Springfield is a relatively large city located in the state of Missouri. With a population of 167,882 people and 53 constituent neighborhoods, Springfield is the third largest community in Missouri.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Springfield is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Springfield is a city of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Springfield who work in office and administrative support (14.17%), sales jobs (11.29%), and food service (9.48%).
Also of interest is that Springfield has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Springfield really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Springfield is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Springfield more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Springfield’s character and quality of life.
Not only is Springfield a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, creating a very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Springfield is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Springfield a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
The overall education level of Springfield is somewhat higher than in the average US city of 21.84%: 27.35% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Springfield in 2018 was $23,428, which is middle income relative to Missouri, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $93,712 for a family of four. However, Springfield contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Springfield is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Springfield home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Springfield residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Springfield include German, Irish, English, French, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Springfield is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.