Springfield is the third-largest city in the state of Missouri and the county seat of Greene County. As of 2016, the estimated population is 167,319. Nicknamed the Queen city of the Ozarks, Springfield is known as the birthplace of Route 66.
Springfield can boast about great schools, a thriving job market, superior healthcare, a revitalized downtown, an active arts community, a moderate climate where we enjoy all four seasons, wonderful outdoor recreation opportunities, beautiful neighborhoods, and warm, friendly citizens.
CoxHealth Systems and Mercy Hospital are major employers making Springfield a regional medical hub offering the latest medical technology and world class physicians.
Springfield is in southwest Missouri and is considered to be the heart of the Ozarks. The captivating beauty of the Ozarks provide some of the area's greatest pleasures. Abundant forests, rivers, lakes, trails, rolling hills, and beautiful foliage offer endless opportunities for fishing, boating, camping, walking, biking, floating, and other recreational activities.
Ozark Greenways, a citizen’s organization, develops trails for walking and biking in Springfield and the surrounding area. The Springfield-Greene County Park Board offers many recreational and outdoor activities. They have ninety facilities with about 3,000 acres, including botanical gardens, Japanese stroll garden, dog park and equestrian center.
Also within a short drive are Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, a historic Civil War site, Table Rock State Park, where boating, camping, and fishing opportunities abound, and the Mark Twain National Forest, which encompasses about 1.5 million acres, mostly within the Ozark Highlands.
The Discovery Center of Springfield is a local children’s hands-on museum. The Dickerson Park Zoo offers opportunities for for all ages to appreciate and respect animals and nature. The Wonders of Wildlife Museum also educates and informs visitors about the value of fish and wildlife and conservation of our outdoor resources. They offer many educational opportunities to explore, encounter and experience the wildlife of southwest Missouri.
Our Springfield Regional Arts Council actively supports our arts organizations and art education. Patrons have a wide variety of genres to choose from including museums, plays, dance productions, symphony, and a regional opera. Several small and large theatres accommodate live performances including concerts, dance, musicians, comedians, and professional productions. Aspiring actors, musicians and dancers have a variety of opportunities to participate in local shows.
The Arts Council is instrumental in the Downtown Art Walk on the first Friday of every month, an annual ArtsFest fine arts festival each spring, and Cider Days festival in September.
Springfield has a state of the art baseball stadium that houses the Springfield Cardinals, a Minor League Baseball team. The team, which plays in the Texas League, is the Double-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Our area universities and colleges also have excellent sporting facilities where you can enjoy competitive basketball, football, tennis and other sports. There are thirteen golf courses in the Springfield area including five private clubs.
The Springfield-Greene County Park Board offers a large variety of sports activities for youth, adults and senior citizens. Facilities include a tennis complex, soccer facility, ice park, aquatics center, skatepark, and several community centers.