Springfield, Missouri Population 2018

Springfield is a city located in the state of Missouri. The city serves as the county seat for Greene County and is part of the Springfield-Branson Metro Area. The city has a population of 167,319, according to recent estimates, making it the third most populous city in Missouri.

Springfield History

The area that is now the city of Springfield was first inhabited by the Osage, Delaware and Kickapoo tribes. A small village was constructed by the Kickapoo but was abandoned during the 1800s. Shortly after the tribe left the site, John Polk Campbell, the first settler, arrived with his brother from Tennessee. A natural well and small stream were what attracted Campbell to the site. Other settlers came after, clearing the land for their farms and constructing a general store.

In the 1830s, Greene County was established. Campbell was given 50 acres of land which was to become the county seat. The town was incorporated in 1838. After its incorporation, Springfield grew at a fairly rapid rate. By the 1860s, the town had about 2,000 residents and it was known for being a commercial center. Trouble was ahead, however, for the town.

The Civil War divided Springfield’s loyalty, leading to the Battle of Wilson’s Creek, which was won by the Confederates. Union troops retreated and upon their return, found that the majority of the Confederates had withdrawn. However, Charles Zagonyi attacked remaining Confederates during the First Battle of Springfield, and the Union was victorious. Confederate forces moved to take over Springfield, but later withdrew on the same day. The Union controlled Springfield through the end of the war.

The city’s troubles weren’t over just yet. During the early 1900s, a mob lynched several black men, hanging and burning them in the town square. The attacks led to nationwide attention. Evidence later showed that the men were innocent of the sexual assaults they were accused of. Following this event, many African Americans left the area and today only make up a small percentage of the population. However, Springfield has moved on from its darkest times. One of the most unusual things about this city is its weather, which has been listed on Forbes’ list of “America’s Wildest Weather Cities” because of the many changes that can occur even in just one day.

Today, the city has undertaken many renovation projects, particularly in its downtown area. Downtown Springfield is now the site of restaurants, boutiques, loft apartments, bars, and music venues. The city is also home to many museums, parks and performing arts centers, as well as many interesting historic sites. Several institutions of higher education are located in Springfield, including Missouri State University. The city also has many tourists, with over 3 million overnight visitors coming to the city each year. The national headquarters of many large companies including O’Reilly and Bass Pro Shops have also set up in Springfield, significantly contributing to the local economy.

Springfield Demographics

Springfield has an estimated population of over 167,000 people spread out across over 82 square miles. This puts the population density at about 1,900 people per square mile. Springfield is the 150th most populous city in the United States.

The city is primarily white, making up nearly 89% of the total population. Just over 4% of the population is Black or African American, 1.9% is Asian, and 3.2% are Mixed. Hispanics and Latinos make up about 3.7% of the population.

The largest age group in Springfield is the 25 to 44 group, making up 26% of the population. Over 18% are under age 18, while 14.5% are at least 65 years old. There are more females than males, making up 51.5% of the population. Just under 16% of the population of Springfield lives below the federal poverty line.

The city’s primary industries are health care, manufacturing, education, tourism and retail. The largest employer in the city is Mercy Health System, which employs over 9,000 individuals. CoxHealth, Wal-Mart, Springfield Public Schools and Missouri State University are among the city’s top employers.

Springfield Population Growth

There hasn’t been a time when the city of Springfield has experienced a decline in population. In its earliest years, it saw significant growth according to census data. In 1880m the population was just over 6,500. By the time of the next census, the population had grown to over 21,000. While population growth has slowed since that time, each 10-year census shows that the numbers continue to climb. In 1970, the city surpassed 100,000 residents. In 2000, that number jumped to over 150,000. Recent estimates show that the population has grown almost 5% since the last census taken in 2010. Based on these figures, it won’t be long until Springfield has over 200,000 residents.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2017167,3766950.42%
2016166,6814800.29%
2015166,2011,3310.81%
2014164,8701,0640.65%
2013163,8061,8311.13%
2012161,9751,7021.06%
2011160,2737970.50%
2010159,4767,8965.21%
2000151,58011,0867.89%
1990140,4947,3785.54%
1980133,11613,02010.84%
1970120,09624,23125.28%
196095,86529,13443.66%
195066,7315,4938.97%
194061,2383,7116.45%
193057,52717,89645.16%
192039,6314,43012.58%
191035,20111,93451.29%
190023,2671,4176.49%
189021,85015,328235.02%
18806,52296717.41%
18705,5555,1551288.75%
18504000.00%

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Population by Race

Race Population
White145,969
Black or African American7,692
Two or More Races5,079
Asian3,398
Some Other Race1,725
American Indian and Alaska Native978
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander297

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Springfield Population Pyramid 2018

0k0k0k0k Male Population0k0k0k0k Female Population757065605550454035302520151050

Springfield Median Age

32.8


Total

31.5


Male

34


Female

Lancaster Adults

There are 137,081 adults in Springfield.

Springfield Age Dependency

49.2

Age Dependency Ratio

22.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

27

Child Dependency Ratio

Springfield Housing Indicators

Indicator Value
Median Number of Rooms (per House)
5.1
Houses Without Mortgage
12,477
Houses With Mortgage
20,131
Vacancy Rate
9.5
Median Rent
683
Median Home Value
109,500
Renter-Occupied Units
39,419
Owner-Occupied Units
32,608
Total Housing Units
79,579

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Springfield for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 4.5% and the labor force participation rate is 62%.

Springfield Family/Household Indicators

Indicator Value
Average Household Size
2.14
Average Family Size
2.84
Total Households
72027
Married Couple Households
24236
Male Householder (no wife) Families
2997
Female Householder (no husband) Families
8322
Non Family Households
36472
Total Families
35555
Households With Own Children
15040
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
8.1
Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
0.6

Springfield Income Distribution

Indicator Value
Under $10,000
8,921
$10,000 to $14,999
6,151
$15,000 to $24,999
11,256
$25,000 to $34,999
10,866
$35,000 to $49,999
11,553
$50,000 to $74,999
11,576
$75,000 to $99,999
5,533
$100,000 to $149,999
4,179
$150,000 to $199,999
867
Over $200,000
1,125

Springfield Household Income

Income

Median

Mean

Springfield

Missouri

$33,769

$49,593

$47,041

$67,210

Under 10k10k - 15k15k - 25k25k - 35k35k - 50k50k - 75k75k - 100k100k - 150k150k - 200kOver 200k00.050.10.150.2

Springfield Education Data

Springfield Educational Attainment (over 25)

Indicator Value Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade
3,0782.97%
9th to 12th Grade
8,0717.79%
High School Graduate
29,69128.67%
Some College
27,06526.14%
Associates Degree
7,7217.46%
Bachelors Degree
17,50716.91%
Graduate Degree
10,41410.06%