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The Ozarks

Springfield is the gateway city to the Ozarks, a region of ancient, rolling mountains covering southwestern Missouri, northwestern Arkansas and extreme eastern Oklahoma. As the Ozarks’ largest city, and the third-largest city in Missouri, Springfield is the business, education, retail, health care and cultural center of the region.

Springfieldand its metropolitan area have gained a reputation as Missouri’s economic engine. A diverse economy cushions the ups and downs, and the area’s growing population (estimated at 335,000 in 2004) drives a strong real estate and construction market.

With an abundance of stores and restaurants, a rebounding and eclectic center city and the region’s largest mall, the retail sector is a consistent strength. The city’s two major hospital systems, Cox Health and St. John’s Health Systems, include a network of physicians and clinics serving patients in a 100-mile radius.

Education is also a large part of the Springfield community. Springfield Public Schools enrolls some 25,000 students in grades K-12, and another 40,000 or more enroll each year at the city’s private and public universities, including:

Missouri State University

Ozarks Technical Community College

Drury University

Evangel University

All of which offer programs for adult learners as well as traditional college-aged students.

Outside Springfield’s rapidly growing urban area, the Ozarks is a wondrous blend of hill and hollow, forest and glade. Several state and national forests protect large tracts of landscape for hiking, biking, horseback riding and hunting. Table Rock Lake and Lake Taneycomo to the south and Lake of the Ozarks and Truman Lake to the north offer world-class fishing, boating and relaxation.

And then there’s Branson. Tucked away in the bluffs above Lake Taneycomo, Branson offers Las-Vegas-style music and comedy shows with an emphasis on wholesomeness and traditional values. Branson, a 45-minute drive from Springfield, is one of the unexpected fringe benefits of settling in Springfield.

What can you expect from the typical Ozarker? It depends who you meet. From those who have lived here for generations you might see a strong independent streak, drawn from years of learning to work with rugged, isolated terrain. Thriftiness and conservatism accompany the independence.

In recent years, the economic growth in and around Springfield has brought in more new arrivals from larger cities in the Midwest and beyond. They bring a diversity of viewpoints and values, and tradition’s grip on the city has loosened. Whether old-timers or recent additions, Springfieldians are friendly, interested and respectful: like the area itself, they offer a pleasing blend of Midwestern honesty and Southern hospitality.

If you are considering a visit or a move to the Ozarks and would like more information about the area, please contact Linda Skolnick, Membership Committee Chair.

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