Where to Live in Southwest Missouri

Southwest Missouri is a wonderful place to live. You don't have to take it from us: We spoke to local families about why they love it here.

by Jordan Blomquist

Apr 2024

Family at home in southwest Missouri
Photo by Brandon Alms

While some southwest Missouri communities are experiencing rapid growth, others remain cozy small towns. Kids march hand-in-hand in Fourth of July parades, and proud parents share recipes at poolside potlucks. Volunteers organize back-to-school bashes and fall hayrides. Neighbors bond over block parties and school carpools, always ready to lend a helping hand. With so many loving, caring people so close by, people are happy. They love where they live. Whether you’re looking to move or you want to improve your own neck of the woods, you'll find what you're looking for here. Get a glimpse into the best neighborhoods and communities in and around Springfield, Missouri. Find out what makes these the perfect places to put down roots from the people who live there.