Springfield, MO
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Springfield is a relatively large city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 166,808 people and 53 constituent neighborhoods, Springfield is the third largest community in Missouri.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Springfield is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Springfield is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Springfield who work in office and administrative support (15.95%), sales jobs (12.20%), and food service (9.92%).

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Springfield really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Springfield is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Springfield more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Springfield’s character and quality of life.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 18.85 minutes getting to work every day.

The overall education level of Springfield is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 26.59% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Springfield in 2010 was $20,540, which is upper middle income relative to Missouri, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $82,160 for a family of four.

The people who call Springfield home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Springfield residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Springfield include Irish, English, French , and Italian.

The most common language spoken in Springfield is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.