Springfield, MO, Missouri

Queen City of The Ozarks

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What's it like to live in Springfield, MO

What’s the best thing about living in Springfield, MO?

I've lived here my whole life. The best part is…well. All of it. The cicadas chirping in the trees and swimming in the creeks in the summer. To all the restaurants. From the “steering wheel waves" on the outskirts of town. To the snowflakes hung along National st during Christmas. Reasonable rent/mortgage rates. Of course theres pros and cons to any city. But the history of queen city is interesting, and makes for a sentimental choice.

What advice would you give to someone who is moving to Springfield, MO?

Having lived in the area for over 35 years: 1: Where are you moving from and why? 2: What are your expectations? Springfield and area is a great place to live-near lakes, resorts, hiking and forests. Just a few minutes out of town and you can feel as if you are in a paradise. Springfield is “big enough” to host concerts and sports events and is close enough to St. Louis and K.C. to catch those acts who decide to skip Springfield. If you want a raucous Las Vegas style night life-don’t bother, but if you want to live where the majority of people are decent, caring, friendly people, aren’t ashamed to go to church regularly and live like it either (as everywhere, you will find those who do not walk what they talk), this is a nice area to live. Springfield, Nixa, Ozark, Highlandville are all worth checking out. Traffic commuting in and out of town is tough but being improved upon as highways are expanded.

What is it like to live in Springfield, Missouri?

I’ve lived in Springfield for 25 years and can say most people love it. Springfield is a medium-sized city, which means it has most of the major retail and restaurant chains, great health facilities and universities, yet does not have a lot of the chaos of a major city. There’s also a lot of unsettled space surrounding the city, so if you like nature or just want to get away, there are places nearby to go. A lot of people also commute from outlying small towns, so they can have the employment opportunities of a city yet the lifestyle of small town living.

Is Springfield a good place to live?

You're probably going to get a lot of responses contradicting this, but I say that Springfield is a great place to live. Restaurants, shopping, night life stuff are all represented well. We have great parks and trails. Beautiful scenery, float trips, lakes and great hiking are all within an hour of town. If you want 'big city' things to do, St Louis, Kansas City and Tulsa are all a fairly short drive away. The crime and other 'bad elements' that you might have read/heard about are fairly isolated and I would say normal for a city this size. Hope this helps.

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