Ozark is a city in and the county seat of Christian County, Missouri, United States. Its population was 17,820 at the 2010 census. As of 2019, the population was 20,482. The city is part of the Springfield, Missouri Metropolitan Area, and is centered along a business loop of U.S. Route 65, where it intersects with Missouri Route 14.
Ozark was named after the Ozarks, in which it is situated. The Ozark Courthouse Square Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.
The name Ozarks is believed to have begun sometime in the late 1700s or early 1800s from those living in the Arkansas area who were heading north and said they were going to the Ozarks.
The first settler to visit the area is believed to be Henry Schoolcraft, who arrived in 1818. During that time he studied extensively the geological makeup of the area and noted the high concentration of lead and zinc. Notably, in the Elk Valley area. Schoolcraft noted on the abundance of elk, bear and other wildlife in the area.