Springfield, "The Queen City of the Ozarks"
Springfield, “The Queen City of the Ozarks,” is one of the lowest overall cost-of-living communities in the nation and is easily affordable on a intern’s stipend. The city has a broad economic and industrial base. Since Springfield adjoins major recreational and vacation attractions to the south, tourism services are extensive. The community has five colleges and a major university (Missouri State University, with a current enrollment of approximately 26,000 students). Springfield, as the third-largest city in Missouri, has shown consistent economic growth. It provides many of the conveniences of much larger cities, without the various common aggravations associated with living in larger communities. The city truly provides opportunities for a comfortable lifestyle.
A variety of recreational opportunities exist for enthusiasts of outdoor activities such as canoeing, fishing, and hiking. Numerous lakes are within easy driving distance of the city. The community offers plentiful shopping. In 2005, the city became home to the Springfield cardinals, a Double-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball Team. The area also provides cultural attractions such as the Springfield Symphony, Springfield Regional Opera, Springfield Little Theatre, and Springfield Ballet. Performing arts venues attract national tours of musical acts and Broadway shows. For the history buff, there is a National Civil War Battlefield just outside the city. Numerous other activities are available in St. Louis, Kansas City, and Tulsa, which are all within 3 to 4 hours driving (See 417 Magazine for ideas).