Nicknamed “Queen City of the Ozarks,” this midwestern state is steeped in natural beauty. And it’s a very affordable place to live too. The average listing price of homes in Springfield is $200,172 and median rent per month is $725. The median age in Springfield is 37, and those looking for love are in luck as 42 percent of residents are single.
It’s a small city of under 200,000 residents, but it boasts a diverse housing market, including “funky urban lofts with amazing city views, Art Deco bungalows on tree-lined streets, sprawling country homes with plenty of acreage, modern subdivisions ideal for raising a family [and] even lakeside retreats,” says the city’s website.
You’ll want to pick your neighborhood based on which one of those descriptions piques your interest. Walnut Street and Commercial Street districts are nationally registered historic districts and are full of Victorian houses. The surrounding communities of Ozark, Nixa, Republic, Rogersville and Willard offer affordable suburban homes. There are also golf and lake communities in town. Downtown is the spot for young renters (and 57 percent of residents do rent). In an effort to revitalize the area, Springfield has put in 600 urban lofts all walking distance to shopping, restaurants and nightlife.
You can get your fix of Americana in Springfield — it's known as the birthplace of Route 66, also known as “Main Street of America.” It was one of the country’s first highways and runs from Illinois to California. Some Route 66 attractions in Missouri include the Route 66 Car Museum, the world’s (second) largest rocking chair, 66 Drive-In Theater and Wagon Wheel Motel, Cafe and Gas Station. Right in town, you’ve got the Discovery Center of Springfield, which houses interactive science exhibits, Dickerson Park Zoo, Fantastic Caverns, McBride Park and Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.
When night falls and it’s time to hit the town, there’s no shortage of watering holes — mostly pubs with beer and burgers. There’s also a big brewery and winery scene in Springfield; check out places like Springfield Brewery, 4 By 4 Brewing Company, Mother’s Brewing Company, 7C’s Winery and Vineyard and Bear Creek Wine Company. If you’re into the harder stuff, there are also distilleries in the area.