Reeds Spring

Community Profile: Reeds Spring, Missouri
By Cole Currier
Reeds Spring and Branson West are sister communities and the line between the two is often blurry. Both are very close to Table Rock Lake access and the convenience of shopping. Wal-Mart Super Center and a grocery store are both located in the Reeds Spring/Branson West area. Portions of Hwy DD are also considered to be Reeds Spring and there you can find some great lake front and lake view homes. Silver Dollar City is only minutes away, and Branson is just about 15-20 minutes East of Reeds Spring.

Living at Reeds Spring
Reeds Spring is a small town with world-class amenities, an incredible lake, and great attractions all within a 20 minute drive. The little community offers neighborhoods of affordable family homes, lake property along Highway DD, as well as rural properties in the surrounding area – some of which offer acreage and agricultural features.

Schools
Reeds Spring is home to Stone County’s largest school – 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 (20 minutes away in Hollister) is a unique institution which is nationally recognized for their unique model where students do not pay tuition. Ozarks Technical Community College also offers programs at their brand new Hollister campus (20 minutes away). In addition, Missouri State University, my alma mater, is located just a short drive away – about 50 minutes north to Springfield.

Population/Demographics
(source: Wikipedia):

As of the census of 2000, there were 465 people, 197 households, and 123 families residing in the city. The population density was 735.9 people per square mile (285.0/km²). There were 237 housing units at an average density of 375.1 per square mile (145.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.34% White, 1.08% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.86% from other races, and 1.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.51% of the population.

There were 197 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.8% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,982, and the median income for a family was $29,896. Males had a median income of $25,000 versus $18,125 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,103. About 9.9% of families and 18.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.6% of those under age 18 and 13.5% of those age 65 or over.

Shopping/Convenience
Residents of Reeds spring enjoy convenient access to full-service grocery stores, drug stores, and small retail shops right in town. Reeds Spring 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. Reeds Spring and its neighboring communities of Branson West and Kimberling City offer a number of great local dining establishments.

My Favorite Hot Spots
There’s a place in Reeds Spring that’s famous for it’s pizza… Don’t miss Reeds Spring Pizza Company! All the locals love it.

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