Springfield is the third-largest city in the state of Missouri and the county seat of Greene County. It is one of the two principal cities of the Springfield-Branson Metropolitan Area. Springfield's nickname is "Queen City of the Ozarks" and it is known as the "Birthplace of Route 66. Like many cities across the nation, Springfield has seen a resurgence in its downtown area. Many of the older buildings have been, and are continuing to be, renovated into mixed-use buildings such as lofts, office space, restaurants, coffee shops, bars, boutiques, and music venues.
- Estimated Population :167,376
- Foreign born :3.90%
- Language other than English spoken at home :5.40%
- High school graduates :89.20%
- Bachelor’s degree or higher :27.00%
- Median Household income :$33,769
- Per Capita income :$21,131
- Population per sq. mile :1,951
- White :88.40%,Black or African :4.70%,American Indian :0.60%,Asian :2.10%,Others :4.20%
- First Friday Art Walks
- 36th Annual Sertoma Chili Cook-Off
- Winter Jam Tour Spectacular
- Springfield’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
- Cherry Blossom Kite and Pinate Festival
- Rock’n Ribs BBQ Festival
- Artsfest on Walnut Street
- Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds Spring Planting Festival
- NSRA Mid-America Street Rod Nationals
- Watercolor USA 2017
- 81st Annual Ozark Empire Fair
- Park Days
- Birthplace of Route 66 Festival & Car Show
- Japanese Fall Festival
- PBR Built Ford Tough
- Pets & Pumpkins Festival and Parade
- Thriller on C-street
- 23rd Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot
- Downtown Springfield Christmas Parade
- Springfield's economy is based on health care, manufacturing, retail, education, and tourism. With a Gross Metropolitan Product of $13.66 billion in 2004 and $18.6 billion in 2016 according to missourieconomy.org. Springfield's economy makes up 6.7% of the Gross State Product of Missouri.
- Positronic, Bass Pro Shops, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, BKD, Noble & Associates, Prime, Inc., Springfield ReManufacturing, and O'Reilly Auto Parts have their national headquarters in Springfield. In addition, two major American Christian denominations—General Council of the Assemblies of God in the United States of America (one of the largest of the Pentecostal denominations) and Baptist Bible Fellowship International (a fundamentalist Baptist denomination founded by J. Frank Norris)—are headquartered in the city.
- It is home to three universities, including Missouri State University, Drury University, and Evangel University.