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Living a Lakeside Lifestyle in Branson, Missouri

Branson is a town in central Missouri  near the huge Table Rock Lake. Town boosters claim it is the bass fishing capital of the country. Branson is a major tourist center  and is sometimes called the "Family Friendly" Las Vegas because of the many attractions and bright lights in town. Branson offers phenomenal recreation and entertainment, ample part-time employment, good health care, 9 championship golf courses, not to mention the most heavily visited amusement park in the state.

Where to Retire in Branson and Home Prices

The median home value was $207,981 in early 2022, according to Zillow. There is at least one active adult community in Branson-see link on left.

What Is Special about Branson

Branson is a major tourist destination for music and amusements. It has an extraordinary collection of theaters, museums, and golf courses. Branson Landing is a lakefront commercial district that opened in the summer of 2006 on Lake Taneycomo.

What Is Not Special about Branson

To live in Branson you have to like living in a tourist town. Traffic can get pretty intense.

Climate and Physical Environment

Branson is located in the beautiful Ozarks of southwestern Missouri. The huge Table Rock Lake is just to the west along the river.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

With 50 theaters, 10 museums, and plenty more, Branson undoubtedly has the highest cultural index per capita of any place in the world.  The trend is for big stars to open up their own theaters in Branson, so look for ones from Andy Williams, Mickey Gilley, Tennesee Ernie Ford, Dick Clark, the Osmonds, Oak Ridge Boys, etc. Over 100 shows are usually in production.


The crime rate in Branson, a tourist town, is about twice the national average. However, most of it appears to be thefts ratehr than violent crime.

Medical Facilities

Skaggs Community Health Center serves Branson.  Other medical facilities are about 30 miles away.


Branson has a rare distinction in that it has one of the largest private airports in the U.S. It provides commercial service to this town on land formerly owned by Tennessee Ernie Ford.  Branson is considered a very walkable community.

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