Springfield, Illinois is a city that is deeply rooted in the history of the United States of America mainly because of one former resident, Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Lincoln arrived in the Springfield area in the early 1830’s where he studied law, became a practicing lawyer, and began his career as a politician. As a testament to Abraham Lincoln’s influence on the city, Springfield is home to several historical sites dedicated to the 16th president of the United States. Some of these historical sites include the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, and Lincoln’s Tomb. Springfield is also the current capital of Illinois, a distinction that came about do to efforts spearheaded by Abraham Lincoln and his associates.
Currently, Springfield, Illinois has a population of 116,000 and, aside from being the state capital, is also the county seat of Sangamon County, Illinois. Springfield residents enjoy a low cost of living and an unemployment rate that this 15% lower than the national average. The local economy is mainly centered around the various state and federal agencies that are headquartered in the city. It is also home to three universities, a medical college, and is the birthplace of one of the country’s foremost civil rights organizations, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.