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Springfield, MO - Pros/Cons - 2/10/2008
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Clint
Barry, IL

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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Richard
Springfield, MO

Nature - 7/22/2014

Springfield,MO has a lot of beautiful parks. My favorite is Springfield Nature Center, which is a state park on the south edge of town. There are many miles of maintained trails to hike and walk. Deer, wild turkey,cranes,ducks and squirrels are in abundance.

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W
Willard, MO

Good Cost of Living - Lacking in Character, Style - 2/28/2014

Not a good place for a liberal. Very disrespectful community if you do not smoke, drink, party, go to church or do drugs. If you are a business owner, it is not enough to treat people well, you need to disparage your competition and minorities in order to make a name for yourself with the good ole boys. This area is destined to be 3rd tier in business, education and property values. Top students from this area will place in the middle rung in college and will be viewed as backward as a result of poor manners, grammar and discipline in the community as a whole. If you do not have children, do not want to run a business, cook your own food, are self sufficient you have a chance of thriving in the area. Not a place for thoughtful interactions. The midwest at its worst.

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brian
Springfield, MO

recreation - 6/24/2013

Nothing to do

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Kimberly
Springfield, MO

Define Cost of Living - 2/28/2012

I've seen several people refer to the great cost of living in Springfield. I want to clarify that. Housing is less in Springfied than other areas. However, Missouri is a heavily taxed state. It has what is known as "the working poor". There are jobs here, but people don't make enough to support their families because the wages are also low and the cost of everything else is the same. Charity is big here because people can't make ends meet. There are no federal taxes on groceries, but there are state taxes on them. Tax Free Weekend doesn't really happen because you still have to pay the state taxes. There is a state income tax that is too high. There is also personal property tax on everything you own (including cows and hay bales). The sales tax is comparable to any other city I've lived in. When I went on vacation a couple years ago to florida, the highest price I paid for gas the whole trip was in Springfield. Springfield's school system boasts of having some awards, but it really isn't good. Just everyday grammar is horrible around here. In an effort to make math easier in elementary school, they just confused the kids with all the gimmicks they used. Math is straight forward and very logical. It doesn't change wether you're doing simple addition or college calculus. Just teach it! I go to college and most of the students, if they even show up, don't study, don't do the homework, and the teachers have dummied down the tests just to get them to pass. Its disgusting! As for culture, forget it! Springfield has many wonderful outdoor enjoyments with lakes, excellent parks, nature trails and the nature center. However, on a beautiful day, and there are many, everyone is at the mall! The restaurants are not worth eating at, so you can save your money eating at home. In fact, the best sushi in town is at the mall! Maybe that's why they're all there. I work with the public and I am so tired of the braless (not sexy either) women, fat women in skin tight shirts, people wearing their pajamas in public because they are too lazy to get dressed, and meth rotted and toothless people. Where is the pride in your appearance? I didn't think I would have so much to say, but there it is. There are other places in Missouri to live that are more enjoyable if you want the benefits without the negatives.

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Wendy
Pleasant Hope, MO

Springfield has improved over the years , but stil - 9/19/2011

Springfield has gotten better over the years as far as offering festivals; i.e. Snowfest and all the fall activities, etc., and places to go for entertainment, but it is still lacking very much!!! I want REAL museums! The Springfield Art Museum is okay, but not large enough for my taste. I want professional sports teams, the NFL, NBA, MBA, NHL, etc.! Yes, John Q. did bring us a minor league baseball team and I thank him! Someone is trying to bring a race track between Branson and Springfield and I love the idea, but he has been warned not to do it!!! Sheesh!!! I want REAL mountains! Okay, we have small ones, but I want to snow ski!!! I want sandy beaches in town! Our zoo is too expensive for what it is and there are many zoos around the country that many times its size that are FREE! Maybe I'm asking for too much! I grew up going to Table Rock Lake, which is great for swimming, boating, water skiing, etc. And there are some great rivers in the Ozarks to canoe. There also nice places to camp. Branson is a fun getaway, but sadly Silver Dollar City has gotten to be too expensive for my budget. Springfield does not offer the kind of job I want at all; and for that reason alone and many others, I would like to go elsewhere. As others have said, the jobs here do not pay well unless you are in healthcare and some of those jobs do not pay well either. You definitely need a car to live in Springfield. The bus system here is not good. It takes two hours for a person to go to a grocery store about a mile away! They also do not offer enough bus stops or enough shelters for the bus stops they do have for bad weather. And City Utilities controls the transportation system and will not allow anyone else to start another system. By the way, CU does not have a good reputation! This is definitely not a bicycle-friendly town! Yes, we do have some good paths, but not enough; and drivers are not friendly to bicyclists! Yes, there are a lot of good, friendly people here! But there are also too many close-minded, backward, racist folks to count here! It is true that many people will ask you when they meet you what church you attend. I have literally had neighbors that wanted to save me and take me to their churches and they have told me that I will burn in Hell if I don't attend church regularly! I can't say that we do not have any culture at all here. It is just not a culture that I want because I am not Conservative. One of my favorite places is Jordan Valley Park. I think it is a lovely park with a water fountain for the kids in the summer. There are also some nice historic areas with historic homes in the central part of the city. But in my honest opinion, most of the city is very sterile looking. I would like to raise my children in a more open-minded environment and I am saving up to do so. There are a few things I know I will miss. I will miss the cashew chicken and Mexican Villa for sure!

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cindy
Springfield, MO

Tornadoes - 5/25/2011

Volatile weather patterns. High Tornado threat

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zendude
Springfield, MO

More On Springfield - 11/15/2010

I just want to add to my earlier post. Before you come to the ozarks. You should watch the movie "Winters Bone" It is filmed near Forsyth Missouri. The movie deals with the meth trade. Which is in abundance here. For those who see The Ozarks for the first time, they think what a lovely place this is. And it is lovely to look at. But the movie exposes what is really going on in "Them Hills". Not a pretty sight. So before you decide to move here. Watch the movie then decide.

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zendude
Springfield, MO

The Ozarks - 8/4/2010

I have lived in the ozarks region for almost 21 years. And Springfield for 5 years. If you like a low of cost living, nice people, religion, and a lot of lazy, fat and ignorant people than Springfield and The Ozarks is for you.

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Erich
Springfield, MO

Springfield: Answer to your fixed income economic - 7/8/2010

I relocated in 2003 to Springfield, Mo from Austin, Texas once I realized I was headed towards a life dependant upon a disability check as my only income. The postings of thers regarding Springfield, Mo are all accurate when they talk about lack of cultural diversity and the major power of fundamentalist Christian churches. My decision to move here was due to foreseeing my current monthly income of $900mo and it was a wise choice in this regard. I pay $335mo mortgage on a small 2 bedroom cottage built in the 1940's and located in a great little neighborhood in South Central Springfield. The city offers great medical facilities, low prices (and low wages), reasonable utility rates and a decent social services network given the areas high concentration of low income families. Springfield with its population of 155k is a big town with everything you need though possibly lacking much of what you may "want". Fundamentalist Christians are under evey rock and yield a lot of community influence & power but there are also small pockets of progressives to provide scattered pockets of shade under which one can seek refuge. Cultural diversity is sadly missing and racism is alive and well but no longer so rampant as 30-40 years ago. To avoid only sounding negative one should also know that Springfield is very green, fertile and on the northern edge of The Ozarks Mtns. While the overall education level is quite low, the people are mostly very friendly and community minded. The climate is temperate with mild Summers and cold but only lightly snowy winters. Gasoline remains cheapest in the nation (for those who care) and there are lots of cool, older homes (built 1890 to 1940's) available for purchase at really low prices. If you have or expect to have a low, fixed income and are fleeing your current expensive hometown in search of a place you can survive... Springfield, MO is worth looking into!

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Abhd
Panama City, FL

Springfield's not bad besides the cold weather - 5/5/2010

I lived in Springfield for 4 years while going to Missouri State University. I grew up in town of 1,000 population. To me, Springfield is the perfect combination of bigger city with not much crime. The worst thing about the town is the cold weather during the winter. That's the main reason why I moved from there. Plus, I was born and raised in the Branson area (an hour away) so I was ready for a change. There are plenty of expressways and freeways so if the street traffic is bad, you can hop on the freeway and go two exits down. I now live in a beach town in Florida, and I miss having a freeway nearby, sob, sob. As far as all the comments about meth labs, that is a state-wide problem that I have never encountered personally. Springfield is like a bigger country town. The only thing I had to get used to was that big city aloofness if they don't know you but that's any bigger city. As far as racial diversity, when I moved from there in 2003, there was practically none. I personally never witnessed racism there, but then again, there are very few minorities there so I was never really around many people of minority ethnicity. I will say that I have seen a lot more racism down here in Florida where I am currently living. .

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mike
Springfield, MO

Religion - 3/7/2010

Springfield is a very religious community. When I first moved in I was shocked to find that one of the first things people asked was "What church do you go to?"

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Zack
Portland, OR

Springfield good? Well that depends. - 12/17/2009

I lived in Springfield/Branson for about 12 years between 1993 and 2005. The positives: 1. Lots of outdoors activities. 2. Fairly good scenery compared to northern Missouri, but less grand than Arkansas. 3. Lots of colleges if you want to further your education. 4. Lots of cheap shopping and activities (not always so cheap) in Branson. Negatives: 1. Extremely low pay. I knew people with masters degree's in Engineering who were barely making $30,000 a year. 2. "Good jobs" tend to be the domain of "Old boys clubs", meaning that yes there are jobs in the area that can be potentially lucrative but your chances of applying and actually getting one sans some nepotistic influence are about as good as a snowball's chance of survival in a blast furnace. 3. People are cliquish, and I mean VERY cliquish. Don't think that you'll be able to hook up with your "dream significant other" or just peruse your way in to the social circles you want to be in. You'll have to provide them with something other than your bright, sunshiny attitude. In summation, Springfield is a great place for a person who ahs made momney someplace else and wants to spend it in the form of retirement, or for a person who lacks the afforementioned and just has very low expactations out of life. I tried to but it at $8.00 an hour there for 12 years and in the end, I had $30.00 to my name. I now make over 6 times what I did in SW Misssouri in an month.

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Bp
Springfield, MO

I need some information. - 11/14/2009

11/14/09 I am wanting to know how is it really for african american people in Branson, Missouri? I am wanting to know are they welcomed there ? Or is it extrememly racist / prejudice as in Springfield,Missouri and some other cities?

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Robert
Branson, MO

Republican politics and point of view. - 10/4/2009

One must be prepared for the "buckle of the biblebelt". This is truly it. If one is a WASP this is heaven on earth. If one is in the least bit liberal you will not fit in here.

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Abhd
Springfield, MO

Mayberry USA? - 5/14/2009

Springfield's biggest advantage over larger cities is the low cost of living. However, it offers very few decent paying jobs so it balances out in the end. The South side is the more desirable area and offers average recreational activities, but several lakes nearby offer more. Traffic is nonexistant for the most part, but may seem worse at times since there is only two expressways. Crime (minor) is prevalent in the north and central parts of Springfield along with Meth use throughout the city neighborhoods (rich & poor). good ole midwest values! Weather is good and bad and is really bad with a long history of tornadic acitivity in the area. Four seasons offer a change every three months. If you do not mind mediocre schools and little to no diversity or cultural events and a narrow perspective of life (guns & relgiion rule here). Then this is the place for you!

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Auna
Springfield, MO

practically cultureless - 2/15/2009

I am 28 years old and am getting ready to move away from Springfield with my husband and son. We moved to KC for a while (where people were SO much friendlier!) but moved back for family. I have tried to make the best of Springfield but have to admit it can't be done; at least not for us. We will not raise our son in a place so deprived of culture and diversity. Springfield is best described as; Church, Chinese restaurant, Wal-Mart, Strip club/pornography store. The "downtown revitalization" project is a joke considering the current economy, and anyway, about 50% of south-siders are still afraid to come downtown. It's a shame they are so afraid of the practically non-existant black population, although they wouldn't admit that's why they stay away. The help that might come in the form of colleges does not improve springfield because most of them cater to the ultra religious or semi-affluent. So, no cultural diversity or progressive mindset there. The local (and only) museum is a joke. The cost of living is only slightly less than in KC. However, the pay really is terrible. For any company to expect a family to subsist on 20,000-25,000/yr is beyond greed. Springfield is white-trash central with a fancy ribbon tied around it. But if all you want is safety from minorities and good turkey and buck huntin' then come on over.

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Hunter
Laramie, WY

Move here only if you are financially well off. - 1/28/2009

The Springfield/Branson area has some positive points - the fishing/outdoors (spring/summer/fall that is)and relatively low cost of living. The downside of all that is that you'd have to search far and wide to find an area of the US where the average pay is as low as here. I'm talking almost 3rd world levels. People expect you to exist on minimum wage regardless of whether you posses a college degree or not. I spent my college years there and since the economy was bad, a few years after as well. Even people I knew with years of experience and a University degree were being lowballed with $20,000 a year gigs. The mentality is definitely small town, and thats not always a bad thing except of course when you are asking your employer for a raise or see fit to complain in any manner about the place on our little green planet that they have come to think of as their little Utopia. The only people I knew that moved here and are happy are the ones who came in with money - retirement or inheritance. The rest spend the productive years of their lives as working poor pursuing that ever elusive dream - which generally amounts to the $10.00 an hour job in Springfield.

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Abbie
Springfield, MO

METH-LABS. - 12/13/2008

Like meth? You'll be in heaven here. 417.

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Abbie
Springfield, MO

Lame-o - 12/13/2008

If your looking for excitement: DO NOT MOVE HERE. Shopping: I hope you like walmart. Downtown is neat with the few vintage shops and there are a few places you can rent a loft. There are several places you can find local bands if your younger but other than that it's Lame-ville. I can't wait to get out of this place. If your looking to raise a family then Id say it's a good place but only for that. Branson, Missouri (about 30 mins away, driving) is a hick-town but Silver Dollar City (little amusment park type place) is definitely worth a visit. Also, theres lots of shows there in Branson. I personally don't care much for living here, I want to move somewhere with better nightlife.

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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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