About Springfield IL
  • About Springfield, Illinois

    Springfield, with a population of 116,250, is the largest city in central Illinois. Education, health care and state government are the major employers in the area, with two hospitals and four higher-education institutions.

    Much of the city’s tourist draw is centered around our most famous resident, Abraham Lincoln. Major tourist sites include the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Lincoln’s Home National Park, Old State Capitol, Lincoln Herndon Law Office and the Dana Thomas House. In addition, Springfield offers arts and entertainment opportunities that include the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Hoogland Center for the Arts, and Springfield Muni Opera.

    The cost of living in Springfield is relatively inexpensive. It is an urban area surrounded by rural communities, which provides a variety of housing options. Springfield residents enjoy convenient transportation and recreational opportunities.

    The Springfield Park District oversees 40 parks, which includes recreational parks, four golf courses, a zoo and 13 miles of bike trails. Springfield is an Amtrak community and has a busy local airport that connects with both St. Louis and Chicago several times daily.

    To learn more about Springfield, Illinois, visit the Springfield Convention and Visitors Center web site.

    A statue of Abraham Lincoln seated on a park bench is
    a popular attraction near the Abraham Lincoln Presidential
    Museum (pictured in the background).