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Substance Abuse Prevention Community AssessmentThe community that we have chosen to assess is Springfield Missouri Springfield is located in Green County in Southwest According to the USDC Bureau of the Census in 1999 the population estimate for the Springfield Metropolitan area was 308332 The annual population growth rate is 18 for Springfield This is compared to 06 for the state of Missouri and 12 for the United States Population density of Springfield is 2068 people per square mile Comparatively speaking this density is located between the densities of Kansas City 1397 people per square mile and St Louis 6406 people per square mile The average family size of Springfield is 296 and the approximate percentage of persons in a family is 776 The age-sex pyramid for Springfield MSA has peaks around 15-24 and 35-44 for both males and females Overall the chart shows that Springfield has a slow to medium growth pattern The population of Springfield is predominantly Caucasian while Asians African-Americans and Hispanics represent a very small percentage of the population Of the total workforce of 171577 in Springfield only 3305 people are unemployed which is 19 of the total workforce Since 1990 as a general trend unemployment rate has dropped from about 56 to the current level According to the Missouri Division of Workforce Development in August 2000 the total breakdown of persons employed by sector is as followsNumber EmployedPercentage of workforceTransportation Utilities1280075According to the Missouri State Census Data Center the median household income in 1995-1996 was 31499 and the BEA Per Capita Income was 25059There are several major employers in the Springfield MSA These include Bass Pro Shops The Battlefield Mall Tracker Boats Prime Trucking Cox North Hospital Cox South Hospital Saint Johns Hospital John Q Hammons Enterprises as well as several government state and county offices The Springfield school systems are also a major employer of the city The school system is one of the strongest in Missouri The
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