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As Illinois' state capital, Springfield of Sangamon county, is full of family oriented neighborhoods and trendy downtown areas alike. Many hold community associations and meetings and even publish information online such as the Oak Ridge Neighborhood Association and Lincoln Park Neighborhood. A state website provides more complete listings of information for neighborhood associations.
Downtown Springfield boasts the bustle of the city life along with the architectural pride of the old and new capital buildings. Downtown life is full of restaurants and attractions, the true heart of the city. But Springfield is also home to many great schools, colleges, and universities as well. The University of Illinois--Springfield's campus thrives. The University is not alone however; Springfield College (Benedictine University) is a private college and the public Lincoln Land Community College both raise the bar for educational offerings of the capital city.
With a population of just over 100,000 people, Springfield has a charming small town feel but benefits from the activities of a larger city. Residents are proud of their peaceful life here and because of this the community is a friendly place to be; visitors are highly welcomed all year round to the land of Lincoln, Route 66, and corndogs! If that's not enough, the Springfield Department of Community Relations is there to ensure equal opportunity, fair housing, and to support community outreach programs and activities.
Please be aware that the city government welcomes tourists by giving out a parking ticket for staying over ONE MINUTE!!!!! So make sure you do not overstay your parking meter.