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Springfield, MO (Population: 150,298)

Springfield is the seat of Greene county, with a population of 150,298. The city carries the nicknames "The Queen City of the Ozarks," "The Cultural center of the Ozarks," and "The Birthplace of Route 66." With plenty of family-friendly activities and an active nightlife, the city has something for everyone.

Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to do in Springfield. The city is within easy distance of over 7,500 miles of shoreline along lakes, streams and rivers. Hunting, camping and fishing are all popular activities. Others will find one of the golf courses the perfect way to spend an afternoon. For those interested in the historical architecture of the area, Springfield has some 40 sites on the National Register of Historic Places. In the evenings, be sure to take in some of the city's many entertainment offerings, whether you're enjoying a Friday night art walk or a trip to the ball field to enjoy a baseball game.

Institutions of higher learning in the city include Missouri State University, Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, Baptist Bible College, Central Bible College, Drury University, Evangel University, Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, Ozarks Technical Community College and Southwest Baptist University. Each year, the Missouri Film Alliance of Springfield puts on a film festival that takes place in the downtown area. Other festivals to check out include the Greater Ozarks Blues Festival and Cider Days, an arts and crafts festival.