Cost of Living in Springfield

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 11.25 $ 10.00-12.50
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 45.00 $ 38.00-50.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.97 $ 6.00-7.50
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.00 $ 2.50-5.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.75 $ 4.00-6.00
Cappuccino (regular) 4.21 $ 2.75-6.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.54 $ 1.25-2.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.15 $ 1.00-1.25
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 3.23 $ 2.98-3.65
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.99 $ 1.34-2.89
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.52 $ 0.82-3.00
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.21 $ 1.29-3.69
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.45 $ 3.00-6.00
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 2.80 $ 1.99-4.32
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 3.92 $ 3.50-4.75
Apples (1 lb) 1.98 $ 0.99-3.29
Banana (1 lb) 0.62 $ 0.55-0.75
Oranges (1 lb) 1.67 $ 1.57-1.75
Tomato (1 lb) 1.93 $ 1.75-2.00
Potato (1 lb) 2.23 $ 0.75-2.68
Onion (1 lb) 1.15 $ 0.79-1.50
Lettuce (1 head) 1.34 $ 0.99-2.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.75 $ 1.50-2.25
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 11.50 $ 5.99-19.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.75 $ 1.50-3.29
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.75 $ 2.50-4.50
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 5.70 $ 5.00-6.75
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.25 $ 1.25-1.35
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 45.00 $ 25.00-45.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 2.50 $ 2.50-2.50
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.80 $ 0.95-2.50
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 15.75 $ 12.00-36.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 2.23 $ 2.09-2.54
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,000.00 $ 18,999.00-19,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,666.67 $ 19,000.00-22,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 145.46 $ 100.00-226.67
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.10 $ 0.10-0.10
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 50.44 $ 40.00-65.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 23.67 $ 15.00-33.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 0.00 $ 0.00-0.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 9.00 $ 8.00-10.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 616.67 $ 450.00-750.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 18,000.00 $ 18,000.00-18,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 38.75 $ 30.00-50.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 33.33 $ 25.00-50.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 64.50 $ 40.00-90.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 89.00 $ 60.00-150.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 620.62 $ 500.00-750.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 493.89 $ 400.00-650.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 916.25 $ 700.00-1,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 721.88 $ 550.00-900.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 106.80 $ 88.60-125.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 82.20 $ 64.40-115.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,810.87 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.96 4.54-6.00

Prices in Springfield, Missouri

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Last update: November 2018
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5 Comments so far

#Tom on Jun 29, 2017 :
I am not a native to this area, but have lived here longer than any other single place in my life. 21 years has seen many changes to the region. Good investments in infrastructure. Improved intersections and major roads (including interstate) helping traffic move well, slow but steady improvements in city parks and walking trails, and housing costs that are quite affordable on middle income families. Social support systems for the homeless are not great, but on another level the food banks are good here and there is a quality of giving among the people that helps those that want to be helped. Strong Habitat for Humanity presence that provides low cost options for families to become homeowners.

Springfield is in the heart of the Ozark mountains, on a plateau that tends to split serious weather systems to flow north of south of the metro area. Mild winters, but 4 seasons. Lots of opportunities for the outdoor person. Many rafting and canoeing rivers, many very pristine. Very close to the first National River (The Buffalo) Lots of hiking trails within easy reach. There is a good equestrian community that ranges from Western Pleasure to all out Rodeo (all skill levels)

There is talk of the crime rate. It is primarily property crime at a level that is not unusual. Violent crime tends to be of two sorts. Domestic violence claims lives on occasion, but many services for escaping those circumstances. Other violent crimes are criminal on criminal i.e.; drug deal disputes, etc.
No serious gang issues, mostly wannabes. Drugs are a problem in the lower income areas with meth the principle problem.

On a happier note there is am amazing array of restaurants, both chain and local. I have never lived anywhere with more folks that eat out and new eateries opening. Good coffee shops. Broadway road-shows frequently at the Hammons Hall, and top tier musical artists in reasonable number. About a 45 minute drive to Branson, a national vacation destination for entertainment, clean lakes and amusement parks.

Last comment- When you think of Springfield you need to also consider the cities surrounding the city. With less than a 20 minute drive you have a range of smaller towns with populations from 5,000 to 20,000. surrounding this city of about 175,000. Lots of options.
#T :Goshomi on Mar 15, 2017 :
Wish to live in SF city to sustain thiis cheaper life ; Would I get a chance
#Joe on Oct 15, 2016 :
Pay may not be as good in small cities, but that's why you have to think bigger than that. Starting a small business can really help you figure out what want to do and make a good living. Starting a small business can be hard, you really have to figure out what your passion is to run a business. It will take a lot of work and dedication, but as long as you are motivated and have a little passion for it, it can be easy and fulfilling. A great advantage of starting your business in a smaller city like Springfield is being able to cater to clients within your local area. Its a level of satisfaction because you're putting back something into the city that helps the city nurture and grow (depending on your business of course) Since more bigger businesses are started in bigger city ( KC, TULSA, OKC etc) small local businesses, even new ones, don't have to compete with big corporations, making it a little bit easier to earn a good honest living. Small/local business is the way to go in a city like Springfield. Everyone is helping each other and everyone knows each other. I decided to open up my own local business overnight because I couldn't find a good paying job that I want. Its all about what you want to do and contribute to. If you don't want to work for a corporation, start a small business and make it work. You're better off working for something YOU believe in and fail, than work for someone else and not be happy with what you do. Check out my local business if you want. If you have any questions on how to start a local business, either ONLINE or physical, let me know, I'll be more than happy to give you guidance.
#Anonymous on Feb 14, 2016 :
Wages are too low. With a full time job you still can't afford to pay "cheap" prices·
#mojo on Jul 16, 2015 :
@dude : and it's soooooooooooo dangerous to live in Springfield,MO.. :-D