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Springfield: A Great Place to Live

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Springfield, 2Employment

  • Area unemployment rate of under 4.5% for more than 10 years
  • The Springfield metro workforce has grown more than 18% in the past 10 years and in 2004
  • accounted for more than one-third of Missouri’s total job growth
  • Springfield’s economic output (gross metro product) doubled in the past decade—fastest growing in Missouri, top 50 in the U.S.
  • The health care industry employs 30,000 people (15% of the total workforce)
  • The manufacturing sector employs more than 17,000 people
  • Well-known companies operating in Springfield include: Kraft Foods, 3M, Bass Pro Shops (headquarters), O’Reilly Auto Parts (headquarters), JP Morgan Chase, T-Mobile, Northrop Grumman, Jack Henry & Associates (headquarters), BKD (headquarters)

Springfield1More Reasons Springfield is a Great Place to Live

  • Listed as a five-star community for quality of life
  • Named ninth best place to live and work in U.S.
  • Recognized as one of the best cities for relocating families and among 100 best communities for young people
  • Gold-medal school system (top 18% in U.S.)
  • Listed in the top 30 of America's best cities for women
  • Violent crime rate below the national average
  • Arts and cultural activities abound in beautifully restored downtown Springfield
  • Springfield-Branson National Airport connects to 12 different cities with over 50 daily flights and is one of the fastest growing airports in the country


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Updated: Thursday, July 26, 2012 4:00 PM

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