Take a Closer Look at the Region A big-city experience with a small-town feel and you're probably only a ten-minute drive from home. In Springfield and Sangamon County, Illinois, you can afford to live where you love while enjoying the music, food, arts, shopping and career opportunities of a big city. The innovative medical centers and universities attract a diverse crowd of talented young people. And the community is small enough to be safe, comfortable and affordable. Opportunities abound to follow your dreams and thrive in the Springfield area region.