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Springfield, Missouri is a city of 151,580 located on the Springfield Plateau of the Ozarks. This city is built on a flat plain with rolling hills and cliffs in every direction. Many beautiful rivers and streams, such as the James River, Galloway Creek and Jordan Creek flow through the city and nearby Stockton Lake, McDaniel Lake, Fellows Lake and Pommes de Terre Lake are popular nearby recreational areas. The city also boasts the Botanical Center at Naneal Green/Close Memorial Park, three golf courses, a zoo and a 35 mile biking trail that goes up into the hills and connects to the nearby town of Bolivar.
Springfield is not known for its visible LGBTQ celebrations and events but it does have quite a sizable community. The city is very conservative for the most part and it has a local economy that is fueled by the education, retail, medical and manufacturing sectors. As it is such a naturally beautiful place and home to the very popular high-end Battlefield Mall it attracts many visitors. There are more than sixty hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts in the area. Many tourists who bring money to the local economy arrive to visit the 2,500 acre Busiek National Forest that lies just twenty miles to the south of Springfield or to attend one of the many country music festivals that take place here,
Springfield is an older American city that was founded in 1830 and it has the architecture to reflect that. The town square was the site of a Wild Bill Hickok shootout in 1865. It is also widely recognized as the birthplace of the famous US Route 66. It is also famous for Springfield Cashew Chicken which was a dish invented in 1963 at the Grove Supper Club in Springfield and today many restaurants in the city still serve their own version of this famous dish.
The downtown area has many older renovated historic buildings that have been turned into lofts, office space, restaurants, bars, boutiques and clubs. This is also the area of town that tends to house most of the LGBTQ population in Springfield according to our Springfield gay realtor. There are quite a few gay clubs downtown even though you do not see that much openly gay behavior on the streets. Popular gay hangouts include Martha’s Vineyard, Mud Lounge, Edge, Club 2 Twenty and Mix Ultra Lounge. While searching for a place to buy in Springfield, gay friendly hotels include the Clarion Hotel near the Battlefield Mall and the University Plaza Hotel in downtown Springfield.
Springfield is a very affordable place to live with an average price per square foot being $99.00. This is an increase of 17.9% from the summer of 2012. The average listing price for a home for sale for the week ending October 9 was $138,886.00 and there were 831 homes going through the foreclosure process. To discover a short sale enlist the guidance of a Springfield gay realtor.
For more information about Springfield and its many features and attractions visit at www.springfield-chamber.org.