Population: 6,050 (2000 census)
Size: 17.5 square miles
Total assessed evaluation of property: $333,000,000
Schools in the Branson/Lakes Area
are well-funded and offer modern facilities. There are
five public schools in Branson to serve its 2,500 students,
the district employs more than 150 teachers, resulting
in a low student to teacher ratio of 16 to 1. As an
alternative to public education, the Branson area has
three private schools.
Many of the schools are equipped with the latest education
tools, and first-rate science and computer labs provide
students with hands-on experience.
The College of the Ozarks is a 1,000-care campus just
south of Branson in Point Lookout. This four-year college
has approximately 1,600 students and has a nickname
of "Hard Work U" as student work their way
through college rather than paying tuition.
Vocational schools are another post-secondary education
option in the area, with Omar Gibson Vocational-Technical
Scholl only fifteen miles away and Ozark Community Technical
School also nearby.
One major hospital and several specialty
clinics provide a full range of healthcare services
for residents and visitors. The 111-bed Skaggs Community
Health Center, recently rated among the top ten hospitals
in Missouri by the Center for Healthcare Industry Performance
Studies and one of the nation's 100 Top Orthopedic Hospitals,
offers a full range of medical services.
The hospital recently opened Skaggs Regional Cardiac
Center expanding its heart health programs to include
a full range of adult cardiac surgery, including open
heart. Satellite clinics for Skaggs and Cox and St.
Johns hospitals, based in Springfield, are positioned
throughout the Branson/Lakes Area.
If some particularly urgent or specialty care is needed,
Springfield, Missouri is a short forty miles away. There
are more than 800 physicians and surgeons and more than
100 dentists either in private practice, or affiliated
with one of the five hospital systems: St. John's Regional
Healthcare Center, Columbia Hospital South, Cox Health
System-Cox South as well as Lakeland Regional Hospital
and Cox Health System-Cox North.
Spiritual life is a very important
component of life in the Branson region. More than 100
places of worship in the region represent a wide variety
of beliefs and denominations. Baptist, Assembly of God
and Presbyterian have the largest congregations in the
Branson has a low crime rate, especially
considering the enormous influx of tourists. Safety
is one of the keys to the success of Branson's wide
appeal. Both the Branson police department and the local
citizens work very hard to maintain the low crime rate.
LAKE ACTIVITIES: The Branson/Lakes
Area is home to three scenic and flourishing lakes offering
fishing, boating, parasailing, jet skiing and swimming.
While the lakes all offer great fishing for novice and
professional anglers, each has its specialty. Table
Rock Lake offers world-class bass fishing. Lake Taneycomo,
with its cold waters, offers superb trout fishing. Bull
Shoals Lake is also an angler's paradise especially
for tournament bass fishing.
OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES: Nestled in the rolling Ozark Mountains,
the Branson/Lakes Area is ideal for canoeing, camping,
hiking, biking, birdwatching and simply wandering through
the hills. The Branson/Lakes Area is dedicated to enhancing
its natural environment and preserving its lakes and
With more than 40 theaters and 70 performances, area
shows and attractions can be enjoyed morning noon and
Branson's Community Center provides indoor recreation
for those who enjoy spending time with friends playing
cards, listening to educational speakers, sharing memories
and kicking up their
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