Nixa, MO Top Ranked in Best Places To Live


About Nixa

Located just five miles south of Springfield, 30 minutes north of Branson, five miles west of Highway 65 and just a 30-minute drive from I–44, Nixa is the “Crossroads of the Ozarks” in southwest Missouri. Beautiful scenery is just minutes away, from the flowering dogwoods in spring to the array of stunning fall colors each autumn. Recreation abounds in every direction. Nixa is a progressive, growing pro-business community ready to pursue new industry and business opportunities. One look at Nixa, and it’s easy to see why people from all over the United States decide to call it their new home.

Contributing factors to the growth are:

Location between Springfield and Branson Lakes area
Access to excellent medical facilities
Extremely low crime rate
AAA-rated schools (state and national award-winning schools)?
Low cost of living

Not only is Nixa a cool and affordable place to live but has ranked Nixa, MO in the Top Safest Places ToLive In Missouri.

Here are the 10 safest places in Missouri:

1. City of Town and Country
2. City of Ballwin
3. City of Chesterfield
4. City of Webster Groves
5. City of O’Fallon
6. City of Creve Coeur
7. City of Manchester
8. City of Maryville
9. City of Raymore
10. City of Nixa

While Raymore may be one of the fastest growing in the state, according to the city’s website, Nixa is the fastest growing city in the state. People flock to this city just south of Springfield for its excellent schools, close-knit community, and, perhaps above all else, its safety.

According to our analysis, Nixa, with a population of 19,339, had just 380 total crimes in 2012, giving residents just a one in 51 chance of being the victim of a crime. Of those 380 crimes, the vast majority, or 357, were property crimes (287 thefts, 64 burglaries, and six motor vehicle thefts) and 23 were violent crimes (17 aggravated assaults, five rapes, and one robbery). Compare that to similarly sized Poplar Bluff, where there were 138 violent and 1,344 property crimes in 2012, and it’s clear why this is the fastest growing city in the state.


Nixa traces its origins back to the mid-1800s with the movement of farmers and traders into this fertile soil region of Southwest Missouri. The growing community quickly became known as a stopover or crossroads site, as the community was a half-day ride with a team. As with many other communities in Southwest Missouri, Nixa’s early economy was based on agriculture and farming. Grain crops, dairy and beef cattle, and vegetables were the primary products of the area. Since most early residents of Nixa had little cash, “swapping of goods” was a common practice – – wood for flour, molasses for bran, and beef for horses from Springfield.

Throughout the last 150+years Nixa has become one of the fastest growing cities in the state of Missouri. The population has grown from 756 people in 1922 to 19,339 in 2014 according to The Nixa Chamber of Commerce, the rise in Nixa home sales and Nixa real estate development has tripled.

Rapid residential home growth has spurred new business development in Nixa. Several new retail, convenience and service-oriented businesses have located in the community since 1990 and expansion of existing industries is under way. Financial institutions like Liberty Bank, People’s Bank and Empire bank have constructed new offices and Springfield hospitals Mercy and Cox Health Center  have opened satellite medical clinics to serve the growing Nixa population. Improved community facilities and services, such as the Nixa Community Center, police station and utility office, have been developed to serve the needs of the Nixa population into the 21st century.

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