259 apartments for rent in Springfield, MO
Guide to Springfield
Springfield Apartments For Rent
Queen City of the Ozarks and the Birthplace of Route 66: those are two major titles and Springfield holds them well. Springfield is located on the Springfield Plateau of the Ozarks, giving it a geography that is mostly flat, but it also contains rolling hills and cliffs that surround the city. As the third largest city in the state, Springfield has 82.31 square miles of area and an estimated population of more than 159,000.
In 1830 Springfield was founded, and it incorporated as a city in 1838. In the same year of its incorporation, the Trail of Tears began and it passed through the city in the present-day Old Wire Road. From 1838 to 1887, Springfield saw a lot of growth through the building and expanding of railroads. During the Civil War, in August 1861, the Battle of Wilson’s Creek occurred just a few miles outside of the city. In October the First Battle of Springfield took place – the only Union victory in southwestern Missouri.
Possession of Springfield was uncertain for the next year, and in January 1863 the Second Battle of Springfield went underway. This concluded with the Union having control of the city until the Civil War ended. The deceased of both the Confederate and Union were buried in the Springfield National cemetery. In 1865 the famous Wild Bill Hickok – Davis Tutt Shootout took place in the Springfield town square. In 1926, the name of the Chicago-to-Los Angeles Highway was proposed as US Route 66. In 1938 Route 66 was completed and became the first completely paved United States Numbered Highway.
Things to Do in Springfield:
You may not be moving to an apartment in Springfield for the attractions and museums, but while you’re here, you might as well enjoy all the amenities. There are so many things to do in Springfield that you will be glad you came. Whether you are moving here with your family and need some family-friendly attractions, or you want to explore the art and culture of the city, you’re never out of luck.
When it comes to kid- and family-friendly attractions, you’re in a great place. Play all the games from back in the day for only $5 at the 1984 Arcade. Get up close with hundreds of the world’s beautiful animals at the Dickerson Park Zoo. Spend an hour touring the only ride-through cave in the U.S. at the Fantastic Caverns. Imagine, create, and enjoy all the hands-on science exhibits at the Discovery Center of Springfield. Check the calendar of events to see what’s happening at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds and Event Center.
Enjoy the outdoor recreation and the sports in Springfield as well. Spend some time at the original Bass Pro Shop admiring the beauty of nature through its waterfalls, aquariums, and more. Travel through the 26 gardens and the Butterfly House to see all the various plant life at the Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene. Enjoy several holes of golf at the Highland Springs Country Club. Enjoy the different sporting events happening during the school year at Missouri State University. See the Springfield Cardinals baseball team play at Hammons Field. Visit any of the Springfield-Greene County Park Board facilities for a wide range of sports and recreation that includes ice skating, soccer, tennis, and much more.
To see what Springfield has to offer in terms of arts and culture here are some great ideas. Witness the professionalism and skill of the performing arts in Springfield through the Springfield Contemporary Theatre, the Springfield Regional Opera, and the Springfield Ballet. For the visual arts, see thousands of pieces at the Springfield Art Museum, view the work of local and regional artists at the Fresh Art Gallery, or travel through the city on a Public Art and Sculpture Tour.
There is so much history to be discovered in Springfield. See where heroes have been laid to rest at the Springfield National Cemetery. See a collection of restored military equipment at the Air & Military Museum of the Ozarks. Walk across one of the longest footbridges in the U.S., the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge. See the many fossils that are on display at the Missouri Institute of Natural Science. Visit the Pythian Castle, a real haunted house, for ghost tours, murder mystery dinners, and more. Get sporty with your history with a trip to the Springfield Softball Hall of Fame Museum or the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
What to Consider When Moving to Springfield:
You’re moving to Springfield soon so you’ve looked up all the Springfield apartments possible, but you still haven’t decided on a place yet. Don’t worry; it’s okay. Springfield has 26 registered neighborhoods and 15 more unregistered, affiliated neighborhood groups, so be sure to choose the right one for you. Aside from where you live, it is important to know a few other things of your new city as well.
The economy in Springfield is based primarily on five industries: health care, manufacturing, retail, education, and tourism. The top five employers in the city are Mercy Health System, CoxHealth, Wal-Mart, Springfield Public Schools, and Missouri State University. Springfield is also the location of the national headquarters for several major corporations such as Bass Pro Shops and O’Reilly Auto Parts.
The Springfield Public School District has 36 elementary schools, 9 middle schools and 5 high schools, and is the largest district in Missouri. An interesting fact: Central High School is fairly well-known to the city as being a haunted location, with certain parts of the building reportedly emitting strange noises and doors locking on their own. There are also eight private high schools in Springfield as well.
When it comes to higher education, Springfield is home to several institutions. Missouri State University is the second largest university in the state and is one of the best institutions in the region. Drury University is a private institution, named one of the Top 10 Universities in the Midwest. Ozarks Technical Community College is the city’s second-largest institution. There are nine other colleges and universities in the area as well: Baptist Bible College, Evangel University, Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of Southwest Baptist University, Everest College, Cox College, Columbia College, Webster University, and University of Phoenix.
Why Springfield Apartments Are Hot:
While there are some haunted places around town, none of these Springfield apartments have made that list so that automatically makes them hot – unless you’re into that sort of thing. If you would rather live ghost-free among some fantastic attractions, lots of history, and tons of outdoor activities, then moving to Springfield is a good idea. But at the same time, if you like ghost stories, Springfield is still for you. There is so much to discover and explore within the city limits that you don’t need to leave in order to enjoy yourself, but should you choose to take a little road trip, there are also great things to do just outside of Springfield as well.
- Downtown Springfield
- West Central
- Walnut Street
- Rountree Area
- Parkwood Survival
- Southeast Springfield
- Southern Hills
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Nearby Colleges & Universities
- Missouri State University
- Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
- Cox College of Nursing - Health Science
- Drury University
- Evangel University
- Walnut Street Historic District features 13 blocks of historic homes dating back to the late 1800s and early 1900s.
- Annual festivals in Springfield include Artsfest and Cider Days. Downtown also hosts a seasonal farmers market.
- Students can choose from Missouri State University, Drury University, or Ozarks Technical Community College.
- Downtown Springfield is a great shopping destination with antique stores, boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants.
- Spend the weekend cheering on the MSU Bears, picnicking at one of Springfield’s many parks, or touring the Dickerson Zoo.
- A vibrant art scene includes the Springfield Art Museum, the Creamery Arts Center, and the historic Landers Theatre.
Fantastic Caverns: America's Only Ride Thru Cave!!
Springfield Cardinals - the area's Official Minor League Baseball Team at Hammon's Field!
Springfield Mo: With the past decade bringing a plethora of revitalization, downtown Springfield is the place to be!
Nature's crowning Jewel of Southwest Missouri; and a recreational delight!