Ever consider a contract job in Springfield, MO? Located in the heart of the Ozarks, Springfield is a thriving city that offers a mix of remote outdoor adventures and big city life. Here you can experience all four seasons, dine like a king and try your hand at fly fishing all at an affordable cost.
Springfield Missouri has extremes of all seasons. During the summer months the weather is often hot, humid, and wet. Summer temperatures average above 80℉ occasionally hitting highs in the 90's. The winter months are often rather cold averaging around 43℉. During winter months you are likely to see snow, rain, or a sleet mix and while the sun does shine here often, plenty days are partly cloudy.
With a population of over 160,000 people Springfield is a busy metropolitan area and an average income of $23,500. With an average home price around $138k it is affordable, coming in nearly below the US national average. Renting a one-bedroom apartment will run about $640 a month. The cost of living here is 12% lower than the national average. The average commute here is around 17 minutes which is also lower than the US average of 26 minutes.
The dining scene in Springfield is exploding, so no matter what you are looking for from coffee shops, to sushi or trendy bars there is something for everyone.
Springfield may be 2 hours away from Kansas City where they are known for their BBQ but that doesn't mean you can't find a finger licking good spot here. Top rated and award-winning barbeque joint Whole Hog Café has two locations in Springfield. They have 7 different sauces to choose from when topping dishes like ribs, brisket or burnt ends. You can also add side dishes to any meal like smoked green beans, BBQ nachos or loaded baked potatoes.
Have a sweet tooth? Ever get a midnight craving? You're going to want to stop in to Hurts Donut with sweet choices like Maple Bacon, Cotton Candy and S'mores donuts there are endless options. Their menu has over 70 types of donuts and one gigantic cinnamon roll, that is roughly the size of your head. This sweet shop is also open 24 hours a day and even delivers.
Located in the heart of the Ozarks, Springfield is teeming with activity and natural beauty. One of the most well known attraction in the area is the Fantastic Caverns, which is the only drive-through cavern in America. Here you go on a near hour long ride through the caverns where you get an up-close view of formations. Make a trip to Dogwood Canyon Nature Park as well, located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains here you can explore nature trails, waterfalls, sign up for horseback riding or wildlife tours.
If you are looking for a history lesson, mixed with a little bit of ghostly encounters be sure to take a tour of Pythian Castle where they host not only regularly scheduled tours, but murder mystery dinners and escape rooms. If hauntings aren't for you, the Ozarks are also known for some of the best fly fishing in the country, so you can give it a go at Rainbow Trout & Game Ranch.
Springfield has so much to offer, from shopping to brewery tours and outdoor adventures. You will have plenty to fill your off time with no matter the season or weather.
With multiple hotel options in the area it can be a bit overwhelming to find one, Extended Stay America located conveniently close to the Springfield Airport is a good option. Rooms come with full kitchens making long term stays more comfortable, as well as offering free Wi-Fi and breakfast and on-site laundry. They also have free shuttles to nearby locations as well as a pool, hot tub and workout room that normally free to all guests but due to COVID restricts are temporarily closed.
If you are traveling with an RV or camper there are multiple options in the Springfield area, Cooks RV is long term stay friendly and located close to the airport and route 66. They offer sites with full hook up, laundry services, grill and campfires and hot tubs.
Springfield is an exciting city with lots to offer, from outdoor adventures to hip dining. With expected job growth and a forecasted rise in population make the move to Springfield now. Reach out to a recruiter to learn about job opportunities in the area.
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