Branson is a town in central Missouri with a population of just under 7000. Branson is a major tourist center and is sometimes called the "Family Friendly" Las Vegas because of the many attractions and bright lights in town. There are more than 100 live shows in over 50 theatres, plus museums and amusement parks. An astonishing number of top entertainers have established theatres in Branson. One of the pluses for retirees is the potential for part-time work in the tourist industry.
Branson got its start as a tourist destination with some famous caves. In 2009 the town celebrated the 50 year anniversary of its first show, put on by the Baldknobbers.