Branson Area Information

General

  • Land Area: 18.3 square miles
  • Elevation: 947 feet
  • Lakes: 3
  • Parks: 13
  • Theaters: 52
  • Theater Seats: 60,317
  • Restaurants: 445
  • Restaurant Seats: 37,048
  • Hotels & Motel Rooms: 18,578
  • Convention Facilities: 12
  • Radio Stations: 1 AM, 4 FM
  • Television Stations: 5

Population

  • Total Population: 6,807
  • Median Age: 43 years
  • Under 18: 22.7%25
  • Over 65: 20.2%25
  • Median Home Price: $121,600
  • Average Household Size: 2.21

Tax Rates

  • Retail Tax: 7.475%25
  • Restaurant Tax: 11.475%25
  • Entertainment Tax: 11.475%25
  • Property Tax: $0.4853 per $100 assessed (For a $150,000 home, annual city property tax would be $138)

City Services

  • Budget: $40 million
  • Fire Department Personnel: 45
  • Police Department Personnel: 40
  • Residential Water: $1.55 per 1,000 gallons
  • Commercial Water: $2.32 per 1,000 gallons
  • Residential Sewer: .96%A2 per 1,000 gallons
  • Commercial Sewer: $1.84 per 1,000 gallons

Tourism

  • March through December
  • Over 7.8 million people visit a year
  • $50 million in yearly sales tax revenue

Mileage To Branson

  • Joplin: 123
  • Kansas City: 215
  • St. Louis: 253
  • Tulsa: 230
  • Topeka: 273
  • Memphis: 301
  • Oklahoma City: 334
  • Wichita: 356
  • Des Moines: 401
  • Omaha: 401
  • Dallas: 433
  • Indianapolis: 499
  • Chicago: 547
  • Cincinnati: 609
  • Minneapolis: 677
  • San Antonio: 707
  • Houston: 716
  • Cleveland: 811

Landmarks & Historic Places

  • American Presidential Museum
  • Bonniebrook Historical Society
  • Ralph Foster Museum
  • Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum
  • Veterans Memorial Museum
  • The Titanic Museum
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Home & Museum

Major Shopping Areas

  • Branson Landing
  • Grand Country Square
  • Grand Village
  • Engler Block
  • Factory Merchants Outlet
  • The Shoppes at Branson Meadows
  • Tanger Outlet Center
  • Branson Mall
  • Coffelt Country Crossroads

Major Attractions

  • Silver Dollar City
  • White Water Park
  • Celebration City
  • Dixie Stampede Dinner & Show
  • Branson Landing
  • Jim Stafford
  • Lawrence Welk Champagne Theatre
  • Shoji Tabuchi
  • Yakov Smirnoff
  • Shepard of the Hills
  • The Baldknobbers
  • Moe Bandy
  • Andy Williams
  • Mickey Gilley
  • Presleys’ Country Jubilee
  • Branson IMAX
  • Country Tonight
  • Ride the Ducks
  • Joseph & The Technicolor Dream Coat
  • The Incredible Acrobats of China
  • Cirque
  • The Legends
  • Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!
  • The Hollywood Wax Museum
  • Kirby Van Birch
  • Table Rock Lake Recreation Area
  • Branson Scenic Railroad
  • Showboat Branson Belle
  • Recreational activities

Major Dining

  • Applebee’s
  • B.T. Bones Steakhouse
  • Bob Evans
  • Branson Cafe
  • Buckingham’s
  • Candlestick Inn
  • Chateau Grille
  • Cracker Barrel
  • Devil’s Pool
  • Fall Creek Steak House
  • Golden Corral
  • Grand Country Buffet
  • IHOP
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • Krispy Kreme
  • Landry’s Seafood House
  • Little Hacienda
  • Lonestar Steakhouse & Saloon
  • Luigi’s Pizza Kitchen
  • Majestic Steakhouse
  • Mazzio’s Pizza
  • McDonald’s
  • Olive Garden
  • OutBack Steak & Oyster Bar
  • Panera
  • Papa John’s
  • Golden Paradise Grill & Steakhouse
  • Pasta House Co.
  • Red Lobster
  • Rib Crib
  • Shoney’s
  • Shorty Smalls
  • Showboat Branson Belle
  • Sonic Drive-In
  • Steak N Shake
  • Taco Bell
  • Tony Z’s Italian Ristorante
  • Top of the Rock
  • Wendy’s
  • Zoey’s

Golf Courses

  • Pointe Royale Golf Course: A 6,067 yard, 18-hole course, Pointe Royale is a premier championship course located in a scenic condominium resort setting in Branson on Lake Taneycomo just below Table Rock Dam.
  • Thousand Hills Golf Resort: A 5,111 yard, 18-hole course, Thousand Hills is conveniently located in the heart of Branson.
  • Holiday Hills Golf Club: Located just three miles east of Branson, newly renovated Holiday Hills offers a 5,771 yard, 18-hole course.
  • Ledgestone Golf Course: Located in Stonebridge Village, Ledgestone is a 6,724 yard, 18-hole course with scenic and challenging terrain.
  • Branson Creek Golf Club: This all-new Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole course offers 7,012 yards of scenic and challenging golf.
  • Top of the Rock Golf Course: This 9-hole executive course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and offers 1,330 yards overlooking Table Rock Lake.

Fun Facts

  • Branson attracts over 7.3 million visitors annually from around the world.
  • Branson boasts the #1 theme park in the world: Silver Dollar City.
  • There are over 45 music theatres, 300 hotels, and 200 restaurants.
  • Offers more theatre seats than Broadway and Las Vegas combined.
  • Roy Clark was the first of the national country stars to give his name to a theatre.
  • Silver Dollar City was created by those making crafts while waiting outside the depths of Marvel Cave.
  • Originally, Branson drew tourists because it had a commercial ice plant, soft drink bottling plant, candy factory, and an ice cream factory all next to the waterfront.
  • Tourists came to Branson in the 1930’s largely due to Harold Bell Wright. He wrote the Shepherd of the Hills, a novel based on the the Ozark area and its settlers.
  • It took 4 years to build Table Rock Dam with an estimated construction cost of $65,420,000.
  • The Presley’s were the first to erect a simple metal building on the road west of Branson and waited each night for guests to show up.

Notable Moments

  • 1907: Harold Bell Wright publishes the novel “Shepherd of the Hills”.
  • 1912: Branson is incorporated with 1,200 residents.
  • 1932: Lake Taneycomo becomes a popular destination and inexpensive vacation spot.
  • 1945: Hugo Herschend and his family relocate from Chicago and lease Marvel Cave.
  • 1958: Table Rock Dam is completed after four years of construction.
  • 1959: The “Baldknobbers” hold their show in the basement of Branson City Hall.
  • 1961: Silver Dollar City opens as a “crafts show” for the local artisans.
  • 1975: Gerken & Associates is established!
  • 1976: A 2-lane highway with alternating third passing lane is completed to accommodate the large and ever increasing number of visitors driving to Branson.
  • 1982: Three new large-scale theaters are completed, including the Starlite Theater.
  • 1987: Box Car Willie becomes the first celebrity to open his own theater in Branson.
  • 1988: The Factory Merchants Outlet Mall, commonly referred to as the “Red Roof Mall” opens.
  • 1989: Inspiration Tower at Shepherd of the Hills opens to the public.
  • 1990: The Ozark Mountain Christmas celebration takes place for the first time, thus extending Branson’s tourism season by four months.
  • 1991: Branson receives national recognition as a great place for entertainment from Time Magazine, People, The Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and 60 Minutes.
  • 1993: Over 22 theaters feature national stars like Mel Tillis, Mickey Gilley, Ray Stevens, Moe Bandy, Buck Trent and Shoji Tabuchi.
  • 1995: Other famous music stars like Andy Williams, the Osmonds, Tony Orlando, Bobby Vinton, Wayne Newton, and Jim Stafford arrive in town and construct their own theaters.
  • 1997: Shepherd of the Hills celebrates its 5,000th show to become America’s most performed outdoor drama.
  • 2003: Branson hosts over seven million visitors, almost half of them coming from 300 or more miles away.
  • 2004: Branson Landing is announced and downtown planning begins.
  • 2006: Branson Landing opens and the Branson Chamber of Commerce membership exceeds 1,200.

*Source: Branson Chamber of Commerce