Demographic Indicators of Sustainable Growth
Currently one of the fastest growing cities in Missouri, Republic's demographic indicators point to accelerated and sustainable economic growth. Strategically located just a few miles from Springfield, MO, the City of Republic is a key part of the greater Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). The population of each city has been on a steady upward trend since before the 1950s. Since 2000, the Springfield MSA's population has consistently grown and Republic's population alone jumped from 8,438 to 14,751—with a growth rate of 85.8 percent. The average age of the population is one of Republic's most inviting demographic indicators for retail and industrial businesses. With a median age of 32.2 years, much of the population is young and available to help businesses grow.
The Springfield MSA demographics also greatly lend to the success of companies located in Republic, as being a part of an expanding, vibrant metropolitan population supports continued economic success. Commuters have only a short drive from Springfield to Republic, establishing a larger consumer market and a combined labor pool of more than 250,000 people. Many other important Springfield MSA demographics directly impact Republic's own demographics, making our rapidly growing city a prime relocation site in a major market.
Among the Top Missouri School Districts
Educational opportunities are always among key demographic indicators for site selection experts. The Republic R-III School District and Springfield R-12 School District are each ranked with top Missouri school districts for certain academic and teaching categories. Both school districts focus heavily on teaching to students' needs while balancing the requirements to meet lofty state testing measures. Students are also taught to perform well in real-world job situations, which prepares them to contribute to area businesses at a young age. Students have ample opportunity for continuing their educations at one of 15 reputable universities or community colleges in the Springfield MSA.
The City of Republic recently invested $31 million in education, specifically to fund construction of a new high school. The impressive new facility is currently home to over 1,200 hard-working students and 60 teachers. Republic also has one middle school with 650+ students as well as four elementary schools with more than 2,600 students and 128 teachers. To learn more about Republic's commitment to competing with the top Missouri school districts, study the statistics in our Education Profile.