Springfield, MO

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Springfield profile

Living in Springfield

Springfield is a relatively large city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 167,319 people and 53 constituent neighborhoods, Springfield is the third largest community in Missouri.

Springfield is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (16.71%), sales jobs (11.65%), and food service (9.40%).

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.

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 19.20 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Springfield has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Springfield has quite a high level of public transit users. Springfield’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

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: 26.96% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Springfield in 2010 was $21,131, which is middle income relative to Missouri, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $84,524 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.