As the third largest metro in Missouri, Springfield has a population of nearly 500,000 with an economic impact that spans across 10 counties in the Southwest part of the state. With national names that include Bass Pro Shops and O’Reilly Auto Parts, Springfield is no stranger to what it takes to be top of the list. The city’s unemployment rate has consistently fallen below national averages and job growth has been on the rise, with more than 4000 jobs added over the past year. Additionally, a significant number of manufacturing expansion projects have been driving growth, led by a strong stainless steel industry and a niche in remanufacturing.

Springfield’s Data

Metro Area Population | 466,978
Current Unemployment Rate | 3.2%
Current Total Workforce | 236,207
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Top Employers

(non governmental/non retail)



CoxHealth Systems 10,950
Mercy Hospital Springfield 11,669
Bass Pro Shops (HQ) 3,341
Jack Henry & Associates 2,174
O’Reilly Auto Parts (HQ) 2,042
Citizens Memorial Hospital 1,900
SRC Holdings (HQ) 1,600
EFCO (HQ) 1,550
Prime, Inc. (HQ) 1,263
Chase Card Services 1,200

Springfield Public Schools

Enrollment 24,905
Graduation Rate 89.4, 2014 school year


City Utilities Service Area Interactive Map

Electric, water and natural gas are provided through City Utilities of Springfield, within the city and general vicinity.

Sewer service is provided by the City of Springfield within the city and general vicinity.


The full range of business telecommunications services are available in Springfield through the incumbent carrier AT&T or through other secondary carriers, as well as through SpringNet, a division of City Utilities.

Fiber optic capabilities are available within the city limits and in additional areas of increased development. Broadband internet access, Sonet rings and redundant capabilities (through 3 digitally switched local exchanges) are also available in these areas.

Numerous companies including Verizon (MCI), Sprint, AT&T and others have long distance points of presence (POP’s) located in Springfield. Most POP’s are situated within the downtown/center city area. View an exchange map of Missouri.

Metro Ethernet fiber services are available to the business community from SpringNet, the broadband business division of City Utilities.  It provides self-healing private networking and Internet access connectivity at speeds of up to 1 Gbps.