Branson West

Community Profile: Branson West, Missouri
By Cole Currier
Branson West is the gateway between the tourist community of Branson and the lake communities of Kimberling City and Reeds Spring. Just minutes from Silver Dollar City, this small town offers convenient shopping with a couple of major retailers, as well as mom-and-pop shops, physicians, drug stores and a number of dining options.

Living in Branson West
Branson West enjoys a slower pace than it’s neighboring community of Branson, but is still convenient to the fun and attractions of the tourist town. Branson West is very convenient to Table Rock Lake and is just a short drive from the area’s largest metropolitan community, Springfield via Hwy 60. Branson West is also home to one of the area’s largest master-planned communities, Stonebridge Village, which offers a variety of different types of homes in all price ranges with an excellent golf course and exceptional amenities. A little farther South, Branson West is also home to some of the area’s best Table Rock lake view and lake front property along Hwy DD.

Schools
Residents of Branson West are in the Reeds Spring School District, a respected K-12 school serving a large geographical area in Stone County. You can review Reeds Spring schools’ rankings here.

In addition, there are excellent post-secondary education opportunities in the area. College of the Ozarks (30 minutes away in Hollister) is a unique institution which is nationally recognized for their innovative model where students do not pay tuition. Ozarks Technical Community College also offers programs at their brand new Hollister campus (30 minutes away). In addition, Missouri State University, my alma mater, is located just a short drive away – about 45 minutes north to Springfield.

Population/Demographics
(source: Wikipedia):

At the 2000 census, there were 408 people, 136 households and 107 families residing in the city. The population density was 218.5 people per square mile (84.2/km²). There were 161 housing units at an average density of 86.2 per square mile (33.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.10% White, 0.74% Native American, 1.23% Asian, 1.72% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.92% of the population.

There were 136 households of which 41.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.3% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.3% were non-families. 15.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.00 and the average family size was 3.31.

Age distribution was 31.9% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 8.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 108.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.4 males.

The median household income was $31,250, and the median family income was $30,313. Males had a median income of $20,179 versus $17,188 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,326. About 9.3% of families and 12.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.7% of those under age 18 and 7.1% of those age 65 or over.

Shopping/Convenience
Residents of Branson West enjoy convenient access to full-service grocery stores, drug stores, and small retail shops right in town. Branson West is also home to Stone County’s only Wal-Mart, which draws residents from surrounding areas. In addition, other great retail stores can be found 20 minutes away in Branson or 45 minutes away in Springfield. Branson West and its neighboring communities of Reeds Spring and Kimberling City offer a number of great local dining establishments.

My Favorite Branson West “Hot Spots“:
Whenever I’m in Branson West, I love to stop by Mickey’s hot dog joint along Hwy 76. They have great Chicago-style dogs! Also, be sure to grab a “bean freeze” at Habby’s Coffee Shack, also on Hwy 76. Yum!

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