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Old 03-16-2019, 05:50 AM
 
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I am confident you can live on less than 1000 dollars a month. You will have to scrimp and save where you can but living is pretty cheap here in Missouri. I like Lawrence county about 20 miles west of Springfield. Nothing to do here but rural country but I like that. The lakes are close enough, we have an awesome civil war battlefield called Wilsons Creek.


The gun laws, yeah baby, I like the gun laws. You want to carry a gun, slip one in your purse or pants and head out the door no ccw required. Just be aware some places do not allow guns so be cautious where you carry a gun.


I hope you like armadillos horning in to everything. I hate them creatures.
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Old 03-21-2019, 05:25 PM
 
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Honestly, the area is totally depressing. If you have anything going for you at all, you’ll probably fall into despair because there is limited opportunity for personal growth and new experiences. It’s easier to enjoy personal privacy in a large cosmopolitan area than in a decaying rural area. Once you move here, you’ll find it very hard to escape because you’ll fall behind financially due to stagnant real estate prices. Forget about capital gains and quality construction of homes. You’ll spend a fortune upgrading and repairing your house. Most homes have bad crawl space foundations that fill with water, resulting in high humidity and mold problems year round. It’s disgusting. The natives here are used to it, but it’s awful. And the sun rarely shines. There is no good reason to move here, not even to die.
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Old 03-24-2019, 07:42 AM
 
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I disagree with Nfaulkos, There are some depressing areas of Missouri however it is what you make of it. I bought a fixer upper and I am going to make at least 25% when I sell and I have lived here 8 years. I think it is a great place to live cheaply and people leave you alone. I would never get a shared well, I have one and it is a pain in the ass.



But you can pain the asses anywhere right Nfaulkos?
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Old 05-29-2019, 03:53 PM
 
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Your insult to my post is a perfect example of what I was trying to communicate. Why would you do that? There IS limited opportunity for income and personal growth. There wasn’t even a masters in finance program at the university last time I checked. As far as real estate goes, in a growing city like Austin, you can easily make 25% in one year, just by living there. And the quality of the homes in Springfield IS pretty bad. There isn’t even a single licensed structural engineer in the area that can be hired by individuals seeking a residential building inspection that covers the roof down to the foundation. I’d have to pay to bring one in from St. Louis or Kansas City. If this is no longer the case, then let me know. I’m ready to hire ASAP.
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Old 05-29-2019, 04:07 PM
 
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It’s not personal. I just can’t handle the limitations of small town living. I feel obligated to warn people who are relocating from major metropolitan areas about the culture shock, because it can be devastating.
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Old 06-02-2019, 06:53 AM
 
Location: Branson, Missouri
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I live in Branson and although you'd like something a bit more country, there are areas around here that will have that for you.
One of the things I see about Branson compared to Springfield weather is that Springfield area seems to get a lot of the bad storms and tornadoes and Branson areas seem to not get as much or as damaging, I should say.
In the 2 years I've lived here, that's how I see it.
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Old 06-02-2019, 06:20 PM
 
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Springfield area seems to get a lot of the bad storms and tornadoes and Branson areas seem to not get as much or as damaging, I should say.
In the 2 years I've lived here, that's how I see it.
There is nothing special about Branson that moderates the weather. Two years is simply not a long enough time frame to draw conclusions from relatively random events. Bad weather happens throughout the Ozarks with a fairly consistent impact over time.

Last edited by Arrby; 06-02-2019 at 06:21 PM.. Reason: used wrong word
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Old 02-04-2020, 09:45 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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Default Just another personal observation...

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I live in Branson and although you'd like something a bit more country, there are areas around here that will have that for you.
One of the things I see about Branson compared to Springfield weather is that Springfield area seems to get a lot of the bad storms and tornadoes and Branson areas seem to not get as much or as damaging, I should say.
In the 2 years I've lived here, that's how I see it.
I'm glad you added that last sentence. I live in the country SE of Springfield. I was actually surprised by your comment about Springfield vs Branson because I have driven through Branson and seen the tornado damage but never knew of one in Springfield where I could do that.

We moved here 13 years ago and I suppose some would say that even that isn't long enough. Having said that, I've been aware of more tornadoes in Joplin and Pierce City/Monett areas than anywhere else. I'm not a tornado chaser and haven't truly studied it so I am limited to my observations, just as you are. Interesting thing, though... I like to keep things in perspective, after all... I've never met anyone who was a victim of a tornado.

I sure hope that never changes!
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Old 02-04-2020, 10:48 AM
 
Location: The High Desert
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We are approaching tornado season but the season doesn't always conform to expectations. One hit my area in February one year. Springfield is not blessed or somehow immune to tornados. No part of Missouri is and it is just a matter of time before your number is up. The one that destroyed a huge swath through Joplin is not typical but they happen somewhere every year or so. OKC and Greensberg KS can attest to that as well as Joplin. When you have one tornado you often have several. St. Louis and Kansas City get hit occasionally. Many are out in rural parts and with light property damage (unless it is your property). I lived on the northern edge of the Ozarks for 35 years and only actually saw one tornado but there were many that I didn't see. The one that went through Jefferson City last May was an EF-3 and it came at night and did a great deal of damage but nothing like the EF-5 that hit Joplin in May of 2011.
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Old 02-04-2020, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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It’s not personal. I just can’t handle the limitations of small town living. I feel obligated to warn people who are relocating from major metropolitan areas about the culture shock, because it can be devastating.
We need to introduce you to our friend BAWAC...
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