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Discover Springfield’s Surrounding Region 

Overhead view of Ozark Missouri

Do you prefer to get away from the hustle and bustle of a city at the end of the day? Do you love a commute in the morning to get your thoughts together before going into work? Looking for wide open spaces? If this sounds like you, a residence in a neighboring community in the Springfield region is going to be a great fit for you. The communities surrounding Springfield have amazing school systems, stunning houses and exciting activities — plus, they’re only a short drive away from the heart of Springfield! Check out some of these suburbs and see which is best for you. 

Ozark, MO 

Population: 21,866

If you’re looking for a perfect middle point between Springfield and Branson, you’ve come to the right place. Ozark is located just south of Springfield off of major thoroughfare Highway 65. The community is known for its stunning natural beauty and access to a plethora of opportunities to get outdoors. The crown jewel of the area is the Finley River, perfect for kayaking, canoeing, floating and more. Recently, Johnny Morris of Bass Pro invested millions of dollars into improving an area off the Finley River area by adding an urban farm and transforming a historical old mill on the river into an area with restaurants and event spaces. Even if you’re not an outdoor enthusiast, there’s still plenty to do — the city is also known for its numerous antique stores, charming downtown square and delicious local restaurants. 

Nixa, MO 

Population: 24,13721,868

Wide shot image of the Wicklow community in Nixa Missouri

The city of Nixa is only moments away on Springfield’s south side, but it still has its own sense of community and culture. In Nixa, you will find Show Me Christian County, a strong economic development organization for the communities within Christian County, providing regional support for new and existing businesses that wish to expand or grow into the area. Between their gigabit internet services and close proximity to a skilled workforce, it’s a great place to be for business owners. Nixa residents also show a strong sense of pride in the community connections that take place. Neighborhoods are close knit, and it has the feel of a small town without the lack of amenities. 

Republic, MO 

Population: 19,136

Overhead view of Republic Missouri

To the south of Springfield lies Republic, a city on the move. Republic has grown exponentially in recent years, tripling its population since 1990, and that growth doesn’t look like it will be stopping any time soon. In recent years, they became home to a major Amazon distribution facility and have brought in well-known chains like Whataburger to the region.. Perhaps one of the greatest conveniences in Republic is its proximity to all the region has to offer. The city is situated along a highway that connects Republic to a large part of Southwest Missouri and is only moments away from James River Freeway and Interstate 44 which take you to Springfield, or anywhere else in the country, with ease.  

Willard, MO 

Population: 6,385 

Willard is a city with everything you need and more. If your children are interested in the fine arts, Willard schools are especially renowned for their music programs. In 2016, nearly 36% of the students were involved in choir or band, and their program is nationally recognized for its emphasis on music education for all students. The city prides itself on its strong work ethic and low crime rates; in fact, Willard was recognized for being one of the 20 safest cities in Missouri in 2017. Fun fact: Willard is a stop along the Frisco Highline Trail, a designated National Recreation Trail by the National Park Service and American Trails. This trail is built upon a historical railroad line connecting Springfield to Bolivar. 

Rogersville, MO

Population: 4,413

Despite its smaller population size, Rogersville is still in the heart of the local action. With short commutes and a wide variety of housing options, it’s a wonderful choice for those looking for the perfect house among wide open spaces. Take in the beautiful countryside surrounding Springfield from your own backyard. The town’s more rural setting provides an easy escape from the lights of the city without straying too far from the office. 

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