Springfield, Missouri Metropolitan Area

Springfield, Missouri Metropolitan Area

The Springfield, Missouri Metropolitan Area, as defined by the United States Census Bureau, is an area consisting of five counties in southwestern Missouri, anchored by the city of Springfield - the state's third largest city. Other primary population centers in the metro area include Nixa, Ozark, Republic, Marshfield, and Bolivar. Currently, the city limits of Springfield reach the Ozark City limits at the Christian County line on US 65, the city limits of Republic at James River Freeway on the southwest side of the city, and the Strafford city limits on Route 744 on the northeast side of the city. As of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 368,374 (though a July 1, 2007 estimate placed the population at 420,020). [cite web | url = http://www.census.gov/popest/metro/tables/2007/CBSA-EST2007-01.csv | title = Annual Estimates of the Population of Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2007 (CBSA-EST2007-01) | format = CSV | work = 2007 Population Estimates | publisher = United States Census Bureau, Population Division | date = 2008-03-27 | accessdate = 2008-03-29]

Springfield has been reaching agreements with neighboring communities on mutual barriers of expansion in order to reduce future conflict. Nearly all of the communities have been expanding with numerous, yet small, voluntary annexations happening on a constant basis.




Places with more than 150,000 inhabitants

*Springfield (Principal city)

Places with 5,000 to 20,000 inhabitants


Places with 1,000 to 5,000 inhabitants

*Ash Grove
*Fair Grove

Places with 500 to 1,000 inhabitants

*Fremont Hills
*Pleasant Hope
*Walnut Grove

Places with less than 500 inhabitants

*Brookline (merged with the City of Republic in 2005)
*Fair Play
*Saddlebrooke (partial)
*Spokane (census-designated place)

Unincorporated places

*Bois D'Arc
*Long Lane
*Oak Grove Heights
*Red Top (Dallas County)
*Red Top (Webster County)
*Tin Town

chool systems

*Springfield Catholic Schools
*Greenwood Laboratory School
*Springfield Public Schools
*Nixa Public Schools
*Willard Public Schools
*Ozark Public Schools
*Republic Public Schools
*Strafford Public Schools
*Logan-Rogersville Public Schools

Highways in the area

*Interstate 44 - north side of Springfield, connects Springfield with St. Louis (east) and Joplin and Tulsa, Oklahoma (west)
*U.S. Route 60 - a four-lane divided highway from Republic to James River Freeway and from US 65 to east of Rogersville, becomes part of James River Freeway on the south side of Springfield
*U.S. Route 65 - a freeway (officially the Schoolcraft Freeway in Springfield proper) on the east side of Springfield from north of I-44 to south of Ozark
*U.S. Route 160 a two-lane highway between Willard and Springfield, joins James River Freeway on the southwest side of Springfield, becomes a four-lane divided highway at Campbell Avenue to Nixa
*Route 13 - connects Springfield with Kansas City, becomes Kansas Expressway in Springfield, then joins James River Freeway to Campbell Avenue, and joins US 160 through Nixa
*Route 14 - a two-lane highway which connects Ozark and Nixa
*Route 125 - a two-lane highway between Strafford and Rogersville
*Route 360 - a section of James River Freeway from US 60 to I-44 west of Springfield
*Route 413 - a four-lane highway joined with US 60 from Republic to James River Freeway, continues north and east into Springfield as Sunshine Street
*Route 744 - Kearney Street in Springfield

*Historic U.S. Route 66 passes through the Springfield area. It enters the area through Strafford, and follows Kearney Street, Glenstone Avenue, St. Louis Street, College Street, and Chestnut Expressway in Springfield. It continues west down Route 266 west of Springfield.

Future plans

Future plans include extending Kansas Expressway further south to Nixa as a four-lane county road and another expressway running near the county line (plans not completed) from Battlefield to US 65 at Evans Road.


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