Known as the “Birthplace of Route 66” and home of cashew chicken, Springfield holds small-town charm with a big-city vibe. Quality of life here is enhanced by the region’s Gold Medal Award-winning Parks and Recreation Department, which manages 102 parks and trails for the enjoyment of its residents and visitors. The minor-league Springfield Cardinals proudly call Springfield home.
Springfield is also home to the national headquarters of Bass Pro Shops, proclaimed the “Granddaddy” of all outdoor stores, and the number one tourist destination in Missouri attracting four million visitors each year. More than 70 other major employers provide jobs and economic growth for the region, including Walmart, Chase Card Services, Expedia, O’Reilly Auto Parts, four significant medical facilities, and four major universities serving 50,000 students. Springfield is well-positioned for small, local businesses as well as corporations that benefit from the abundant resources and local talent the region has to offer.
Cost of living, at 26.7% below the national average, is definitely an attractive benefit. Per capita income is $35,115 and the median age is 37 years.