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Jasmine
Springfield, MO

Great place to live! - 12/7/2008

I've lived here in Springfield for the past six years, and while I've read mostly negative posts about Springfield on this site, I must say that I absolutely love it here! I'm from a much smaller town, and have found Springfield to be the perfect balance between country and city life. It has just about all the amenities you could want in a small area - about a 40 minute drive max from one side of the city to the other. The people for the most part are friendly and courteous (despite what other posts have said, most people here are no more over-religious than other towns in Missouri and aren't going to try to force their religious or political views on you). The cost of living is extremely low, and housing prices are well below the national average. (We just bought our first home - a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 car garage, all brick home in a nice neighborhood for only $95,000!!) There are many colleges and universities in Springfield, and despite the current economic crisis, the job market doesn't seem to be declining as drastically as in most areas. And gas prices here are usually lowest in the country! As for the drug and "gang" problems others have posted about, I have not had a single experience with either of these since I've lived here. Springfield has a very low crime rate, and Missouri in general does have a meth problem, though mostly in towns smaller than Springfield. The only complaint I might have would be about the weather, but that's just living in the midwest. If you don't like the weather here, just wait and it will change. It could be 80 degrees one day and 30 the next. (Literally.) But over all, I absolutely love this city and plan on spending my life here.

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Janet
Springfield, MO

Springfield is a wonderful place to live. - 10/6/2008

I was born and raised here and have watched this "town" grow into a wonderful midsized city. There are several well know university's, technical schools, and the public school system is one of the best. Sports are big in Springfield. The St. Louis Cardinals along with the city built a beautiful double A stadium where their double a team plays. We've seen many of the regular cardinals going through rehab play here as well as our own players make it to the big leagues. There are ice skating, indoor and our door tennis, and many golf courses to use. I'm sure I'm fogetting something. Basketball is huge when the universities start their season. A new arena will open this fall for the Lady and Men Bears from Missouri State to use. Their kick-off concert is the Eagles playing Nov. 13,2008. Tickets sold out in a few hours. The Arts are growing also, There is the Springfield Symphony ,Ballet,paintings and sculpture at the Art Museum, the Art Walk downtown where restarants hang local artists paintings on the wall and you you may walk in and look. Crime is low,but has risen as has the population, The health care facilities are wonderful, there is one Level One Trauma hospital and one level 2 hospitals on the South Side and several smaller hospials on the North Side. Both hospitals on the South side have helicopters for long distance trauma calls The weather is great, all four seasons, although fall lasts a little longer than winter coming in, ie; I wore my heavy coat only twice last winter. Shopping is plentiful and if you like outlet shopping just drive on down to Branson which takes about 40 min. and you will find all kinds of thins to do. Check Springfield out, the housing market is way below average in good and bad time, there are a lot of manufactures and industries that have been here along time and some that have lsft to go to Mexico and China. I'm sure I have left out several unflattering things as well as flattering. I like it and all but 2 of my brothers live here and they had to move for jobs.

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Sierra
Springfield, MO

Extremes - 8/11/2008

The weather in Springfield varies from one extreme end to the other. The summers are hot, with temperatures consistently hitting 100+ July - September, and 100% humidity. Prepare for lots of tornadoes and flash floods through spring and summer. Fall is beautiful, but it only lasts a few short weeks, and then the bitter cold of winter sets in. Lately there hasn't been a lot of snow, but ice instead. The great ice storm of 2007 was record setting, but there is always a great deal of ice and frigid temperatures through out the winter.

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Laura
Springfield, MO

Family-friendly, nice people - 4/24/2008

Like any Midwestern town, Springfield is full of friendly people and is a great place to raise kids. It's safe, and cost of living is pretty low. But pay is low compared to other cities in the region. The climate is ever-changing, so if you don't like the weather, just wait a day or two. It will completely flip. If you're in the healthcare field, there are two large hospitals so you will likely find a good job. From what I've heard, the schools here are so-so. As part of the bible-belt, Springfield is home to some extreme religious groups. You can't go downtown on a Saturday night without running into protestors with signs reading "The Party Ends In Hell". No kidding. Nothing ruins a fun evening out like strangers shoving religion down your throat. I'm Christian, but if I wanted a lecture on the Ten Commandments, I'd go to church, not outside of a bar. If you're liberal, you may feel out of place. The majority of people here are pretty conservative. After living here for 4 years, I've experienced pretty much all there is to experience. Besides a nice mall, Bass Pro Shop, and Branson nearby, there's not much here. If you want to live somewhere with a variety of activities, consider a larger city.

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Laura
Springfield, MO

Family-friendly, nice people - 4/24/2008

Like any Midwestern town, Springfield is full of friendly people and is a great place to raise kids. It's safe, and cost of living is pretty low. But pay is low compared to other cities in the region. The climate is ever-changing, so if you don't like the weather, just wait a day or two. It will completely flip. If you're in the healthcare field, there are two large hospitals so you will likely find a good job. From what I've heard, the schools here are so-so. As part of the bible-belt, Springfield is home to some extreme religious groups. You can't go downtown on a Saturday night without running into protestors with signs reading "The Party Ends In Hell". No kidding. Nothing ruins a fun evening out like strangers shoving religion down your throat. I'm Christian, but if I wanted a lecture on the Ten Commandments, I'd go to church, not outside of a bar. If you're liberal, you may feel out of place. The majority of people here are pretty conservative. After living here for 4 years, I've experienced pretty much all there is to experience. Besides a nice mall, Bass Pro Shop, and Branson nearby, there's not much here. If you want to live somewhere with a variety of activities, consider a larger city.

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Laura
Springfield, MO

What I've experience in Springfield - 4/24/2008

Living in Springfield for 4 years, I'll tell you what I've experienced while living here. Like any Midwestern town, the people are very nice and its a great place to raise kids. If you like a variety of weather, this place is for you. The weather changes everyday, it can be hot and humid one day and cold and windy the next. However, since moving here, I've had terrible trouble with allergies. There are two large hospitals, so if you're in the healthcare field, you're likely to find a good job. From what I've heard the school systems are so-so. In the center of the bible-belt, it is home to some extremist religious groups. You can't go downtown on a Saturday night without running into protestors with signs reading "The Party Ends In Hell". No kidding. Nothing else ruins a fun evening out like strangers trying to force religion down your throat. I'm Christian, but if I wanted a lecture on the Ten Commandments, I'd go to church, not outside of a bar. If you want to live in a nice, safe area, don't live on the North side of town. The safer, nicer neighborhoods are towards Southern Springield. It seems like Springfield is at a standstill, with very little growth. After living here for 4 years, I've pretty much experienced everything there is to experience. If you want to live someplace where there is tons to do, consider a bigger city. Besides having a mall, Bass Pro, and Branson nearby, there's not very much variety of activities.

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Alexis
O'Fallon, IL

Thinking of moving - 4/4/2008

My family currently lives in Illinos, about 20 minutes from St. Louis, MO. We are considering moving to Sprinfield, MO for a career change. I'm just curious about the type of town Springfield is. I've been researching statistics, but I would like to hear more from people who actually live there. Is crime a huge problem? What are the school systems like? What are the best or most desireable parts of town to live in? Or, are there towns nearby that may be more desireable? I would love to find a place with a little bit of land so my kids can run wild, what areas would be the best to look? Any information will be greatly appreciated!

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Clint
Barry, IL

Springfield, MO - Pros/Cons - 2/10/2008

Pros: 1. Low crime rate 2. Excellent school system 3. Low cost of living and housing 4. Affordable place to live 5. Stable economy 6. Home to 5 or so colleges, including Missouri State University 7. Lots of recreation nearby in the Ozarks 8. An overall good place to live Cons: 1. Huge meth lab problem, as pointed out by other reviewers 2. It is largely religious, so if you're an Atheist you generally won't fit in

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Aaron
Rogersville, MO

Recreation - 1/2/2008

Springfield has some of the best places close by to do all kinds of recreation. Everything from hiking, biking, running, fishing, camping, boating, etc. The beautiful rolling hills to the south provide much needed time outdoors and the many shops in Springfield and the Branson area are excellent. Overall, a great place to live.

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Dave
Springfield, MO

cost of living - 9/3/2007

Cost of living is relatively low but the wages in the whole are are lower than in most parts of the country

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Robyn
Springfield, MO

Gang/crime problems - 4/19/2007

Recently, the downtown area has been afflicted by so-called "gangs." I have lived in Springfield all of my life, and have never felt threatened by gangs or violent crimes. The gangs that reside in the downtown area are mostly high school kids who want to feel apart of something. They usually intiate fights with each other, and keep strangers and the public out of it. The best thing to do is just call the police. However, that's one big problem with Springfield; it takes the police 30+ minutes to respond to reports of public fights and disputes. The police force in Springfield is too focused on drinking and driving (which is a problem, don't get me wrong) as well as the local pot smokers to respond to things that are an imminent threat to public safety. I've had to call the police 3 or 4 times due to fights in the downtown sqaure area, and once, it took them an hour and 15 minutes to respond. By that time, the fight is over and most participants have scattered. Due to this fact, violent crime has risen in the past few years, and we still have no signs that the police force is trying to do anything to slow it down. Springfield is a fairly safe area, especially the southwest and southeast areas. It is a good place to raise a family. However, I would HIGHLY suggest locking car doors, as my car has been broken into atleast 3 times now. Sometimes, I just don't even think about locking it. Usually, only loose change is stolen, but I once had a CD player ripped out of my vehicle. If you have anything of value in your vehicle, do lock it if you leave it somewhere for a prolonged period of time.

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jessica
Springfield, MO

A little bit of everything.... - 2/28/2007

As general rule about climate, expect the unexpected. Being in the middle of the country, we are subject to the conditions of all the other regions. Weather is unpredictable and drastically changes from year to year.

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mary
Springfield, MO

positive about springfield - 1/4/2007

Have been reading mostly negative comments about Springfield for the last year, so thought I'd chime in. Have lived in the area for 15 years, after growing up in chicago and spending many years in southern and northern california. so first let's say that springfield is a small big city. we have one of everything you need, and continue to add amenties to improve life quality. downtown revitalization is going gangbusters, and colleges offer plenty of culture. also, only 3 hours from st. Louis or KC if you need a big city fix. Crime is increasing, as the city grows, but still SUPER SAFE place compared to any larger metro area. Yes, there is a meth problem; but you have to be vigilant. yes, it is overwhelmingly white and conservative, but diversity is on the increase and with that comes more liberal outlooks. to everyone who is leaving, that works for me. I don't want to live in a real big city; springfield is 'just right'. (by the way, I am a non white, non christian liberal.)

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Gina
Springfield, MO

Meth Labs - 12/13/2006

I have lived in Springfield 4 years now and have had to move twice due to meth labs. I lived by W. Chestnut and S. Scenic. The police when we called them never did arrest anyone at the first house after a year of complaints. We were just told that the family was being investigated. The second house after my kids smelled the foul odor coming from the same house for the third time the cops finally got there and arrested them. The house that we were in at the time also was making my family sick. We couldn't figure out why we kept coughing and the kids were keeping bronchitis. I did some research after a policeman came to our door looking for somebody. Our house was rented previously to a meth dealer and it had soaked into the walls. We also lived in an area showing by the Greene County Sheriff that we had 10 sexual predators within a block of us. Springfield isn't a good place to live. As soon as I graduate my family and I are moving. The traffic is awful. The housing is low, but be careful. You get what you pay for. Recently we have started having problems with drive-by shootings and it has been reported by the County Attorney Darrell Moore that we are showing graffiti signs of 10 gangs being present in Springfield.

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Kim
Springfield, MO

I hope you like Southern Baptists!!! - 9/7/2006

I have been in Springfield 4 years now and it has a lot going for it, low cost of living, low crime, great weather, low housing costs and low unemployment. It has very high racism, sexism, hypocracy, self righteousness and ultra conservative religious views. Those views are all around you, in all you see, hear and read. This is the Ozarks and the bible belt of America but please enough is enough. It is however, a tradeoff - you trade the bad for the good and vice versa but after 4 years I am not sure it is worth it. Some of the people are nice, most are over eager religious conservatists and noone knows how to drive. They seem to think if you drive a truck (and most do) then road rules don't apply to them. I will be leaving as soon as my job allows and will be transferring any place else.

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Ziggy
Springfield, MO

HOT as hell in the summer - 9/1/2006

Watch what you get into! Housing costs are low in SW Missouri. You will get more house for your money than just about anywher in the country. There are some real nice neighborhoods, but even most of those do not have things such as sidewalks or much public space. There are LOTS of new sub-divisions scaterred around the city with cracker box style homes. Be careful as many are poorly constructed and many of the towns are struggling to provide adequate supplies of water and saewage treatment plants. The city schools are average, but there are very few minorities so many equate this with "good" (they'll never admit it though). Utility rates are low, but you'll run your AC and heater most of the year as the humidity is a killer and there is very little breeze. Less than 20% of the people voted in the last election to expand a coal burning power plant. Gas guzzlers dominate the roadways. The town is relatively flat, but the surrounding areas are hilly. Town is great for bikes and motorcycles, but very dangerous as there are few bike paths and many streets still have storm ditches rather than buried sanitary sewers. Sidewalks are few and far between. Downtown is undergoing a revitalization though with lots of lofts and more people walking. The new President of Missouri State and some business leaderes are speaking out about issues such as increasing diversity and more funding for public education. Will be interesting to see if he lasts though as there is an extreme right wing base that can be downright ugly yet smile at the same time. If you can land a decent job (two large health care organizations) and want to bank some money this may be the place for you. Don't kid yourself though as overall quality is lacking. This is not a healthy community. The population is one of the most obese I have ever seen and many lack basics such as routine dental care. If you are tough though and want to help make a difference come join us. Lord knows you'll find that cheap house....the for sale signs are endless and have been up EVERYWHERE the whole two years I've been here. Hopefully, I can stick it out one more year.

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januarie
Kansas City, MO

about the quality of life, meth and other things - 8/23/2006

I lived in Springfield (AKA Pleasantville, Springtucky) for several years. I volunteered at a location sort of in the middle of town and the house next door had been busted for meth several times. So it's there, but usually you will not see it. The business community is very close knit. The town is very "clickish". It seems somehow isolated from the real world...I'm not sure why this is. Maybe because almost everyone there is white. It's like the small city trying to act like a big one...very strange. THe traffic for a town that size is horrible...any time of the day the streets are filled with monster trucks and suburban soccer moms in SUVs pretending like they are in a city. But, the people are generally polite, except in traffic, where you will not be let out under any circumstances! It's worse than a real city. Also, there's not much "urban" area. The town is clean, there's almost no real crime, there are tons of cops. YOu will be pulled over, period. And if you are a minority, you will be pulled over daily and they will call for back-up. I saw three cop cars pulled over for one 70ish old lady in a lincoln towncar. I lived two and half miles from my office and would count the cops on the drive there. There were never less than four. THe most I counted was ten. If you love church you will love springfield! The headquarters for the Assemlies of God is there plus several religious universities. I haven't heard much about how the devil is going to get me if I do this or that since I left Springfield. Every time I go back there, it's exactly the same. The cost of living is low, it's slow paced, it's ultra Christian conservative. So, if you are a very conservative, upper middle class (or wannabe) who wants a safe place to raise kids in almost completely white, crime free suburbs and you want lots and lots of church options, Springfield might be a good place for you. Or if you are a college student since that's what the town caters too mostly-and there's a lot of cool bars and jobs for you, you will do fine.

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melanie
Springfield, MO

re: Libraries - 8/23/2006

Interesting. We moved to Springfield 4 years ago from Orange County Ca. I have found the Library Center and Station to be EXCELLENT. Perhaps you visited an 'off campus' location. There is a coffe house, great use of internet access and accomodations for those of us who don't live close to the library. I can request all materials on line and they are delivered to the grocery store near me. I may also return materials there. There are many community programs offered at the library as well. I don't know what library you visited. With that said, the libraries are one of the FEW positives about Springfield. We were born and raised in Southern California and the people there are SO MUCH nicer and down to earth. In fact, I just came back from a visit to California. How refreshing to be greeted and spoken to! Springfield, and the surrounding communities, seem to be either affluent or poor. There is not a lot of middle and it seems to be very important to keep-up-with-the-joneses. The first question I am typically asked, when someone actually speaks to you, is where do you live? As if it matters (although we have a beautiful home and live in an affluent area). The schools aren't great, our elementary school in California was MUCH better. The pay is awful, even for professionals. If we hadn't made money on houses in CA, we COULD NOT make a living here. The traffic is horrible because of the lack of planning on the streets. You must drive antiquated (no turn lanes or center lanes) side streets to get anywhere in town. The cost of living may be low, but you get what you pay for. There aren't great city parks and the city looks old and withered. Above ground power lines, old schools, etc......... I don't suggest any one move here. The out laying areas may have advantages, in some instances, but they are less expensive (again, you get what you pay for) and I suggest staying in Springfield. Remember, for a not-exactly small town, there is not any shopping to speak of. One mall (which is old and crowded and, frankly, ugly), one Target, one Home Depot, not any national chains of significance (Nordstrom, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, Chevy's Mexican, etc). The city seems to want to supress any growth and is, really, run by one megalomaniac man named Hammons. If you live in an outlaying area, you'll have to drive to Springfield for shopping (except for Wal Mart) and fight the traffic. In fact, when we looked at areas, such as Nixa, the traffic n

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Jben
Tulsa, OK

Poor Library System - 8/16/2006

I was considering moving to Springfield about 5 years ago. I have a good friend who lives there and I spent some time looking around. I was very surprised to find that the public library system was about like that you'd find in a town of 30,000 people. I guess Springfield's library doesn't get any support of funding. A large reason of why I didn't move to Springfield was because I didn't want to live in a town with such a poor library system. If you are considering this area I'd suggest stepping up to Tulsa or even Kansas City instead.

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roy
Springfield, MO

Four Seasons - 7/20/2006

Springfield Missouri definitely has 4 Seasons. Unfortunately, the change of seasons can bring tornadoes and severe weather. Also, the winters can be challenging. Best time of year is the Spring and Fall.

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