Springfield is a relatively large city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 167,376 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 (16.26%), sales jobs (11.98%), and food service (9.23%).
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.
Not only is Springfield a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Springfield is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Springfield a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
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: 27.69% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Springfield in 2010 was $21,878, 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 $87,512 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 German, Irish, English, French, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Springfield is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.