Springfield is the third largest city in the U.S. state of Missouri. It is the county seat of Greene County. According to the 2010 census data, the population was 159,498, an increase of 5.2% since the 2000 census. The Springfield Metropolitan Area, population 436,712, includes the counties of Christian, Dallas, Greene, Polk and Webster. Springfield's nickname is the "Queen City of the Ozarks". It is also known as the "Cultural Center of the Ozarks", the "Gateway to the Ozarks", and the "Birthplace of Route 66".
Springfield’s economy is based on health care, manufacturing, retail, education and tourism.
With a Gross Metropolitan Product of $13.66 billion in 2004, Springfield's economy makes up 6.7% of the Gross State Product of Missouri.
The city’s Gross Metro Product was $14.7 billion in 2005, 127th of 361 U.S. metro areas ranked by the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed employment by sector in 2008 as:
1. Education and Health Services 35,000 (17.4%)
2. Retail Trade 25,700 (12.8%)
3. Government 26,500 (13.2%)
4. Leisure and Hospitality (Tourism) 19,400 (9.7%)
5. Professional and Business Services 19,200 (9.6%)
6. Manufacturing 18,200 (9.1%)
Springfield’s top 10 employers in 2008 were St. John’s Health System (7,717), CoxHealth (6,834), Wal-Mart Stores (3,927), Springfield Public Schools (2,822), Missouri State University (2,772), United States Government (2,540), Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Marine (2,525), State of Missouri (2,283), City of Springfield (1,842) and Citizens Memorial Healthcare (1,600). More than 18,000 people are employed in manufacturing. The city’s largest manufacturers in terms of employment include the Paul Mueller Company, Kraft Foods, Hutchens Industries, SRC Holdings, Loren Cook Company, Positronic Industries, Regal-Beloit, Carlisle Power Transmission, Solo Cup, Northrup Grumman Interconnect Technologies, Reckitt Benckiser and 3M.
Bass Pro Shops, John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts, BKD, LLP, Noble & Associates, Assemblies of God and O'Reilly Auto Parts have their national headquarters in Springfield.
Springfield is a regional shopping center serving southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas. It is the third-largest market in the state and one of the top 150 U.S. markets. Total retail sales exceed $4.1 billion annually in Springfield and $5.8 billion in the Springfield MSA. Its largest shopping mall is Battlefield Mall.
According to the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, an estimated three million overnight visitors and millions of day-trippers visit the city annually. The city has more than 60 lodging facilities and 6,000 hotel rooms. The Convention & Visitors Bureau spends more than $1 million annually marketing the city as a travel destination. (Read More: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Springfield,_Missouri)
Estimated median household income in 2009: $30,831 (it was $29,563 in 2000)
Estimated per capita income in 2009: $19,242
Springfield city income, earnings, and wages data
Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $106,900 (it was $78,700 in 2000)
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $127,482; Detached houses: $129,288; Townhouses or other attached units: $181,579; In 2-unit structures: $128,808; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $54,730; Mobile homes: $44,266; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $103,667
Median gross rent in 2009: $611.
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