Branson is a charming city, unique in many aspects, which each contribute to the beauty and friendliness of this town located in the Ozarks of Southwest Missouri. The town is built on a ridge, providing spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.
Tourism is the primary growth industry in Branson. The climate is generally mild with four seasons. While Branson’s population is about 7,500 people, the town hosts about eight million visitors each year.
The city has many services that equal and surpass larger cities including three major healthcare providers and the award-winning Skaggs Regional Medical Center.
There is a broad range of employment available, and many retirees find part-time work in the town’s many entertainment attractions and theaters. “Where To Retire” magazine selected Branson as a top retirement spot because of the scenic beauty and low cost-of-living.
There’s also a younger generation of residents who have found that Branson offers something for everyone including great secondary schools and two post-secondary colleges.
Branson has a rich history of more than a century when the first settlers populated the Ozarks region along the banks of the White River. When the Missouri-Pacific Railroad selected its north-south route through the Ozarks, it sparked the logging industry that established Branson as a thriving town.
The first tourists came to hunt and fish. Tourism began in earnest when Harold Bell Wright visited Branson in 1903, and wrote a book, “The Shepherd of the Hills.” It was an immediate hit, and people began traveling here to see the setting of the story.
Recreation got a boost when two dams were built on the White River, forming Lake Taneycomo and Table Rock Lake.
Branson’s music industry began in 1959 and has steadily grown, offering a variety of musical entertainment for every taste. And now there are numerous attractions plus shopping, more than a dozen golf courses, hiking, biking, fishing, water sports, great dining and much more.
Branson is known for its wholesome, family-friendly atmosphere; the respect it pays to the thousands of veterans who visit each year and for affordable year-round recreation.
Now it's so easy to get to Branson!