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. 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 | 487,061
Current Unemployment Rate | 2.8%
Current Total Workforce | 232,874

Source: JobsEQ, July 2023
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Top Employers



CoxHealth 12,178
Mercy Hospital Springfield 9,214
State of Missouri 5,441
Walmart and Sam’s Club 4,981
Springfield Public Schools 3,685
Bass Pro Shops | White River Marine Group (HQ) 2,989
O’Reilly Auto Parts (HQ) 2,631
United States Government 2,425
Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. 2,262
Citizen’s Memorial Healthcare 2,038

Springfield Public Schools

Enrollment 24,428
Graduation Rate 95.0%
ACT Composite Average 19.8
Free and Reduced Lunch 46.4%

Source: Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, 2022


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.