middle
Total Enrollment 366
Reed Middle
2000 N Lyon
ZIP: 65803
(417) 523-6300
Middle
Total Enrollment 603
Robberson Elem.
1100 E Kearney
ZIP: 65803
(417) 523-1800
Primary
Total Enrollment 339
Shady Dell Early Childhood Ctr
2757 E Division
ZIP: 65803
(417) 523-1300
Primary
Total Enrollment 547
Truman Elem.
3850 N Farm Rd 159
ZIP: 65803
(417) 523-5100
Primary
Total Enrollment 404
Watkins Elem.
732 W Talmage
ZIP: 65803
(417) 523-5000
Primary
Total Enrollment 316
Weller Elem.
1630 N Weller
ZIP: 65803
(417) 523-1900
Primary
Total Enrollment 353
Williams Elem.
2205 W Kearney
ZIP: 65803
(417) 523-2000
Primary
Total Enrollment 314
Delaware Elem.
1505 S Delaware
ZIP: 65804
(417) 523-3700
Primary
Total Enrollment 237
Field Elem.
2120 Barataria
ZIP: 65804
(417) 523-4800
Primary
Total Enrollment 427
Glendale High
2727 S Ingram Mill
ZIP: 65804
(417) 523-8900
High
Total Enrollment 1313
Holland Elem.
2403 S Holland
ZIP: 65804
(417) 523-4100
Primary
Total Enrollment 295
Pershing Elem.
2120 Ventura
ZIP: 65804
(417) 523-2400
Primary
Total Enrollment 181
Pershing Middle
2120 Ventura
ZIP: 65804
(417) 523-2400
Middle
Total Enrollment 699
Pittman Elem.
2934 E Bennett
ZIP: 65804
(417) 523-4700
Primary
Total Enrollment 309
Rountree Elem.
1333 E Grand
ZIP: 65804
(417) 523-4900
Primary
Total Enrollment 268
Sequiota Elem.
3414 S Mentor Rd
ZIP: 65804
(417) 523-5400
Primary
Total Enrollment 361
Walt Disney Elem.
4100 S Fremont
ZIP: 65804
(417) 523-3600
Primary
Total Enrollment 541
Wilder Elem.
2526 S Hillsboro
ZIP: 65804
(417) 523-5300
Primary
Total Enrollment 333
Campbell Elem.
506 S Grant
ZIP: 65806
(417) 523-3200
Primary
Total Enrollment 181
Datema House
918 S Jefferson
ZIP: 65806
(417) 895-6832
Other
Total Enrollment 7
Jarrett Middle
840 S Jefferson
ZIP: 65806
(417) 523-6600
Middle
Total Enrollment 491
Mcgregor Elem.
1221 W Madison
ZIP: 65806
(417) 523-5700
Primary
Total Enrollment 345
Phelps Gifted Ctr.
934 S Kimbrough
ZIP: 65806
(417) 523-3300
Other
Carver Middle
3325 W Battlefield
ZIP: 65807
(417) 888-2510
Middle
Total Enrollment 718
Community Learning Ctr.
3990 W Sunshine
ZIP: 65807
(417) 888-4055
Other
Total Enrollment 11
Cowden Elem.
2927 S Kimbrough
ZIP: 65807
(417) 523-3500
Primary
Total Enrollment 314
Excel School
1631 W Bennett
ZIP: 65807
(417) 895-6240
Other
Total Enrollment 16
Horace Mann Elem.
3745 S Broadway
ZIP: 65807
(417) 523-4400
Primary
Total Enrollment 411
Jeffries Elem.
4051 S Scenic
ZIP: 65807
(417) 523-3900
Primary
Total Enrollment 593
Kickapoo High
3710 S Jefferson
ZIP: 65807
(417) 523-8500
High
Total Enrollment 1830
Mark Twain Elem.
2352 S Weaver
ZIP: 65807
(417) 523-4300
Primary
Total Enrollment 467
Parkview High
516 W Meadowmere
ZIP: 65807
(417) 523-9200
High
Total Enrollment 1372
Portland Elem.
906 W Portland
ZIP: 65807
(417) 523-4600
Primary
Total Enrollment 264
Sherwood Elem.
1813 S Scenic
ZIP: 65807
(417) 523-3800
Primary
Total Enrollment 275
Sunshine Elem.
421 E Sunshine
ZIP: 65807
(417) 523-5200
Primary
Total Enrollment 219
Wilson Creek Group Home
3992 W Sunshine
ZIP: 65807
(417) 888-4050
Other
Total Enrollment 8
Cherokee Middle
420 E Farm Rd 182
ZIP: 65810
(417) 523-7200
Middle
Total Enrollment 761
David Harrison Elementary
3055 W Kildee Lane
ZIP: 65810
(417) 523-5800
Primary
Total Enrollment 409
Gray Elem.
2102 W Farm Rd 182
ZIP: 65810
(417) 523-4000
Primary
Total Enrollment 512
Mcbride Elem.
5005 S Farm Rd 135
ZIP: 65810
(417) 523-4500
Primary
Total Enrollment 475

Springfield Private Schools

Springfield Seventh-day Adventist Junior Academy
704 S Belview Ave
ZIP: 65802
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 35
St Joseph Catholic Academy
515 W Scott St
ZIP: 65802
Elementary
Total Enrollment 84
Christian Schools Of Springfield
2660 N Grant Ave
ZIP: 65803
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 71
Dayspring Christian School
2157 N Prospect Ave
ZIP: 65803
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 67
Park Avenue Christian School
2850 N Park Ave
ZIP: 65803
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 42
Developmental Learning Center
2020 E Battlefield St
ZIP: 65804
Elementary
Total Enrollment 24
Discovery Garden Montessori School
2434 E Battlefield St
ZIP: 65804
Elementary
Total Enrollment 6
Immaculate Conception School
3555a S Fremont Ave
ZIP: 65804
Elementary
Total Enrollment 448
St Agnes Elementary School
531 S Jefferson Ave
ZIP: 65806
Elementary
Total Enrollment 219
New Covenant Academy
3304 S Cox Rd
ZIP: 65807
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 346
Springfield Lutheran School
2852 S Dayton Ave
ZIP: 65807
Elementary
Total Enrollment 162
St Elizabeth Ann Seton School
2200 W Republic Rd
ZIP: 65807
Elementary
Total Enrollment 165
The Summit
2155 W Chesterfield Blvd
ZIP: 65807
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 120
Springfield Catholic High School
2340 S Eastgate Ave
ZIP: 65809
Secondary
Total Enrollment 333
Greenwood Laboratory School
1024 E Harrison
ZIP: 65897
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 374
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