As the state capital, Springfield is the seat of Illinois government and home to the Governor’s Mansion, General Assembly and Supreme Court. The state agencies and associations located in Springfield provide the region with economic stability, business opportunities and expertise in the areas of law, finance, consulting and engineering.
Industries in the Springfield-Sangamon County region are specialized in agribusiness, business and financial services, advanced healthcare, logistics and tourism. As a major commercial hub in Central Illinois, Springfield also serves as a retail destination, with over half a million potential customers across its trade area.
With a number of top-notch institutions of higher learning, the Springfield and Sangamon County region generates an exceptionally talented workforce. One-third of the population holds a Bachelor’s degree or higher, with nearly twelve percent attaining a graduate or professional degree. Among private-sector industries, “eds & meds” represent one-quarter of total employment in the region.
Situated in the Midwest in between Chicago and St. Louis, Springfield’s location ensures nationwide connectivity by air, rail and interstate highway. Air passengers have multiple daily connections to both Chicago and Dallas-Ft. Worth from the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (SPI). The Norfolk Southern railroad and Interstate 72 provide Springfield with quick access to the Midwest Inland Port in Decatur, with an intermodal ramp and three class one rail carriers.
From lively downtown streets to the quiet countryside, communities in the Springfield region offer something for all walks of life—whether you are just starting a career, raising a family or planning for retirement. The cost of living in the Springfield-Sangamon region consistently ranks as one of the most affordable communities in the US. Visit the community page to learn more about Springfield’s “home field” advantage!