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At the Lake of the Ozarks we are blessed to live in this picturesque setting where nature's contribution include breathtaking sunsets, endless stretches of forests and water which are complimented by a high quality of life. Whether you're a visitor or a new resident, you'll be greeted as a friend. This is a commitment that makes us proud to be a part of Lake of the Ozarks.
A strong business climate ensures healthy economic development that benefits the entire community. Add to that a low cost of living, quality health care, strong educational systems, a low crime rate, the largest state park in the Missouri and down home hospitality makes the Lake of the Ozarks a perfect destination for vacation, business or place to call home.
Lake Area Information
Camdenton Chamber of Commerce
Eldon Chamber of Commerce
Lake West Chamber of Commerce
Versailles Chamber of Commerce
Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau
City of Lake Ozark
City of Osage Beach
Quality of Life
The Lake of the Ozarks region has all of the essential ingredients necessary to provide a high quality of life for its citizens. One of the most significant attributes for the region is its natural scenic beauty along the 1150 miles of Lake Shoreline. Located in south central Missouri the Lake of the Ozarks is one of the largest manmade lakes in the world and is surrounded by the beautiful Ozark Mountains.
Lake Regional Health System provides comprehensive health care services to the residents and visitors of the lake region. The 116-bed hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and is a two-time recipient of the Missouri Quality Award. Services include a state-designated Level III trauma center, comprehensive cardiac and orthopedic care, nationally accredited cancer care and a wound healing center. Lake Regional Health System also operates primary care, urgent care, specialty and rehab therapy clinics, retail pharmacies and home health services throughout the lake area.
Four high schools are conveniently located in the lake area, and the graduating senior classes have ACT scores that are consistently above the state and national averages. Two out of three graduates advance on to college. The area has two technical career centers, a four-year liberal arts college extension campus and a satellite community college. These educational institutions work closely with community businesses to provide needed training for the area's work force.
2 Year Community & Technical Colleges
4 Year Colleges
Cost of Living
The Lake of the Ozarks Region has a great competitive advantage in cost of living. In 2004 (2nd qtr) the state of Missouri had the 11th lowest cost of living index in the United States at 92.7. A further breakdown shows Missouri ranking in the United States as follows: Utilities 3rd lowest; Transportation cost (gasoline) 7th lowest; Health Care 16th lowest; Housing and Grocery 18th lowest. The composite index for the Lake of the Ozarks Region is below the Missouri State average.
The Lake of the Ozarks Region offers an endless variety of housing options. There are numerous apartment complexes, condo developments and houses both on and off the lakefront. Housing is priced to match all income levels, and development of new housing in all categories continues at a brisk pace. The Lake of the Ozarks Region is experiencing a population explosion at a rate of +30%, and developers are starting new projects every month.
Low Crime / Clean Air & Water
The region is very fortunate to have excellent police forces in the counties and cities in our area. Because we are in a rural area, our crime levels are substantially lower in all categories compared to urban areas.
Living in central Missouri, we are also fortunate to have very clean air and water for our citizens.
Lake of the Ozarks Economic Development Council is here to help. Specializing in assisting businesses moving to the lake area, they are your source for the hard numbers.
As the Lake of the Ozarks continues to grow so does the needed infrastructure to serve the area. New highways and roads will allow growth to continue while protecting our quality of life, safety and enjoyment at the Lake. Community leadership has worked for many years in an informal Lake of the Ozarks Transportation Council to modernize the highway system serving the Lake area.
North Side of the Lake of the Ozarks traveling from Versailles, MO to Eldon, MO. Also connects to Hwy 65 West of the Lake Area.
East Side of the Lake of the Ozarks traveling from Eldon, MO to Camdenton, MO. Also passes through Jefferson City, MO and connects with Interstate 70 North of the Lake Area.
West Side of the Lake of the Ozarks traveling from Versailles, MO to Camdenton, MO. Also connects with Interstate 70 and Hwy 50 North of the Lake Area. Hwy 5 connects to I-44 south of the Lake area.
Camdenton Memorial Airport - 4000 ft x 75 ft; Airport Information
Eldon Airport - 5000 ft x 75 ft; Airport Information
Kaiser - Lee C. Fine Memorial Airport - 6497 ft x 100 ft; Airport Information
Osage Beach - Grand Glaize Airport - 3205 ft x 60 ft; Airport Information
Things to Do at Lake of the Ozarks
Where to Stay
- Boat Dealers & Marine Supplies
- Healthcare Services
- Legal Services
- Tire Dealers