Like anywhere else you go, some members of our population are just exceedingly dense, while others are quite astute. In either case, however, you'll find that very few of them live very close together. The Ozarks is largely composed of towns, not greatly dissimilar from Willow Springs, which have a population of one to three thousand people on the average, one usually not being more than ten to fifteen miles from another.
These are your prototypic Midwestern villages of song and lore, and in-between them, you'll find a very evenly distributed rural population. In these wooded hills, one does not require a great deal of land to attain privacy, only the determination that one would, or would not like to be near a river, lake or adjoining some of the hundreds of thousand of acres of National Forest or National Park Lands.