Missouri’s 7th Congressional District is in the heartland of America. The district is comprised of Missouri’s 10 southwest counties bounded by Arkansas to the south and Oklahoma and Kansas to the west. The northern part of the area is generally rolling hills and meadows, while the southern part of the district is forested and known for its rugged hill country and great bass and trout lakes. Settlers began arriving here in the 1830s from the western parts of Tennessee and Kentucky and established large livestock farms.
The entire region has a strong foundation in farming and agriculture. Southwest Missouri is the hub of the state’s dairy farming business with more than 1,000 dairy farms. In recent years the poultry industry has made major investments into expanding in the western portion of the district.
Branson, Missouri is known as the “live country music performance capital of the universe.” The town of only 3,400 people draws more than six million visitors annually to more than two-dozen theaters for live entertainment. Branson has more theater seats than can be found on Broadway in New York. Tourism and recreation are the district’s second largest industry behind agriculture.
The population center for the district is Springfield, which is the state’s third largest city. Springfield has a strong economy and is regarded as a regional center for commerce, retailing, manufacturing, medical care, education and transportation. Joplin, on the western side of the district, has a diverse manufacturing industry and strong ties to the trucking industry.
George Washington Carver was born at Diamond, Missouri, and a national monument stands on the farm where he was born. Carver won international fame for his work in agricultural research.
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