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Springfield, Illinois Overview
Springfield is the capital city of Illinois and is situated in Sangamon County. It has a current population of around 117,000. Springfield is home to three Universities: the University of Illinois at Springfield, Benedictine University at Springfield, and Robert Morris University at Springfield. The median income for residents in 2012 was $48,683, and the cost of living in Springfield is less than the national average. Coming in with 87 points on a scale of 100, this city only sees above average costs in health and transportation. Houses average $115,400 while rent averages out at approximately $693 per month.
The flat land of Springfield is surrounded by two rivers, and early American trappers settled the land in around 1818. Abraham Lincoln is probably the most famous figure in American history with ties to this city. He lived in Springfield for a little over 20 years before moving to the White House. Today, people from all over the world visit the popular historic sites connected with the former President.
Springfield has two hospitals, several parks, and adequate public transportation. Access in and out of the city can be utilized through I-55 and I-72, along with many U.S. and State Routes that connect with the city. The Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport offers jet service to Chicago, Dallas, Fort Myers, and Orlando. There are several constructed bike trails and lanes, making bicycle commutes a possibility within the city limits.
Springfield Job Opportunities
Many jobs in Springfield, IL revolve around the state government. With 17,000 employees and a rich history in government, this trend is not expected to end anytime soon. Other opportunities for Springfield jobs at this time include positions in trade, utilities, transportation and health care. The largest employers outside of government are Memorial Health Systems – which employs around 5600 people – followed by St. John's Hospital with about 3300 employees. The two hospitals have a variety jobs in Springfield for individuals with diverse experience and educational backgrounds.
Springfield Employment Trends
Future growth is expected in many areas for Springfield jobs, but leading the trend are healthcare and government positions. With two hospitals and a cancer institute in the area, many positions in technology, administrative support, and healthcare are expected to be created in the future. In addition, the growth in local and state government is expected to bring Springfield, IL jobs for individuals interested in a career in government. Additional positions are also available in the nearby city of Decatur.