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 (16.26%), sales jobs (11.69%), and food service (9.79%).

Springfield is made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Springfield is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Springfield spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.98 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

In terms of college education, Springfield is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 27.20% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Springfield in 2010 was $21,075, 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 $84,300 for a family of four. However, Springfield contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Springfield is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. 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.