Springfield, a mid-size city in Missouri, has a population of slightly more than 166,000. Young adults aged 15-24 will fit right in, as they make up an above-average percentage of the community. With an average age of just under 38, the city's residents are younger than most cities in Missouri. A slight majority of residents rent their homes (53%) as opposed to owning (47%) in Springfield, driven in part by a relatively low average rent that is $92/month lower than the state average. Over the course of a year, renters in Springfield will save around $1,100 compared to the state average.
Many Springfield residents work in one of three industries: retail, healthcare, and entertainment. Together, these industries make up 22% of the city's labor force. Meanwhile, in terms of job function, many workers in these industries are in sales, making it the top profession in the city. Springfield workers earn an average annual income of almost $48,000, less than those elsewhere in the state. Springfield's average income also falls below the national average ($73,345). Eleven percent of Springfield residents over the age of 25 have a Bachelor's degree, while 6% possess a Master's or Doctoral degree.
With an average commute time of about 19 minutes, faster than most cities in Missouri, Springfield residents know that it isn't overly time-consuming to get to work. Driving is the most common means of commuting to work, selected by 42% of residents, while public transportation is not used much. Not many residents (2%) commute to work on foot, though the number exceeds the national average.