Branson, Missouri is a world class destination with so much to offer. Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, beautiful natural scenery surrounds this small town that’s known for its shows and entertainment. The tourism that Branson brings has continued to contribute to its growth and is the main economy for the area. People travel from all around to enjoy the town’s live entertainment, shopping, restaurants, and lakes. While many of the shows have historically appealed more to the retirement age adult, Branson has expanded its offerings to include more attractions for younger families and children. Wonder Works, Ripleys Believe It or Not, Big Air, Fritz’s Adventure, the new Aquarium at the Boardwalk, and of course Silver Dollar City, are just a few destinations that are wonderful for families. As a local with 3 children of my own, I appreciate this for raising my family in the area. We never have to travel far to find something to do. However, Table Rock Lake is our go-to.
Branson area has 3 lakes nearby: Table Rock, Lake Taneycomo and Bull Shoals. However it is only Table Rock and Taneycomo that can be accessed from Branson directly. The State Park Marina in Branson offers slips for lease and a great place to launch your boat into Table Rock Lake. You will find that the only part of Branson that touches Table Rock Lake however is along Hwy 265 but that is a long, meandering road with many homes along the way. Lake Taneycomo, known for its colder water and trout fishing, runs right downtown Branson and even wraps around the landing.
Branson offers something for everyone. Country homes on acreage, family neighborhoods, golf course subdivisions, condos, lakeview and lakefront homes with boat slips are all options in Branson. Downtown near the landing you will find historical homes but there are also new developments, established neighborhoods and everything in between. Branson has a proven track record of being a great place to purchase a vacation rental investment. However, there are restrictions on where this can be done so it’s important to work with an agent that knows that market (like us!). Property taxes are relatively low in Branson compared to much of the country. Some parts of town offer city utilities and others offer a private or shared well and waste treatment.
Branson has a hospital, Cox, which has a cancer treatment center, emergency and urgent care, family doctors and other specializations. There are countless other ambulatory clinics and private specialty physicians in town. Additional offerings are not far in Springfield, Missouri.
Branson has its own public high school and middle school plus two elementary schools: Buchannan and Cedar Ridge. Locals in the area are enthusiastic and overall impressed with the Branson public school system. There are also several private and Christian schools to choose from. Nearby college options include College of the Ozarks, Ozark Technical College, Columbia College, Drury University, Missouri State University and more.
Branson has approximately 10,000 residents. You will find that some are full time and some are part time. However, since COVID and the ability to work from home, more people are coming to Branson before they retire to live full time. There is a mix of retirees, families of all ages, vacationers with second homes and everything in between. Branson area gets approximately 10 million tourists per year which is why there are a lot more amenities than what is typical for a town with similar population. The locals know the shortcuts and ways around the tourist spots. Branson is investing in infrastructure to support the growth for both residents and tourists. Branson stays busy from about mid March – early January.