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.
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 (16.71%), sales jobs (11.65%), and food service (9.40%).
Springfield is a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Springfield has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Springfield enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Springfield.
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.
The percentage of people in Springfield who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 26.96% of adults in Springfield 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.