Springfield is the third largest city in the state of Missouri, and a relatively inexpensive, decent sized town at that.
If you’re thinking about moving here, rent is not too much (relative to how much you make) and the cost of living is low.
While Springfield has some really nice neighborhoods, colleges and universities (including Missouri State University), it also has a bad reputation: right now, it sits as the 12th most dangerous city to live in, according to a study done a few years ago.
Restaurant diversity is decent, but not exactly on a big city level. A lot of name brand chain restaurants are available just like in any other place in USA. There are a few fine dining options scattered here and there, if you’re into splurging. An average meal is likely to cost around 20$ per person, in general and roughly 12$ in an inexpensive restaurant.
Depending on your dietary preferences, you can end up spending from 35$ to 250$ per person/a week on groceries. Normally, at Walmart a family would spend around 125$ week. It all depends on your selection of items.For instance, cheapest whole milk can be 2.25$ gallon (some people cannot consume it as it can cause gastric issues) to the most expensive that’s around 7.50$/gallon.
There’s really convenient public transport and city runs a couple bus routes within a 30 min frequency, so you’ll end up walking a LOT. Uber started working some time last year and it’s somewhere around 5$ a mile. Lyft is also available. Depending on circumstances, it’s better to buy an inexpensive car immediately and pay 200$ a month in installment. Just about everyone drives, but because Springfield is so flat bicycling is another good option.
As for utilities, the bills are relatively on par with the rest of the country. The prices of utilities here are pretty much like everywhere else, though it does depend on the season and on your consumption of electricity. For an apartment around 85m2 (which is bigger than a usual apartment for one) basic utilities like electricity, trash and water will cost you 140$ approximately.
SPORTS & LEISURE
There are state parks and hiking trails all around, so you have many ways of exercising and staying fit in the nature, for free. On the down side, the weather isn’t great for outdoor activities, which is why many mid-westerners tend to have weight problems. A membership at the gym or a fitness costs around 26$. If you love going to the movies, a cinema ticket is very cheap – only 9$ per person.
CLOTHING & SHOES
There’s one big mall in Springfield, with stores like Sephora, GAP, Banana Republic, Macy’s etc. However, shopping there does not make too much sense, since you can drive 45 minutes to Branson and get to Tanger Outlet mall where you’ll find better deals. But if you do, here are the prices: if you want a pair of Levi’s, it will cost you around 40$ and quality sneakers cost around 70$.
RENT PER MONTH
Depending on what kind of place you want to live in initially, the rent can range anywhere from 400$–3000$ a month. Really cheap apartments with utilities paid can be found for 500$: they’ll be single bedroom, and the location would not exactly be suitable for families. Within around 900$–1200$ range you can get a really nice apartment, even in gated communities with pool, green space and possibly a mini-gym.
Cost of Living Averages Table for Springfield, MO
|Average Restaurant Prices|
|Meal (Inexpensive Restaurant)||$ 12.00|
|Domestic Beer (0.5 Liter)||$ 4.00|
|Water (0.33 Liter)||$ 1.49||Average Market Prices|
|Milk (1 Liter)||$ 0.73|
|Loaf Bread (500g)||$ 2.20|
|Eggs (12)||$ 2.00||Average Transport Prices|
|One Way Ticket||$ 1.25|
|Monthly Pass||$ 45.00|
|Gasoline||$ 0.59||Average Utilities Prices|
|Basic (Water, Electricity, Garbage, Heating, Cooling)||$ 145.46|
|1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local||$ 0.10|
|Internet (Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL)||$ 60.00||Average Leisure Prices|
|Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult||$ 26.00|
|Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour)||$ 0.00|
|Cinema, 1 Seat, International Release||$ 9.25||Average Clothing Prices|
|1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Comparable)||$ 40.00|
|1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, etc...)||$ 30.00|
|1 Pair of Adidas Walking Shoes (Mid-Range)||$ 71.00||Average Rent Prices|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Center||$ 635.71|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Center||$ 530.62|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Center||$ 974.17|
How Does the Average Person Spend Their Money in Springfield, MO?
Most of the money in Springfield gets spent on food, and people go and spent huge bulks of money (40% of one’s income) in markets and grocery stores. You can count on 200$ a week going on food, if you have a family.
Another one of the biggest expenses is rent, as it can be pretty steep in certain areas, but in general, it is quite reasonable, cheap even, compared to some other major cities in America.
Restaurants and transportation go side by side like in most countries – though transportation is cheap, it’s essential for everyone, everyday, and as for the restaurants – it’s the only option for many people.
Springfield, MO: Average Salary, Minimum Wage & Mortgages
If you’re in IT, even the lowest pay in the sector should keep you comfortable – which is true for most cities.
There is very low percentage of unemployment, luckily, at 2.8%. The economy is very diverse.
Average monthly net salary in Springfield is relatively high, above 1800$, so most people can live without any problems, while minimum monthly wage is half as much- around 1500$.
However, if you’re the type of person to go out every night, spend money in bars and restaurants and act comfortably when it comes to pastime and leisure – you might find this average salary a bit too low.
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