Nicknamed Flower City, Springfield is the state capital for Illinois and is America’s 30th-most highly populated state capital city.
Guinness World Records points to Springfield as where American athlete Justin Stewart achieved the greatest distance via stair climbing over a 12-hour period, covering a formidable 38,203.27 feet (11,644.36 meters) at the Springfield Hilton Hotel.
According to the 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the City of Springfield, the following are the state capital’s 10 largest employers.
- State of Illinois (17,600 employees)
- Memorial Health System (4,455)
- St. John’s Hospital (4,217)
- Springfield Clinic LLP (2,631)
- Springfield Public Schools (2,150)
- University of Illinois (1,696)
- SIU School of Medicine (1,546)
- City of Springfield (1,431)
- Blue Cross Blue Shield (1,310)
- Horace Mann Educators (1,008)
Illinois shipped U$59.758 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value exports from are light petroleum oils, soya beans, miscellaneous packaged medications, automobiles, civilian aircraft as well as medical instruments or appliances according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Springfield was 4.5% as of May 3, 2017.
Capital Facts for Springfield, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Elijah Iles House, Executive Mansion, Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Lincoln Memorial Garden, Old State Capitol Historic Site and the Rees Memorial Carillon
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Springfield, United States:
- Jason Werth, professional MLB baseball player (born May 20, 1979)
- Steve Christoff, Olympic ice hockey gold medalist (born Jan. 23, 1958)
- Andre Iguodala, Olympic basketball gold medalist (born Jan. 28, 1984)
- Will Simpson, Olympic equestrian gold medalist (born Jun. 9, 1959)
- Cecily Strong, actress (born Feb. 8, 1984)
- Dick Schofield, professional MLB baseball player (born Nov. 21, 1962)
- Ed Horton, professional NBA basketball player (born Dec. 17, 1967)
- Kelci Bryant, Olympic diving silver medalist (born Jan. 15, 1989)
- Brendon Small, writer & voice actor (born Feb. 15, 1975)
- Pease Glaser, Olympic sailing silver medalist (born Nov. 18, 1961)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Springfield resident: Springfielder
Population: 116,500 (Springfield city limits)
Density: 1.959 people per square mile (756 per square kilometer)
Population: 210,051 (Springfield metropolitan area)
Density: 178 people per square mile (69 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$9.94 billion as of March 2015 (Springfield metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $47,330
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Springfield: U.S. dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on June 15, 2017
City-Data.com, Area (square miles) of all Metropolitan Statistical Areas . Accessed on June 15, 2017
City of Springfield, Illinois, 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (includes list of principal employers). Accessed on June 15, 2017
Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016. Accessed on June 15, 2017
Forbes Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on June 15, 2017
Guinness World Records, Fan choice: October 3-Vote now!. Accessed on June 15, 2017
Nations Online, Capital Cities of the USA. Accessed on June 15, 2017
Official Government Website, City of Springfield official website. Accessed on June 15, 2017
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries. Accessed on June 15, 2017
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016. Accessed on June 15, 2017
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on June 15, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on June 15, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Springfield city flag. Accessed on June 15, 2017
Wikipedia, Illinois. Accessed on June 15, 2017
Wikipedia, List of Metropolitan Statistical Areas. Accessed on June 15, 2017
Wikipedia, Springfield, Illinois. Accessed on June 15, 2017
Wikipedia, Springfield metropolitan area, Illinois. Accessed on June 15, 2017
Within city limits, Springfield occupies 59.48 square miles (154 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 116,500 Springfielders in 2016.
Also called the Springfield Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Springfield metropolitan area has a land area of 1,182.43 square miles (3,062.48 square kilometers) with a metropolitan area population of 210,015 inhabitants.
At the city level, Springfield’s population density is 1,959 residents per square mile (756 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Springfield metropolitan area with an average 178 inhabitants per square mile (69 per square kilometer).
Springfielders celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.