Should You Move to Springfield Missouri? What You NEED to Know
So, you want to move to Springfield Missouri. Let me save you the trouble, don’t. Just kidding! Springfield Missouri is a great place to live and I grew up in Nixa Missouri, a smaller town just 10 minutes down the road. I currently live in a quiet little part of town here in Springfield known as Chesterfield village. Today I am going to tell you everything you need to know about moving to Springfield Missouri!
My name is Greyson Roberts and I am a Realtor in the greater Springfield Missouri area. Listen, folks, I do this for a living and there are lots of great cities around Springfield. I’ll give you the rundown and let you decide if it’s for you or not. Be sure to subscribe if you’d like to see more breakdowns on Springfield like pro’s and con’s, cost of living, things to do as well as comparisons to cities around Springfield.
Springfield Missouri is a town of roughly 167,000 people as of the census taken in 2020. It’s not small but it’s not big. Honestly, I get zero big city vibes. Traffic is almost nonexistent aside from rush hour compared to the closest bigger cities like Kansas City and St. Louis. So, first things first, don’t worry about traffic. With that being said, the public transportation system is not up to par with what you’d be used to coming from New York or California. Why? Simply because we don’t need it.
There are countless used car lots here in town that you can pick up an extremely affordable commuter. I almost never see city buses, unless I am downtown. My buddy doesn’t have a car simply because he can not afford it. He bikes to work, the grocery store, etc and has no issue getting around. Springfield is big enough to offer endless entertainment but small enough to reside in a quiet community with plenty of land if that’s more your vibe.
Cost of Living
According to rentcafe.com, The cost of living in Springfield, MO is 2% lower than the state average and 11% lower than the national average. Springfield, MO housing is 24% cheaper than the U.S average, while utilities are about 12% less pricey. Whether you’re looking to buy or rent, there are always plenty of options at every price range. I’ve seen multi-million dollar properties and $100k single family homes. There’s something for everyone!
Springfield is located in southwest Missouri. We’ve got a super accessible easy airport that flies out to most major cities and states. This makes traveling in and out of Springfield an absolute breeze! It’s a city that has everything you need including plentiful and growing job markets, great schools and world class health care. Not to mention plenty of entertainment including golf and country clubs, nightlife, movie theaters and just an hour’s drive away to some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Missouri. For example, I spent last weekend in one of the most beautiful lakes in the country, Table Rock Lake.
As a regional medical center, Springfield, Missouri, has an unparalleled commitment to health and wellness. Health care is our city’s number-one growth industry, employing about 17% of our total workforce. We are home to two top 100 hospitals and Level I Trauma Centers. We’ve got doctors offices, hospitals and urgent cares on every corner!
Things to do
Unfortunately, we do not have any professional sports teams. We do have Hammons Stadium, which is home to the minor leagues Springfield Cardinals. I love spending a few hours in the luxury booths eating free burgers and soda! Just a spit away is a beautiful ice hockey rink where I love to break my face trying to stand upright. Now, I’ll give you a bullet list of my absolute favorite things to do in Springfield, MO and the surrounding area.
- Bass Pro
- The largest Bass Pro shop in the entire country! Better than the Bass Pro pyramid in Memphis, Tennessee.
- Wonders of WildLife
- Also attached to Bass Pro is the best aquarium I have EVER seen!
- Discovery Center
- A super fun science center for all ages. I love playing with all the cool science displays!
- Dickerson Park Zoo
- A large and awesome family zoo
- Springfield Cardinals
- Minor leagues Cardinals games are a great way to spend an afternoon.
- Alamo Theaters
- There’s nothing better than drinking a craft beer, eating a juicy burger and watching the hottest new movies all at the same time!
I highly recommend spending some trips down south about an hour or two to amazing cities and sites such as Table Rock Lake, Top of the Rock, Fantastic Caverns, Famous Branson, Dogwood Canyon, Big Cedar, Eureka Springs and so much more! I am looking forward to becoming neighbors with you. If you are looking to relocate to Springfield Missouri, give me a call and I’ll help you find your dream home for the best bang for your buck.
If you’d like to watch a video version of today’s vlog, here’s the YouTube video I made!