Trendsetter Homes—a third-generation Springfield homebuilder whose founder’s family roots in southwest Missouri go back six generations—knows a thing or ten about why this is such a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family. From first-time homebuyers to downsizing retirees, Springfield offers a uniquely appealing yet affordable lifestyle for all life stages.

Springfield has been named a Top 40 city for quality of life, Top 10 city with the lowest cost of living, Top 5 in the nation for economic strength, a top city for young professionals, and 13th best city for job growth among mid-sized American cities, among many other accolades. It’s easy to see why our enthusiasm for being part of “The Queen City of the Ozarks” keeps growing year after year.



A diverse offering of home styles and price ranges means you can find a home you will love no matter your budget in the Springfield area.

At Trendsetter Homes, we build homes that meet the needs and exceed the expectations of homebuyers in the southwest Missouri area (including Springfield, Nixa, Ozark, Republic, Rogersville, Strafford, and Willard) by including features that cost extra elsewhere and by offering designer-inspired customizing choices to personalize your home.

Health Care

Springfield ranks in the Top 50 cities for hospital care, according to HealthGrades®. As a regional medical center, Springfield offers a full spectrum of care that includes award-winning subspecialties. Whether for routine primary care or more advanced medical interventions, it’s comforting to know you will almost certainly find the right healthcare provider without leaving the area. Springfield is home to two Top 100 Hospitals and Level I Trauma Centers, employing state-of-the-art care and a widespread focus on wellness, all of which combine to make Springfield a smart place to call home.

Cost of Living

Overall, Springfield’s cost of living is about 14 percent lower than the national average. Housing is 30 percent lower, utilities 11 percent lower, transportation seven percent lower, and health care and groceries about two percent lower than in the rest of the country. The bottom line: Your money goes farther in Springfield than in many other places you might choose to live.


We enjoy a true four-season climate in southwestern Missouri. Our moderately cold winters average just 20 inches of snow per year. We love our pleasantly warm summers with abundant sunshine and comfortable spring and fall temperatures that typically require just a light jacket. It’s the perfect place for getting out into the great outdoors.


As the birthplace of the iconic Route 66, Springfield remains a hub of transportation convenience. Ranked 20th in the nation as one of the best cities for commuting, Springfield residents enjoy commutes that average 20 minutes or less.

Two airports serve the area with regularly scheduled flights to major cities and vacation destinations across the U.S. In 2009, Springfield-Branson National Airport opened a new, state-of-the-art terminal building with 10 gates and the potential to add up to 60 more, offering 13 non-stop destinations. About 50 miles south is the privately owned Branson Airport which opened in 2009 and offers service to over 25 one-stop destinations.   


Industries & Employers

Health care is Springfield’s number-one growth industry, employing about 18% of the total workforce. Other top industries and employers include engineering, architecture, and information technology. Springfield’s location in the center of the country is also a valuable asset for many manufacturing and logistics companies.

Privately held Bass Pro Shops (3,300 employees) is headquartered here, as is Fortune 500 O’Reilly Auto Parts (2,000 employees). Other large employers include the government sector which employs 28,000 people, Wal-Mart (over 5,000 employees), and software developer Jack Henry & Associates (2,100 employees). Other familiar names with a presence in Springfield include Kraft Foods, 3M, and John Deere Remanufacturing.

A full listing of the areas largest employers can be found here.

Still, small businesses of all kinds thrive in Springfield, as entrepreneurs find a welcoming business climate here.

Springfield’s robust economic environment has resulted in an unemployment rate a full percentage point below the national rate.



Well-known retailers, or local boutique shops? Antiques, flea markets, and vintage goods your thing? Looking for home décor, unique gifts, or crafty confections? Whatever you’re seeking, Springfield’s diverse shopping scene can provide it.


The fan-favorite Springfield Cardinals (Double-A Texas League affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals) and the Missouri State University Bears provide hours of exciting play for local sports fans. But there are also a wide variety of ways for residents young and old to participate in recreational and competitive sports. Whether your thing is softball, baseball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, flag football, swimming, running, disc golf, or skating, you’ll find programs and facilities for various age groups and skill levels. 

Arts & Culture

Fans of the visual arts will love our dozens of private art galleries as well as a public art museum housing nearly 9,000 art objects.

In the realm of performing arts, the Springfield Regional Opera and Springfield Ballet mesmerize fans with performances throughout the year. The Springfield Symphony Orchestra thrills audiences with performances from September through May. Additional offerings include an annual season of Broadway musicals, children’s productions, national performers, film festivals, and national acts.

If cinema is more your style, in Springfield, Branson, and the surrounding communities you’ll find thousands of conventional movie seats, two I-Max® theaters, and a one-of-a-kind theater complex featuring reclining leather seats, pull-out tables, dinner service, and an indoor/outdoor lounge. The Moxie Cinema downtown offers indie and foreign films, as well as free children’s movies and programs during the summer.


From casual to international to fine dining, Springfield’s offerings tempt every palate. And then there are those quirky, local spots that seem to be best-kept secrets in many towns, but here? Ask any local where to get the best barbecue, chili, breakfast … they love sharing their local favorites!


Lovers of the great outdoors find plenty of adventure in the parks and on the trails in and around Springfield, including fishing, hiking, and biking opportunities. About an hour-and-a-half away are the Lake of the Ozarks and Table Rock Lake, where vacationers enjoy fun-filled water activities like swimming, boating, water skiing, jet skiing, wakeboarding, fishing, and more.

Attractions & Events

You’ll find festivals and events throughout the area celebrating every holiday, season, and occasion year ‘round. The only problem might be how you’ll manage to attend them all!


The team at Trendsetter Homes wants to help you begin your new Springfield lifestyle in one of our gorgeous newly constructed homes. Contact us at (417) 730-1843 and let us make your dreams a reality.