"Come Out to the Country "

Welcome to The Ozarks - Springfield & Branson, Mo.


General Information 

Springfield, Missouri, sits atop a plateau of the largest mountain range in the country - the Ozark Mountains.  Surrounded by rolling hills, the city offers the best in metropolitan and outdoor adventure, making it a perfect family destination.  With more than 420,000 people in the metro area and millions of tourists each year, Springfield is rich with interesting and entertaining attractions, approximately 6,000 hotel rooms, more than 800 dining options and a variety of shopping and cultural activities.

Springfield's central location in the nation also makes it easily accessible by major highways and the Springfield-Branson National Airport.

Springfield is the third-largest city in Missouri and the largest Springfield in the nation.  The U.S. Census Bureau estimates the population within the city limits is 154,777.  The estimated Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is more than 420,000.

Average annual precipitation is 43 inches including 20 inches of snow.

Spring: 44-67°F        Summer: 65-88°F
Fall: 46-69°F            Winter: 24-45°F

Nearly 24,000 students attend the Springfield R-12 School District.  Nearly 21,000 attend Missouri State University, 10,250 attend Ozarks Technical Community College, 5,000 attend Drury University and 1,800 attend Evangel University.

Green Initiatives
Among Springfield's finest assets are its beautiful scenery and clean environment, something community leaders are striving to maintain through a variety of programs and sustainable building projects.

Those projects include the Discovery Center, a hands-on science museum housed in a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building. The Discovery Center, certified at the Gold level, was the first building in southwest Missouri to attain the certification.

Springfield also is home to the Green Circle Shopping Center, an environmentally friendly building that houses several retailers including Dynamic Earth, an outdoor sporting goods store. The new shopping center received its Platinum Certification in early 2009.

Convention & Meetings
Springfield is a one-of-a-kind city for meetings, conventions and recreation. Nearly 50 percent of the U.S. population lives within a 500-mile radius of Springfield, which is Missouri's third-largest city. Offering nearly 6,000 hotel rooms and convention and exhibit space, Springfield can accommodate groups up to 12,000 and has consistently ranked by the "Corporate Travel Index" as one of the least expensive convention cities in the nation. Easy access via major highways, interstates and the recently-expanded Springfield-Branson National Airport allows Springfield to be a prime meeting and convention destination. In one of the country's most scenic regions, Springfield and the Ozarks offer fabulous entertainment, great attractions and wonderful shopping.

Welcome to Missouri

Missouri, one of the midwestern states of the United States. It is bordered by Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee, across the Mississippi R. (E), Arkansas (S), Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska (W), and Iowa (N).

Area, 69,686 sq mi (180,487 sq km).
Pop. (2000) 5,595,211, a 9.3% increase since the 1990 census.
Capital, Jefferson City.
Largest city, Kansas City. 
Motto, Salus Populi Suprema Lex Esto [The Welfare of the People Shall Be the Supreme Law]

State bird,
State flower, hawthorn.
State tree, dogwood.

The capital is Jefferson City, and the largest cities are Kansas City, Saint Louis, Springfield , and Independence. Places of interest include the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, in St. Louis; George Washington Carver National Monument, in Diamond; Wilson's Creek National Battlefield, near Springfield; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, in Kansas City; the Harry S. Truman Memorial Library, in Independence; and the Museum of the American Indian, in St. Joseph. A 185-mi (300 km) bicycle trail stretches from near St. Louis to Sedalia.

Missouri's economy rests chiefly on industry. Aerospace and transportation equipment are the main manufactures; food products, chemicals, printing and publishing, machinery, fabricated metals, and electrical equipment are also important. St. Louis is an important center for the manufacture of metals and chemicals. In Kansas City, long a leading market for livestock and wheat, the manufacture of vending machines and of cars and trucks are leading industries. 
Coal in the west and north central sections, lead in the southeast, and zinc in the southwest are among the resources exploited by Missouri's mining concerns. Lead (Missouri has been the top U.S. producer), cement, and stone are the chief minerals produced. 
Missouri remains important agriculturally; with over 100,000 farms, the state ranks second only to Texas. The most valuable farm products are soybeans, corn, cattle, hogs, wheat, and dairy items. The development of resorts in the Ozarks, including Branson and several lakes, has boosted tourism income.


*Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition, Copyright (c) 2003.