The Gateway Arch is the ultimate symbol of St. Louis. It rises 630 feet above the city and the riverfront, providing an astounding view from the top. The Museum of Westward Expansion located underground offers exhibits and films about westward expansion, and about the construction of the Arch. The Arch grounds - the only National Park Service facility in the City of St. Louis - are a pleasant strolling and picnicking area, with two lakes, views of the riverfront, and a grand staircase, known as the Monumental Feature, leading to the wharf.
The same attractions and assets that make St. Louis a wonderful place to visit also make the city a great place to live. From Baden to Carondelet, our distinct neighborhoods with individual flair and cultural diversity offer an exciting urban lifestyle at very affordable prices.
As a young country expanded westward people of all origins traveled to St. Louis seeking the opportunities that the western frontier offered. Today St. Louis is a melting pot of cultures located on the bank of the Mississippi River.
Visitors often are surprised to see that St. Louis offers the amenities of big-city living, but at affordable prices. More than 2.6 million people live in the Greater St. Louis region, which includes 12 counties covering 6,375 square miles in Missouri and Illinois, making it the 18th largest metropolitan area in the United States. Here is a friendly place, with a wide range of cultures and ethnic groups. One of the least expensive places to live, St. Louis offers a lot for both families and singles. Missouri has the 18th lowest cost of living index in the United States, which includes 45 states as surveyed by ACCRA.
The St. Louis County community - has 69 parks and sites comprising over 12,000 acres. Almost all the parks include picnic shelters; athletic fields and courts; creative playgrounds; as well as a wide range of trails for walking, running, hiking, cycling, rollerblading and horseback riding. Some parks include lakes and access to the Mississippi, Missouri and Meramec rivers for sightseeing, fishing, boating, sailing or model boating; Olympic-size pools and a water park; ice rinks; gymnasiums and weight rooms; golf, Frisbee golf and fitness courses; archery ranges; model airplane fields; horse stables; hayrides and campsites.
Recreational, educational and historic activities, programs, tours, galleries, exhibits and special events abound in St. Louis County Parks. A large variety of camps, lessons, concerts, fairs, festivals, celebrations and more are offered. Unique attractions include the St. Louis Carousel; the Butterfly House; the internationally recognized Laumeier Sculpture Park; the working farm in Suson Park; the elk and buffalo in Lone Elk Park; and the Museum of Transportation, which "houses one of the largest and best collections of transportation vehicles in the world" according to the Smithsonian Institution.
The same attractions and assets that make St. Louis County a wonderful place to visit also make the it a great place to live.
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Quality of LifeIn addition to having a strong business environment, St. Louis is a pleasant place to live, offering friendly neighborhoods, affordable living, and a vast range of things to do. Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine ranked St. Louis as one of the smartest place to live on its 2006 list of "50 Smart Places to Live".
Find out a few reasons why St. Louis has been recently noticed for its exceptional quality of life: Best Place to Live
Best City for Young Professionals
- Forbes magazine ranked St. Louis No. 4 on its "Most Affordable Places To Live Well" list, which rated cities according to housing affordability, cost of living, quality of life, and best arts & leisure offerings.
Expansion Management magazine named the St. Louis MSA as a Four-Star Quality of Life Metro in 2007.
O'Fallon, Mo., ranked No. 39 on Money magazine's 2006 list of "100 Best Places to Live."
A 2006 Expansion Management survey ranked St. Louis No. 3 for "Overall Quality of Life" for Metro communities with military populations between 10,000 to 19,999.
St. Louis ranked as the No. 2 retail buyer market to watch in a study by commercial real estate advisory firmSperry Van Ness in 2005.
St. Louis ranked as the 18th smartest place to live on Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine's first list of "50 Smart Places to Live" in 2006 based on criteria of median home price, cost of living, economic vitality, education, health care, local arts scene, and recreational facilities.
- Forbes magazine ranked the culture in St. Louis No. 9 of 40 in a 2007 survey of "Best Cities for Singles."
Best City for Relocating Families
- Forbes magazine named St. Louis the 14th "Best City For Young Professionals" in the June 2007 issue based on the high share of best big businesses and small businesses that call St. Louis home, the number of graduate students attracted to the region, the never-married population and the salary to cost of living ratio.
- St. Louis ranked No. 9 among large metro areas in the U.S. 2007 Best Cities for Relocating Families ranking by Worldwide ERC and Primacy Relocation. The study was based on factors such as cost of living, crime rates, education, climate, arts and culture, diversity, and number of physicians per capita.
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- In August 2007, Forbes magazine named St. Louis the 7th "Most Affordable U.S. Real Estate Market."
St. Louis was named the second-most affordable large metropolitan area in the country by the National Association of Home Builders in 2005.
St. Charles, Mo., was named on BusinessWeek's "25 Best Affordable Suburbs in U.S." for 2006. The rating used criteria based on cost of living, median home prices, secondary school test scores, and violent crime statistics.
- St. Louis is the most affordable city in the country for children's health insurance and the 9th-most affordable city in the country for families' health insurance, according to a 2006 study by eHealthInsurance.com.
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- The Delmar Loop in University City and St. Louis was named among the 10 Great Streets in America for 2007 by the American Planning Association's Great Places in America program. APA Great Places exemplify exceptional character and highlight the role planners and planning play in creating communities of lasting value.
The St. Louis Zoo, located in Forest Park, was ranked the No. 1 Midwest city zoo in July 2007, according to theChicago Tribune. The rankings were based on animal collections, display and overall zoo-going experience.
Art on the Square, a local art fair in Belleville, IL, was named the 5th best art fair in the nation out of 600 annual art fairs for 2006 by Art Fair Source Book.
The St. Louis Art Fair in Clayton was ranked the No. 1 Fine Art Show in the Country in 2006 by Harris List.
Family Fun magazine named St. Louis the "Top Midwest City for Visitors."
- The St. Louis City Museum in 2005 was named one of the "World's 10 Best Public Spaces" by the New York-based Project for Public Spaces.
- HomeVestors of America Inc. ranked St. Louis fourth among the top 10 markets for real estate investing for 2006
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