Springfield Economic Profile

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A Region On The Rise

  • Springfield, Mo is currently in a period of economic boom with a below average cost of living index, retail sales over $3.5 million, and a growing employment rate.
  • As of 2013 the city’s home sales price trends are on a steady three year increase approaching $137,000. Following this trend new residential construction permits reached a three year high as of 2013 at 155.
  • The per capita income trend has recovered from recession era levels by over $2,500.
  • Cost of living has remained below the national average by 10%.

Click the image to check out this info-graphic explaining the situation!

Springfield Economic Profile Infographic

SOGI: Updates From Community Leaders

Here’s an inside look at where the support and opposition stand with SOGI as the countdown to the vote in April gets closer. Where we are: Springfield City Council members Continue Reading →

Humans of Springfield

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  • Humans of Springfield just reached 3,000 likes on Facebook.
  • “The fact that there are 3,000 people who enjoy it along with us absolutely blows our mind because we aren’t anything special, but Springfield is.” – Sara Williams
  • Inspiration for the page came from the Humans of New York project.
  • Sara Williams and Lydia Welker are both students at Missouri State University.

    A Personal Look at Humans of Springfield

Music by Patrick Kelly

Does Springfield Love Valentine’s Day?

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St. Valentine’s Day is a holiday many people consider commercial rather than genuine. The question asked in our online poll of random Springfieldians shows interesting insight on how Springfield feels about the day of love.

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From our poll, we found there are far less bitter people in this city than there are firm believers in the holiday. While most people are indifferent (kill-joys), 2 out of every 7 people love it.

For those of you excited about tomorrow’s holiday, here are a few local suggestions for the perfect romantic evening:

1. Gifts: Forget the standard heart-shaped box of chocolates. Our pick is Elle’s Patisserie, located on 1454 E. Cherry Street. The Patisserie is full of hand made truffles, pastries, and ice cream. We recommend the dark lavender truffles, they’re to die for.

2. Dinner and dancing: Our pick for the perfect romantic evening is attending the Valentine Dinner and Dance at the Pythian Castle, located on 1451 E. Pythian Street. The night begins with dinner and ends with slow-dancing lessons. What could be more romantic than dancing in the historic castle ballroom and fine dining in front of a fire place? We certainly cannot think of anything better! The Pythian Castle does require reservations, (417) 865-1464.

3. Romantic night in: Are you and your partner not into flashy occasions? Fear not! We recommend stopping by the Greater Springfield Farmers market, located on 2825 South Glenstone Avenue. It is full of friendly vendors who sell more than enough food to make the perfect Valentine’s meal. Their hours this Saturday are 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day! If you try our suggestions, comment below and let us know what you think!

Can You Pass a Citizenship Test?

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  • A Citizenship Test, or a Naturalization Test, may become mandatory for high school graduation in the state of Missouri at some point in the future.
  • Should a Citizenship Test be deemed necessary for high school graduation, passing one would be mandatory.
  • Many people are asking what is on the test – below, we provided a sample test you can try at home.

A Citizenship Test will test your knowledge of U.S. government, and might become mandatory in high school.

Questions from Boston.com and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services